Weather in Portugal in June

Is June a good time to go to Portugal?

Summer has started and there is eternal sunshine across the country, particularly in the south. In addition to the great weather, June is more affordable and less busy than the peak months of July and August. It is a popular time with adventure tourists who come to enjoy cycling, trekking and horseback riding through northern and central Portugal, as well as surfing and diving in the warm waters at the Algarve. The central regions are particularly picturesque in June and major cities have a string of popular festivals.


Climate in Portugal in June

This is a hot, dry month with long sunny days and warm evenings. It is rarely less than 15°C (59°F) and temperatures often exceed the mid-20s (75°F); it’s no wonder that many tourists arrive and dive straight into the 21°C (70°F) coastal waters.  Take the time to recline in lavish Lagos or leisurely cruise along the northern rivers because, with up to 10 hours of sunshine per day, few places in Europe get as good as this.


What’s on in Portugal in June

This is not only a month for adventure tourism, but there are also some great events and festivals. The Iberian Peninsula is famous for its controversial tradition of bullfighting and Santarem in Lisbon hosts one of the biggest ferias of the year. For those interested in religion, the festival of St John in Porto, as well as the Feast of St Peter and Paul are two must see events and these are not sombre occasions, but rather big celebrations with bonfires, drinking and live entertainment. Finally, film buffs should definitely visit the Festroia International Film Festival and the New Films Festival to see the latest works by rising visionaries and established directors.


What to pack for a holiday in Portugal in June

Pack a light suitcase for summer, with T-shirts, long sleeved shirts, shorts, skirts and light tops for cool evenings. Don’t forget to take at least one change of swimwear because every day is a beach day. Sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are essential for the hot sun, and take a small umbrella or light raincoat for the odd shower. This is sandal season, but trainers and walking shoes are equally useful. Hikers must bring sturdy walking shoes and adventure travellers should take care to bring all the necessities for their chosen activities.