What is the climate like in Portugal?

One of the major reasons that makes Portugal one of the best countries is the Mediterranean climate.

The greatest influence is of course the Atlantic Ocean. This ensures that the temperature remains lower in the summer and higher in the winter compared to countries that are on the same latitude.

The weather can be different per region in Portugal. For example, in the interior, in the higher areas, snow may fall in the winter.

Portugal is on the list of hottest countries in Europe. Portugal is especially known for its warm temperatures and Mediterranean climate. Where it gets dry and warm in the summer, winter is the wet season with a mild temperature. Due to the long coastline on the Atlantic Ocean it is often windy.

The climate varies slightly from region to region:

The Algarve (the south side) has a Mediterranean climate that is very similar to that of Spain, with hot summers and mild winters. In the summer the sun shines almost 300 days and more than 12 hours a day. The region above the Algarve, Alejento, is also very hot in the summer. The winters in Alejento are cool and wet.

In the north of Portugal the coasts are warmed by the Warm Gulf Stream. The winters are mild and the summers very warm. The summers are even hotter in the central and northern interior, but the winters are colder. Here you will also find the largest mountain range in the country, the Serra da Estrela.

Winter sports? certainly possible. More precipitation falls in the north of the country than in the south

written by ILBE staff

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