Winter has arrived!
For many, the worst season of the year, for many others, the best one.
Winter, in Portugal, brings the cold days, the darker days, and the much needed rain.
But winter also brings the comfort food, the fireplace aroma in the Portuguese villages and cities, the hot drinks that warm us up.
What is winter like in Portugal?
Winter begins between 20 and 21 December and lasts until 20/21 March, when spring begins.
Winter is characterised by shorter days with less natural light, the first day of the winter solstice being the shortest day of the year, with around 9 hours of natural light.
Of course, from this day onwards, the days begin to “lengthen”.
Just like the other seasons, winter is also different in the various regions of Portugal.
The temperatures are the lowest of the whole year, but it depends on the area of Portugal where we are. If we are in the central/northern interior, that is where the lowest temperatures are, and where it may snow (in the higher areas).
In the south, the climate is drier and warmer, with maximum temperatures around 17º C.
The weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for the cold and the humidity.
It’s like that much shared phrase, “there’s no bad weather, just bad gear”.
Advantages of travelling during the Portuguese winter
As winter is colder and wetter, fewer people are visiting Portugal.
Which is great for escaping the crowds!
The landscape is beautiful even in winter.
The trees are bare, the lawns are covered with ice until the first rays of sunlight, becoming bright and green. The rivers are fuller and the mountains can be covered with snow.
Besides, comfort food, that warm meal that warms the soul, tastes better at this time!
And we already know that Portugal is known for its good food and wine.
How good it feels to end the day early, grab a book and sit by the fireplace?
What to do in Portugal in winter?
There is always plenty to do in Portugal, whether it is summer or winter!
Even in winter, you can enjoy a nice walk through the winter landscapes, watch wildlife, get to know the plants and trees of our flora.
However, with the unpredictability of the weather, this can be a great time to get to know Portugal’s traditions, visit museums, meet artisans, explore castles and monasteries…
And don’t forget, there are fewer tourists in winter!
Whether indoor or outdoor, your trip can be memorable!
What to bring in your suitcase to Portugal?
It will depend on where you are going and what you are doing!
Clothes should be warm, resistant to humidity and it is always best to dress in layers.
If you will be doing a lot of walking, don’t forget to bring comfortable and waterproof shoes and warm socks!
Although not mandatory, it’s a good idea to bring gloves, caps and scarves.
We are suspicious, but Portugal is beautiful in all seasons!