Weather in Portugal in September

Is September a good time to go to Portugal?

September offers the same summer weather of the peak season, but at a significantly reduced cost with far fewer tourists. With the drop in temperatures, comfortable hiking, trekking and cycling become possible for the first time since early summer and, from north to south, the country begins to open up a bit more. Compared to the sometimes-frantic feel of July and August, September is considerably more relaxed and tourists can take the time to explore the country at leisure once again. In addition, locals repopulate cafes and restaurants, so it’s time to sample some authentic local cuisine.


Climate in Portugal in September

The month is still warm and dry, but it cools down closer to October. The sun shines for over eight hours a day, with temperatures in the low 20s (72°F) and coastal waters that are equally warm, at around 21°C (70°F). While it is dry, short showers become more frequent as the month continues.


What’s on in Portugal in September

The classical arts are alive in Portugal and the Festival Música Viva celebrates young classical composers in the concert halls of Lisbon. Motelx Lisbon International Horror Film Festival shows spooky and supernatural tales on the big screen, so prepare for some holiday shock therapy. Portugal joins in on the global celebration of the Festival of Colours and, another unique festival, the International Festival of Sand Sculptures displays the works, both large and small, of sand sculptors from across the globe. Finally, 'foodies' will enjoy the Leiria Gastronomy Regional Festival and cultural enthusiasts the Fair of St. Matthew, both events with great food and entertainment for all. 


What to pack for a holiday in Portugal in September

Bikinis and board shorts are still standard on the coast, and shorts and T-shirts are still the norm in cities. Even though it is cooler, sunglasses, hats and sunscreen are still essential. Pack long sleeved shirts with one or two light tops for cool evenings, a warm jersey for an occasional chilly autumn gust and synthetic trousers for hiking trips, with a light raincoat or small, foldable umbrella for September showers. Pack comfortable walking shoes or trainers for city dwelling and sturdy walking shoes or boots for hiking, along with an extra layer or two for alpine areas.