Often overshadowed and overlooked by tourists for its more popular neighbor, Spain, Portugal actually packs a strong punch. And while we always tell you to avoid Europe travel in peak summer months Portugal actually is a great destination to visit in August. Read on to know why.
So let’s face it, summer in Europe can get very hot during the day and almost feels like Ahmadabad heat for us Indians. It’s also peak time, crowded and costly so why would we ask you to visit Portugal in August?!
Well for one Portugal’s south called Algarve has fabulous beaches and water based activities that you just cannot miss! The beaches and sea caves here are fabulous and and best explored in August or September, after all how many times have you visited a European beach in May-June and run out of the water because it felt too cold?
The summer crowds actually do bring the quieter villages and towns to life and we are really fond of the villages of Portugal. Definitely visit the capital city of Lisbon and surrounding attractions like the village of Sintra known for its quirky Palaces and mansions. Then there are towns like Obidos which is a typical whitewashed Mediterranean town and then coastal towns like Nazare known for its giant waves, Peniche for its sea fortress and Cascais for its many casinos.
The wine trail in Portugal around Porto and its Duoro valley is a UNESCO Heritage zone and another must do in the country. Then there are remote National Parks like Peneda Geres that always remain cool and see very few crowds.
While the southern coast sees an average highs of 29°C evenings are a balmy 20°C. The sea temperature varies between a crisp 19°C to avery comfortable 23°C depending where you are on the coast making it perfect for kayaking,sailing, scuba diving and other water activities the region is widely known for. Cities like Porto see highs of 25°C and lows of 16°C while the sea temperature is an uncomfortable 17°C.
Lisbon can be warmest at 29°C and see lows of 19°C with sea temperatures around 20°C. It’s not the most pleasant sea temperature but it’s the warmest it gets, hence a visit in August.
Places like Peneda Geres National Park have ideal weather for hiking and other activities with fewer crowds.