Best time to go to Portugal

What you get weather-wise in Portugal depends on which part you visit. The Algarve gets good weather all year round. In winter, days are mild, with around six hours of sunshine. But to bank on a higher 30°C, head here in the summer months instead. Madeira basks in temperatures around 24°C in July and August, whereas winter is a comfortable 13°C – even in February. As for rain, the island’s gardens get the most watering in November and December, and that’s what makes the spring blooms such a treat. In Porto Santo, it’s pretty much sunshine all the way. Between May and November, average temperatures sit between 19°C and 26°C. And from December to April, it can be as high as 21°C. Summer is pretty much rain-free and, even in winter, the monthly average is only around seven days.

Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Portugal but must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit

Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. If you’re travelling to the EU and you apply for a card now, you'll get a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) instead of an EHIC. This entitles you to emergency medical treatment on the same terms as Portuguese nationals. It won’t, however, cover you for medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or non-urgent treatment. Visit for full details on what it covers. You do not need to apply for a GHIC if you already have an EHIC. Your EHIC remains valid in the EU until it expires. An EHIC or GHIC is free of charge. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

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  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Lisbon
    • Language - Portuguese
    • Timezone - GMT +0
    • Population - 10,642,841
    • Currency - EUR:Euro
    • Flight Time - 2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours 45 minutes from Gatwick

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