Winter (November to February)
Best For: Walking, Cycling, Cultural Immersion
Thanks to its year-round mild temperatures, the winter season is a great time to visit Portugal for several reasons. For one, it's low season for most parts of the country, so you'll be able to find the best deals on flights, accommodations and activities.
During the low season, you won't have to deal with big crowds and long lines at all the popular destinations. If you want to visit Lisbon or Porto, this is the season to do so as well for fewer crowds at the best museums, restaurants and tourist districts.
November and December do mark the rainy season, making this an ideal time for indoor cultural immersion like touring museums and visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It can also get chilly in the north of the country, so you'll want to pack accordingly.
The southern Alentejo region, with its charming countryside and medieval villages, offers a cozy retreat during the winter months. Additionally, winter is an ideal time for food enthusiasts to savour Portugal's hearty cuisine, indulge in local specialties, and warm up with a glass of port wine.