Portugal is largely synonymous with its beaches, hot weather and long summers. However, that’s not to say that it’s not an idyllic destination for a winter break too. There are plenty of reasons why you should visit Portugal in winter; here are just some of the best!
One of the best reasons to visit Portugal in winter is to experience a healthy dose of winter sunshine.
While it might not be quite as warm as it is in the summer months, the heat and intensity of the sun will be much more manageable and enjoyable. If you’re travelling with children, then a winter break to Portugal may be preferable as they won’t experience the intensity that you’d otherwise have during the warmer months.
If you’re still looking to catch a few rays and top up your winter tan, you can rest assured that there’ll still be plenty of sunshine and heat for you to enjoy.
Temperatures in places like the Algarve reach the mid-sixties so while it won’t be scorching hot, you’ll still be able to enjoy a refreshing glass of wine outside, or a lovely stroll along the beach!
Avoid the Crowds
Another excellent reason to visit Portugal in the winter is that you’re much more likely to avoid the masses of people who usually descend on the country during the summer.
As many people prefer to visit Portugal during the height of the warmer months such as July and August, you can actually enjoy luxuriating in the peace and quiet due to the reduced crowds.
Whether you’re visiting the beatific beaches of the Algarve or you opt for a more city-based break in Lisbon or Porto, you’re likely to find swarms of people during the summer.
The excellent thing about a winter break in Portugal is that you’ll likely avoid masses of people, which will make your holiday much more enjoyable.
Relax and Unwind
The Algarve region of Portugal is well-known and well-loved for its relaxing atmosphere, an abundance of spas, wellness centres and beautiful beaches.
If you’re looking for a truly relaxing and romantic break, then there’s really no better place to visit in the winter than the Algarve in Portugal.
As winter is considered to be ‘low season’, it is also likely to be much quieter, so you’ll be able to enjoy a lovely, relaxing break away from the crowds. The beaches might not be as hot as they are in summer, but they’re still ideal for relaxing on for a couple of hours.
Arguably the best reason to visit Portugal in the winter is that you’ll be able to save yourself a ton of money.
From flights to accommodation to car rentals and even in bars and restaurants, there are so many ways to save money when you visit Portugal in the winter.
As there are fewer people visiting the country during the winter months, airline companies and hotels see their business drop since fewer people are booking with them. Therefore, many companies will offer incredible discounts in order to attract people to their airlines and hotels in the winter months.
You’ll often be able to catch an incredibly affordable flight in January or February, and many hotels and Airbnb hosts will want to attract as much business as possible, so they’ll also dramatically drop their prices.
Once you actually arrive in Portugal, you’re also likely to be able to save money with regards to transport once you’re there. Whether you’re opting for a hire car or you’re planning to get around on train or bus, you’re likely to find exceptionally cheap offers for transport.
Portugal isn’t considered to be a very expensive country, regardless of the time of year, so if you can save even more money by visiting in the winter, then you’re definitely on to a winner!
Delicious Winter Food
While you may think of quintessential Portuguese food as the likes of seafood, salads and light meat dishes, you’d be pleasantly surprised to discover that Portugal also offers excellent food and drink in the winter too.
During the winter months, you can expect to indulge in hearty stews, delicious soups, and meaty dishes. The Portuguese are also quite partial to a cocktail or two, so you’ll be able to wash all of these wonderful dishes down with a refreshing alcohol drink!
Portugal is an excellent place to visit at any time of year; whether you’re visiting during summer for the ultimate hot weather break, or you choose to go during winter when there are fewer crowds to endure, Portugal is a popular destination for many reasons!
Winter can prove to be the best time to visit Portugal as you’re much more likely to experience fewer crowds, save more money and indulge in some quintessentially Portuguese food!