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Portugal in March
Written by Arundhati Toshniwal on June 22, 2022 Share on

Portugal in March: Weather, Things to do, Travel Tips and more!


Portugal is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most visited destinations. Located near the western coast of the Iberian peninsula, this wildly popular travel destination has several things going for it. For starters, it offers an idyllic climate, complemented by other compelling factors like affordable travel costs, and exceptional attractions. From Algarve in the south to islands like Madeira, there is no shortage of pretty sights in Portugal that will surely leave you in awe. Considering how much there is to see and experience in this magnificent country, we have compiled some of the most important information for you curious travellers for your travels to Portugal in March


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Weather in Portugal in March

In this section, we will discuss the temperature in Portugal in March. Portugal has a lovely climate in the month of March that warms up as the season progresses. Temperatures can be seen rising all over the country and rain reduces after significantly wetter months of the year. The capital Lisbon is a good reference point when it comes to assessing weather in the rest of the country. So, let’s briefly discuss the weather in Lisbon, Portugal in March. An average high of 19 degrees Celsius is seen in the month of March.

As a result of such temperatures, it is advised that tourists rely on clothing choices like shorts and T-shirts. However, having said that it is worth keeping in mind that evenings can get quite cool, so it is recommended that travellers pack accordingly. Typical sea temperatures can be observed at 16 degrees Celsius complemented with low humidity. Let’s talk about rainfall: tourists can expect rainfall of up to 68 mm spread over 13 rainy days in total. Lastly, let’s touch on daylight hours: One can expect about 12 hours of daylight with seven hours of sunshine each day. As a result of that, one can expect moderate UV levels. 

Weather in Portugal in March
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Things to Do in Portugal in March

Following are some interesting activities that tourists can take part in Portugal in March

  1. Surf highest of waves at Nazare: Waves at Nazare can reach up to whopping heights of 100 feet. As a result, Nazare successfully draws both domestic and international adventure seekers. There are many serene beaches where one can hone their skills and as a result, this is undoubtedly one of the most adventurous things that tourists can try out in Portugal. If you are not to take to the waters then you can sit back and enjoy the marvellous views from Sitio da Nazare. 
  2. Squeeze in a city break to Lisbon or Porto: March marks the last period to squeeze in a trip to enjoy all that Lisbon and Porto have on offer before easter crowds start thronging these cities. Both these locales are sure to captivate with their alley-woven historic centres, hilltop viewpoints, and much more. Tourists can choose from several galleries, museums, palaces, monasteries, and so much more.
  3. Surfing at resort towns: While the waters have not warmed up enough for a spirited session of sunbathing or swimming, one can enjoy surfing at resort towns. Head to one such town like Sagres, Ericeira, or Peniche to enjoy the swells. 
  4. Hit the trails: One of the several popular activities that tourists can engage in at the Algarve includes checking out the trails. Tourists can hit the 186-mile-long trail and soak in the beauty of the country’s southern regions. These consist of landscapes consisting of wooded mountains, pretty whitewashed villages, and remote, cliff-backed bays. 

Things to Do in Portugal in March
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What to Pack for Portugal in March

Following make for some essential items that should be packed for a trip to Portugal in March

  1. Earplugs
  2. Eye mask
  3. Concealed money belt
  4. Photocopy of passport or legal Id
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Comfortable shoes with non-slip soles
  7. Travel kettle
  8. Swimming cap
  9. Swimming shoes / Sandals 
  10. Electrical Adaptors
What to Pack for Portugal in March
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What to Wear in Portugal in March

If you are looking for sensible fashion inspiration for your trip to Portugal in March, then refer to the list below: 

  1. Winter jacket
  2. Gloves
  3. Hats
  4. Scarves
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Hats
  7. Scarf
  8. Shawl
  9. Rain-jacket
  10. Comfortable shoes

What to Wear in Portugal in March
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Best Tips for Visiting Portugal in March

Following are some good tips worth keeping in mind while visiting Portugal in March

  1. Tap water is generally safe to drink.
  2. Most Portuguese prefer bottled water. It is easily accessible in supermarkets at affordable rates. 
  3. Mosquitoes can prove to be quite a menace during the summer season so carry the necessary countermeasures. 
  4. One can shop for necessary supplies like mosquito repellents, coils etc to keep the bugs at bay in supermarkets. 
  5. It is recommended that tourists carry a high factor sun block as the sun’s rays can definitely get the better of travellers from time to time. 
Best Tips for Visiting Portugal in March
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Where to Stay in Portugal

  1. Vila Galé Ericeira: This traditional and old Portuguese hotel is located at the edge of the Atlantic in the tiny village of Ericeira. There are a total of 202 rooms on offer. These feature sea views and balconies. Amenities worth noting include – a children’s club, playgrounds, a spa with massage rooms, a hydromassage pool, a sauna, and much more. Some otherworldly comforts include – a Turkish bath, electric vehicle charging stations, and access to people with disabilities. Lastly, if you are travelling with little ones, then they can stay with you as long as they are under 12 years of age. 
  1. Casa do Valle: The Casa do Valle is a sustainable little guesthouse just a short walk away from the magical town of Sintra. Set amidst a large garden, the establishment has a total of 11 rooms on offer in addition to a guest kitchen, barbecue area, and pool. Some interesting activities that residents can take part in include – wine and beer tastings, pastry hunts, and much more. It is worth mentioning that some rooms also feature their own stoves for winter visits. 

Where to Stay in Portugal in March
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Festivals in Portugal in March

Following is a table summarising all of the festivals that tourists can take part in during their trip to Portugal in March

Date/Period: Festival:
February – MarchCarnival
February 24 – March 5Fantasporto International Film Festival
March 19 St. Joseph day

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 – What do travel rules/requirements look like for travellers from various parts of the world planning to travel to Portugal? 

A1 – EU citizens ( and those travelling from European countries not included in the EU ) only need a valid passport to enter Portugal. Post entry, these travellers can stay indefinitely for as long as they would like to. Travellers travelling from Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand don’t need a visa for a stay of up to ninety days. Entry conditions are liable to change so it is recommended you check the rules and regulations before your travels to Portugal in March.

Q2 – Is tipping recommended in Portugal? 

A2 – Tipping is not really a Portuguese custom. As a result, there is no hard and fast rule for tipping when availing of services. It is customary, however, to round up your bill to the nearest Euro. While one shouldn’t feel obliged to leave tips as such, any such offering will be graciously accepted.  

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