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

Portugal in October: Are you Excited?

Portugal is a land that’s bubbling with culture, culinary delights, and energy. It is truly a destination that checks all the boxes. It is a land that is sure to leave even the most eccentric of travellers with a smile on their faces. From a majestic coastline that calls out families and surfers alike to fans of history, culture, and food, Portugal has a magical draw unlike any other destination. Adventure enthusiasts can find plenty to keep them engaged as well, with a choice of locales to hike, explore, and so on. In this article, we answer some of the most burning questions that you travellers may have while planning your holidays to Portugal in October – 


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Weather in Portugal in October

In this section, we discuss Portugal’s climate in October. Portugal is blessed with nice warm weather in the month of October. However, having said that one mustn’t forget that since it is autumn there are some rain showers in store too. Like during other months around the year, the northern and southern regions have a fair bit of variation when speaking about the weather. Speaking in terms of regions – one can observe typical Mediterranean weather in the south, Algarve enjoys the county’s driest and sunniest weather. The western coast is heated by the Gulf Stream that is clear to be felt as one heads northwards. Let’s talk about some figures now. If you want to gauge the weather conditions in the country of Portugal then Lisbon is a good indicator of that.

One can observe an average high temperature of 23 degrees Celsius in the month of October. However, the evenings can still get cold with the temperatures falling to 15 degrees Celsius. Speaking of sea temperatures, these sit at a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius and the humidity range from the mid-50s to mid-90 %. Let’s move on to rainfall – rain generally picks up as the season progresses and an average of 101 mm can be seen spread across 11 rainy days. Lastly, we discuss daylight – tourists can expect 11 hours of daylight with seven hours of sunshine each. 

Weather in Portugal
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Things to Do in Portugal in October

There are plenty of interesting activities to engage in during your trip to Portugal in October. Refer to the list below for some inspiration: 

  1. Fátima Pilgrimage: Fátima is one of the most notable religious sites in the entire world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. As a result, it attracts several pilgrims and tourists from all corners of the world year after year. If you are interested in the Fátima Pilgrimage then mark the 13th of May and the 13th of October every year.
  2. Festa do Vinho e Vindimas: This is another festival that tourists can take part in. Also known as the Wine and grape festival, this celebration takes place in Becelac on the outskirts of Lisbon. One can enjoy an Ethnographic parade, regional wine shows, tastings, exhibitions, folklore, and of course – gastronomy. It is scheduled to take place between the 11th and 13th of October. 
  3. MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal: Surfing aficionados can watch top professional surfing competitions in the month of October in Portugal. Held in Peniche, this competition is held in one of the best surfing spots in the entire world. Don’t forget to add this spatula show to your itinerary if you don’t want to miss the best surfers manoeuvring incredible waves. 
  4. Douro Valley: Home to exceptional landscape year-round, the true beauty of the Douro valley comes out in the month of October. There are a few options when it comes to making the best of the beauty available on offer, Tourists can sign up for a river cruise of varying durations depending on the available budget and time at hand. Other options include – trains and roads. 
Things to Do in Portugal
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What to Pack for Portugal in October

Following are some key items that travellers must bring along during their travels to Portugal in October

  1. Pullovers
  2. Shorts
  3. Jeans 
  4. Long pants
  5. Sweater 
  6. Light jacket
  7. Closed-toe shoes
  8. Pair of sneakers

What to Wear in Portugal in October

Refer to the following list if you are looking for some sensible fashion ideas for your upcoming trip to Portugal in October

  1. Short-sleeved tees
  2. Long-sleeved tops
  3. Thin sweaters
  4. Cardigans
  5. Swimsuit(s)
  6. Sneakers
  7. Lightweight rain jacket
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Best Tips for Visiting Portugal in October

Following are some important trips that tourists should keep in their mind during their travel to Portugal in October

  1. As long tourists opt for sharing a room in reasonably cheap hotels, use public transport and opt for inexpensive restaurants, they can expect to have a fairly enjoyable experience during their trip for anywhere between 50 – 80 Euros a day. 
  2. If you upgrade your accommodations and dining options, then this figure can rise up to 120 Euros a day. 
  3. If you are opting for 5-star accommodations then your living expenses alone will be far more than 120 Euros a day. 
  4. While crime rates are usually less in Portugal, petty theft continues to be an unfortunate nuisance in larger resorts and cities. So, travellers are advised to be wary of their surroundings. 
Best Tips for Visiting Portugal in October
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Where to Stay in Portugal

The following make for some good accommodation options worth checking out during a trip to Portugal in October

  1. Casa de Cisterna: This establishment is located in the historic village of Castelo Rodrigo. It is best described as a luxury condominium with a rural touch. Tourists can choose among 9 rooms and 2 suites in total. These are set around a small stepped terrace and there is an outdoor pool on offer with stupendous views. The village nearby is home to Cristóvao de Moura palace. The establishment features hand-cooked meals from the owners of local produce. 
  2. Luz Houses: Located in the village of Fátima, this establishment is a boutique hotel. Some of the attractions during your stay here are recycled rainwater use, solar panels for heating, and low-consumption lighting. Some of the worldly comforts that can be enjoyed during your stay here include – fruit and olive trees and a wellness cave. The wellness cave is the venue used for massages that residents can enjoy. These massages use locally extracted essential oils as one of the key components in the process. 
Where to Stay in Portugal
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Festivals in Portugal in October

Following is a list of important festivals that one can take part in Portugal in October

October 5Republic Day
October 9 Lisbon Marathon
October 13 Pilgrimage to Fátima

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1- What are some of the main advantages of visiting Portugal in October

A1 – During the month of October, tourists can enjoy calm and quiet in the streets. The weather isn’t overtly gloomy and the cost of travel is lower compared to the other seasons. If you are seeking to avoid colder seasons and travel on a budget at the same time then October is the month for you. 

Q2 – What is the European Health Insurance Card? 

A2 –  As the name suggests – the European Health Insurance Card is used for access to Portuguese state public health services. However, this is limited to EU citizens travelling from countries that are bound by reciprocal agreements. 

Q2 – Are there any festivals or events in Portugal in October?

A2 – Yes, Portugal hosts a number of cultural events and festivals in October, including the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival and the Feira Nacional de Artesanato (National Handicraft Fair).

Q2 – Can I expect fall foliage in Portugal in October?

A2 – In some areas of Portugal, especially in the north, beautiful autumn foliage can be seen in October, creating stunning landscapes.

Q2 – Are wine tours and vineyard visits available in October?

A2 – Yes, many wineries and vineyards in regions such as the Douro Valley and Alentejo continue to offer tours and tastings in October, providing wine enthusiasts with a delightful experience.

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