Portugal in March: Weather, Events and What Else to Expect on Your Trip

Offering mild weather, blossoming landscapes, and a host of cultural events
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March is a delightful time to visit Portugal, offering mild weather, blossoming landscapes, and a host of cultural events. 

As winter gives way to spring, Portugal becomes an inviting destination for travelers seeking a blend of vibrant city life, historical charm, and scenic beauty. This guide will help you plan your trip to Portugal in March, covering weather patterns, activities, events, and culinary delights.

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Portugal Weather in March

Portimão, Portugal
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March marks the transition from winter to spring in Portugal, bringing mild and often pleasant weather:

  • Lisbon and Central Portugal: Temperatures range from 10°C to 18°C (50°F to 64°F). Expect mild, sunny days with occasional rain showers.
  • Porto and Northern Portugal: Temperatures in Porto range from 8°C to 16°C (46°F to 61°F). The weather is cooler and wetter than in the south, with frequent rain.
  • Algarve and Southern Portugal: Temperatures range from 12°C to 20°C (54°F to 68°F). The region enjoys warmer and sunnier conditions, making it ideal for outdoor activities.
  • Madeira and Azores: Temperatures range from 13°C to 20°C (55°F to 68°F). These islands have mild and stable weather, perfect for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Portugal in March: Highlights and Activities

Aveiro, Portugal
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Experience Madeira

Hike the levada trails, visit the lush Laurisilva forest, and enjoy the vibrant flower displays in Funchal. March is an excellent time to experience the island’s natural beauty.

Relax in the Algarve

Enjoy the beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming towns such as Lagos, Albufeira, and Tavira. Take advantage of the milder weather for golfing, hiking, and coastal walks.

Visit Sintra

Explore the fairy-tale palaces and gardens of Sintra, including the Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira. The springtime flowers add to the enchantment of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Explore Lisbon

Wander through the historic neighborhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto, visit iconic landmarks like the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, and enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Portugal in March: Events and Festivals

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Festival Internacional de Chocolate in Óbidos

This annual chocolate festival in the medieval town of Óbidos features chocolate sculptures, tastings, workshops, and entertainment.

Lisbon Half Marathon

This popular running event attracts participants from around the world. It offers a scenic route across the 25 de Abril Bridge and through the city streets.

Spring Equinox Celebrations

Various local festivals and events mark the arrival of spring, with traditional music, dance, and food.

Sample Packages For Your Trip to Portugal

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