With its cobblestoned villages, golden beaches, and captivating cities, Portugal is a country that has got it all. This dream destination offers you everything from scenery, history, culture, and great cuisine, and believe it or not, this is merely the start! For far too long the travel community has shunned Portugal in favour of a trip to Spain. We are here to tell you that this shouldn’t be the case anymore. With the renaissance giving a new lease of life to an already extremely gorgeous country, we suggest you read on to know more about travel to Portugal in April.
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Weather in Portugal in April
Temperatures rise in April as summers approach. Although tourists may be caught off guard by slight variations in temperatures around the country, on the whole, the country is blessed with plenty of sunshine. Like many other months, there is a variation to be seen as far as the weather is concerned between the northern and the southern regions of the country. The Algarve region fares off the best with the island of Madeira enjoying subtropical weather to go with the beaches present there.
Let’s crunch some numbers now! To speak in terms of numbers, we will be referring to the capital city of Lisbon as it is a good marker of what the weather is like in the rest of the country. Tourists can expect an average high of about 20 degrees Celsius in the month of April. This might motivate you to pack some cool t-shirts and shorts and be done with it, but we advise you to go the extra mile and pack some warm clothes too. We say so because the evenings can get quite cool even with the increasing temperatures. Coming to average sea temperatures, the mercury was recorded at an average of 16 degrees Celsius with low humidity to go with it.
Speaking in terms of numbers, the humidity ranges from the low 50s to just over 90%. Moving onto rainfall – travellers can expect an average rainfall of 64 mm for over 11 rainy days in total. We shall be discussing daylight as the last topic in this section. Lisbon gets 13 hours of daylight with approximately 8 hours of sunshine every day. Although the UV levels are high, the sun sets at 8 PM and this time increases progressively along with the month.
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Things to Do in Portugal in April
Following are some excellent choices for activities that you can engage in on your trip to Portugal in April:
- Tackle long-distance trails ( in parts or in entirety ) like the Portuguese leg of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage route.
- Another trail that you can sign up for is the Alentejo’s Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s trail, travellers will enjoy this little-known stretch of the Atlantic Coast.
- Head to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ranging from Sintra, or Braga to check out attractions like the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Mente or Manueline Monastery of Batalha.
- Owing to the improved weather conditions, outdoor enthusiasts can indulge in activities like canyoning, kayaking, diving, and climbing.
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What to Pack for Portugal in April
- Travel backpack
- Medium-sized suitcase
- Money belt
- Portable battery pack
- Portable water bottle with filtration
What to Wear in Portugal in April
- Dress shoes
- Good pair of heels
- Jean shorts
- Summer dresses
- Tank tops
- Athletic shirts
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Best Tips for Visiting Portugal in April
- You will encounter fewer fellow tourists during your travels to Portugal in April. This means that even the more mainstream, popular landmarks aren’t as busy yet. Main attractions like Lisbon, Porto, and Sintra might be busy but everywhere else, it is relatively quiet.
- Spring has started to set in, so you can expect to see flowers, bushes, trees, etc in full bloom in most regions barring some exceptions.
- There will be plenty of savings to be enjoyed during your trip to Portugal in April. While Portugal is already one of the most economical trips that you can take, April marks the shoulder season. As a result, travel and accommodation expenses shouldn’t be as high.
- April marks the perfect weather for sightseeing. This is a particularly good time if you are visiting Portugal to explore the country and not head to the beaches.
Where to Stay in Portugal in April
1. Hotel Casa Das Senhoras Rainhas
This accommodation is a rather attractive boutique hotel located in Óbidos. The adjoining restaurant specialises in regional dishes. Other worldly amenities include a bar with a terrace to relax in during the evenings. Prices for a night start from 95 Euros and upwards.
2. Casal de Eira Branca
This accommodation set in Óbidos is full of charm. The building offers panoramic views of the whole city. Tourists can enjoy the works of local artists during their stay. The main highlight here, however, has to be the communal kitchen that guests are encouraged to use. There is also an outdoor dining area on offer. Prices for a stay at the hotel start from 50 Euros and upwards for a night.
3. Golden Tulip Hotel and Spa:
Located in the Minho region, this accommodation option is situated close to Braga. The building is essentially a restored 18th-century convent. It features amenities like indoor and outdoor pools for adults and children. Foodies can have a great stay here as the hotel’s DO Convento restaurant features excellent local and international cuisine. Prices for a night star for 60 Euros and upwards.
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Festivals in Portugal in April
Following is a description of some important festivals that tourists can take part in Portugal in April:
- Semana Santa Holy Week – the week just before Easter is a rather big deal in Portugal. Tourists can expect to enjoy fairs, festivals, alluring religious parades and a lot more. If you are looking for the very best of these parades, then head to Braga. Portugal’s spiritual centre buzzes to life with churches donning elaborate decorations, Gregorian chants, and of course – parades!
- Ovibeja – If you are jonesing to see the Alentejo region at its best, then the Ovibeja festival is the time for you. Beja is the time when all the stops are pulled for a five-day agricultural fair held in late April. One can check out prized animals, and enjoy workshops, exhibitions, and ofc the food to go with all these festivities.
- International Chocolate Festival:
If you like chocolates then there is no better time to visit delightful and medieval Óbidos than the latter half of April. The chocolate festival brings plenty of treats to be enjoyed like chocolate tastings, cookery classes, sculptures and more.
FAQs about Portugal in April
A – As mentioned in the section above, the weather in Portugal in April is suitable for travel for the most part. However, the weather in Portugal always remains a bit of a gamble. Henceforth, we recommend that travellers pack accordingly so that they can face colder, windier, and rainy days as well.
A – Yes, the water temperatures haven’t risen substantially to allow for an enjoyable session in the water.
A – While most regions that travellers may visit on their trip to Portugal in April will be green, there definitely will be some exceptions along the way. Notable among these are regions like – Douro Valley near Porto among others. Henceforth, it is advisable to double-check your travel itinerary accordingly if your plans are based around Spring season-based activities.
This dream destination offers you everything you want. Plan a great vacation to Portugal in April and have the best travel experiences ever. Book best Portugal travel packages from Pickyourtrail at the best deals or customise your Portugal itinerary and plan it just the way you want, the choice is all yours. A great vacation away from the daily hustle and bustle is waiting for you, don’t miss it! See you soon
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