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Portugal Climate

Portugal enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is one of the driest and sunniest regions in Europe with warm summers and mild winters making it a perfect choice for golfers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts.

The main golf season in Portugal is from late autumn to late spring. The climate at this time is mild and golfers from the UK can enjoy warm, sunny days and keep their swings smooth at a time when their home fairways are unplayable. Golfers can find the best of the weather in southern Portugal along the Algarve coast where days are long, dry and warm with pleasant sea breezes. Be careful, however, that despite southern Portugal’s appealing sunshine statistics, rain does fall occasionally and nearly all of it during the main golfing season. Cooler weather in the months of January and February should be expected so do be prepared with some warm outdoor clothing.

If you are travelling out of the main golfing season and wish to play during the peak summer months of July and August then be warned that temperatures on the courses frequently exceed 28ºC and care should be taken in the sun.  Because of the hot temperatures many courses offer special twilight sessions before 9.30am or after 4.30pm which are to be strongly recommended.

If you are looking to take a break from golf and enjoy some of the fantastic watersports available along the coast then the sea is at its warmest in September.  The Atlantic coastal winds make southern Portugal perfect for watersports such as windsurfing and sailing especially in the resorts of Albufeira.

Whatever the weather in Portugal, for the best round of golf, always remember to wear a hat, take plenty of water and to apply more sunscreen than you think!


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