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What to Pack for Portugal in September

What to Pack for Portugal in September

Are you wondering what to pack for Portugal in September? Technically summer ends in September in Portugal however the temperatures still resemble summer. In this guide we tell you what to wear in Portugal in September by regions such as Lisbon and Porto, as well beaches in the Algarve and more.

Weather in Portugal in September

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Although Summer is technically over, Portugal in September is still a great destination to visit, but what can you expect from the weather?

Is it hot in Portugal in September

The Algarve in SEptember with view of a church
What to pack for Portugal in September

You can generalise September weather in Portugal as generally mild. The daily maximum tends to be 26 C / 79F while the daytime minimum temperature tends to be 19 C/66F.

However, as with any month in Portugal, the evenings can be considerably chillier especially with the wind. Therefore it is always advisable to bring some layers with you, no matter the region of Portugal you travel to.

Does it Rain in Portugal in September 

The rainy season in Portugal tends to be from November to March. Therefore you can expect SEptember to be one of the drier months.

In fact you have around a 70% chance of a perfect day in Portugal in September. To get a more accurate weather overview, be sure to check out our monthly city what to wear guides:

And if you trip spans two months be sure to check out our other monthly guides:

Is it warm enough to swim in Portugal in September?

One of the best things about Portugal in September is that the water is at its best to swim in. In fact in September you can expect the sea temperature to be around 20°C/68F.

So whether you are visiting Lisbon or the Algarve and want to use the beach then September is one of the best months to enjoy them.

What to Wear in Portugal in September

What to Wear in Portugal in September for women

Woman in front of Juromenha Castle in portugal
What to pack for Portugal in September

Here is exactly what to wear in Portugal in September for women:

Skirts and dresses

Dresses and skirts are my go to for Portugal in September. As the weather is still pretty summery a long maxi dress with a short sleeve is perfect for this month. However I recommend you bring a pashmina as top layer with me for chillier days and evenings and also for use in churches.

However just be sure that your dresses don’t drag along the floor as places like Lisbon are very hilly and this can be a trip hazard.


If you are traveling in Early September then lightweight trousers are your best friend. For instance chinos, loose cotton trousers and linen trousers are a great choice and work anywhere in Portugal.

If you do decide to pack linen be sure to check out our guide on how to pack linen to prevent wrinkles.

However if you are traveling Late September then you may also want to add a pair of light weight jeans to your packing list.


Shorts are good for sightseeing and on the beach in Portugal but are not appropriate attire for churches i Portugal as they wouldn’t be in places like the Sagrada Familia or in Italian churches.


A loose blouse works perfectly for warmer days and cooler nights in Portugal. 

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T Shirt

Tshirts are a perfect pick for sightseeing in the cities and on beaches in Portugal.

Tank tops are also suitable for everywhere except churches and are a great choice for the coast however by the end of September you may find it too cold for tank tops..


It is highly unlikely you will need a coat when visiting Portugal in September however you may want to bring a lightweight jacket or blazer with you for evenings. And towards the end of September you may want a warmer jacket with you.


A pashmina is on all of my European packing lists no matter the month of travel. They are perfect for cooler days as an extra layer and also can make outfits more modest if your top does not meet churches in Portugal dress code rules

This is also good for days when there is a strong nortada (north wind).

PJs or Nightie

Lightweight pyjamas and nighties are perfect. Not all Portuguese accommodations will have air conditioning so lightweight nightwear is an essential just in case.


I always recommend taking a sun hat if you are visiting Portugal in September. On beaches wide brimmed sun hats are definitely on trend but any hat is better than no hat in Portugal.


Essential no matter the time of year you are visiting. Just be sure to have some UV protection.

Swimwear and Beach Covers (optional) 

The sea is perfect in September so if you are planning on hitting the beach or the pool you will definitely need swimwear and a beach cover.

Underwear and Socks

Goes without saying but don’t forget sneaker socks too to help reduce sweat and odour in your shoe.

What to pack for Portugal in September for Men

Couple in the inside of an abandoned church in Portugal
What to wear in Portugal in September

The rules of what to pack for Portugal in September for men is similar to women. We recommend packing


Shorts are perfect for sightseeing in Portugal in summer and for on the beaches. The only places you can’t wear shorts are in churches.

Where possible we recommend packing more tailored shorts instead of cargo shorts to be more in keeping with local styles.

Chinos/Linen Trousers

Chinos and linen trousers are perfect for Portugal in September as they are the perfect weight for the weather.  Again I would save packing jeans for the end of the month.

T Shirts and Shirts

Short sleeve t shirts are perfect for sightseeing during the day in September as our tank tops, except for in churches.

However for evenings I would recommend having a button down shirt with long sleeves and maybe a polo shirt for day to night transition outfits.


Coats definitely aren’t needed for September in Portugal however a lightweight top layer like a sweater or jacket is always a good idea.


The water is perfect in Portugal in September. So if you visiting the coast or staying somewhere with a pool be sure to pack swimming trunks iwth you.


For same reason as above. 

Underwear, Socks and Pjs

Best Shoes for Portugal in September


The perfect shoe for Portugal at any time of year is a sneaker in my opinion. Sneakers will be able to cope best for the long days of walking you will be inevitably doing as well as being able to cope with the hilly and cobbled stone terrains that you find in Portugal.

But it is important if you are visiting you will need a lightweight and breathable pair.

Just be sure to add sneaker socks to your packing list too if you are visiting in Early September to help reduce sweat and odour in your shoe.


The weather in Portugal in September, particularly in Early September is perfect for sandals.

Just be sure they have a good sole and arch support if you plan on using them for sightseeing. And if you want a shoe with height for evenings, we recommend a wedge instead thin heels.

Flip Flops (optional)

These are only really suitable if you plan to visit some of the beach areas of Portugal i.e. the Algarve at this time of year or are staying at a hotel with a heated pool.

What to Pack in Portugal in September (non clothing)

Have you visited Portugal in September? What else would you add to this Portugal packing list.