Are you wondering what to wear in Portugal in July? Summer is in full swing in Portugal in July so it is really important to pack for the heat. In this guide we tell you what to pack for Portugal regions such as Lisbon and Porto, as well as to beaches in the Algarve and more.
Weather in Portugal in July
July in Portugal is definitely hot and the temperatures and crowds are rising although you will find the south of the country much warmer than the north.
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Is it hot in Portugal in July
In the South in cities such as Lisbon and the other Southern regions the temperatures tend to have a high of 27°C, with a low of 21°C.
However in the North and at altitude the temperatures do tend to be cooler.
Does it Rain in Portugal in July
The rainy season in Portugal tends to be from November to March. However having said that you can get rain in Portugal any time of year.
July in Portugal is not only one of the hottest months but also one of the driest with there being around only 6mm of rain during the entire month.
To get a more accurate weather overview, be sure to check out our monthly city what to wear guides:
- What to wear to Lisbon in July
- What to wear in Porto
- What to wear to the Algarve in July
- What to wear in Sintra
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 July?
The sea around Portugal is at one of it’s warmest months in July. If you are in Lisbon or the Algarve and want to use the beach then July is one of the best months to enjoy them.
What to Wear in Portugal in July
Best Shoes for Portugal in July
The perfect shoe for Portugal at any time of year is a sneaker in my opinion. Many of the biggest tourist attractions and destinations in Portugal such as Porto, Lisbon and Sintra are very hilly and therefore you will want good soled shoes with you, even in summer.
Just be sure to pick a lightweight pair that can cope with the heat. I tend to pick AllBird Summer Sneakers as they are lightweight and breathable which is essential for sightseeing in Portugal in Summer.
Just be sure to add sneaker socks to your packing list too if you are visiting in Summer to help reduce sweat and odour in your shoe.
The weather in Portugal in July is perfect for sandals.
Though I wouldn’t wear sandals for sightseeing, as you will want a shoe with a decent sole and arch support, sandals are perfect for beaches in Portugal and also for going out to dinner in Lisbon.
Personally I would always select a wedge over a stiletto heel if you want a shoe with height as these are safer on cobbles.
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.
If you aren’t however planning to head to the beaches in the South however you might swell leave the flip flops at home.
What to Wear in Portugal in July for women
This section of the guide is a great Portugal Summer Packing list for women whether they are visiting cities, beaches or a mixture on their Portugal itinerary.
Skirts and dresses
Anything goes in Portugal so select skirts and dress types that you are most comfortable in. Personally I like a long maxi dress with a short sleeve for this month of the year and will always have a pashmina and top layer with me for chillier days.
However it is worth noting that there is one type of tourist attraction where you need to be more conservative – Portuguese churches i.e. Lisbon Cathedral, as with many European churches such as the Sagrada Familia and the Vatican, require visitors to keep shoulders and knees covered.
Therefore on days you plan to visit religious settings remember to be more conservative in your attire.
Jeans tend to be too hot for Portugal in July so should be left at home. Instead you will want to bring with you more lightweight trousers. For instance chinos, loose cotton trousers and linen trousers are a great choice.
A loose blouse works perfectly for warmer days and cooler nights in Portugal.
As the temperatures heat up in July, t shirts become a perfect pick for sightseeing in the city.
Tank tops are also suitable for everywhere except churches.
And in the cities and beaches you will find an assortment of fashion styles so go with the t shirts that you feel most comfy in.
It is highly unlikely you will need a coat when visiting Portugal in July however you may want to bring a lightweight jacket or blazer with you for evenings.
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. .
PJs or Nightie
Lightweight pyjamas and nighties are perfect especially towards the end of the month. 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 summer. On beaches wide brimmed sun hats are definitely on trend.
Essential no matter the time of year you are visiting. Just be sure to have some UV protection.
The sea is starting to warm up enough to swim in for July. Therefore if you plan to hit the beach or have access to a pool then you will want to have swimwear with you.
A beach cover is another great addition if you plan on hitting the beach.
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 July for Men
The rules of what to pack for Portugal in July for men is similar to women. We recommend packing
Chinos and linen trousers are perfect for Portugal in July as they are the perfect weight for the weather. Again jeans tend to be too hot for Portugal in July so are best left at home.
However I would also 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.
T Shirts and Shirts
Short sleeve t shirts are perfect for sightseeing during the day in July 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.
Again although coats aren’t needed a lightweight top layer such as a blazer is a good addition to your men’s Portugal Summer Packing List.
Only if you plan to visit a beach or use a pool in Portugal.
For same reason as above.
Underwear, Socks and Pjs
What to Pack in Portugal in July (non clothing)
- sunglasses – Sunglasses are essential in Portugal whatever the month but July and Summer in particular.
- Travel First Aid Kit
- Travel Adaptor
- Power Pack / Battery recharger
- Crossbody bag with zips – this acts as a deterrent to pickpockets
- Sunscreen –the sun is strong through Portugal in July.
- Aloe Vera / After Sun – just in case
- camera – it is a beautiful city you will want to take lots of photographs.
Have you visited Portugal in July? What else would you add to this packing list.