When to go to Coimbra: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Coimbra is one of the largest and most important cities in Portugal. It stands on the Mondego River, was initially the capital of the country and boasts one of the oldest universities in the world. The historian University of Coimbra has made this city so well known and visited, as well as the major university center in all of Portugal. Among other things, Coimbra is a perfect mix for visitors!
It offers indeed history and culture by day and life and entertainment by night. The perfectly preserved medieval old town and the party venues full of young university students but also people of all other ages will make you appreciate this city very much. Below you will find information and useful tips to know which are the best times and those to avoid for a trip to Coimbra.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Coimbra: the cheapest period
  3. Coimbra in Spring
  4. Coimbra in Autumn
  5. Coimbra in Winter
  6. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from April to September, or those months when it rains less, or not at all, and temperatures are pleasantly warm.
  • Period to avoid: none in particular, however the winter months are colder and rainier therefore less suitable for a visit to the city and its pretty historic center

Coimbra is located in central Portugal, and not being directly exposed on the coast enjoys a temperate oceanic climate which is substantially balanced, that is, it never has temperatures that are too hot or too cold. Temperatures tend to be warmer than Porto and colder than Lisbon. Winter is very rainy but with acceptable temperatures, spring is rainy only in the early periods, then it is cool and sunny, while summer is quite hot and very dry, finally autumn is initially warm and then becomes very rainy but never too cold. May and August are the hottest and driest months. From November to February, however, it is the rainiest and coolest period.

When to go to Coimbra: the cheapest period

Coimbra itself is cheaper than other Portuguese cities such as Lisbon and Porto, however, due to the climate, during the late autumn and throughout the winter housing prices drop further.

As for flights, however, we recommend that you reach Porto, as the flights are much cheaper, and then move to Coimbra by taking a bus or train that will take you to the city in less than an hour, saving you a lot of money!

Coimbra in Spring

Spring in Coimbra begins with abundant rains and temperatures around 15 ° C, so if you are planning a trip we recommend that you choose late spring, closer to summer weather with moderate and pleasant heat. May in particular is the perfect month.

No rain, lots of sun and also the Queima das Fitas begins, a festival that lasts 8 days starting from the first Friday of the month and celebrates the end of the academic year of the University of Coimbra with parades, music, cultural activities and the symbolic gesture of burning colored ribbons that symbolize the different faculties.

Coimbra in Summer

In summer Coimbra touches, and sometimes reaches, 30 ° C during the day, and 20 ° C during the evening and night, which means that the days are very hot and the evenings pleasantly warm. This period is perfect to visit the city if you are used to intense heat, otherwise if you are not so fond of high temperatures it would be better to avoid being Coimbra a city landlocked from which the beaches are about 1 hour away by car.

If you are in Coimbra in the summer, we recommend the Festival das Artes from 13 to 22 July, a festival dedicated to music and theater that offers performances in the Colina De Camoes outdoor amphitheater.

Coimbra in Autumn

During the first autumn period Coimbra is perfect to visit. Between the end of September and the beginning of October the rains have not yet arrived, the heat decreases becoming pleasant with daytime temperatures around 20 ° C and cool evenings.

With this good weather, before the constant rains and slightly lower temperatures begin, you will be able to enjoy pleasant hours around the historic city center where you can visit the Old Cathedral, the New Cathedral, the Santa Cruz Monastery, the Porta and the Torre de Almedina, and then take a long walk inside the Botanical Garden of Coimbra, ending with a boat ride on the Mondego river .

Coimbra in Winter

In winter, rain is a constant, but fortunately the temperatures are not so low, in fact snow and temperatures close to 0 are rare phenomena. This makes Coimbra an excellent city to visit even in winter despite the abundant rains, and we have found things to do for you even in bad weather.

At morning you can take the opportunity to visit the city museums such as the Academic Museum, the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra or the Machado Castro National Museum, an exhibition of works of art of various kinds such as paintings, sculptures, jewels and fabrics. In the evening, however, we remind you that Coimbra is a university city, so there will be fun among the multiplicity of clubs in the city that organize parties and evenings of various kinds.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: You will not need excessively warm clothing, some sweater and some sweatshirt with jeans and a pair of waterproof boots for the rain will be enough. The umbrella instead will be the accessory that cannot be missing and that you will use the most.
  • In summer: Tank tops, t-shirts, shorts and sandals will suffice. Maybe even jeans and a jacket for the evening, but he's not sure you'll need them. It is also better to bring your swimsuit and beach towel in case you think of spending a few days at the beach.
  • In autumn and spring: In both seasons, opt for layered clothing, combining it with short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts and a waterproof jacket. Umbrella is a must, especially in late autumn and early spring.

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