Wondering what to wear in Portugal in March? As a family of five who have traveled to and from and lived in Portugal, we’ve created this guide for you!

March is a really nice time to explore this beautiful country, with the weather transitioning from winter months to warmer, sunny days. Whether you’re planning to wander through historic streets, enjoy outdoor activities, soak in the scenic beauty, or all of the above, dressing appropriately is key for a more pleasant trip! In this guide, we’ll take you through the essentials for parents and kids so you can make sure that your family is comfortable and prepared during your March adventure in Portugal.

March Weather in Portugal

Portugal experiences a mild climate in March, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). While daytime temperatures are pleasant, evenings can be cooler, so layering with warmer clothes over your day wear won’t be a regret. Occasional rain showers are also not uncommon this time of year, so you’ll want to be prepared for the potential for a few rainy days. Even with chilly evening temps and some possible rain, visiting Portugal in the Spring is a great option!

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What to Wear in Portugal in March

We are a carry-on bag only, travel backpack kind of family, so we like to pack light. You can get our packing hacks here:  Packing Hacks For Families – 30 days in Europe with just a backpack. The following are the essential items we recommend for a trip to Portugal in March:

Light Layers

Pack light clothing like cotton or linen for your base layers and pack layers, like a combination of t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and sweaters will allow you to adjust to the changing temperatures throughout the day. You’ll want to be able to start the morning with multiple layers, shed down to your light breathable fabrics by mid-day when you have nice warm weather, and put your warm clothes back on at night. 

Sweaters

Sweaters are a great option for cooler days. Some days it’s cooler out all day, and you’ll want to have that sweater all day long. Other days, you can remove that layer as it warms up later in the day. Layers are the way to go!

Comfortable Bottoms

Pack a mix of casual pants, jeans, and maybe even a pair of stylish shorts or comfortable skirts for warmer days. You’ll want to be able to mix and match your tops and bottoms so make sure they’re all pretty neutral colors without a lot of patterns if you want to pack light.

Shoes

Comfortable shoes are so important for traveling since you’ll likely be doing lots of walking to see all the amazing sites. It’s especially important for kids because if their feet start hurting, you’ll be carrying them! Sneakers or comfortable walking shoes are a must for exploring Portugal’s charming cobblestone streets. You could also pack some comfortable sandals for everyone in case you want to dress up a little for any of your plans.

Rain Gear

A lightweight jacket that’s waterproof will come in handy during unexpected rain showers. Choose a versatile style that can be easily packed when not in use. Consider rain boots and umbrellas if the weather is looking like it will be on the rainier side. Just check the weather conditions before you pack and you should have a decent idea of the average highs and lows and how often you’ll be needing that rain jacket.

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Accessories

Don’t forget accessories like a day bag or cross-body bag, sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat like a straw hat, and a scarf. These items not only add flair to your outfit but also offer protection from the sun or a sudden chill.

Activities and Dressing Tips

Exploring Cities and Towns

For strolling through historic cities like Lisbon or Porto, comfortable shoes, light layers, and a crossbody bag are ideal. Don’t forget a camera to capture the picturesque landscapes.

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Monasteries

When visiting sites like Jerónimos Monastery and other religious sites, remember to follow their dress code. For the most part this just means modesty. Shoulders and knees must be covered, so long light dresses for hot days would be a good option or pants and everyone can put on their your long-sleeved shirts for the tour. 

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Beach Days

If you plan on visiting the coastal areas, pack a bathing suit, along with comfortable beach cover-ups. If you’re visiting in early Spring, keep in mind that it might be a little cool. Swim shirts are a good idea for cooler beach days. 

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Hiking Adventures

Portugal offers beautiful hiking trails. Dress in moisture-wicking fabrics, and comfortable hiking shoes, and pack a backpack with essentials like water, snacks, and a light jacket.

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Conclusion

March in Portugal is a magical time for families to explore the country’s diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Traveling in off seasons are popular choices for many experienced travelers. By dressing in layers and good weather-appropriate attire, you and your family will fully enjoy the beauty and warmth that this charming destination has to offer in March. 

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