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Northern Portugal Holidays

Explore Portugal’s scenic, unhurried north with our walking holidays, road trips & tailormade tours

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September to November

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The terraces of Sistelo in early autumn

Late summer and autumn ambles
September to early November

September and October are another two wonderful months to get out into the villages and onto the walking trails of northern Portugal.

The climate tends to mirror that of the spring. So as we move through September, expect warm and dry weather - the kind you bring your sunhat and factor 50 for, and then a bit more rain and a bit less heat in October. The pay off for the latter though is that the landscapes begin to take on a real autumnal feel all around, from the iconic terraces of Sistelo to the neat rows of vines and the clumps of forests.

September and October are also wonderful months to pair up time in the Minho with the vines of the Douro Valley around harvest time. For that, you'll want our Great Road Trips: Portugal from Porto to Lisbon. Early November can be a little window of opportunity to go and explore north Portugal too, certainly the first week or so before the days shorten and the rainfall cranks up.

Trip idea: North Portugal Inn to Inn Walking Holiday

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Ripening grapes on the coast
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Autumnal vines in the Douro Valley

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