Heating in Portugal

Friends of Boa Onda Guesthouse Peniche welcome to the news of our travel blog dedicated to Portugal. In this post we will try to give you all the most useful information about heating in Portugal, trying to find out if this is present in the homes of Portuguese people or tourists on holiday. We will answer the classic question: does Portugal need heating? Is it cold at home during the winter months or can one live without heating?

Heating in Portugal

As mentioned, this is one of the most popular questions from travellers of all ages and backgrounds who come to Portugal for medium to long periods of time each year. Portuguese tourist destinations are well known for their mild climate, relaxed lifestyle and beautiful locations. Quite rightly, however, those who are still unfamiliar with Portugal have asked themselves one or more times: but in winter and in the coldest season in Portugal, do you need heating?

The answer to this question if it is cold in Portugal, let’s say it varies depending on the people and their perceptions of the outside temperature. In general, based on the Köppen climate classification, which is the most widely used climate classification for geographical purposes and was first proposed in 1918 by Wladimir Köppen, Portugal falls into 2 zones:

  1. CSA (Mediterranean climate) 
  2. CSB (oceanic climate)

The Lusitanian peninsula is among the mildest European countries, with an average annual temperature ranging from 4 °C in the more mountainous north to 18 °C in the south. Although lows can be more pleasant than in some areas in the north, the thermometer can also drop below 5-10 degrees at night, for example in the districts of Lisbon and Porto.

Given these temperatures, heating seems to be needed in Portugal as well, and this is a sore point considering that, especially in the south, many houses and flats are not equipped with fireplaces and radiators. Of course, not every year is the same and as we know, the weather always shows a certain unpredictability.


Are the houses in Portugal equipped with heating?

Portuguese houses built before 1980 were not equipped with heating systems as we are used to in the rest of Europe. For this reason, it is necessary to equip oneself with a system for heating during one’s stay. If you want to make an investment in Portugal and wish to renovate such a property, you will certainly find a suitable solution through energy requalification projects using solar panels etc, insulation panels, double-glazed windows etc. The building renovation policies promoted by Europe have certainly had an impact in Portugal, but it seems that there is still much to be done.

Although we often read controversial positions online, from the statistics we have analyzed and university research conducted on the subject, we can tell you that

in Portugal you need heating or it would be better to have a heating system, although the climate varies from year to year and there are more or less cold years.

Therefore, before renting a holiday apartment/house, it is a good idea to know the temperatures in the area and to organise yourself to cope with both the heat and the cold.



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