The One Minute Geographer: Some Key Facts About Portugal’s Climate

All of Portugal’s coast is on the Atlantic Ocean, not the Mediterranean Sea. Map from

Portugal has what geographers call ‘Mediterranean climate,’ and ‘Mediterranean vegetation,’ even though no part of Portugal touches the Mediterranean Sea! (Map above.) The main characteristics of this type of climate are hot summers in the south; warm summers in the north; (map below) summer drought, and rain concentrated in winter.