Maestro de Turismo
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Madrid, , Spain
Under normal circumstances, the weather in late February early March will be cool (even cold) in the morning and pleasant during the day. That is the peak golfing season in the Costa del Sol and Algarve in Portugal with temperatures typically in the 60 to high 70's or even low 80's F.
However, it is also a time of the year when you are more likely to get some rain. And even though that part of southern Spain and Portugal is generally warm year round, you can get a cold front coming in which will bring temperatures down to the 40's or even drop snow. Snow is rare if not downright non-existent so I wouldn't worry about it, but last year they did have a major snow storm around that time on the highway between Malaga and Granada and some bikers (I think from Edelweiss got caught up in it for a day - made the news for some reason). The thing is that two days later it was back up to the 70's.
The trip at the end of March and beginning of April has a bit less chance of rain, but it also will mean higher temperatures - particularly around the Seville area and regions inland. You can expect day time temps in the 80's and higher. It's still Spring and rain is a definite possibility, but in general you can expect sunshine most of the time.
As for the Lisbon area, February is definitely in the wet season for them and chances of rain at that time are higher. Temperatures will also be a bit cooler than in the south. Not cold, but cooler. Biggest issue is that rain will be more likely, but usually nothing torrential, just your typical early spring rain. Temperatures are likely to be in the 60's in and around the Lisbon area.
I lived in Lisbon for three years and commuted to work on my Triumph 30 km. each way. Morning ride to work was chilly, but not really a problem with right gear.
Last edited by hdf; Aug 11th, 2007 at 3:20 am.