I am traveling to Lisbon and Porto during Thanksgiving week and wondered what rain gear would be sufficient? Rain jacket with hood? or will I need rain boots as well? Debating if my regular boots with waterproofing spray will be good enough. The weather says 60-80% for most of the trip. Any thoughts are appreciated!
Whatever you were at home on a rainy day will do.
First off, the waterproofing spray is far, far from waterproofing. It might give a little water resistance for awhile but no waterproofing. You don't need boots because you will not be walking in deep water but waterproof shoes are a good idea. We use an ECCO shoe with sealed seams that is waterproof and it is handy when when walking in rainy weather.
I just returned from Lisbon this weekend and in 3 days we had only one afternoon of light rain showers. We were fine with just umbrellas and hooded rain jackets. There were some puddles, but if you pay attention to where you are walking, you should be able to keep your feet pretty dry. The bigger problem seemed to be the cars and trams splashing water everywhere! Definitely have an extra pair of shoes so that you can alternate between the two pairs if one does get damp.
I've lived here over a year and have never felt the need for rain boots. A rain jacket with hood might come in handy but I wouldn't waste the space in your suitcase with rain boots. But, it could also be sunny and beautiful as it's been lately!
Thanks all! I was just worried about bringing nice leather boots with me and having them get ruined. Wasn't sure what to expect with the high chance of rain everyday. For us in Texas that usually means heavy downpours for hours at a time. Thanks again!
One of the nice things about this area of Portugal - it rarely rains for long periods of time. I found that very strange when I got here from Oklahoma. It will rain for 10-15 minutes then stop a good portion of the time. Of course, it might start again a few minutes later. But I don't recall it ever raining for hours on end like it does in Texas or Oklahoma.
I've just returned from a 12 night trip to Portugal starting Lisbon then Coimbra and finally Porto. I was exceptionally lucky with the weather and arrived to hot and sunny on the 29th October and left on a chilly day with drizzle. There were a couple of day with light rain showers for an hower or two and one night when there was torrential rain. But, I never needed more than a pair of trainers and other shoes for walking in. I was glad though that I had a light winter puffer jacket with me which came in handy in the mornings in Porto and evenings.