Sea levels of Portugal and the climate change

Many real estate buyers consider the proximity to the coast as an important factor when choosing the right region for a property in Portugal. An increasingly important factor is the rising sea level caused by climate change. Unfortunately, we have to deal with it, even if the effects will only be visible in a few decades. Worldwide sea levels can rise up to 82 cm by the end of the century. By 2050 the IPCC experts predict a sea level rise of 17-38 centimeters. The 2013 IPCC also notes that the rise of the oceans' water level could be accompanied by ocean storms.


Basically, one can assume that the impact of Portugal will not hit as hard as other nations in Europe. Portugal has already begun to 'liberate' many coastal areas from buildings where the buildings were built very close to the water. The measure has caused much displeasure among the owners, but makes sense from a geo and environmental perspective.

Which regions will be affected most by rising sea levels?

The scientific organization Climate Central provides simulations for the next decades for the global rise of the oceans. Of course, these simulations are not perfect and there are many factors for rising sea levels. Nevertheless we would like to provide you with a simulation for Portugal in the year 2040. The simulation is a good orientation for real estate purchases in areas that might be affcted by rising sea levels.



The most affected regions in Portugal according to Climate Central are the coasts of:

  • Aveiro
  • Figueira da Foz
  • Samora Correira region
  • Comporta
  • Lagos (Algarve)
  • Alvor
  • Portimão
  • Vilamoura
  • Faro
  • Olhão


The following link takes you to the Climate Central website. The map shows the worldwide results of the simulation.

North Portugal sea levels 2040

Source: Climate Control

Middle Portugal sea levels 2040

Source: Climate Control

South Portugal sea levels 2040

Source: Climate Control