Best time to visit Lisbon

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Best time of year to visit Lisbon

Thinner crowds and balmy weather makes mid-April through May and September through October the best time to visit Lisbon. Late spring means orange blossoms all around. Plus, who can resist a glass (or a bottle?) during the fall wine season? These months have the lowest prices on hotels and flights as well. You can even put your finger on the beach season.

Times between June and August bring in skyrocketing rates and chords of tourists to the city and beaches. Fortunately, summer in Lisbon is almost rainless, which is handy for several festivals like Super Bock Super Rock or Sumol Summer Fest.

Even though temperatures significantly drop from November to February, the winter in Lisbon is relatively warm. Sure enough, you'll need rain gear for your promenades, but that's nothing compared to the expensive rates you’ll avoid.

16 THINGS TO DO IN LISBON (SEPTEMBER 01 - SEPTEMBER 10)

Wine Season

Wine Season

September–November • food

Witness grape harvesting and winemaking in one of Portugal's most famous​ wine regions

Sardines Season

Sardines Season

July–August • food

Sardine is the most popular fish in Portugal

Vinho Verde

Vinho Verde

August–September • food

Light sparkling wines, perfect for summer heat

Summer Jazz Concerts

Summer Jazz Concerts

May–September • event

During summer, dozens of jazz concerts take place around the city

Festival of Iberian Mask (Festival Internacional da Mascára Ibérica FIMI)

Festival of Iberian Mask (Festival Internacional da Mascára Ibérica FIMI)

unconfirmedSeptember 2021 • event

During the first weekend of May people in masks and costumes take to the streets of Lisbon to celebrate historical and cultural ties that exist between Spanish and Portuguese regions

Brunch Electronik

Brunch Electronik

unconfirmedJuly 25–September 26, 2021 • event

A series of open-air weekend events full of electronic music and activities for both kids and adults

Surfing

Surfing

September–May • activity

Surfers enjoy the vast coasts in Lisbon vicinity

Arrábida Nature Park

Arrábida Nature Park

April–October (all year round) • nature

This area offers a wide selection of activities—hiking, diving, exploring flora and fauna, and local product tasting

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

There are plenty of places for relaxation in Lisbon surroundings

Tagus River Sunset Cruise

Tagus River Sunset Cruise

May–September (all year round) • activity

Looking at Lisbon from its waterfront gives you a different perspective

Lisbon Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa)

Lisbon Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa)

August 26–September 12, 2021 • event

Residents of Lisbon know how to make a large-scale cultural event.

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

March–October • activity

Get familiar with famous Nortada and enjoy great waves

Arriba Fóssil da Costa de Caparica Protected Landscape

Arriba Fóssil da Costa de Caparica Protected Landscape

March–October (all year round) • nature

Picturesque prehistoric cliffs hang over vast beaches creating an impressive landscape

LISB-ON

LISB-ON

September 3–5, 2021 • event

This three-day festival combines electronic music and contemporary culture

Diving

Diving

all year round  • activity

Reefs, wrecks, deep dives—a lot of opportunities are open to divers in the vicinity of Lisbon

CCB Summer

CCB Summer

June 4–September 17, 2021 • event

Listen to the jazz music and watch movies in the Centro Cultural de Belém

23 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Lisbon Bullfighting

Lisbon Bullfighting

out of rangeEaster Sunday–late August • event

Tauromaquia in Portugal is no less colorful than Spanish corrida

Rock in Rio Lisboa

Rock in Rio Lisboa

out of rangeJune 18–19, 2022 • event

One of the world's biggest music and entertainment festivals

Portugal Carnival de Torres Vedras

Portugal Carnival de Torres Vedras

out of rangeFebruary 2021 (canceled) • event

Traditional drums and bagpipes, large-scale​ allegorical floats, groups of masked revellers—carnival as it used to be for centuries

Bacalhau

Bacalhau

out of rangeDecember 25 • food

Star of the show on Portugese Christmas dinner tables

Fatima Pilgrimage

Fatima Pilgrimage

out of rangeOctober 13 | May 13 • event

The pilgrimage to the most famous place of Marian apparitions

Festas de Lisboa (Festas dos Santos Populares)

Festas de Lisboa (Festas dos Santos Populares)

out of rangeJune (canceled in 2020) • event

Every June the streets of Lisbon are decorated, and the smell of grilled sardines fills the air for a few days

Meia Maratona de Lisboa or Lisbon Half Marathon

Meia Maratona de Lisboa or Lisbon Half Marathon

out of rangeOctober 17, 2021 • event

Take part in the record-holder half-marathon through one of the 20th longest bridges in the world

Magusto

Magusto

out of rangeSeptember 29 | November 1 | November 11 • event

A joyful harvest celebration when family and friends gather near the bonfire

Sintra & Sintra-Cascais Nature Park

Sintra & Sintra-Cascais Nature Park

out of rangeOctober–May • activity

This fairy-tale town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The serene and picturesque area combines impressive architecture and unique nature

Flamingos in the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

Flamingos in the Tagus Estuary Natural Reserve

out of rangeOctober–November • nature

Endless flocks of pink flamingos occupy the wetland for the winter season

Peixe em Lisboa or Lisbon Fish & Flavours

Peixe em Lisboa or Lisbon Fish & Flavours

on holdearly/mid-April 2021 • event

Creative fish and seafood tasting

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

out of rangeApril–May • nature

See picturesque Algrave region when it's covered in orange blossom

Super Bock Super Rock

Super Bock Super Rock

out of rangeJuly 15–17, 2021 • event

World rock stars gather in Lisbon to take part in one of the biggest European rock festivals

Festival Silêncio

Festival Silêncio

out of rangeSeptember 27–30, 2018 • event

The participatory festival celebrates the word integrating it into all forms of contemporary art

ID NoLimits (former Lisboa Dance Festival)

ID NoLimits (former Lisboa Dance Festival)

out of rangeApril 9–10, 2021 • event

The sounds of electronic music shake the walls of conference rooms

NOS Alive Festival

NOS Alive Festival

out of rangeJuly 7–10, 2021 • event

An open-air indie, rock, and pop music festival near Lisbon

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeOctober–April • nature

During the migration season, Lisbon and its vicinity turn into a wintering site and migration stop-off point for thousands of birds

Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

out of rangeFebruary–early March • food

An unusual Portuguese dish

Epiphany Cake (King Cake)

Epiphany Cake (King Cake)

out of rangeDecember 24–January 06 • food

A traditional Catholic holiday marked with a crown-shaped cake, dances and singing

Sumol Summer Fest

Sumol Summer Fest

out of rangeJuly 2–3, 2021 • event

Beach vibes, surfing plus lots of hip-hop and best Portuguese DJs

Summer Nights at Chiado Museum

Summer Nights at Chiado Museum

unconfirmedAugust 6–27, 2021 • event

Free concerts gather people in the Sculpture Garden of the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado every August

São Silvestre de Lisboa

São Silvestre de Lisboa

out of rangeDecember 26, 2020 • event

Every year since 2008 this race occupies the streets of Lisbon

Winter Food–Caldo Verde

Winter Food–Caldo Verde

out of rangeDecember–February • food

A traditional​ soup is one of the best winter comfort foods of all times

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