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.

10 THINGS TO DO IN LISBON (AUGUST 02 - AUGUST 11)

Lisbon Bullfighting

Lisbon Bullfighting

Easter Sunday–late August • event

Tauromaquia in Portugal is no less colourful than Spanish corrida

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

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

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

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

Diving

Diving

all year round  • activity

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

29 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Rock in Rio Lisboa

Rock in Rio Lisboa

June 19–20, 2021 | June 26–27, 2021 • event

One of the world's biggest music and entertainment festivals

Wine Season

Wine Season

September–November • food

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

Portugal Carnival de Torres Vedras

Portugal Carnival de Torres Vedras

February 21–26, 2020 • event

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

Bacalhau

Bacalhau

December 25 • food

Star of the show on Portugese Christmas dinner tables

Festas de Lisboa (Festas dos Santos Populares)

Festas de Lisboa (Festas dos Santos Populares)

June (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

Fatima Pilgrimage

Fatima Pilgrimage

October 13 | May 13 • event

The pilgrimage to the most famous place of Marian apparitions

Magusto

Magusto

September 29 | November 01 | November 11 • event

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

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

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

May 16–31, 2020 • 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

Sintra & Sintra-Cascais Nature Park

Sintra & Sintra-Cascais Nature Park

October–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

October–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

April 04–14, 2019 • event

Creative fish and seafood tasting

Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom

April–May • nature

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

Super Bock Super Rock

Super Bock Super Rock

July 15–17, 2021 • event

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

Surfing

Surfing

September–May • activity

Surfers enjoy the vast coasts in Lisbon vicinity

Meia Maratona de Lisboa or Lisbon Half Marathon

Meia Maratona de Lisboa or Lisbon Half Marathon

March 22, 2020 • event

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

Festival Silêncio

Festival Silêncio

September 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)

November 13–14, 2020 • event

The sounds of electronic music shake the walls of conference rooms

Lisbon Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa)

Lisbon Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa)

May 28–June 14, 2020 • event

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

NOS Alive Festival

NOS Alive Festival

July 07–09, 2021 • event

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

LISB-ON

LISB-ON

September 04–06, 2020 • event

This three-day festival combines electronic music and contemporary culture

Brunch Electronik

Brunch Electronik

July 28–September 22, 2019 • event

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

Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

February–early March • food

An unusual Portuguese dish

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

October–April • nature

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

Epiphany Cake

Epiphany Cake

December 24–January 06 • food

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

Sumol Summer Fest

Sumol Summer Fest

July 02–03, 2021 • event

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

CCB Summer

CCB Summer

July 09–September 15, 2019 • event

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

Summer Nights at Chiado Museum

Summer Nights at Chiado Museum

August 02–23, 2019 • 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

December 26, 2020 • event

Every year since 2008 this race occupies the streets of Lisbon

Winter Food–Caldo Verde

Winter Food–Caldo Verde

December–February • food

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

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