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Best Times to Visit Lisbon

The best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm, hotel rates are cheaper and there are fewer crowds than in summer. In those seasons, you might also be able to squeeze in a few beach days. The summer sees hot temperatures and crowded shores. Winters in Lisbon are warm for Europe, with the lows dipping into the mid-40s.

Weather in Lisbon

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Average Temperature (°F)
58.1
46.8
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48.2
63.7
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66.4
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71.1
55.4
76.6
60.1
81.3
63.3
82.2
63.9
79.5
62.6
72.3
58.3
64
52.2
58.6
48
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Average Precipitation (in)
4.31
4.36
2.71
2.52
1.52
0.83
0.19
0.22
1.01
3.16
4.47
4.24
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

March-May

Hotel rates and crowd density drops in these shoulder months. There is a slightly higher chance of rain, but the highs hover in the 60s and 70s, while the lowest temperatures get down to 49 degrees. Pack layers for the unpredictable weather this time of year (especially if you're visiting in March or April). Mild spring weather can also be ideal for exploring the city's seven hills by foot.

Key Events:

June-August

As with most of Europe, summer is Lisbon's high season. Hotel rates climb and the city's monuments have tourists wall-to-wall. But with temperatures soaring above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, you can definitely add beach hopping to your itinerary. Plus, with little to no rain, you can leave your umbrella at home to enjoy the many outdoor festivals that take place every summer (June marks the start of Lisbon's party/carnival season). If you visit in August, be prepared for the beaches to be packed.

Key Events:

  • Festas de Lisboa (June)
  • Portuguese National Day (June 10)
  • Rock in Rio (June)
  • Arraial Lisboa Pride (June)
  • Santos Populares (June)
  • Out Jazz Festival (weekends in May-September)
September-October

Similar to the spring, fall is less expensive and less crowded than summer. By October, temperatures begin to drop into the low 60s and high 50s, so be sure to pack your windbreaker.

Key Events:

November-February

Daytime highs rarely fall short of the mid-50s in winter, which is very pleasant by European winter standards. But much of Lisbon's lure is in its walkability, so beware of the potential for rainy days that can put a damper in plans to stroll. Keep in mind that the months between November and February are typically Lisbon's wettest. However, if you're a budget traveler looking for a deal, now's the time to visit as this slow season ushers in deals on accommodations and flights.

Key Events:

  • Art and Antiques Fair (February)

Popular Times to Visit Lisbon

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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