Lisbon best time to travel 

Traveling to Lisbon in summer

Costa da Caparica ( ca 10 km von Lissabon)
Costa da Caparica ( ca 10 km von Lissabon)

High season (June, July, August)

Summers are very hot and daytime temperatures rise up to 35°CC. Peak tourist season runs from June to the end of August, and during this time there is a lively atmosphere throughout the city, especially at the main tourist attractions. In summer, especially in August, it gets hot in Lisbon, but not unbearable because you can always find a place in the shade to rest and enjoy. The proximity to the Atlantic and the evening breeze cause the temperatures to drop again at the end of the day. Summer thunderstorms, which are common in Germany, are almost non-existent here. Our tip for the summer time: There are fantastic beaches near Lisbon and opportunities for an active holiday close to nature. Summer is the ideal season to combine visiting the city's attractions with enjoying the beach. BUT: One problem with visiting Lisbon in the summer is that there is a lot of demand for accommodation and flights. That drives up prices. Therefore, be sure to plan and book well in advance. In August, many city residents go on summer vacation, the usual traffic jams, especially during rush hour, ease and the city becomes more relaxed (apart from the tourist hot spots)

Lisbon climate table  

Average high and low temperature in Lisbon - © WeatherSpark.com
Average high and low temperature in Lisbon - © WeatherSpark.com
Historical part of Lisbon
Historical part of Lisbon

Travel to Lisbon in autumn

Portinho da Arrabida (40 km from Lisbon)
Portinho da Arrabida (40 km from Lisbon)

Lisbon in mid and low season (October, November, December)

The low season is a very good season to visit Lisbon and it is the best season to take day trips to the city's sights. The weather is generally still stable and sunny in September and October with temperatures around 20-27°CC. The attractions are less crowded. The tourist districts of Baixa, Bairro Alto and Alfama have a lively and fun atmosphere.

In Portugal, autumn begins on September 21st and lasts until December 20th. It is the rainiest season, coupled with winds; the minimum temperatures can drop to 8 °C. Although it is already cold at night, the maximum temperatures during the day can still be a pleasant 18 ° C to 22 ° C, especially when the sun is shining.

Lisbon weather October:

October is usually still a dry month. Weather-wise, October is one of the best months of the year to travel to Lisbon, especially if the weather is an important requirement for your trip. From the last week of October you should plan on wearing warm clothing and be prepared for rain, thunderstorms and fog. The shortest day is October 31st (10 hours, 37 minutes of daylight). In October, wind speed varies between 10 km/h and 13 km/h.

Lisbon weather November

If you travel to Lisbon in November, you can expect rain, thunderstorms and sometimes fog. It is the rainiest month of the year. The average daily temperature range drops and is between 14°C and 21°C. Lisbon typically experiences its first cool days in November. The sun sets around 5:30 p.m. If you are planning a trip this time of year, you should prepare accordingly when choosing your underwear.

Lisbon weather December

December is generally a drier month than November, with a bit of luck the sun will shine for days. Nevertheless, you should be prepared for fog, rain and wind. It can be humid and uncomfortable at night in Lisbon in December, especially in poorly heated or insulated houses. The days are getting shorter and the shortest day is December 22nd with 9 hours 27 minutes of daylight, sunrise is 7:30 a.m. and summer sunset is at 5:30 p.m. This month you can expect an average of 10 hours of daylight.

What clothes to wear in autumn?

When choosing clothes for Lisbon travelers in autumn, especially from November onwards, you should stick to normal autumn clothing, i.e. warm underwear, a sweater, a rain jacket and good shoes. Nevertheless, take light clothing as the temperature fluctuations between day and night are large. During the day, when the sun is shining, you can still wear a shirt or t-shirt (but always with a jacket!) In September and October it can still be pleasantly warm and normal summer clothes are appropriat

Travel to Lisbon in winter

Cabo da Roca (about 25 km from Lisbon)
Cabo da Roca (about 25 km from Lisbon)

Lisbon in low season (December, January, February)

The winter months in Lisbon can be humid and cold, with an average daytime temperature of 15°C, but at night temperatures often drop to as low as 8°C. If you visit in winter, bring warm clothing. The changeable weather pattern lasts until April, the winter weather has the same number of sunny days as rainy days, but the weather is unpredictable. One week can be sunny and pleasant while the next week can be wet and cold.

Travelers should be well prepared for the "damp cold" during this time. This means that having a small electric heater in your luggage can be very useful in an emergency. Especially with the poor heating and insulation in Portuguese houses, possibly also in holiday apartments.

For first-time visitors, a visit during these rainy and humid months is not recommended. It would be a shame to only have a rainy impression of Lisbon. For the traveler who already knows Lisbon, this travel time offers attractive opportunities to view some destinations in peace and quiet. Regardless of the weather, the good food and atmosphere in Lisbon is always worth a visit. The prices for flights and accommodation are very affordable during this time and represent excellent value for money compared to other city breaks in Europe.

Lisbon weather in January

In January, around 37% of the days are cloudy. January is typically the coldest month of the year in Lisbon. This month temperatures drop to as low as 8℃ at night. Everyone should also be prepared for rain, wind and fog. The shortest day is January 1st with 9 hours 30 minutes of daylight, an average of 10 hours of daylight can be expected this month. In January, wind speed varies between 11 km/h and 15 km/h

Lisbon weather February

February is generally a dry month. You should always be prepared for rain and wind. The humidity subsides. Cloudy days continue to be more frequent around 35%. This month you can expect an average of 11 hours of daylight. In February, wind speed varies between 13 km/h and 15 km/h. The temperatures vary between a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 18 degrees C.

Travel to Lisbon in spring

Serra da Arrabida Park  ( ca 30 km von Lissabon)
Serra da Arrabida Park ( ca 30 km von Lissabon)

Spring in Lisbon (March, April, May) 

The rains become less frequent and rarely last longer than an hour. Of course, it is always a relief for tourists from countries like Germany, Austria or Switzerland to travel towards spring and summer after the long winter months. A day in the warm sun in a T-shirt or shirtless on the beach can make you accept a rainy day. You have to accept the change in weather and "maybe bad luck". It's worth a visit.