If you want a travel destination that you can visit anytime of the year, Lisbona is the perfect getaway for you. The city enjoys mild and no extreme weather conditions and offers to engage you to plenty of fun and exciting activities all year round. However, to help you get the most out of stay, it is best to take note on the some of the essential factors like the weather conditions and events taking place during your visit. Here is your guide to when is the best time to visit Lisbona.
Climate. The early signs of spring will start to show around February. The popular term Lisbon’s April Shower means that it can be a little wet during this period. The Atlantic-facing position of the city indicates that storms hits a little more frequent here than in the nearby Mediterranean cities. The weather usually turns better in the following month of May. June is the mark of summer season. It is also the start of Lisbon’s biggest celebration, Saint Anthony’s Day. It is the best time to join the people on their colourful street parades down the Avenida da Liberdade and throughout the town and experience their traditional songs and dances. July and August are the best time to make a tour around the finest tourist spots of the city and to enjoy swimming in its beautiful beaches.
Autumn is one of the best times to visit Lisbon. November 11 is definitely the most awaited time of the year because it’s the date when the city celebrates the last days of summer and also the day when that year’s wine can be tasted. Winter, on the other hand is very pleasant. In fact, the temperature is very bearable and even perfect for strolling. The sky is usually clear and blue.
Events. Lisbon is jam-packed with the rich and colorful events from the month of February to December. If you are considering joining these celebrations especially during the summer season, you should know that the streets will really get crowded and the transport and accommodation will be extremely busy. Here are some events you don’t want to miss.
Carnaval em Lisboa. Rio Carnival is probably the most celebrated event in the world but did you know that it all started at Lisbon? Lisbon’s Carnival being a major event of the year is celebrated at the beautiful grounds of Park of Nations. The streets also get really crowded since the processions of floats and parade of jugglers as well as masked performers will start at Praça do Município and will go around throughout the town, going through the old streets of Praça do Comércio, Rua da Prata and ending at Praça D. Pedro IV. You can just drop in along the way to join the fun. There will also be music, dancing, cheering and various street performances.
Venue: Parque Nações
Rock in Rio. Famous names in the music industry gathers in Lisbon to celebrate this grandest musical entertainment event in the world. It is five days of non-stop party that highlights a “World Stage” which presents the best artists in World Music and an “Electronic Tent” where the most popular international DJs spin until morning.
Date: May, June
Venue: Bela Vista Park
Festas dos Santos Populares. Lisbon is filled with fiesta or festivities for their popular saints during the summer season. Saint Anthony’s Day is one of the city’s biggest event. It is the best time to join the people on their colorful street parades down the Avenida da Liberdade and throughout the town and experience their traditional songs and dances. The procession is followed by a huge party.
Date: June, July
Noite Mágica. Lisbon joins the world in welcoming the New Year with their magnificent fireworks display. The people usually gather afterwards at Comercio Square to celebrate and party with the national pop singers and band all night long.
Venue: Torre de Belm/ Comercio Square