Free entry in Belem
If you're staying in Lisbon over the weekend, make sure you visit Belem on a Sunday as all of the attractions are free to enter between 10am and 2pm. I found it a bit of a struggle to visit all of them in this time and so had to pay for the National Coach Museum but if you do manage to cram in the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Museu Nacional de Arqueologia, Museu de Marinha, Belem Tower and National Coach Museum in this time, you could save yourself €24!
Weather...Whether or not to take the umbrella.
One of my favourite thing of Lisbon is the weather. The sky is normally so blue and sun shines all year round. However be careful cause Lisbon can be very windy also. Snow in the city is very, very rare and the city covered in white happened for the last time in the 2nd of February of 1954.
Average Temperatures in celsius (Min/Max)
- January (8,1º/14,5º);
- February (9,2º/15,9º);
- March (10,4º/18,2º);
- April (11,5º/19,2º);
- May (13,3º/21,4º);
- June (15,9º/24,8º);
- July (17,9º/27,5º);
- August (18,1º/27,8º);
- September (17,3º/26,2º);
- October (14,6º/22,1º);
- November (11,5º/18,0º);
- December (9,5º/15,2º).
The water temperature in the area around Lisbon is not particularly hot. Don't forget this is the atlantic!
January to March - Around 15ºC (58,8º F)
April to June - Around 17,5ºC (63,5ºF)
July to September - Around 19,5ºC (67,1ºF)
October to December - Around 16,1ºC (60,0ºF).
- January (07:53/17:38);
- February (07:28/18:13);
- March (06:47/18:43);
- April (06:59/20:13);
- May (06:24/20:42);
- June (06:10/21:03);
- July (06:23/21:00);
- August (06:50/20:30);
- September (07:18/19:44);
- October (07:46/18:57);
- November (07:18/17:23);
- December (07:47/17:15).
The time zone of Lisbon and all continental portugal is GMT (London, Dublin) and 1hour less than continental Spain. In Summer it shifts to GMT+1 but it is still aligned with London and Dublin. Portugal has two time zones one for the continental area and Madeira and another (1 hour less) to Azores.
The normal amount of sunny hours per year is of 3.300 (about 9,2/day) and 100 days of rain per year (number of days in where it is register rain). Lisbon is still one of the nicest cities in Europe to stroll around. In summer it is not excessively warm and in winter not cold at all. The normal amount of sunny days it is also extremely high.
The warmest month is normally August and the coldest January. It rains more in the period between November and January and rains less in the period between June and September.
On the morning of 7 July, I felt kind of funny as though I was coming down with a cold. That couldn't be because it was in the summer. Jose and I took a ride clear to Setubal area. I would have gone into the water if I felt better. Because the water on the Atlantic side of the Iberian peninsula is so much colder than what I'm used to. I got worse throughout the day and I took a nap during the day so I could be in shape to attend a festival for Alhos Vedros.
MIRADOUROS * VIEW POINTS
There are couple of good view points (Miradouros) in Lisbon.
One of them is Miradouro Santa Lucia from which the roofs of Alfama and the white top of the impressive Mosteiro de San Vicente can be seen.
From the hills of Castelo there´s also a good view to this Igreja de Santa Graca, once the greatest church in Lisboa. From the church itself there´s a great view towards the city.
Ginjinha is a sticky syrupy liqueur particular to Portugal and especially Lisbon. The sweet drink is made from the Ginja berry, which is not unlike a sour cherry. Ginjinha is a popular tipple at all times of the day in Lisbon but especially in the evening where locals gather to knock back the sweet drink, accompanied by a cherry which is served in the glass. Largo de Sao Domingos is the location of the most famous of all Ginjinha bars – simply called ‘A Ginjinha’ but Barrio Alto is another popular spot.