Lisbon holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Spring, Summer, Autumn
March – May

June – August
September

Getting There

62 £GBP

LCY → LIS

Stay There

53 £GBP

3-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

Currency
Euro
1.00 USD = 0.94 EUR
CURRENT WEATHER
Sunny
+9°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 10 £GBP (15 min)

Bus: 14 £GBP (20 min)

Restaurants
Lunch ≈ 7 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 21 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.80 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.40 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 112
Police: 112

Why Lisbon

Holidaying in cosmopolitan Lisbon allows for you to effortlessly combine the beach with culture. Add to this a pleasant year-round climate, some intriguing history, architectural gems, a wealth of things to do and breathtaking scenery – Lisbon is just waiting to be explored on Lisbon holidays. Beautiful and historic, most visitors are smitten by Lisbon – one of Europe’s most affordable capitals.

This enchanting destination has all characteristics you expect from a city in Europe, attractive architecture, busy squares and a unique blend of the old and the new. However, you need to head off the beaten track to see what makes it a one-off – the charming labyrinth of backstreets, the old-world charm and the seaside cafes that date from the 30s era. Get acquainted with Lisbon’s wonders – indulge in some shopping in open-air markets, or hire a car and compare and contrast the surrounding areas.

When to go

Climate

Lisbon has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate meaning warm summers and mild winters. The average temperature annually is 21.5 degrees Celsius (70 Fahrenheit) by day and 13.5 degrees Celsius (56 Fahrenheit) at night.

January is the coldest month with the daily high temperature during the day typically ranges from 11 to 18 degrees Celsius (52 – 64 Fahrenheit), night time lows range from 3 to 13 degrees Celsius (37 – 55 Fahrenheit). August marks the warmest month with highs typically ranging from 26 to 35 degrees Celsius (79 – 95 Fahrenheit), night time lows range from 17 to 22 degrees Celsius (63 – 72 Fahrenheit).

In general, summer lingers for about six months, running from May to October. The three months of March, April and November mark the transition of the seasons but often the temperature still exceeds 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) by day. December through to February are the coldest months with average day time temperatures of 15.5 degrees Celsius (60 Fahrenheit).

Among all of Europe’s metropolises, Lisbon (alongside Valencia) possesses the warmest winters. So perfect for holidays to Lisbon are possible even in winter.

Where to go/stay

Choose a city centre hotel or one on Lisbon’s coast placing the golden-sanded beaches right on your doorstep.

Lisbon is built on hills so whichever part of the city you stay in you are going to find steep inclines, the good part is they all lead to impressive views. If you tire, the city has even built an elevator that navigates the different elevations of Lisbon. Lisbon’s 19th century vertical street lift, the Elevador de Santa Justa, connect Baixa’s lower streets with Carmo Square. As elevator is part of the city’s public transport system there’s tourist pay the same amount as citizens to use it. You can also use your city transportation card to ride one of Lisbon’s iconic bright yellow trams to the Moorish-style Sao Jorge Castle, which occupies a prominent hilltop position. From the castle’s walls you can look out across the Tagus River and see the Christ the King statue in the distance.

Things to do

Set among rolling hillsides, Lisbon looks good from any angle. With the luscious green hills serving as backdrops to Lisbon’s vibrant, multi-coloured cityscape, you’ll never tire of taking photos during your holidays to Lisbon. Pride in its illustrious and rich history can be seen in every grand monastery, majestic cathedral, and charming museum, however it is the electric nightlife and vivacious locals that keeps Lisbon young at heart.

Take a stroll through the bohemian backstreets of Lisbon where the pace of life is decidedly laid-back, sample some of the city’s famed fresh seafood at one of the numerous eateries along the coast, ride the tram across the city or have a night on the tiles, club-hopping your way along Bairro Alto.

To combine your Lisbon holidays experience with the three S’s – sun, sea and sand Lisbon’s sun-soaked coast offers a wide selection of hotels and resorts providing you with the best of both worlds – the buzz of the city centre within easy reach and the golden-sanded beaches and the azure on your doorstep.

Lisbon’s winding streets are packed with beautiful monasteries, but the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos outshines them all and is a must-see. The UNESCO listed site is stunning in terms its architectural splendor, constructed in 1498 to commemorate a new-charted sea passage to India this intricate Gothic monastery stands as a grand symbol of Lisbon’s historical religious beliefs.

More adventurous people can find an abundance of trekking and hiking trails on the steep hillsides that surround the city, or take part in the wealth of water sports along the coast.

When the sun sets, the city’s vibrant bars come to life with both locals and visitors alike relaxing over a drink during their holidays in Lisbon. For a night to truly remember, head to lively Bairro Alto where the clubs have beats that will keep you dancing way into the wee small hours.