Best Time To Go
Lisbon is one of Europe's sunniest capitals. The most idyllic months are May to August, when food and music festivals are practically a weekly occurrence, the city's sun-kissed sands are at their postcard-perfect ideal, and Lisboêtas flock to alfresco bars and restaurants. While Lisbon is busy year-round, hotel prices drop significantly from November to February, and the weather remains quite mild, making it a good time for travelers on a budget to visit.
Lisbon is pretty compact for a European capital and is made for walking, especially in cinematic neighborhoods like Alfama and Bairro Alto. The bulk of Lisbon's public transport is operated by Carris (tickets/day passes from $2/$6.68), including city buses and all of the Lisbon's historic trams, funiculars, and elevators. Metropolitano de Lisboa (tickets from $1.56) runs the city's metro system. Taxis and Uber are widely available—there are a lot of hills, after all.
January is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 52°F (11°C). July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 74°F (24°C).
Know Before You Go
Lisbon's famous artistic stone pavements, known as calçada portuguesa, are easy on the eyes but can be dangerously slippery—make sure your shoes have gripping soles and save the high heels for Paris and Milan. Always have cash on hand as well—many of the city's bars, restaurants, and shops only accept Portuguese plastic, known as Multibanco.
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