Lisbon: April Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||9 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||39 %|
|Rainfall days||10 days|
|Chance of Rain||36 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||8 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||29 %|
Averages for Lisbon in April
April sees temperatures climb steadily as the summer season kicks off. The average temperature reaches up to around 19°C (that's about 66°F), and at night only dips as low as 11°C (about 52°F). In April you can expect at least 10 days where the temperature reaches between 21°C and up to 26°C. The highest-ever recorded temperature for April was a balmy 30°C.
You will see 13 hours of sunlight with on average 8 hours of sunshine daily. You will still see morning fog half the days of the month with sand or dust obstructing the air quality on average 2 days a month. At the beginning of the month the sun is rising at 7:20 AM and setting at 8 PM. By the end of the month, the sun is rising at 6:40 AM and setting at 8:40 PM.
The average monthly rain is around 64mm. You will see rain on average 12 days a month but only 2 days on average when there is more than ½ inch of rain. Thunderstorms will be felt at least 2 days per month. The most rain that ever fell in one day during the month was 55mm.
The average dew point in April climbs a bit from March averages to 8°C but still within the comfortable range. Evening relative humidity hits 61% and morning average relative humidity is 83%. The average relative humidity during the day is a reasonable 70%.
The average sea temperature is about 16°C (about 60°F), so you can head to one of the many beaches near Lisbon and soak up the sunshine. Wind will not be much of a factor as average wind speeds at any one time during the day hit at most 17 km per hour. The sun’s rays however are getting stronger and with a UV index of 6, high, you will need to take precautions. Sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours even on cloudy days and make sure you wear sunglasses that protect against UV radiation.
As there is a chance of rain it would be best to check the local weather forecast before you travel.
Where to Stay
There are easily over 1000 hotel options in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. From five star, Four Seasons luxury to youth hostels, there is a choice for all types of travellers.
An excellent choice with lots of old world charm located in downtown Lisbon is the Avenida Palace. Even though it is considered a five star hotel, room rates are reasonable and there are winter specials. Another great option downtown, which is very budget-friendly, is the Residential Portuense. Only yards away from a airport bus stop, the rates are reasonable and the rooms spacious. The Hotel Britania is yet another spacious and centrally located hotel with all the amenities holiday makers are looking for. Only a ten minute walk from the heart of Lisbon, the renovated rooms are spacious and welcoming.
For views of the beach, try the Albatroz Seafront Hotel. Located in Cascais, the rooms are spacious and first class. The Hotel Arribas in Sintra, about 10 miles up the Atlantic coast from city central, has rooms with spectacular views. In April it is still possible to get a bargain rate if you book early. If the Sintra area appeals to you, the Sintra Sol tourist apartments has a spectacularly large pool as well as rooms directly on the sandy beach. Standard amenities are included.
For a more trendy hotel, try Browns Downtown. The beds are comfortable and the location not bad. Only a few blocks from the sea, downtown is only a bus stop or two away. Another trendy location is the boutique hotel, Solar do Castelo in the Alfama district. Small but very stylish, the interior décor is unusual as is the outer castle-style walls.
If you only want a bed at night without any frills, try one of the Lisbon Amazing Hostels. There is one located in Barrio Alto, by Baixa Chiado, and another located in Alfama.
The Evidencia Light Santa Catarina Hotel is a budget hotel with lots of amenities. In one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city, Bairro Alto, it is an easy walk or metro ride to the touristy areas of the city.
The Lisbon City Hotel is another great bargain right in the centre of the city. Considered a designer hotel, all rooms are well heated and air-conditioned. The Anjos metro station is in close proximity.
More bargain pricing awaits at the Turim Suisso Atlantico Hotel which has been serving tourists and other travellers for over 75 years. The hotel can be found in central Lisbon in the Baixa neighbourhood. Lotf of shops, cafes and bars are close by.
The Hotel Florida is a great find. This very charming accommodation is found by Marques de Pombal Square and within easy walking or metro distance to the majority of the city attractions.
Things to do
Museums abound in the city of Lisbon: there is something for everyone’s taste available. The Museu do Chiado, housing their collection in an old warehouse, is located in the Chiado district. It’s collection of paintings and sculptures are renowned throughout the world. The maritime history of the Portuguese can be seen in the Museu de Marinha. One section of the museum is dedicated to the history of shipbuilding.
One of the world’s largest aquariums, the Oceanarium, can be seen in Lisbon. The design is what makes it unique. Each habitat is separated by clear acrylic walls so that it appears all the sea life is interacting together. The exhibit is located by the Vasco da Gamma Bridge in the Parque Das Nacoes. There is a very nice garden and lawn area from where you have great views of the bridge and river.
The Lisbon River Cruises run from April to October. The guides will pick you up at your hotel and transport you to the starting point along the Tagus River. The trip lasts two hours, passing by St. Georges castle, the Jeronimos Monastery and many other interesting sites.
Hit the Beach
There are several excellent beaches near Lisbon where you can top up your tan. Costa da Caparica is famous for being very popular with surfers, and surfing championships are held every year. Cascais is a charming town near to Lisbon that began life as a fishing village. It features a picturesque coastline with many small seafront restaurants, idyllic beaches and interesting ruins of a castle nearby..
The Praia da Adraga by Sintra is quaint and hidden away between some cliffs. There is a car park nearby. The rocks littering the pristine sand make it a favourite for photographers.
The Praia do Magoito, located by the river Magoito, is a family friendly beach with lots of places to eat, drink, and enjoy the scenery while sipping a cappuccino.
Where to Eat & Drink
Eating and drinking are the most difficult decision one need make in Lisbon. Great choices are available. The Harlem in Cais do Sodre specializes in U.S. southern cooking and cocktails. Jazz and blues music help create the southern United States atmosphere.
The Restaurante Assinatura or Signature Restaurant has great Portuguese cuisine served in a elegant atmosphere. The location, on Avenida da Liberdade, makes it easy to find.
If you like to find the places where locals take their repast, try A Baiuca. Famous for its hearty lamb stew and other rich fare, they music is provided by local amateurs invited by the owner to sing.
Another local favourite is Bonjardim Rei dos Frangos. Hard to find, it serves grilled chicken with chilli sauce which is a favourite of the locals. Around since the 1950s, most taxi drivers will know where it is located.
Besides one of the best views in the city, the Restaurante Zambeze serves traditional Portuguese cuisine with an African flair. Located in Alfama, the river and city views are spectacular.
The Café Kaffeehaus is a great place for brunch as well as coffee. In Chiado, the film buff motif makes it a pleasant place to eat or drink.
If you are in Cais do Sodre, try the Restaurante Casa de Pasto. The décor is late 19th/early 20th century. The cuisine is varied from but grilled fish is a favourite.
The Club Tokyo offers the sounds of the 70s through the 90s. A relaxing environment, it was one of the most popular clubs in the 1980s and still appeals to those who enjoy the music of that era.
April events in Lisbon
Lisbon Fish & Flavours (Peixe Em Lisboa)
3rd April 2015 to 13th April 2015
Great Chefs from all around the world as well as Lisbon are invited to great restaurents in Lisbon Fish & Flavours event. Creative cooking of Fish and seafood with wine is the specialty of this great event.
Dias das Musica
19th April 2015 to 21st April 2015
In late April, this classical music festival takes place in Belem Cultural Center all over the weekend.
24th April 2015 to 4th May 2015
One of the leading film festivals in Portugal. Hundreds of films are screened in this festival in Lisbon. Over 20,000 visitors attend this independent film display event.
Lisbon Golf Coast Festival
29th April 2015 to 6th May 2015
Some of the best golf clubs from coastal areas join this huge Golf Coast Festival in Lisbon starting from early April and May.