Averages for Lisbon in August
August is the warmest month of the year in Lisbon. The average temperature reaches a very warm high of 28°C (that's about 82°F), and temperatures never drop any lower than 18°C (about 64°F), even at night. The lowest temperature ever in August was not too much lower than the average at 14°C. The high temperatures will almost never go below 26°C and at least one week a month temperatures hit 30°C...
August is the warmest month of the year in Lisbon. The average temperature reaches a very warm high of 28°C (that's about 82°F), and temperatures never drop any lower than 18°C (about 64°F), even at night. The lowest temperature ever in August was not too much lower than the average at 14°C. The high temperatures will almost never go below 26°C and at least one week a month temperatures hit 30°C or more.
There is virtually no chance of rain, with the average being only around 6mm. Thunderstorms are rare in August in Lisbon. Two days a month you might see .1 inches of rain and 2 more days in the month there will be light showers that do not last long.
Humidity in the mornings stays around 80%. Evening relative humidity drops to 48%, with averages during the day at 65%. The dew point reaches 14 and like the rest of the summer months the air temperature feels very comfortable to the skin.
There is about 11 hours of average daily sunshine with 14 hours of total daylight hours. You likely will not see any clouds for 85% of the day. The sun rises by 7 AM and sets close to 8 PM.
The UV index reading is at 8 so pack plenty of sunscreen with high SPF ratings and wear good sunglasses that protect against the UV rays. Seek shelter from the sun during the hottest parts of the day - you can check the local weather forecast to find out when this is. If you are out and about sightseeing then drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid sunstroke.
The average sea temperature is about 20°C (about 68°F), so this a perfect time of year to head to the beaches, famous for their surfing, or the many surrounding golf courses. Dominant wind direction is southeast with average speeds of 12 mph. The Wind probability on the Beaufort scale is 40, so surfing is still very good in August.
Monastery of Sau Vincente de Fora in Lisbon
Where to Stay
The Coracao de Jesus area has excellent hotel choices along with a good city location. The Sana Capitol Hotel is a modern facility by Marques de Pombal Square. Very close to the airport, which is only a quarter mile away, the nearby metro station will take you to wherever you want to go in the city.
Hotel Aviz has had a very famous cliental throughout the years including Frank Sinatra and Eva Peron. It too is by the Marques de Pombal Square. There are suites and private rooms to choose from and the hotel has a spa.
If you are looking for a youth hostel, they the Liv'in Lisbon Hostel. They host regular dinner and after-hours parties. The choice of rooms includes dormitories, singles, doubles or triples.
The Myriad by Sana Hotels is right by the Tagus River and Vasco da Gama Bridge. The views are spectacular. The bar has live entertainment nightly and there is a very large indoor pool with spa facilities.
Staying at the airport is not a bad decision as the public transportation options to get you to where you want to go in the city are good. The Tryp Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel has good prices and excellent facilities. There is a buffet breakfast and a bar, and the Aeroporto Metro Station is five minutes away.
The Hotel Roma is a reasonable option in the Alvalade district. They have a restaurant with a good local wine list. The Roma Metro Station is within walking distance.
In Alemeda in city centre try the Guest House Guerra Junqueiro. By the Alameda Metro Station, you have a choice of shared or private baths.
The Heritage Apartments Sao Pedro is a beautiful option in a restored 18th century building. The Cais do Sodre Metro and Train Station service this area. Each apartment has a kitchen, washer-dryer and you can have meals delivered upon request.
The Guesthouse Torel Palace is a fabulous property with a pool, gardens and breathtaking city and river views. The 19th century mansion is completely refurbished. There are only 10 bedrooms and a villa available. The hotel staff specializes in personalized service for guests and can provide just about anything you could ask for.
Altis Suites is a all-condos 4-star property with large apartments containing full kitchens, bathrooms and private balconies. The Hotel adjacent has a buffet breakfast and great dining options to which all Altis Suite guests have access. There is also a heated pool and other amenities.
Hotel Botanico near Avenida da Liberdade and the University's Botanical Gardens has a great location with easy access to all parts of the city. All rooms have air conditioning, TVs and private baths. A full breakfast is offered each morning and there is a nice lounge with a great local wine selection. The airport is only five minutes away.
Inspira Santa Marta Hotel and Spa is also by Avenida da Liberdade. The spa contains wet and dry saunas. Ten minutes on foot from Eduardo VII Park, the in-house Mediterranean Brasseria has excellent cuisine, offers cooking classes and the bar is superb.
A view of the beautiful town of Cascais
Things to do
For music lovers, the Jazz in August festival sees a variety of outdoor concerts take place at Gulbenkian Gardens and surrounding places. And Lisbon's answer to Crufts, the Estoril Coast International Canine Expo at the Estoril Casino Gardens, or Jardim do Casino, is an international dog show.
Located in the Parques de Sintra, the Castle of the Moors is a very interesting historical site, built in the 10th century by the Moorish invaders. There are lots of other things to do at this park including horse riding and carriage tours, walking tours and musical events.
The Palace of the Marquises is a beautiful, elegant period home with beautiful gardens and very interesting architecture.
If you like bike riding and nature, the Portuguese Nature Trails provides very unique customized tours around Lisbon and elsewhere.
Pena Park in Sintra with its romantic gardens and walking paths is worth a visit. Cost of entry is only 7 euros per person.
The views from the steam-powered Santa Justa Elevator are phenomenal. Over 100 years old, it is located in the Barrio Alto neighbourhood.
Belem Tower was built on the banks of the Tagus River and was supposed to be the gateway to the city at the time. A great place to view at night with the lights of the city of Lisbon as a backdrop.
Yachts and motorboats in marina of Cascais
Hit the Beach
Ribeira d'Illhas hosts the world surfing championships every year. There is a car park, plenty of bars and it is open year-round.
Another surfer paradise by Lisbon is the Praia do Sul. Very close to the town centre, there are plenty of places to eat and even a hotel nearby.
Where to Eat & Drink
Mediterranean cooking is the fare served at The Open on Rua Santa Marta in the heart of the city. Modern and contemporary, reservations will be needed.
The Evidencia Astoria is a hotel but with a great lunch restaurant called the Evidencia Astoria Creative. The Evidencia is not open for dinner.
The Viva Lisboa next to the Neya Hotel has all-day dining including snacks and drinks. Local cuisine is served here.
The Eleven has beautiful views of the city with lush gardens immediately outside its doorstep. Awarded a Michelin 1-star, the service and food are fantastic.
The Blube do Peixe is another Michelin star restaurant near the Jardim do Camp Pequeno. Great seafood and a maritime themed atmosphere is found inside.
There are plenty of beef and steak restaurants in Lisbon too. One that is very reasonably priced and serving large portions is the Slagadeiras by the Chado-Baixa metro. Service too is considered exceptional.
For something exotic try the Casa Nepalesa. Nepalese food is their forte. It is popular and gets heavily booked so make reservations if you crave something different for dinner.
O Funil serves classic Portuguese food with no muss or fuss. You can get meat, fish or vegetarian dishes so there is something for everyone in the family to eat.
At the Grei you can also find seafood and meat dishes. Locals frequent this very posh restaurant with tasteful modern decorations. The menu is not extensive but sufficient.
For Japanese, try the Tasca Kome. A bit off the beaten track though in downtown Lisbon, visitors familiar with Japanese dining will enjoy the sushi, draft Kirin Ichiban, and the sake.
O Policia has been around since at least the late 18th century. Simple with great Old World cuisine, it can be found near the Hospital De Santa maria and the Fundaco Clouste Gulbenkian Gallery and Museum.
Leopold is a gem of an eatery found on the Rua de Sao Cristonvao. Local dishes prepared by a first-class cooking staff, combined with great service, make it another popular eatery with locals and visitors.