Averages for Lisbon in February
February's weather is slightly warmer than that of January, remaining fairly mild but still not really warm enough to spend a lot of time at the beach most days. The average temperature is slightly higher, now reaching as high as 15°C (that's about 59°F), and dips down to a low of8°C (about 46°F). The highest recorded temperature for February in Lisbon during the past 30 years of records was 24&de...
February's weather is slightly warmer than that of January, remaining fairly mild but still not really warm enough to spend a lot of time at the beach most days. The average temperature is slightly higher, now reaching as high as 15°C (that's about 59°F), and dips down to a low of8°C (about 46°F). The highest recorded temperature for February in Lisbon during the past 30 years of records was 24°C, and the lowest temperature every recorded was close to 0°C.
You will see daylight for 11 hours, with an average of 5 hours per day of sunshine. Sunrise is close to 8 AM at the beginning of the month but by the end of February, you will see the sun above the horizon closer to 7 AM.
The average monthly rainfall measures around 110mm. You will see some rain during the day for about half the month. On average three days per month you can experience almost ½ inch of rain. One day at least there will be a thunderstorm. The humidity during the month remains just slightly less that what you would experience in January. Morning relatively humidity averages 84% and evening at 68%. Dew point reaches a comfortable 7°C during the day.
Sky conditions include an average of 14 days per month with some sort of visual obstructions: fog, haze or smoke. Winds blow much stronger than in January and averages 16 km per hour. Maximum sustained winds on record for February blew at 34 mph once.
The UV index for February creeps up one point from January to 3 or less for this month. With the fairly low temperatures and partial cloudiness most days, the risk of skin damage due to overexposure to the sun is slight.
The average sea temperature is around 15°C (about 59°F), but as the weather is quite unpredictable. It would be a good idea to be cautious before going swimming.
It would be best to check the local weather forecast before you travel.
Praca do in Lisbon on a summer day
Where to Stay
For a nice quiet beach resort try Residential Mar e Sol. Considered by the proprietors as a guest house rather than strictly a hotel, it has been around since 1927. Situated on the most popular beach is Lisbon, next to the village of Costa de Caparica, it's only 20 minutes from city central and 30 minutes from the airport.
A few blocks away is Inatel Caparica. A block or so off the beach, there are two pools, a bar and restaurant.
Downtown you can’t get a better location than that offered by International Design Hotel. Situated on the Plaza D. Pedro IV, the main square in the city, you will be only a short walk away from St. George’s Castle and other popular sights.
If the International Design is not to your liking, have a go at booking Hotel Santa Justa on the Rue de Santa Justa. The wifi and room mini bar are free.
There are plenty of family-friendly hotel options in Lisbon. The Dolce CampoReal Lisbon is near Santa Cruz Beach and has a golf course and outdoor pool. It's located near the AdegaMae Winery and Tapada Nacional de Mafra Park.
Penha Longa has an excellent kids club with lots of activities. Amenities for children include kids menus in all restaurants, a kids program including tennis, golf and horseback riding lessons, a games room with table tennis, mini-golf, snooker and other activities. There is an indoor pool and golf course, too.
The Novotel Lisboa is a good option for the budget traveller. The location is near but not right in the city centre, the food is reasonably priced and it has all the amenities you need for a pleasant holiday, including a good-sized pool.
Hotel A.S. Lisboa is another good wallet-friendly pick. It has room rates as low as 17 euros per person per night. The location is not bad either – it's just outside the central part of Lisbon. The nearby Lisboa Tejo offers rooms for 27 euros per night. Both have rooms even cheaper during the off season, inclduing during the month of February, depending on occupancy. If you need something larger, My Place-Lisbon Lounge Suites offers 2-3 bedroom apartments for as little as £100 per night.
Another decent discount hotel is Hotel Residencial Caravela, located by the Marquis of Pombai Square. Breakfast is included and the Wi-Fi is free.
The Hotel VIP Inn Berna offers rooms for very reasonable rates and is centrally located near the Campo Pequeno bull fighting ring. Breakfast is not included.
The Olissippo Castelo Hotel is located in a very quiet area of Alfama with some of the greatest views of any hotel in the city. It is only a fifteen or twenty-minute walk to the centre of town, but the steep hill makes the climb back to the hotel challenging if you are tired after a long day of sightseeing. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby.
The Patriarchal Cathedral of St Mary Major
Things to do
The Hieronymites Monastery is a fascinating building that is well worth a visit. Dating from the 16th century, there is an impressive stone exterior featuring many carvings and statues, and the interior has many frescoes, columns and vaulted ceilings.
The Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno is an impressive bullring famed for its orange stone and four towers with huge domes. Although no longer a working bullring, this is a multi event venue that even includes a shopping centre.
Tourists in Lisbon should consider purchasing the Lisboa Card. The card gives you free admission to many museums and tourist sites. Transportation using the card is free on the metro, tram and city busses. There are also other discounts offered by various merchants and restaurants.
The Tile Museum located in the Madre de Dios convent is a little out of the way but worth the extra effort. Considered to house one of the best tile collections in the world, one tile mosaic dates back to pre-1738.
The Sao Roque Church and Museum has been dubbed “the worlds’ most expensive church” due to the large amounts of gold, silver and precious gems used in the various artworks housed here.
The National Coach Museum is the largest museum of its type in the world and showcases an impressive range of vehicles dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. It's open 10am to 6pm daily and closed Wednesdays.
Saint George’s castle, built by the Moors, is less than an hour’s drive outside Lisbon. This mountain castle is one of the most picturesque in Portugal.
A behind the scenes tour of the Lisbon Football Stadium is a must for die-hard UK football fanatics. You get to see all the VIP, training and changing room areas.
Hieronymites Monastery, Lisbon.
Hit the Beach
The Praia da Rainha beach is a small but beautiful cove in Cascais. It's only two minutes from the train station, and the promenade runs right along the beach and area. There is no shortage of pubs, restaurants of various types and pricings throughout the area. The beach is a favourite with locals and tourists alike.
Praia Grande Beach is a great beach for surfing. Miles of sandy beach dominate the landscape. There is an international body-building competition held there every year. The surrounding hills are known for fossilised dinosaur footprints. The beach is very family oriented and well-loved by a younger crowd.
The Praia do Meco Beach is located to the south east of Lisbon city centre. It is a very popular area for nudists given it’s location away from the tourist areas. Not easy to get to by metro or public transportation, you will most likely want to rent a car if you are staying in the city and wish to visit.
Where to Eat & Drink
Great places to eat and drink are aplenty in Lisbon. The Restaurant 100 Maneiras used to be in Cascais but moved downtown several years ago. Cod is the dish the chef is most famous for. The wine list is excellent, too.
Restaurante 11 has very tasty southern Mediterranean cuisine. Located by Edward VII park, the views across the city towards the river are spectacular. The chef has earned a Michelin star for his culinary efforts.
Restaurant Eleven, Lisbon.
The Café Nicole, facing the main city square, is famous for its strong black coffee and steaks. Apparently, there has been a café in this same location since the 1700s.
For over 60 years the Hot Clube has been one of the world’s premier jazz clubs. Located on the Avenue da Liberdade, the ambiance is worth a visit.
Another great bar set in a 18th century building in Barrio Alto is the Solar do Vinho do Porto. Drinks are reasonably priced and the Portuguese meats and cheese appetizers excellent.
Clubs such as the Paradise Garage can be found all over Lisbon. The Paradise Garage has live music, a huge dance floor and a DJ on the weekends. Another club worth checking out is the Club Souk. This club is one of the most popular after hours clubs and after 3 AM, when most clubs close, it can be very crowded. Another popular club is the Docks Club. Known for its ladies night, the club occupies a huge facility near the riverfront dock area. The Europa club has a very retro feel to it with a casual atmosphere. Parties from the previous night can continue well past the early morning hours and sometimes last until noon the next day. The club can be found in the Cais do Sodre by the waterfront.