Averages for Lisbon in March
March sees Lisbon become warmer and dryer than previous months. The average temperature goes up a full 2 degrees and now reaches up to around 18°C (that's about 64°F), while the average low also climbs 2 degrees to around 10°C (about 50°F) in the evenings. You can usually experience about 4 days where the temperature is a pleasant 21°C or better, and at least one day it will reach above 26°C. The highest temperature ever recorded in March...
March sees Lisbon become warmer and dryer than previous months. The average temperature goes up a full 2 degrees and now reaches up to around 18°C (that's about 64°F), while the average low also climbs 2 degrees to around 10°C (about 50°F) in the evenings. You can usually experience about 4 days where the temperature is a pleasant 21°C or better, and at least one day it will reach above 26°C. The highest temperature ever recorded in March was 28.3°C.
Sunrise gets close to 6:30 AM towards the end of the month until daylight savings time around the 25th of the month pushes it back up to 7:30 AM. Sunset is near 8 PM. The hours of daylight increase to almost 12 hours in March and you will now have 7 hours of average daily sunshine.
The average monthly rainfall drops significantly from January and February to around 68mm in March. You will still see about the same number of rainy days, fifteen, during the month of March as you did the previous two months, but at least the heavier downpours lessen. Thunderstorms still linger and happen about once during the month.
Average relative humidity in the morning is 83%, dropping to 65% in the evenings. Daily averages are around 75%. The dew point reaches at most 7°C, so it remains very comfortable overall. The UV index is starting to climb though and averages on the high end of the moderate reading at five. Sunscreen should be on your list of things to pack if you visit Lisbon in March.
Sky conditions improve from early in the year with 14 days on average experiencing fog, and 15 days total during the month experiencing some sort of visual impairment like haze or smoke. Winds average 17 km per hour and at least 2 days a month there will be some blowing sand or dust in the air.
The average sea temperature is about 15°C (about 59°F), so if the weather is pleasant, and you are the hardy-type, you can head to the beach and take a dip in the sea.
As the weather can be quite changeable it would be best to check the local weather forecast before you travel.
Viewpoint to Lisbon downtown from Assembly of the republic building
Where to Stay
The TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel is a Wydham Resort and has a great location in the eastern part of Lisbon city. It is only 3 km from Lisbon airport and near the Basco da Gama Bridge. The Vasco da Gama shopping mall is nearby as is the Lisbon Casino and Aquarium. There is also a TRYP hotel located at the airport.
The Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is a luxury hotel with all the amenities one could ask for. Located in the city, the hotel is only 10 minutes away from major attractions such as the Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon Zoo and University of Lisbon.
The Radisson Blu Hotel is about 10 minutes from the city centre but has a metro station directly across from the hotel. Standard Radisson amenities including a restaurant, bar and good size rooms with small seating areas as well as a bed and bath.
The Epic Sana Lisboa Hotel in in the eastern part of the city near Edward VII Park. Nearby too is the Botanical Garden, University of Lisbon and the Castle Sao Jorge. The hotel offers free baby cribs, wifi and has an infinity pool with upscale bar.
If you want a little more space, try the Lisbon Short Stay Apartments Baixa. Near the sea, it is located in the historic district by the city centre. There is a metro station nearby and you are within walking distance to the Lisbon Cathedral, Commerce Square and the Lisbon City Hall.
The Memmo Alfama Hotel is a beautiful property in city central also. The wine bar terrace overlooks the Alfama and Tagus rivers. The hotel concierge offers city and area tours of various durations tailored to whatever you wish to see or visit.
The Lavra Guesthouse Hotel on Avenida da Liberdade is housed in recently renovated building dating to the 1700s. With only 25 rooms, you will have to book early to get this bargain. The Pensao Londres is downtown on the Rua D. Pedro V. A budget hotel, most rooms have private baths. The nightlife of Bairro Alto and Principe Real is within walking distance.
Want something more elegant? The Pestana Palace Hotel reeks luxury. Classified as a national monument, it is the usual choice of the rich and famous. There is a health club, indoor pool and gourmet restaurant within the confines of the hotel grounds.
A good choice for business or leisure travellers is the Tivoli Oriente Hotel. Located in the Parque das Nacoes, it is convenient to the tourist sites as well as the business sections of the city. There is also an indoor pool.
The Church of Santa Engracia overlooking Tagus river in Lisbon
Things to do
The warm but mild temperatures mean this is a perfect time to head to one of Lisbon's many golf courses. The 18 hole Golf do Estoril has hosted the Portuguese open tournament several times, and you wish to take a long break there you can stay at the Hotel Palacio.
Lisbon Sports club features an 18 hole course as well as a clubhouse with restaurant and bar.
The Quinta da Beloura Golfe is set among dense woodlands and lakes, surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.
Sailing enthusiasts should head to Cascais and Estoril for the King Juan Carlos' Cup, which is an international sailing regatta.
And those of you who compete in marathons may join the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon which sees over 25,000 people taking part.
Jerome's Monastery or Hieronymites Monastery was built in the early 1500s. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site the architecture and history associated with the site make it a must-see for visitors to Lisbon. There are also two museums on-site.
The Church of Santa Engracia is best known for its tombs. Many famous statesmen and artists are buried in the church.
The Bernado Museum is a relatively new museum that opened in 2007. The works of Picasso, Dali, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and many others are part of the collection housed here.
The Design Museum contains some of the most important design pieces of the 20th century including landmark Christian Dior fashions and others. Trends from around the world are represented.
Triumphal arch at Rua Augusta and bronze statue of King Jose
Hit the Beach
The Praia das Marcas, or apples beach, got its name from the nearby orchards where apples used to fall from the trees and get carried into the sea by the Colares river. Popular with families and surfers, there is a 100 year old tram in Sintra that will get you there if you want to experience the rolling countryside and scenery.
Nearby is the Praia da Aguda. There are no facilities and you can only access the beach by a very steep set of stairs. It is a great place to enjoy a quiet day at the beach.
Rated as one of the best beaches in the world, the Praia da Ursa has soft white sand and even a small waterfall to lure the traveller to its shores. Access is difficult. You must get off at one of the bus stops in Ursa and walk 20 minutes to the ocean front. It is worth the walk and the waves are stupendous for surfers.
Where to Eat & Drink
If you like cocktails try the Cinco Lounge in Principe Real. Original cocktails with a sophisticated décor dominate the atmosphere. Parts of the snack offerings here include sushi and local favourites.
Another great place for a drink is A Ginginha on Largo de Sao Domingos. The name refers to a local cherry brandy.
The Restaurante Casanova has a beautiful outdoor terrace facing the river. A popular pizzeria, you will need to get there early as the lines are very long most days. The speciality desert is a Nutella pizza.
In Chiado try the Restaurante Oficina do Duque. Tapas are the house speciality. There is a nice terrace and the kitchen is open to the eating areas.
Even if you are not staying at the Tivoli Hotel, the top floor houses a great Portuguese cuisine restaurant with some of the best views in the city. They serve buffet style for lunch and a la carte for dinner.
The Restaurante As Salgadeiras is a very rustic style, traditional eatery in Bairro Alto. Formerly housing a bakery, the décor with the large stone arcs and brick oven make it a very pleasant place to dine. They specialize in Northern Portuguese dishes from Alentejo.
If you are a vegetarian try the Bio. The food is home cooked, tasty and very low priced. You can get lunch there Monday through Friday and dinner six days a week.
Another great local place is A Brasileira. Over 100 years old, it is a local watering hole where friends meet for coffee before the theatre.
March events in Lisbon
Lisbon Fashion Week - ModaLisboa
9th March 2018 to 12th March 2018
ModaLisboa, a three-day Fashion Week in Lisbon, is a stylish and glamourous Fashion Show where top designers of Portugal present their collections. The Fashion show takes place twice a year - in March and October.
Lisbon Half Marathon
11th March 2018
The Lisbon Half Marathon takes place on the 19th of March 2017 . Thousands of people run 21 km across the bridge over Tagus River.