Lisbon: October Weather AveragesDaily averages for October
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||36 %|
|Rainfall days||11 days|
|Chance of Rain||38 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||12 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||22 %|
Daily averages for October
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Averages for Lisbon in October
October sees temperatures in Lisbon begin to decline slightly, however they do remain very warm. At least six days of the month the temperature will be above 26°C. The average temperature during the day still reaches a high of 22°C (that's about 72°F), and at night only dip down to around 14°C (about 57°F). The highest recorded temperature ever for October was 33°C.
With seven hours of average daily sunshine and 11 hours of daylight you can still enjoy some beach time. Only about 32% of daylight hours will be cloudy. UV index readings drop to four which is still moderate, so during cloudy parts of the day you need to use generous amounts of SPF 30+ and need to stay in the shade at midday when the sun’s rays are strongest.
Sunrise gets close to 8 AM until daylight savings time is observed towards the end of the month and the sun rises at 7 AM, setting at 5:30 PM.
The average monthly rainfall is around 80mm and you can expect to see rain about 13 days out of the month. Thunderstorm activity increases a bit this month but you still should only see lightning on average two days in the month. The amount of rain that falls in any given day increases in October too, and 8 out of the 13 rainy days you will see it rain above .1/10 of an inch in a 24 hour period.
The average relative humidity in the morning and evenings creeps up in October. Morning average relative humidity is 84% and evening average relative humidity is 62%. The dew point drops two points from September to an average of 12°C.
Sky conditions and visibility in October include an average 16 days with some sort of fog and 4 days with blowing sand or dust. Wind speed averages are the same as in September at 9 mph.
The average sea temperature is about 19°C (about 67°F). Surfing conditions remain about as they were in September, OK but not ideal. The Beaufort scale percentage is a point higher at 26%, which indicates small waves and moderate breezes seaside.
You can see what the waves and weather will be like by checking the local weather forecast.
Where to Stay
The Chiado Trindade Apartments are all air conditioned with modern, period-style furniture. The kitchens are eat-in and there are some with balconies. Located in the Chiado district, the Rossio Train Station is only a few blocks away.
Another apartment hotel with eat-in kitchens is the Madalena Hermitage. The 18th century building that houses the apartments is fully restored. Near the River Tagus and the Cais do Sodre Train Station, the Lisbon Cathedral are within walking distance.
Lisbon Arsenal Suites is close to the Comercio Square and the Chiado Metro Station. A mixture of apartments and studios, all units have cable TV and are air conditioned.
Lisbon Arsenal Suites.
An all-suites hotel, the Lisbon Old Town Guest House in the centre of Lisbon is only 7 km from the airport. All rooms have river or city views.
More apartment choices are found at the Lisbon Colours Bairro Alto Apartments on Travessa da Queimada. All units have kitchens and some have terraces with garden or river views. Rossio Train and Metro Station is the closest public transportation access.
A good budget option right by the Cais Do Sodre Train Station is the Pensao Praca Da Figueira. Some rooms are air conditioned and some have private bathrooms. A continental breakfast is included in the room price.
Another budget hotel is the relatively new Camoes House’s Luis. All bathrooms are shared. Each room has cable TV and there is a communal kitchen. Located just outside Barrio Alto, the airport is about 5 miles away.
The Alcerim Chiado Lisbon Typical has up to 4 bedroom apartments with kitchens or kitchenettes in most, and, if not, then there is a communal kitchen for guests. The Cais do Sodre Train and Metro Station is 5 minutes on foot from the front door and it is only a 20 minute walk to Sao Jorge Castle.
If you are looking for luxury there are lots of options. The Valverde Hotel in the city centre is very close to Rossio Square and the Castle Sao Jorge.
The Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa is housed in one of the tallest buildings in the city. The spa is enormous with a Turkish bath with a large fitness center and outdoor pool. Parque Eduardo VII is only 3 blocks away.
A hotel who’s name is often synonomous with luxury is the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. Situated in Marques de Pombal many of the most popular museums and tourist sites are within walking distance. The facility has all the amenities expected of a 5-star luxury hotel.
Bar terrace at Four Seasons, Lisbon.
Things to do
As well as hitting the beach there is plenty of culture to see in and around Lisbon.
There are plenty of museums, including a Wax Museum, Toy Museum, Design Museum and Science Museum.
The Jose of Azeredo Perdigao Centre of Modern Art (Centro de Arte Moderna), features a large collection of works by Portugese artists.
The National Museum of Historic Art features artwork and sculptures from Lisbon's historic past.
The Great World Orchestras sees a variety of music events taking place in Lisbon.
The weather is great for golf in October. One of the leading courses in the area is the Belas Club de Campo in Sintra. A par 72 course, 6,107 metres long, the Sintra Hills make a picturesque backdrop for the club. It is only 20 minutes from Lisbon and has two restaurants on the grounds.
The Clube Quinta do Peru is located near the Parque Natural da Arrabida which is 30 minutes by car from the centre of Lisbon. There is a restaurant, bar and pro shop. The green fees for the public are 100 euros.
The Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum is free and a nice relaxing place to spend a few hours. You will find it in Cascais.
The Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum, Cascals.
In Almada you will find the Elisiario. A wind-surfing school, if you learn how to windsurf here in the rather rough Atlantic coast you will be able to do so just about anywhere.
The Nova Vaga surf school, also in Almada, is a great place for beginners to learn how to surf. Close to Lisbon, you can take lessons from some of the most experienced surfers in the area.
Across the river from Lisbon is the Old Castle Almada. The views from the top of the castle are great and from the ramparts you can see the entire city of Lisbon.
The historical Convent of the Capuchos in Sintra was founded in the 16th century. Lying in ruins for years, only recently was it opened to the public. Conservation work continues as it is now part of a designated World Heritage Site.
Hit the Beach
Praia do Centro and Pria da Fisica are two of the most popular beaches in Santa Cruz along the north Atlantic Coast outside Lisbon. The city centre is close by and there are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars in the local area. There are several hotels close by but they are often booked given the popularity of the area. This time of year however you have a good chance of getting a room.
Amoeira Beach is another popular tourist spot along the coast. Beautiful scenery and lots of tall cliffs that offer privacy for bathers in several locations make it a popular spot for nudists.
The Beach of Physics is another popular spot by Santa Cruz. Sandy beaches with few rocks make it great for swimming. This beach however draws the extreme sports crowds with kite surfers, body boards and other types of activities taking place most of the year here.
Where to Eat & Drink
The Hard Rock Café in Lisbon is an American chain with a typical American menu. Catering to families, it is located on Avenida da Liberdade.
For desserts try the Cas de Cha e Chocolate in Sintra. The owner uses fresh ingredients from her own garden in her concoctions.
The G-Spot is a fusion restaurant with a seasonal menu. There is a tasting option that lets you try various dishes for a set price.
A great bar in Bairro Alto is the Pavilh-o Chines. Full of quirky items collected by the owners, it has good service and reasonable prices.
The Glow Bar is also in Bairro Alto. Small but friendly, there is a dance floor and the music is low-key. Tourists and locals frequent this neighbourhood hang-out.
If you crave a pub meal and drink, then try O’Gilins Irish Pub in Cais do Sodre. Typical Irish atmosphere and food, the beer is reasonably priced and it allows smoking inside.
Another great bar is the Bar 380° 41’ in the Altis Belem Hotel & Spa. The views of the river make it worthwhile if only for a quick drink.
Majong in Bairro Alto also is a pleasant bar with a youngish crowd. Drinking, dancing and just hanging out makes it popular with students and tourists.
October events in Lisbon
Lisbon Architecture Triennial
12th October 2015 to 15th October 2015
Lisbon Architecture Triennial is a contemporary Architecture Festival that occurs every three years. Competition, conferences, exhibitions on different topics are held ar this event where thousands of visitors are present.
Doc Lisboa International Film Festival
16th October 2015 to 26th October 2015
An annual international documentary film festival held in Culturgest which is open to all professionals. Short and feature length documentaries are displayed from all around the world from 16th to 26th October.