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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Lisbon

Peak Season: June to September

June and September are perfect months to visit, with lovely weather and plenty of outdoor action. Summer can get pretty hot (average highs are around 80 degrees) and most attractions and hotels are crowded with tourists; in August, many locals leave town and some places shut down.

Off Season: November to March

Despite frequent rains and overcast skies, it never gets very cold in Lisbon (average lows are around 50 degrees), plus the prices are lower and crowds thinner during this time.

Sweet Spot: April to May; October

The weather turns pleasant and fresh, spring blossoms lace the city in pink and white, and prices remain reasonable until the deluge of summer tourists. April brings an international indie film festival with a focus on discovering hot new directors, while May ushers in bullfighting season at the almost 10,000-seater Campo Pequeno. Hop a train 30 minutes west to Cascais to watch the King Juan Carlos Sailing Cup (held every March) and dip your toes into the Atlantic. October also offers nice weather, shoulder-season rates, and few crowds.

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