Although the weather never gets unbearably hot in seafront Lisbon, temperatures still hit around 25°C/77°F. And thanks to a mass exodus of locals to the coast, the city can be very quiet come August. So what is there to do in Lisbon in the summer? Here are some suggestions to pass the summer days in this eccentric, historic and hilly maritime city.
Stretching from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border, central Portugal is worlds away from the hotel-golf-beach scene of the Algarve, with lots to see from classical ruins to Manueline monasteries and hilltop towns. Here are some suggestions of what to see in central Portugal, easily toured from Lisbon.
You’ve climbed to the Mirador das Portas do Sol to admire the views of the brick-red roofs of Alfama, travelled the charming cobbled lanes of Lisbon on Tram 28 and eaten luscious custard pastries in Pastéis de Belém, but how about admiring this lovely city from above? Taking helicopter flights over Lisbon gives a brand-new perspective on the city and its surrounding countryside.
When my sister and I began planning our trip to Lisbon we knew we wanted to take a day trip to Sintra. We’re big fans of the “easy button” so we chose to take the Sintra and Cascais Day Trip from Lisbon. All we had to do was get to the conveniently located meeting place and our guide would take care of the rest of our day. So much easier than train timetables, taxis, waiting in line and hoping for audio guides!
Long before we left for Portugal, my sister was looking for day trips we could do from our base in Lisbon. When she saw the private day trip to Berlenga Grande Island, the largest of the Berlengas Archipelago, we put our plans in motion.