Most winter travellers to Lisbon choose it for its milder and sunnier climate during those colder and darker months. But sun is not always guaranteed in Lisbon either. In fact, when it does rain, it can pour, and it may continue for a few consecutive days. In terms of temperature however, it will rarely reach the freezing point, so those who wish to walk around the city in a particularly dark winter day only need to worry about carrying an umbrella.
Still, the typical Lisbon cobblestones can be quite slippery when wet and rain is never pleasant to walk around under. So what to do if youâ€™re unlucky enough to be in Lisbon on a stormy winter day? Get on the metro, and head to Parque das NaÃ§Ãµes to visit the Oceanarium. Youâ€™ll have plenty of water there too, but at least it wonâ€™t get you wet… It is also one of the cityâ€™s top attractions (as recommended on GoLisbonâ€™s Best of Lisbon page), and one of its most memorable sights.
Such days are also perfect for a museum visit. The three best museums in the city are the Gulbenkian, Berardo, and Ancient Art Museum, which can all be reached by public transportation, although on a rainy day, a taxi really is the most sensible option (theyâ€™re very inexpensive, especially if you are travelling with others and can split the cost)… If you are not a big fan of modern or ancient art, there are other museums focusing on other themes, from royal coaches, to marionettes… GoLisbonâ€™s museums section lists the cityâ€™s most noteworthy collections.
Yet another option is to step into one of the cityâ€™s many cafes and just enjoy a warm drink and several of the traditional Portuguese pastries (a â€œpastel de nataâ€ or â€œpastel de Belemâ€ is a must). The obvious destination is â€œAntiga Confeitaria de Belemâ€ (just a short walk away â€“ or quick run under the rain â€“ from the cityâ€™s most iconic monuments and several of the most popular museums), but you may also consider â€œCultura do ChÃ¡â€ if youâ€™re closer to the center in the Chiado and Bairro Alto areas. Itâ€™s officially a tea house, but there is much more than tea of course, and the space is one of the cosiest in the city â€“ not to mention with some of the most appetizing, mouth-watering cakes in Lisbon.
And if you happen to be in the Alfama area when a dark cloud suddenly appears above you, there is also â€œPois, CafÃ©â€ (already recommended on this blog and at GoLisbonâ€™s cafes section), where you can also take some time to catch up on the latest world events with its international, multi-language periodicals available.
Rain or shine, a visit to Lisbon can always be pleasant! 😉