Lisbon in January – Weather and Events

January is mild but on average the coldest month in Lisbon.

It is usually less rainier than autumn months. Snow is virtually non-existent, and there are usually some sunny days.

The city enjoys a unique geographical location; it has one of the warmest winters of Europe.

Weather in January: What to Pack, What to Wear

Due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the temperature in Lisbon never goes below zero in winter

  • Average High: 15ºC (59ºF)
  • Average Low: 8ºC (46ºF)

The rainfall in January is on average 100mm, but total rainfall for the month may vary from year to year.

Layers are key in Lisbon in winter. Lightweight (but warm) sweaters, long sleeved t-shirts, scarves, hoodies and a coat – basically, anything that you can take off if the sun peeks out when you’re out sightseeing and put back on when it goes away.

Events in January

  • New Year’s Day Concert: welcome the New Year with a concert on 1 January performed by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB).
  • New Year’s Concert at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos: on 3 January Lisbon’s opera house presents a concert of classical music performed by the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra.
  • Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day (Dia de Reis in Portuguese): even though 6 January is not a holiday in Portugal, it is celebrated by eating the traditional Bolo Rei (King’s Cake).

Fun in January

January is a great month to pick up some bargains in the winter sales. So you can shop at some of Lisbon’s top shopping destinations for less. Plus, many hotels offer reductions at this time of year.

Lisbon’s attractions are quieter this month, so it’s great to avoid queues at popular attractions. And don’t forget Sintra, just 30 minutes from Lisbon.

It’s the coldest in Lisbon. So, it’s a great idea to take refuge in one of Alfama’s fado restaurants, or enjoy a drink at some of Bairro Alto’s top bars and clubs.

Be Prepared

The weather averages help you get an idea. But if you’re not sure what time of year to visit, check out our Lisbon weather page.