January experiences mild temperatures by Europe’s standards at least, but is on average the coldest month in Lisbon.
It usually gets less rain than autumn months, and there are at least some sunny days. But January weather varies: some years may be quite dry and sunny, while others are wet. Snow is virtually non-existent.
Despite the variable weather, the city enjoys a unique geographical location, with 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.
- Average High: 15ºC / 59ºF
- Average Low: 8ºC / 46ºF
- Average Rainfall: 100 millimetres / 3.94 inches
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 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).
Public Holidays in January
- 1 January: New Year’s Day
Fun in January
January is a great month to pick up some bargains in the winter sales. 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. And don’t forget to visit Sintra, just 30 minutes from Lisbon.
At the end of the day, take refuge in one of the fado restaurants in Alfama, or enjoy a drink in one the top bars and clubs in Bairro Alto.
The weather averages help you get an idea. If you’re not sure what time of year to visit, check our Lisbon weather page.