Although many Lisboners escape the city during the heat, July and August mark the high season, and obviously the busiest and most expensive time to travel. Hotel rates are at their highest.
Many travellers come to Lisbon on their summer break to enjoy the nice weather and the various outdoor concerts and festivals. Always sunny, July is one of the best months to hit the beach and enjoy some refreshing sea breezes.
Weather in July: What to Pack, What to Wear
July tends to be one the hottest months of the year in Lisbon. However, high temperatures are almost always tempered with a north sea-breeze, that may become windy in the afternoon. This breeze has the effect of making the hot less oppressive in the city.
- Average High: 28ºC / 82ºF
- Average Low: 18ºC / 64ºF
- Average Rainfall: 4 millimetres / 0.16 inches
To visit Lisbon in July, bring shorts and short sleeve shirts, or whatever you feel comfortable in during hot weather. Pack a light jacket and long trousers for cooler nights just in case.
Don’t forget sunglasses and hat. The sun is very strong in Lisbon, so use sunscreen on any exposed skin, even if you’re not on the beach. Choose a 30 SPF or above to protect you from sunburn, sun damage, and skin cancer. Last but not least, if you plan to hit the beach, or your hotel has a pool, bring a swimsuit.
Events in July
- Festival ao Largo: Free outdoor classic music concerts, opera, ballet and dance performances take place in the square of Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon’s Opera House.
- NOS Alive: This is a 3-day music festival in Passeio Marítimo de Algés, just outside Belém. The festival was considered one of the best 12 European festivals by the UK magazine NME.
- Super Bock Super Rock: This is another 3-day music festival with internationally renowned bands, lots of sun and beer. Super Bock Super Rock takes place in an estate – Herdade do Cabeço da Flauta, just 10 minutes from Meco beach in Sesimbra. The festival is less than an hour’s drive from Lisbon.
- EDPCoolJazz: Held in Cascais, a seaside resort 30 minutes from Lisbon, EDP Cool Jazz is not exactly a summer festival, rather a series of concerts comprising a variety of genres inspired by jazz. This year’s headliners are Tom Jones, Diana Krall and Jamie Cullum. The concerts take place throughout July.
- BaixAnima: Free live music and theatre performances bring buzz to the Baixa area. On weekends from July to September, check out street artists on Rua Augusta.
- Out Jazz Festival: Every Sunday from May to September, enjoy jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop music in Lisbon’s public gardens. This month the concerts take place in Jardim da Estrela, and start at 5pm. Admission is free.
Lisbon is perfectly located to combine sightseeing and beach. Less than an hour away on public transport, an afternoon by the sea is one of the best ways to cool off during the city’s warm summer. Find out how to reach the best beaches around Lisbon.
The weather averages help you get an idea. If you’re not sure what time of year to visit, check our Lisbon weather page.