The weather in Lisbon during the month of October is great for touring and sightseeing as autumn offers mild temperatures, fewer crowds and several events.
A mix of sunny, cloudy and partly rainy days are not uncommon, especially towards the end of October.
Weather in October: What to Pack, What to Wear
Temperatures are pleasant throughout the month. A few afternoons can even see temperatures up into the 30sºC (around 85ºF).
Some late night and early morning lows can be a bit chilly, falling to about 10ºC (50ºF) by late in the month.
- Average High: 23ºC (73ºF)
- Average Low: 15ºC (59ºF)
Skies can be expected to be clear or partly sunny for at least half of the month. In October, there are in average 11 rainy days in Lisbon, but it may less, depending on the year. Significant and intense rainfalls usually only occur for short periods. A mix of sunny and partly rainy days become more common towards the end of the month.
In October, it is best to dress in layers. You may be tempted to wear shorts on a few warmer days, but jeans or long pants are the preferred choice as they leave you prepared for rainy days.
A sweater and a light jacket should do fine in October. Comfortable closed-toe shoes, or a pair of sneakers, are the best option for Lisbon’s steep paved streets. You might want to carry an umbrella.
Lisbon October Events
- Lisbon Marathon: The marathon, departing in Cascais, offers 42 km of stunning views by the river or seaside, before arriving at Parque das Nações. The event includes two shorter distance races: the half marathon that crosses Vasco da Gama bridge, one of the longest bridges in Europe, and the mini marathon that corresponds to the last stretch of the two races.
- Lisbon Fashion Week: Europe’s oldest independent fashion week presents Portuguese designers’ new collections.
- French Film Festival: October brings an annual festival that promotes the French cinema in Lisbon, organized by the French Embassy and the Portuguese Cinematheque.
- Wine Market: The last weekend of October brings to Campo Pequeno small high-quality wine producers with several wines available for visitors to sample.
Fun in October
October’s mild temperatures and sunny days make it the ideal time to know Lisbon on foot. Ditch the maps and wander through the medieval streets of Alfama, before visiting Lisbon’s Castle. Explore the typical districts of Chiado and Bairro Alto, which are some of the best areas to stay in Lisbon.
With seven hills, Lisbon offers some stunning views from the right spots. Check out a list of the top 20 viewpoints in the city. To help you manage Lisbon’s paved steep streets, you may consider a tour on a tuk tuk.
If it rains, don’t worry, there’s plenty you can do. The Gulbenkian Museum is a great option for a rainy day, covering an impressive range of periods and areas, from the Mesopotamians to the Impressionists and from old coins to European painting.
One of the largest collections of vehicles in the world can be seen in Lisbon’s Coach Museum. The museum in located in the Belém district, known for being the area with the highest concentration of monuments and museums in Lisbon.
You may also consider a visit to Lisbon’s Oceanarium that offers a great half day with sea life swimming around you. The Oceanarium is located at Parque das Nações, a recent riverfront area of Lisbon built for the Expo 98 event.
The weather averages help you get an idea, but occasionally some autumn rains may be more intense. Check the Lisbon weather forecast before you leave home.