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Historic Site

When should you visit a historic site? Historic sites are locations where pieces of political, cultural, or social history have been preserved. Often due to their cultural value. Historic sites can be temples, whole cities, pyramids, castles, churches or any other kind of buildings.

You can enjoy this beautiful view of the bridge in any season.

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In Spring, there are beautiful Sakura. Besides Spring, the Castle area is a nice park.

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It’s a popular landmark and for us one of the most impressive sights of Lisbon. Usually, ii's crowded even in winter. Less busy in the morning at 10 a.m. when it gets opened. Expect to queue the rest of the day due to limited access to the tower. Only 150 people are allowed going up the tower at the same time. Torre de Belem is also famous for tourists and Portuguese as well to watch the sunset.

Torre de Belem at sunset

Opening hours:

  • May to September from 10 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Last admission is at 5 p.m.
  • October to April closing one hour earlier at 5.30 p.m. Last admission is also at 5 p.m. (like in the summer).
  • Closed on Mondays. Also closed January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, June 14, December 25
     

Tip: Entrance fee 6 €, combined with Jerónimos Monastery 12 €.

Jeronimos Monastery

Crowds

To enjoy the Belem Tower come here early in the morning and avoid Sundays. Citizens get free admission until 2 pm. Even in the winter, it is busy here but summer is worse. However, we always come here when we are in Lisbon but only during the week. The sunset is truly beautiful and of course, the promenade is packed with people.

Cafe at the Tagus River close to Torre de Belem
Perfect location to watch the sunset

Weather and Crowds in Lisbon by Season

Lisbon is an outstanding travel destination throughout the year.

Spring

Day temps in spring are pleasant around 20°C / 68°F. Nights are a bit chilly on average between 10°-16°C / 50°F-60°F. We like this season; not hot but warm although in June temps increase already and it's almost always sunny. Showers can occur occasionally. In April crowds are still bearable except for Easter. From May onwards more tourists come to Lisbon and Portugal.

Summer 

Expect at least 30°C / 86°F and consider the powerful sun. Summer is the driest time of the year. July and August are the peak season and it’s pretty busy in Lisbon.

Autumn

September is still very warm with temps around 26°C / 79°F. Nights are cool on average 17°C / 63°F. During October day temps are still above 20°C / 68°F and in November around 18°C / 64°F. Rain increases in October, however, below 100 mm in November. That’s not much. In October and November, fewer visitors come to Lisbon and the surroundings. You can enjoy the city and Sintra much better.

Winter

In winter the day temps are on average around 15°C / 59°F, one-digit temps / below 50°F during the night. However, it’s mild but the wind can be chilly. Although it’s winter, the sun is still strong UV 6. Precipitation occurs more often, but it’s rare to experience rain the entire day. We’d been here several times in January and February. Usually, you can even walk barefoot at the beach. We love to come at this time of the year except for Christmas. Most of the sights are quiet with view visitors only.

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Located close to the historic center of Sintra which is popular and gets busy from late morning on. It is part of the “Three Palace Tour” and gets even more crowded in summer the holiday season. The best time for a visit is in the morning when they open at 9.30 in the high season and 10 in the low season. Best sunlight for a good shot in the late afternoon!!

Avoiding tourist crowds:
In July and August Sintra is completely crowded. If you want to visit in summer, you should go either early or late in the day. Weekends are even busier, and it might be very difficult to find a parking space. Winter is the best time to avoid masses of tourists coming by bus from Lisbon and swarming around.

My favorite months are May until mid-June and September, less hot and busy mostly with a blue sky. Anyway, this time we came end of December and had 16 degrees in Lisbon which were 13 degrees in Sintra, and it was sunny for several weeks. None of the places were crowded.

High season (end of March until the end of Oct.): 9.30 a.m. until 8 p.m. for the park last admission at 7 p.m. and the palace 7 p.m. last admission 6.15 p.m.
Entrance fee: adult 8 €

Low season (end of Oct. until the end of March): 10.00 a.m. until 6 p.m. for the park last admission at 5 p.m. and the palace 5 p.m. last admission 4.30 p.m.
Entrance fee: adult 6,50 € and family 22 € (2 adults and 2 under 18 years)

You get a 5 % discount when buying tickets online and avoid queuing in the peak season:
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Climate:
Although Sintra has a different climate to Cascais and Lisbon due to the high elevation summer can be very hot with up to 30 degrees. There is mostly a breeze which is convenient in summer but be careful in autumn and winter. Weather is more unpredictable from October to March, and more rain occurs. However, it seldom rains a whole week a view days only. Sintra is frequently covered in fog which let it appear mystic. Often mid to end of December the weather is fine. This told me a hiking guide and friend from PortugalWalkHike

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It is located in the Sintra area which is popular and gets busy from midday on. The best time for a visit is in the morning when they open at 9.30 in the high season and 10 in the low season. However, it is still not as crowded as Palacio de Pena or Quinta da Regaleira.

Avoiding the Crowds 

In July and August Sintra is utterly crowded due to the “Three Palace tour”. If you want to visit during the summer, you should go either early or late in the day. Weekends are even busier, and it might be very difficult to find a parking space. Winter is the best time to avoid masses of tourists coming by bus from Lisbon and swarming around. My favorite months are May and September, less hot and busy mostly with a blue sky. However, this time we came at the end of December and experienced 16°C in Lisbon which was 13°C in Sintra. It was sunny around Lisbon for weeks during winter.

Opening Hours and Entrance Fee
  • High season (end of March until the end of Oct.): 9.30 a.m. until 8 p.m. last admission at 7 p.m. Entrance fee: adult 7 €
  • Low season (end of Oct. until the end of March): 10.00 a.m. until 6 p.m. last admission at 5 p.m. Entrance fee: adult 5 € and family 17 € (2 adults and 2 under 18 years)
  • Tip: You get a 5 % discount when buying tickets online
     
Weather

Although Sintra has a different climate to Cascais and Lisbon due to the high elevation summer can be very hot with up to 30°C. There is mostly a breeze which is pleasant during summer but be careful in autumn and winter. Weather is more unpredictable from October to March, and more rain occurs. However, it seldom rains the entire week here. Sintra is frequently covered in fog which creates a mystic atmosphere. In winter we often experienced pleasant weather and mild temps from mid to end of December.

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I prefer to visit here in early morning. However, it is nice any time...

CLIMATE/WEATHER: Every season is different and a great setting for photos. In summer the average daytime temperature reaches its maximum in July/August: 20°C (68°F). In winter it can get quite cold, the temperature drops below zero -3°C (26°F) in Jan/Feb, even colder during the night.

In the summer months of July and August there is sometimes a market with BBQ and Karaoke.

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