Although you may not have that incredible and so tipically portuguese weather, that doesn’t mean, you can’t visit Lisbon in December. Today we give 6 good reasons to visit Lisbon during the Christmas season:
1 – Weather – it’s true you may deal with some rain, but comparing with the rest of Europe it won’t be nothing. During the cold winter month, Lisbon maintains rather mild temperatures, it usually won’t get any colder than 6°C and the sun is no stranger either, which is perfect to hang around by the city.
2 – Christmas decorations – One of the best things to do in Lisbon in December is to roam around downtown, and amaze yourself with the Christmas decorations. Every street, neighbourhood, monument and storefront, will be covered up with lights and the most original decorations, making any walk, much more pleasant.
3 – Value for Money – There is no other place in Europe where you can enjoy that much quality for such an affordable price. Whether in your Christmas shopping, your hotel, or enjoying an incredible meal in the trendiest restaurant, Lisbon has it all and it’s definitely the place to be when you compare price and quality.
4 – Genuine Experience – December is not a high season for tourism in Lisbon, but that doesn’t mean you will be by yourself. In fact, it is a time when all locals will be on the streets, hanging out with their families and friends, allowing a much more genuine Lisbon experience.
5 – Christmas food – Rabanadas (portuguese version of french toast), Bacalhau (everyone in Portugal eats it during this time), Bolo Rei (King cake), ou Perú recheado com castanhas (turkey stuffed with chestnuts). These are some of the food specialities of the season, you just can’t miss when travelling to Lisbon during this time of the year.
6 – Monuments – In a more introspective and religious time of the year, Lisbon has beautiful churches to visit that are opened to the public. Basílica da Estrela, Mosteiro do Jerónimos or Sé de Lisboa, are among others, a great option to visit because their magnificence, and history.