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The Best Time of Year to visit Portugal, Lisbon
If you’re visiting Lisbon for the weather, then the best time to visit is autumn and spring, however, with a hot summer come long beach days and with a cool winter come unique Portuguese delights.
No matter which season you decide is right for you this year, you’ll certainly won’t regret hiring a personal photographer to capture you, your family, or you with your partner in such an incredibly romantic city.
On the bright side, Lisbon is always colorful with incredible flowers blooming all around the city and if you want to take day trips around the country you will only need two or three hours to get there, depending on which direction you decide to go in. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect during each season in Lisbon, Portugal.
Visiting Lisbon in Autumn
In Autumn you can catch the International Film Festival, especially on those wet chilly days that sneak in unpredictably between the warm sunny days. You can sneak off between films to one of Lisbon’s trademark bakeries for Pastéis de Nata or tartes de maça, this way you can watch great films with complete satisfaction.
If fashion is one of your most valued interests then you’ll be pleased to participate in the Lisbon Fashion Week in October, but just make sure to dress your best and bring your professional Lisbon photographer along with you to truly feel a part of the show. If you’ve come for surfing, then autumn and winter are the seasons to catch the best waves. Plus there will be fewer people getting in your way while you’re catching the ice breaker wave.
Visit the Torre de Belém, which may just be the most iconic structure in the city, plus it is gorgeously surrounded by water, making it a romantic background for a romantic photoshoot. Autumn is an especially great time of year for your photoshoot since there will be fewer tourists crowding the frame compared to the swarming summer months.
Autumn may also be the best time to visit the Algarve, while the temperatures are still warm but not overcrowded with others while you’re standing under a burning sun. Then you can make a trip to St George’s Castle, which will be surrounded by beautiful trees transforming into their autumn colors. And finally, head to the Bairro Alto for the trendiest eating and drinking the city has to offer.
Visiting Lisbon in Winter
One of your first stops this winter should be to the Mercado da Ribeira, where you can try fresh seasonal fruit downstairs and wander upstairs for some of Lisbon’s best treats. You may wind up spending a full day up there, sipping on Portuguese wine with a romantic drizzle tapping the cobblestone streets just on the other side of the window. Then you can explore the local life by taking a rest on one of the benches in Rossio Square, which has been full of action since Medieval times.
And, if you’re in Lisbon for the New Year’s Eve, then you’re in for phenomenal fireworks along the river at Belém. This may be the perfect opportunity to hire a proposal photographer in Lisbon so that the entire city can celebrate with you on your bright, upcoming future. When you upload your photos to your Instagram account no one will have to know that you didn’t arrange the fireworks yourself! Then move to Praça do Comércio where you can party in the large square with the locals and tourists alike to live music and lively celebrations.
The good news is, in winter walking up those steep hills is much more pleasant than under a burning summer sun. Dress in warm fashion and explore the streets until you find the perfect place to try a Portuguese specialty, Ginjinha, a sour cherry liquor. And if you’re in Lisbon during February and March join the Carnival festival celebrations. If you’re traveling with your family, then bring along a family photographer from Lisbon to capture your family in the local fun!
Visiting Lisbon in Spring
In Springtime get ready for some bright and sunny days and stroll up and down the romantic streets of Lisbon. Now is the perfect season to take your time walking along the Tagus River in Belém, while catching some of the most iconic sites Lisbon has to offer like the Cristo Rei (Christ the King) monument, the Jerónimos Monastery, and of course, the Tower of Belém. Feel free to stop at a belvedere for a delicious Portuguese espresso to keep up the energy buzz for the long adventure ahead of you.
Of course, in the evening you will want to eat outside with everybody else, enjoying the fantastic weather before the intense summer heat arrives. And don’t miss out on hiring a professional photographer to capture your day in the bright Portuguese sun, there will be too many photogenic moments this season and many affordable photographers available to capture your best moments during your trip.
For a sunset view, bring along an engagement photographer to catch the entire city under the rich sunset colors from lookouts like, Miradouro São Pedro de Alcantara, after you’ve finished a romantic day in Estufa Fria in the Parque Eduardo VII. And finally, you can’t miss out on riding tram 28, which glides from Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique, to get a lookout onto the city without having to hike up all those hills!
Visiting Lisbon in Summer
In June you have the privilege of catching Popular Saints’ Festivals in Portugal. In Lisbon, around mid-June is the celebration of Santo Antonio, where the parties all around the city, day or night, are unavoidable. You can dance to traditional music with the locals in the streets, restaurants, beaches or bars! Then rent a car and escape to Sintra, which is only a 30-minute drive. Some of the best photographers in Lisbon are hired for photoshoots in this area, as soon as you arrive you’ll understand why.
Visit the Alfama District to take a break from the busy city center and explore the winding streets and take a rest in one of the many cafes, because as you’ll soon discover, every hour is a coffee break hour in Lisbon, Portugal. If the heat gets too much for you or your family, spend a few hours in the National Tile Museum, where you will certainly be amazed by the stunning colors and combinations.
Take a day trip to the many beaches outside of the city like Cascais, where you can walk to cliffs and caves, and then if you still have the energy, join the bustling nightlife in Bairro Alto, where you can sip on fresh and fruity cocktails. And finally, treat yourself to a private photographer who will capture your sunset portrait on the edge of Cabo da Roca, where you can have your first photoshoot at the westernmost point in mainland Europe!
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