I have to admit it – most destinations are best when it doesn’t rain. Fortunately Lisbon is the city in Europe with most sunny days and lowest rainfall, Sunny, warm days with blue sky are the most common. Only on rare occasions travelers find themselves caught in all day rain. And only on very rare occasions several days in a row.
So what do you do in a City where one of the best thing to do is walking up and down the hills, looking at beautiful houses and buildings, sipping coffee and wine at one of Lisbon many Quiosques or just chilling in the sun by the Tejo river.
In principles just go through all Lisbon Guides and and pick the museums, palaces, churches, galleries and all other indoor options you prefer, combine them with serious eating and an extra glass of wine up with power-shopping in-between.
But why not take advantage of the situation and spend the time you ‘win’ because of the limited outdoor possibilities and check out the more exotic possibilities Lisbon offers, and dwell longer time with things you like instead of stressing around to check out all the must see Tourist sights (a lot of them you don’t understand why once you are there LOL).
We have asked a few friends about what that would recommend friends with a weather forecast like we have right now.
Here are a our 5 pick
99% of all metro travellers stress from Line to Line to get the first train to their final final destination as fast as possible. They never get a chance (or take the time) to check out the amazing art you find on almost all stations.
If you are in town on rainy days why not take advantage of the situation and skip a train station or two and enjoy the beautiful walls.
Or even better, check out WhereTwoGoTo’s guide to Lisbon’s Metro Art Scene and cruise from station to station. And since your are there – keep your ears open and enjoy the metros soundtrack. It has its own sound, usually chill out music, as a way of saying: Relax, it will arrive! If you’re downtown either in Rossio or Baixa Chiado stations listen carefully. Get through and stay dry on rainy days with art in surprisingly settings.
Lisbon is a walking town. So prepare yourself for a lot of exercise.
One of the problem on rainy days is that walking is limited – and so are the exercise. And due to the weather you probably eat more than usual. So if you need to move and burn calories why not enjoy a few hours of Indoor Paddling?
The ITSports Arena Padle Club fully covered indoor paddle tennis courts are available for reservation from Monday to Sunday between 8 am and 10 pm. And if you go why not combine it with a little extra comfort. The Club is equipped with 2 independent spas, with privacy and comfort.
Casa Do Alentejo is a true gem hidden away on one of the pedestrian parallels behind Liberdade.
Most travellers just pass by this anonymous Palace on the way to a popular tourist sight. But remember – it’s raining – so you have the time to check it out.
The Palace is a difficult to explain. Today its purpose is to promote Alentejo – the region’s culture, food, traditions etc. It’s probably from the late seventeenth century – but the house you see today has undergone profound changes in the early twentieth century.
It belonged to an aristocratic family – the Paes Amaral (Viscounts of Alverca) hence the name Paes do Amaral Palace or Palace Alverca.
In the early 20th century the Palace was leased to a company that transformed a part of the hours to Lisbon’s first casino.
The Palace has a very spacious and beautiful Restaurant – but don’t waste your good appetite there. Instead chill around and enjoy the fantastic settings.
One of our favorite spots.
Four Seasons Ritz: At their Spa delicate aromas and harmonious music permeate the atmosphere, seducing the senses and encouraging mind, body and soul to relax.
With windows overlooking the garden and park, an indoor lap pool, multi-purpose treatment rooms, a relaxation room and selection of Swiss Perfection,
Pestana Palace: Enjoy the sauna, the Turkish bath and the Jacuzzi to eliminate toxins and reset your body at Pestana Palace’s Magic Spa in a restored 19th century palace in the middle of Lisbon. , voted as the Best Luxury Spa 2014 and Best Luxury Business Hotel Spa by the World Luxury Spa Awards 2017
Lisbon is fantastic because of its riverside and beaches. But on rainy days forget about it! Sun slickers who need to relax on their backs and stress off completely Lisbon has a few In-Case-Of-Panic suggestions.
We all have to eat. So if you are a food lover like us – why not use the rain as an excuse to increase you meal to an experience that involves the family in the activities OR expand your meal to a food & shopping experience OR use your meal to challenge your tasting buds.
Here are 3 ideas based on our own experience:
Spend time in a food market and let each family member decide a dish from the numerous food stalls. All gude books highlights the Time Out Market. We never go there. We always go to the less touristic Mercado de Campo de Ourique.
Experience Portugal’s Colonial past at the Asian food court at Martim Moniz. Forget the rain during a food travel through Asia: Pho Ga for starter, Nori, Sashimi etc for main and Sticky Rice w Mango for dessert.
Enjoy a Gourmet Experience at Corto Ingles’ 7th floor. Here you ot onlf finde super selection of exclusive restaurants with super view. You also get a super selection of delicacies – food, wine. smoke, chocolates etc – yo don’t find in other parts of Lisbon. Its as expensive as it is exclusive. But it is possible to enjoy it all at modest preces as well
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