How to Spend a Rainy Day in Lisbon Featured

While Lisbon tends to be sunny and exciting throughout the year, it’s just as enchanting during rainy season. Rather than cancel your flight due to less than ideal weather, take the opportunity to discover some of the city’s hidden gems.

 Have Ginjinha and pastries in the Moorish Quarter.

Locals of Lisbon love dining al fresco, meeting up at quiosques, and socialising in outdoor settings. If you’re interrupted by rain, head to the historical Moorish Quarter instead. The Moorish Quarter is a charming area of the city filled with charming indoor cafes and restaurants. Here you can sample the famous Pastel da Mouraria and the best Ginjinha (cherry liqueur) in Lisbon.

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Check out Europe’s Largest Indoor Aquarium.

Lisbon has a lot to offer, including the Oceanário de Lisboa in the Parque das Nacoes, an aquarium built on a pier in an artificial lagoon. Each tank at Oceanário de Lisboa is dedicated to different habitats: the North Atlantic rocky coast, the Antarctic coastal line, the Temperate Pacific kelp forests, and the Tropical Indian coral reefs. It’s also the home to two famous sea otters named Eusebio, after the soccer player, and Amalia, after the fado singer Amália Rodrigues.

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Participate in a wine tasting...

What better place to drink Port than in Portugal? Solar do Vinho do Porto is a former palace in Chiado that now functions as a sophisticated wine bar. Here you can sit in comfortable arm chairs, taste more than 300 varieties of Port wines, smoke a cigar and enjoy the relaxing ambience. It’s a great place to unwind at the end of a long day, and an experience unique side to Lisbon.

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Visit a famed museum...

During your visit to Lisbon, you’ll notice tiles being sold at every flea market. Unfortunately, this is largely due to the theft of tiles decorating facades of historical buildings around the city. The purchase of tiles is discouraged for the preservation of heritage of the city, so a huge collection of Portuguese tiles is on display at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum). This museum is must-see for people interested in the history and design of ceramic tiles of the 15th century to present. If you’re more interested in books, literature, and especially poetry, be sure to check out the Casa Fernando Pessoa. This former home of the greatest Portuguese literary genius of the 20th century is now one of Lisbon’s most visited museums.

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Stop by at Mercado de Campo de Ourique...

Mercado de Campo de Ourique is a hip, urban marketplace in the centre of an upscale barrio, about 10 to 15 minutes from the historic centre. It’s a local favourite for trying high-quality gourmet food and doing some shopping. Here you’ll find an array of fresh juice counters, bars, and food stalls specializing in traditional favorites and experimental cuisine.

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For more on what to do in Lisbon, visit our Destinations page



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