Lisbon in May

Are you wondering how it will be visiting Lisbon in May?

While I lived there, it was one of my best months living in the Portuguese capital.

As spring blossoms into its full glory, Lisbon emerges as a captivating destination adorned with many cultural festivities and basking in the warmth of the May sun.

The best part is you can enjoy the hours of daylight, and it is a perfect time to explore Lisbon’s cobblestone streets and historical landmarks.

So, I invite you to embark on a journey to explore the delightful things offered in the hours of sunshine available.

What is The Weather Like in Lisbon in May?

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One thing is for sure: you can expect comfortable temperatures compared to visiting Lisbon in January.

May is a pleasant month in Lisbon, with mild daytime temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

The average high temperature during the day is around 23°C (73°F), while the average low temperature at night is approximately 14°C (57°F).

Yet, it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast for the specific dates of your trip to get a more accurate idea of what temperatures to expect.

Rain in Lisbon

Furthermore, Lisbon experiences minimal rainfall in May, making it an excellent time for outdoor events and exploration. Rain showers are infrequent, and when they occur, they are usually brief.

This dry period enhances the overall experience, maximizing outdoor time without worrying about unexpected downpours.

Here is a short list of what weather you can expect in Lisbon in May:

Here is a short list of what weather you can expect in Lisbon in May:

Lisbon in May WeatherTemperatures
Average Day Time Temperatures22°C (72°F)
Average Day Time Temperatures Highs25°C (77°F)
Average Lowest Temperatures14°C (57°F)
Average Rainfall54mm / 2.13in

What to Pack

If you’re traveling to Lisbon in May, you’ll want to be prepared for the mild temperatures and occasional rainfalls.

For daytime activities, you may want to pack light and breathable clothing, such as cotton shirts or blouses, shorts or skirts, and comfortable walking shoes.

Bringing a lightweight jacket or sweater for cooler evenings is a good idea. If you plan on dining out or attending a more formal event, you may want to bring dressier clothing, such as a sundress or a button-up shirt with dress pants.

Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun during the day.

And, of course, be sure to bring comfortable shoes for walking around the city and exploring all Lisbon offers.

16 Things to Do in  Lisbon in May

May is a vibrant month in Lisbon, offering many activities to engage you while walking the cobbled streets and enjoying beach days with the average temperature.

1. Attend The Go_A Ukraine Band Festival

Go_A Lisbon

May 5, 2024: Go_A Ukraine Band 

The concert in Lisbon is a musical performance by the Ukrainian band Go_A. The concert is scheduled for May 5, 2024, in Lisbon, Portugal.

It is expected to be a lively and exciting show featuring Go_A’s unique electronic and ethno-folk music blend. The band is known for its energetic and engaging live performances; fans can expect a memorable experience.

If you’re a fan of Go_A or enjoy great music and entertainment, this concert is one to consider attending. So, book your tickets early so as not to be disappointed. 

2. May 18, 2024: Parra for Cuva Wicked Games

Parra for Cuva is the stage name of German electronic music producer and DJ Nicolas Demuth.

He gained recognition for his melodic and atmospheric style within the electronic music genre, particularly in deep house and downtempo.

Parra for Cuva became widely known for his track “Wicked Games,” a remix of Chris Isaak’s classic song, which received acclaim for its dreamy and ethereal sound.

He rose to prominence with the success of “Wicked Games,” since then, he has continued to release music that explores ambient, electronica, and other electronic sub-genres.

So, book tickets for this event to see him in action and enjoy some music. 

3. May 24–25, 2024: Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” at Estadio da Luz

Taylor Swift Lisbon

May 24–25, 2024, will be an exciting time for music lovers in Lisbon, as Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” is scheduled at Estadio da Luz.

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter will be performing her chart-topping hits from various eras of her career, promising an unforgettable experience for her fans.

Book your tickets early if you want to participate in this highly-anticipated event.

4. May 31, 2024: The Interrupters

May 31, 2024, is another exciting day for music lovers in Lisbon as The Interrupters are set to perform in the city.

The American ska punk band is known for their high-energy performances and catchy tunes, making them a must-see for genre fans.

Grab tickets for this event if you want a lively and entertaining evening.

5. Brunch on Mother’s Day

Brunch in Lisbon

While you can enjoy cooler weather without hot summers, why not spend Mother’s Day with brunch at any of these great places in Lisbon? 

1. Nicolau Lisboa – This trendy café in Baixa serves delicious brunch dishes like avocado toast, pancakes, and eggs benedict. They also have a great selection of cakes and pastries for dessert.

2. Zenith Brunch & Cocktails – Located in Príncipe Real, this brunch spot has a wide range of dishes, including vegan and gluten-free options. They also have a great cocktail menu if you want to raise a toast to your mom.

3. Fauna & Flora – This cozy café in Chaido has a great selection of healthy brunch options like smoothie bowls, salads, and açai bowls. They also have a lovely outdoor patio to enjoy your meal in the sunshine. 

4. Heim Cafe – This hip café has a great brunch menu with options like shakshuka, waffles, and french toast. They also have a great selection of coffee and tea to accompany your meal.

These are some of my favorite spots to enjoy brunch and have a wonderful time. 

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6. Read a Book and Visit Amo Brewing

Embrace the pleasant May weather by heading to Amo Craft Beer Brewery on Thursday evenings for the engaging Books and Beers Meetup.

As you sip craft beer in this inviting outdoor setting, bring along a book to share or explore the diverse collection provided by fellow attendees.

It’s an excellent opportunity to exchange reading recommendations, acquire new material, and foster friendships.

Enjoy the fusion of literature and brews at this unique gathering.

7. Get a Pizza and Wine Delight

Discover a delightful experience in Lisbon in May by venturing to Ajuda, conveniently close to Belém.

Begin your culinary journey at DiAmici, where you can relish flavorful pizzas. Then, elevate your taste buds by heading to the nearby Ervideira wine shop for an exquisite tasting session.

Accompanied by generous servings of bread, cheese, and charcuterie, the wine tasting at Ervideira offers a delightful culinary adventure.

Consider making a meal out of the Alentejo snacks, complementing the unique experience of wines aged underwater in Alqueva Lake in the eastern Alentejo region.

Enjoy the perfect blend of pizza and wine in the charming district of Ajuda.

8. Enjoy Portuguese Cherries

May heralds the beginning of the cherry season in Portugal. Indulge your taste buds with the early-season cherries at local fruit shops and supermarkets.

Cherries, a daily delight during the season, is not only a flavorful treat but also a cost-effective one in Portugal. Unlike their Swiss counterparts, these luscious gems cost between four and five euros per pound, offering a sweet and affordable indulgence.

Don’t miss the chance to savor the beauty of Portuguese cherries, making May a month to relish their succulence.

9. Visit Crush Doughnuts

As spring unfolds, answer your sweet cravings with a visit to Crush Doughnuts, a haven for colossal and delectable American-style donuts.

Located conveniently across from El Cortes Ingles, Crush Doughnuts offers an array of flavors at its Saldanha location, away from the bustling crowds. These generously sized treats, perfect for sharing, come in various flavors.

From the indulgent peanut butter dream to the refreshing key lime pie and the distinctly Portuguese passion fruit summer, Crush Doughnuts provides a tempting selection for those seeking a satisfying, sweet experience in the heart of Lisbon.

10. Enjoy Lisbon’s Floral Display

Witness the enchanting beauty of Lisbon in May as entire streets are adorned with blooming purple trees known as Jacaranda Mimosifolia.

These stunning trees create a mesmerizing spectacle like a cascade of floral elegance. For a delightful walk surrounded by this burst of color, I recommend exploring the streets of Saldanha, where the vibrant Jacaranda trees paint the scenery with captivating hues.

Immerse yourself in the floral wonders of Lisbon’s May landscape, turning your stroll into a picturesque experience.

11. Enjoy The View at Durque Brew Pub

Relish the perfect weather in May by enjoying a drink outdoors in Lisbon. For a remarkable spot, venture to Duque Brew Pub nestled a bit uphill from Praça do Rossio.

The climb is rewarded with breathtaking views that make the ascent worthwhile. Indulge in their diverse selection of well-crafted beers featuring sours, IPAs, blondes, and unique options like an albino or white stout.

Bask in the sunlight and treat yourself to a delicious brew at Duque Brew Pub, where panoramic vistas complement the flavors of your chosen beverage.

12. Attend a Puppet Show

While exploring Lisbon in May, look for captivating festivals and events. During our visit, we enjoyed attending a show at the Teatro São Luiz as part of the Puppet and Marionette Festival.

The venue was a marvel, adorned with stunning painted ceilings and grand chandeliers. The show, a blend of human performers and various puppets, showcased creativity and addressed both humorous and serious themes, including climate change.

One notable aspect of marionette shows is their universal appeal, as they involve minimal dialogue, eliminating concerns about language barriers. Immerse yourself in this unique form of entertainment, combining artistry and thought-provoking narratives.

13. Jardim da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

In the vibrant month of May, relish the blossoming beauty of Lisbon by taking a leisurely walk through the enchanting Jardim da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

The park comes alive with the joyful sights of baby ducks and chicks, creating an atmosphere of natural splendor. Witness the heartwarming scene of a pair of Egyptian geese proudly parading around with their adorable goslings.

As spring unfolds, this park becomes a haven for nature enthusiasts, offering a serene escape and a delightful showcase of new life. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Jardim da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, a true gem in the heart of Lisbon.

14. Brunch at Breakfast Lovers

If you find yourself in Chiado, enjoy brunch at Breakfast Lovers. While Portuguese dining might be high on your list, having an American-style brunch occasionally is okay.

I love eating brunch here as they serve well-crafted coffees. The cappuccinos are delicious, and the plates are large and filled with eggs and other fresh ingredients. Still, it is a popular place, and I recommend you book a table.

You can sit at the window and enjoy the view outside, watching other people stand in line.

15. Enjoy Music at Boteco Dona Luzia

Another interesting place I found in Lisbon in May is a Brazilian cafe with live music every night during the week.

Boteco Dona Luzia in Saldanha does have a pricey menu, but the drink specials are excellent. I ordered a small plate of food with my drinks.

You must also pay a small cover charge to sit inside when the music plays, around 3 Euros.

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16. Visit the IberAnime Event

When you visit Lisbon in May, do not miss the biggest event regarding Japanese culture. Enjoy a weekend of concerts, cosplay, lectures, activities, and workshops for an unforgettable memory. Join in the fun from the 12th to 13th March 2024 at the FIL – Centro de Exposições e Congressos de Lisboa, located in the innovative Parque das Nações.

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City Pass Money Savers

Trains Lisbon to Cascais

May in Lisbon is also an ideal time to save money using the Lisbon City Pass. May is the time for sightseeing and enjoying the warm season. 

  • Use it for free entry to top attractions – The Lisbon City Pass includes free entry to many of the city’s top attractions, like the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, and the National Palace of Sintra. By using the pass for these attractions, you’ll be saving money on admission fees.
  • Use it for free public transportation – The Lisbon City Pass includes unlimited use of public transportation in Lisbon, including buses, trams, and metro. By using the pass for transportation, you’ll be saving money on individual tickets.
  • Use it for discounts at other attractions and tours – The Lisbon City Pass also includes discounts on attractions like the Lisbon Zoo and the Oceanarium and discounts on tours and experiences like a Fado show or a wine tasting. By taking advantage of these discounts, you can save money on additional activities during your trip.
  • Use it for skip-the-line access – The Lisbon City Pass includes skip-the-line access to many attractions, which can save you time and money. Avoiding long lines gives you more time to explore the city and see everything on your itinerary.

Overall, the Lisbon City Pass is a great way to save money on your trip to Lisbon while enjoying the city’s top attractions and experiences from nearby beaches, street markets, and so much more. 

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Weekend City Break in Lisbon in May

If you can only visit Lisbon in May over a weekend, why not follow my last-minute city break itinerary here:

Day 1 in Lisbon in May

The Morning: Visit Alfama District

Start your Lisbon in May adventure in the Alfama district, a historical place. Walk the narrow, winding cobblestone streets, and do not forget to visit Sao Jorge Castle for spectacular views. Eat a traditional Portuguese breakfast, and do not forget to try the pasteis de nata (egg tart.)

The Afternoon: Head to Baixa and Chiado

Head to Baixa and Chiado next with the available daylight hours and pleasant weather. You can enjoy shopping and drop in at the famous Bertrand Bookstore here.

The Evening: Visit Bairro Alto

With the mild weather in Lisbon in May, an evening in Bairro Alto offers lively nightlife. You can dine at a Fado restaurant complimented with the best Portuguese food.

Day 2 in Lisbon in May

The Morning: Spend it in the Belem District

On your second day in Lisbon in May, head to Belem, which is famous for its museums and monuments. Visit the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery, and head to Pasteis de Belem for some custard tarts.

The Afternoon: Head to the MAAT and LX Factory

Visit LX Factory with its quirky shops, art spaces, and cafes. Enjoy a light meal and head to the Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology for some culture.

The Evening: Enjoy a Sunset Cruise

To end your two days in Lisbon in May, take a sunset cruise along the Tejo Estuary to see the city from another side.

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Wrap-Up: Visiting Lisbon in May 

Lisbon in May is a delightful blend of favorable weather and a rich tapestry of events and activities. I hope you enjoy your vacation in May in Lisbon as I did, and do not forget to tell me about it. Still, if you have not planned a Lisbon trip in May, I hope the above things are on your must-visit list.

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Frequently Asked Questions

May is a pleasant month in Lisbon, with mild daytime temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The average high temperature during the day is around 23°C (73°F), while the average low temperature at night is approximately 14°C (57°F). Lisbon experiences minimal rainfall in May, making it an excellent outdoor event and exploration time.

If you visit Lisbon in May, pack light and breathable clothes for mild temperatures and occasional rain. Bring a lightweight jacket or sweater for cooler evenings. Don’t forget sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen for protection from the sun.

May is a vibrant month in Lisbon, offering many activities to engage you while walking the cobbled streets and enjoying beach days with the average temperature.

You can enjoy brunch on Mother’s Day, attend the Books and Beers Meetup at Amo Craft Beer Brewery, indulge in a pizza and wine delight in Ajuda, or enjoy Portuguese cherries.

Yes, May is a great time to visit Lisbon. With mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and minimal rainfall, it’s an excellent time for outdoor events and exploration. The city has many cultural festivities, making it a captivating destination.

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