10 Things to Do in Lisbon in February

Live the complete experience of getting to know Lisbon in a month without so many tourists but with great festivities that will make you fall in love with the place. You can't miss it!

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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10 Things to Do in Lisbon in February

Commerce Square, Lisbon | ©Claudio Schwarz

Lisbon in February is dressed in celebration and lots of love. The arrival of Valentine's Day and Carnival come together with the arrival of temperatures a little warmer than in December and January.

In addition, being considered a low season month, you can walk at your leisure without so many tourists. You just need to bring a good coat and come and enjoy all there is to do in the bohemian city of Lisbon.

1. Celebrate Valentine's Day with a cruise on the Tagus River

Tagus River as it passes through Lisbon| ©Daniel Lobo
Tagus River as it passes through Lisbon| ©Daniel Lobo

Lisbon has a charm that mesmerizes all its visitors. You can imagine then that, during the day of love, February 14, there are many panoramas that you can offer to your partner to make her fall in love.

Many restaurants offer romantic dinners and on every corner they will sell flowers and boxes with sweets. However, despite the typical, there are tourist plans such as a cruise that, on this special day, take on an extra meaning for all couples who come to have a date in Lisbon.

Sailing on the Tagus

In Lisbon flows in a spectacular way the Tagus River, which crosses the entire peninsula. This makes it a city with a deep-rooted river tradition and, of course, has some beautiful walks and cruises on the river that, during February 14, take a much more romantic air.

And if you want to complete the experience...visit Miradouro da Graça

This imposing viewpoint, also called Miradouro Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, is one of the best places from where to see the whole city, having a privileged view of the Alfama district. Taking your partner to see the sunset on Valentine's Day is one of the most romantic plans in Lisbon at night.

Book a sunset boat trip

2. Also fall in love with Lisbon and take a touristic bus ride

Lisbon Tourist Bus| ©laredawg
Lisbon Tourist Bus| ©laredawg

If the February cold in Lisbon does not let you continue touring and walking around this beautiful city, you can always choose to book one of the many tourist buses that are around the city of Lisbon and that runs in about two hours some of the main places of Lisbon. That way, you can take shelter from the cold and see at a good pace all the most emblematic places.

In addition, this type of tours are quite economical and there are several options and packs with other attractions so, either because the weather is not good or because you have little time to visit the city, this can always be a good alternative for sightseeing in Lisbon in February. You will save time and money.

  • 24-hour tourist bus
  • From $27
  • Access to bus and streetcars
  • Santa Justa elevator and funicular access
  • Discounts in leisure, culture, restaurants and stores
  • Book now
  • 48-hour tourist bus
  • From $31.
  • Access to Belém and Modern Lisbon routes
  • Access to Santa Justa elevator
  • Discounts in leisure, culture, restaurants and stores
  • Book now
  • Tourist bus and streetcar
  • From $42
  • Bus and streetcar ticket
  • Santa Justa elevator and funicular access
  • Discounts in leisure, culture, restaurants and stores
  • Book now

3. Warm up by drinking port

Port, the Portuguese wine| ©Breakingpic
Port, the Portuguese wine| ©Breakingpic

Although Lisbon is full of panoramas at any time you go, do not forget that in February, despite being the end of winter, it is still quite cold, so it is never too much to make a stop to know one of its most famous liquors and warm up a little.

Port is a wine that has been in fermentation process and has a high alcohol content, so you should drink in moderation. In Lisbon there are numerous places where you can order a glass and take refuge from the cold at a fairly cheap price, such as the famous Arcaz Velho bar in Santa Apolonia.

Wine tasting

If port is too strong for you but you don't want to give up tasting the typical drinks, don't forget that you are in a territory with a wine of denomination of origin. It won't be hard for you to find a wine tasting on your trip to Lisbon in February, which will let you taste the essence of these lands and, by the way, make you warm up a little with the joy that wine gives. Here are some options:

Book a wine and cheese tasting in Lisbon

4. Don't leave without seeing a fado show

Fado show in Chiado| ©Lola Marin
Fado show in Chiado| ©Lola Marin

Fado is the most characteristic folk music of Portuguese culture and whenever you come to Lisbon, you can't miss it. However, in February with the cold and the short days, it is one of the plans par excellence as you can enjoy the various live Fado shows that are made throughout the city while you take shelter from the cold. Sometimes, you also have the opportunity to have dinner while watching a Fado concert.

Some of the most beautiful and touristic neighborhoods of Lisbon, such as Chiado, have different venues that offer from about 20€ an incredible show in which Portuguese guitars accompany the wonderful and sad voices of this song that is known worldwide.

Book tickets for a fado show

5. Take the opportunity to make a getaway to Sintra without so many people

The Pena Palace| ©laredawg
The Pena Palace| ©laredawg

If you have come to spend a few days in Lisbon in February, you can not miss the opportunity to make one of the most popular tours of the city in low season, without crowds of people and seeming that the city is exclusive to you. Sintra is located just 25 kilometers from Lisbon and getting to Sintra from Lisbon is much easier than you think.

For less than 5€ you can take a train or a bus that will leave you in a maximum of 40 minutes in this impressive city for you to explore it at your leisure with the tranquility of being one of the few tourists who have taken a few days in February to come and visit it. You also have several tour options, so you can make the most of your trip.

Sintra is a place that looks like something out of a fairy tale. It has long been declared a World Heritage Site and just strolling through its streets is worthwhile. However, its highlight is its Palacio da Pena, which has become a symbol of the city. The entrance to its interior costs less than 15€ but I assure you that seeing this architectural wonder up close will be worth it and even more if you can see it without so many people in high season. You can also visit the Parque da Pena and the Castelo dos Mouros, Sintra is a must see!

Book an excursion to Sintra

6. Experience the Lisbon Carnival

Lisbon Carnival| ©Genn
Lisbon Carnival| ©Genn

During February, Lisbon celebrates like many other cities in the world, the arrival of Carnival, a party full of color and joy in which people celebrate the end of winter and take to the streets to party and have fun.

The Lisbon Carnival is usually held in mid-February between the 10th and 20th and is commonly known as the "Carnival of the Villains". Its main focal point is in the Parque das Nações area, where parades, concerts and costume contests are organized.

In addition, during that week you will hear all kinds of rhythms in the streets and you will not miss plans and special events that are organized around this energizing party. Check the dates and come and enjoy the Lisbon Carnival!

Book a tour in Lisbon

7. Visit the museums in low season

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum| ©Mark
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum| ©Mark

February is an ideal month to come and visit Lisbon as many people do not decide to come thinking that it will be very unpleasant because of the cold. However, the temperatures are a bit warmer and more bearable than in previous months.

Precisely because of this idea, the city is usually quite empty and it can be a perfect time to take a tour of the most famous museums without waiting in long lines or having to book well in advance.

Lisbon is a cultural capital within the European panorama and there are many museums that you can not miss if you come in the low season of February. Here is a list of the main ones so you can choose the one that best suits your tastes:

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum: it has a huge collection of pieces and works of all ages and paintings by artists such as Rembrandt, Renoir or Rubens. The entrance fee is approximately 10€.
  • National Museum of Ancient Art: it gathers both paintings and decorative arts, mostly by Portuguese artists from several centuries of history. The entrance fee is around 5€ although on Sundays it is free until 2 pm.
  • Fado Museum: has a permanent exhibition and several temporary exhibitions on the history and cultural legacy of Fado in the history of Portugal. The entrance fee is approximately 5€.
  • Berardo Collection Museum: one of the best museums in Lisbon to appreciate contemporary art with works by Portuguese artists and others such as Dalí. The entrance fee is approximately 5€ although every Saturday it is free.
  • Royal Treasure Museum: where the most valuable jewels of the country are housed. It has 11 themes and has interactive exhibits and three floors to learn about the history of Portugal.

Book tickets to the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum

8. Get to know the alternative music of ID NoLimits Festival

DJ table| ©Gabriel Barletta
DJ table| ©Gabriel Barletta

Despite the tourist plans that the city has to offer, if what you like and are passionate about is music and want to know the new trends in urban and electronic rhythms, you cannot miss the ID NoLimits Festival, an event that takes place every year for two days at the end of February and that has become a platform for the newest and most experimental bands.

Normally, this festival takes place at the Estoril Congress Center, just an hour by public transport from the center of Lisbon. The proposal of this festival is not only about music, but also about a kind of art and a mix of styles.

Book a Lisbon street art tour

9. Experience the opera at the Sao Carlos Theater

Sao Carlos National Theater| ©Casper M
Sao Carlos National Theater| ©Casper M

The Sao Carlos Theater is a must stop in Lisbon if you are a lover of culture and art as it is considered one of the most beautiful in the city. Throughout the year, they offer a wide range of plays, dance and music.

However, during February there are several opera cycles that you cannot miss if you are coming to Lisbon during this month. Whether you come with your partner in the month of love and want to offer a special plan or you want to make a winter tourism more indoors.

This theater opened its doors in 1793, to replace the old theater that was destroyed in the earthquake of Lisbon and, since then, has remained a cultural reference for the whole city. You can not miss its curtain fall!

10. Don't miss the Antena 2 Festival

Music Festival| ©Hanny Naibaho
Music Festival| ©Hanny Naibaho

Antena 2 is one of the most famous radio stations in Portugal. It has been broadcasting Portuguese popular music for many years and is a reference for its people.

If you come to Lisbon in February, you will have been lucky because it is the month in which the station celebrates an annual festival where live concerts of the best national groups of the year are held. A great way to get a better insight into Portuguese culture and understand the rhythms and customs of the neighboring country.

This festival usually takes place during two or three days in the first week of February and different events are organized in different locations both in Lisbon and in the other big city, Oporto. Tickets to the concerts are usually around 5€ per person, so if you are interested in this plan, find out more about this year's dates and the concerts you are most interested in.

Lisbon weather in February

Sunset in Lisbon| ©Andreas Brucker
Sunset in Lisbon| ©Andreas Brucker

February is a generous month for Portugal and more specifically for Lisbon since, being in a central area of the country, it has quite stable temperatures. Despite being winter, the average daily temperature is around 10ºC, with highs of 13ºC and lows around 9ºC.

Being a river city, the temperature ends up being warmer and more humid. So with a good coat you can be well on the street without having to take shelter.

However, keep in mind that in late February begins the rainy season and it can be frequent that some of the days dawn a little cloudy or sparkling. In this case, I recommend you to look for indoor plans such as museums, theaters or exhibitions that, in addition, will not have so many tourists.

Book a sightseeing bus tour

What should not be missing in your suitcase to go to Lisbon in February?

Preparing your luggage| ©Kindel Media
Preparing your luggage| ©Kindel Media

Portugal is our neighboring country and has within reach all kinds of basic necessities in supermarkets, stores and pharmacies. I recommend you to travel as light as possible, have good waterproof shoes in case it rains one day and, above all, comfortable and light clothes to move from one place to another and not regret the temperature changes.

Always carry in your bag a folding umbrella in case it starts to sparkle and do not forget your camera to immortalize this beautiful city.

February is a great month if you want to come to Lisbon. Do not think too much because this city will give you all the facilities to have a great time and have a beautiful experience full of joy, love, culture and gastronomy.

Book a gastronomic tour in Lisbon