10 Things to Do in Lisbon in November

Who said that Lisbon in November is not as interesting as in other periods of the year? I show you all the options that the city offers you in this month.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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10 Things to Do in Lisbon in November

Sintra, National Palace of Pena | ©Chris Barbalis

Lisbon in November receives fewer visitors than in summer, but if there is one thing the Portuguese capital stands out for, it is for its off-season charms, and there is a lot to see in Lisbon beyond the summer period!

In this article I will show you everything Lisbon has to offer in November. If you find one of the usual cheap flights to Lisbon to travel in November, you're in luck: there is much, much to see and do in Lisbon.

1. Check out the local produce and street art at the Christmas Market

Lisbon Bullring| ©Ricardo Liberato
Lisbon Bullring| ©Ricardo Liberato

Lisbon's Bullring (also called Parque Pequeno Square) kicks off the Christmas markets on November 29. It is located on Avenida da República and is a perfect space for an immersion in Portuguese tradition. Especially because it is a market very focused on Portuguese products. There, among about 100 stalls, you will find:

  • Handicrafts
  • Food
  • Shows
  • Handicrafts
  • Restaurants
  • Cinema

As you can see, it is an ideal plan to spend several hours, since you can, from browsing and shopping, to eating there. Of course, you have to pay an entrance fee, although it is very economical. You can buy it from 1 €. You can also take advantage of one of the Lisbon tours that pass through Avenida da República to learn more about this place.

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2. Taste and learn the secrets of typical sweets

The Bread of God| ©Anke knipst
The Bread of God| ©Anke knipst

On November 1 takes place this holiday which, as in many other parts of Christian countries, is dedicated to commemorating ancestors and the dead. In Lisbon this celebration takes a particularly colorful form, since it is traditional for children to visit homes with a bag in which they can deposit, as a gift, sweets or chestnuts. As you can see, not very different from Halloween. This day also has its own gastronomic customs. Among them:

  • Cinnamon sweets.
  • Wine and roasted chestnuts.
  • The Pan de Dios, typical of All Saints.

I advise you to discover these specialties through the many gastronomic tours that take place in the Portuguese capital. You can discover your options in this article about the best gastronomic tours in Lisbon.

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3. Get closer to the popular celebrations with the Feast of St. Martin

Chestnuts for the Feast of St. Martin| ©andreaseves
Chestnuts for the Feast of St. Martin| ©andreaseves

On November 11 takes place this religious festivity that the Portuguese popular lore summarizes in the following phrase: "pelo São Martinho, castanhas, pão e vinho" (for St. Martin, chestnuts, bread, chestnuts and wine). That is, "for St. Martin, bread, chestnuts and wine. As you can see, it is very clear what you will be able to enjoy. In fact, there are many events where you can get hold of these products to taste them.

In addition, I advise you to take advantage of St. Martin to explore Portugal's rich and prestigious wine tradition. In fact, there are numerous wine tastings that will bring you closer to the exquisite Portuguese wines. Here you can discover the options for the best wine tastings in Lisbon.

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4. Enjoy the seventh art at the Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival

Estoril| ©Apetrov09703
Estoril| ©Apetrov09703

A good plan for lovers of the seventh art. This film festival is held in Estoril, just 20 minutes drive from Lisbon. It is dedicated to all types of audiovisual creations such as fiction, documentaries and animation. The Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival is held in November, often from the second week of the month, although I advise you to check on the official website of the festival the days of each edition, because there may be changes.

This festival is usually accompanied by events, such as conferences and even concerts. There are different types of tickets depending on the event you want to enjoy, although all of them can be purchased from 5 €.

In addition, I recommend that if you go to Estoril, do not miss the opportunity to visit Sintra, just 15 minutes by car and book your ticket for Palacio da Pena in Sintra. Although it is not essential that you go to Estoril to get close to Sintra, there are many excursions to Sintra from Lisbon! Or you can also do it by yourself. Here is the information you will need to do it:

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5. Visit an exhibition at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale

Sintel de Cordes Palace| ©FG+SG
Sintel de Cordes Palace| ©FG+SG

Also known as the Lisbon Triennial is one of the Portuguese city's cultural highlights during the winter. In this case, the object of this event is architectural design. There are not only exhibitions but also talks and interventions by internationally renowned professionals. This triennial, as its name suggests, takes place every 3 years, so it is highly advisable to check if there will be an edition in the year in which you plan to travel.

The event lasts 3 months, from October to December, so if you travel in November, you will find it at full capacity. Regarding prices, there are events that are free and others for a fee (the latter, very often, conferences). Day or 3-day passes are also available. Regarding the daily passes, pay attention to the prices, as they may vary depending on the month. Basically you will find these types of passes:

  • Day pass: Available from 30 €.
  • 3-day pass: You can buy it from 90 €.

Regarding the places where it takes place, there are several and they are spread throughout Lisbon. I advise you to check this aspect carefully, as it may change depending on the edition. The venues are usually the following:

6. Dive among books at the Lisbon Photo Book Fair

Lisbon Photo Book Fair| ©EFE
Lisbon Photo Book Fair| ©EFE

A perfect event not only for photography lovers but also for bibliophiles in general. The Lisbon Photo Book Fair takes place on November 26, 27 and 28. However, it is best to check this information before you go, in case there are any changes. You will be able to enjoy the following:

  • Photobooks.
  • Exhibitions.
  • Markets.
  • Talks and conferences.
  • Workshops.
  • Children's activities.

Most activities are free and are located in two main locations:

Visit the best museums in the city

Oriente Museum in Lisbon| ©Manuel Correia
Oriente Museum in Lisbon| ©Manuel Correia

If there is one advantage of traveling to Lisbon in November, it is that you will find a much more enjoyable city. Especially because you will not experience the queues and waiting times that characterize the overcrowding of the summer months. Therefore, you will be able to enjoy absolutely everything in a less overwhelming way. I advise you to focus this advantage to visit the museums. I would highlight the following:

  • Benfica Museum in Lisbon: Get to know all the history of the mythical soccer team with a guided tour of the Estádio da Luz and the Benfica Museum.
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon: An important number of pieces from the Greco-Roman era, the Middle East and the Far East and more than 10,000 Portuguese works of art await you in this popular museum.
  • Royal Treasure Museum in Lisbon: Discover a complete collection of priceless royal pieces and jewelry.
  • Museum of the Orient: More than 1,400 pieces of Asian art from Portugal's historical colonial relations.
  • National Museum of Archeology: I recommend it because the building, the Jerónimos Monastery, is already a work of art in itself.
  • Tile Museum: You can not pass through Lisbon without visiting a museum dedicated to one of the most characteristic and universal Portuguese products: the tile.

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8. Visit the National Museum of Natural History on Scientific Culture Day

National Museum of Natural History| ©Xemenendura
National Museum of Natural History| ©Xemenendura

The Scientific Culture Day takes place on November 24 and consists of different events, some of a school and teaching nature and others of a public nature. The epicenter of the latter is the National Museum of Natural History and Science. A space that is very worthwhile if you like science, since Portugal has an important scientific background, much of it taken from its colonial period in America, Africa and Asia. In this museum you can enjoy the following:

  • Botanical Garden.
  • Tropical Botanical Garden.
  • Astronomical Observatory.
  • Chemical Laboratory.

So, there is a lot to see. The Museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours in winter. You can buy a ticket from 5 €.

9. Commemorates the anniversary of Fernando Pessoa's death

Pessoa's House Museum| ©Lijealso
Pessoa's House Museum| ©Lijealso

Fernando Pessoa is perhaps one of the most famous Portuguese poets in the world. Considered one of the most important poets of the 20th century, he is an institution in Portugal. Since the poet died on November 30, there are events related to his figure that can be very interesting if you are a lover of Pessoa's work. Lisbon is the city of Pessoa par excellence, so there will be no shortage of places to remember the poet.

Undoubtedly, the most important is the Casa Museo de Pessoa On its website you can find the planned program. The building is located at 16 Coelho de Rocha Street and is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased from 3 €.

10. Learn about the latest technology at the Web Summit Lisbon

At the Web Summit Lisbon| ©DWJ
At the Web Summit Lisbon| ©DWJ

A more than relevant event, considering the tens of thousands of people who attend it every year. It usually takes place the first week of November, although it is best to check the official website for the dates scheduled for the time when you plan to visit Lisbon. It brings together from large investors, technology companies to startups and digital entrepreneurs from more than 150 countries. Its program is extensive and includes:

  • Thematic congresses.
  • Hundreds of exhibiting companies.
  • Dozens of speakers.

In short, an exceptional event to learn about new trends and future prospects of new technologies. In fact, it is considered one of the most important European events in this sector. It takes place at the Parque das Nações in Lisbon and you can buy tickets from 9 €.

It is very likely that your motivation to travel to Lisbon in November is, precisely, to attend this exceptional event. If in the end you do not have much time to visit the charms of Lisbon, I advise you to resort to one of the many tourist buses. In a short time you will be able to get to know what there is to see in Lisbon.

What is the weather like in Lisbon in November?

On the Streets of Lisbon| ©Maria Bonita
On the Streets of Lisbon| ©Maria Bonita

The weather in Lisbon in November is characterized by a drop in temperatures. However, they remain on the mild threshold. Average high temperatures reach 17 degrees Celsius, while minimum temperatures reach 11 degrees Celsius.

As you can see, enough to visit Lisbon without freezing to death. However, the proximity to the Tagus estuary provides significant humidity that can cause the thermal sensation to be colder. Also, the weather can be quite cloudy and windy.

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The influx of visitors to Lisbon in November

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

While regions of Portugal, such as the Algarve, are subject to a strong seasonality given their sun and beach charms, the same is not true for Lisbon. The main attraction of this city is its streets, its art and its architecture. Therefore, although visitors drop in November, tourism is maintained.

However, if you are worried about overcrowding, you will not find it when traveling in November. It can be a great occasion, in fact, to visit Lisbon at a different pace, saving queues and waiting.

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What to pack for my trip to Lisbon in November?

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

Above all, warm clothes to make your experience as optimal as possible. In any case, temperatures are not too low (minimum temperatures are usually around 11 degrees Celsius). Even so, I advise you to take the following with you:

  • Warm clothes.
  • Closed shoes.
  • A raincoat.

This will be more than enough to visit Lisbon in November. Even for the rest of the winter. If finally, you are going to visit the Portuguese capital in December or January, these clothes will be enough for you. However, as far as plans are concerned, I advise you to get more information about what to see and do in Lisbon in winter.

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