Lisbon’s location in south-east Europe means it has a hot summers cooled by an Atlantic breeze and mild winters. Temperatures in July and August average around 26.3°C (79.3°F), while its temperate winters can be a pleasant 16.1°C (60°F). Although there can be pleasant winter days with bright blue skies, the most likely time rain falls is between November and March. Summer generally sees only a few showers.
The year begins gently with festivals such as Lisbon Fish & Flavours, a gastronomic delight with demonstrations and classes in Commerce Square. In April, rows of colourful stalls open their shutters in Edward VII Park for the Lisbon Book Fair, a must for bookworms. The city’s biggest celebrations, the Festas de Lisboa, turn June into a whirl of music, dance, parades and parties, especially in the city center and the Alfama. In hot August it’s time to cool off to the strains of live jazz music in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s shaded gardens for Jazz em Agosto (www.musica.gulbenkian.pt/jazz/), while Arte de Lisbon (www.artelisboa.fil.pt/) in November brings art lovers to Nation’s Park. The year ends back in Commerce Square with a New Year’s Eve concerts and fireworks.
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