The Portuguese capital is known for its sunshine and warmth throughout most of the year. Still, storms are common, especially in winter. If you have planned a vacation in Lisbon and found yourself looking out the window at the gray sky and approaching rain, don’t be discouraged! Today we give you the best ways to spend a rainy day in Lisbon.
One of the most relaxing ways to spend a rainy day is hiding at home to watch a movie. And in Lisbon, there is no shortage of modern movie theaters, but Cinemateca is a unique option. Founded in the early 1950s, the cinema-museum/theater invites visitors to learn about the production behind the films, the equipment involved, and Portuguese cinematographic history. And besides its beautiful neo-Moorish atrium, another reason you should visit is the screening of classic blockbusters and art-house films. The international selection of movies presents with English or Portuguese subtitles, so there is bound to be something you will enjoy at the various daily screenings. They usually show four films daily, starting in the afternoon, but it is closed on Sundays. So check the schedule before you leave to see which movie is best for you!
Taking a streetcar is a classic experience and is perfect for rainy days since you can view a lot from the inside.
The best known is the Elétrico 28, which makes the journey through the heart of Alfama, up the rolling hills of Graça, winding through the narrow streets of Bairro Alto, and past the Basílica da Estrela, Praça do Comércio and Arco da Rua Augusta.
You can purchase your ticket in advance or on board.
The Portuguese capital is full of tourist attractions and, besides the many monuments and historical sites you should visit, Lisbon also has a wide offer of museums that you should take the opportunity to see on rainy days. Museums are great places to spend a few quiet hours, and their variety allows you to find a museum for all tastes. If you want to discover more about Portuguese history and culture, remember to check our list of museums you must visit in Lisbon first.
Want to escape the rain and the clouds? At LxFactory, you will find boutiques, vintage stores, trendy bars, art studios, cozy restaurants, and a lovely bookstore. Located in a historic industrial complex, LxFactory has brought new life and energy to a once-neglected area of Lisbon.
Inside this renovated warehouse, you will find everything you need. Take your time and enjoy your rainy day in a place full of color and spirit.
Watch a Fado show
Immaterial Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2011, Fado is part of the heart of Lisbon. A rainy and melancholy day would be a perfect opportunity to experience the city’s culture through a visit to a Fado house. If you are looking for recommendations, read our list of the most emblematic Fado houses in Lisbon to create unforgettable memories!
Time Out Market
Take a culinary journey and taste some of Lisbon’s best food and drinks. The Mercado da Ribeira, also known as Time Out Market, is a must-see for all lovers of food and is perfect for wet weather as it is a renovated riverside warehouse filled with restaurants.
Created in 1882, the Mercado da Ribeira has a wide variety of stalls selling traditional Portuguese and fusion dishes. Here you will find more than thirty options to browse, from restaurants to bars, cafes with pastries, and stalls selling fresh produce, fish, meats, cheeses, and flowers. Ingredients and produce are sourced locally and are of the highest quality. It’s a great way to experience Portuguese flavors while escaping the bad weather.
We hope you enjoyed our suggestions on how to spend a rainy day in Lisbon. The city has a lot to offer, so a little rain shouldn’t deter you from getting out and exploring.