Best things to do in Lisbon in January

Best things to do in Lisbon in January


Going on holidays just right after Christmas and New Years Eve can be challenging with sad bank accounts. The good thing is that the prices in January for tickets massively decrease in value.  We didn’t hesitate, and when we saw the price for a long weekend in Lisbon for less than £50, we were sold. Plus, my birthday is in January, so a little getaway from this cold UK weather was needed.

According to Google, January is the coldest month in Portugal. Trust me, it is nowhere near as severe as in the UK! As soon as we arrived, I was shocked by the air temperature. I even wore a summer dress on our trip to Lisbon! But don’t get me wrong, it can get windy, and a little bit chilly, but I am preparing an article about what to pack to Lisbon in January so you will be covered!

The good thing about going to Lisbon in January is that the city won’t be overcrowded and there will be barely any queues.

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1. Castelo de S. Jorge and its views

Built on the highest hill in Lisbon, this castle not only offers a rich history but also gives you the most spectacular views of the historic city and River Tagus. This is one of the most touristic attractions in Lisbon, and I can only imagine how busy it can get! I really enjoyed the views and the architecture! The entrance fee is €10 an adult, €5 a child, senior/disabled €8.50 and under 12 goes free.

Lisbon Guided – Walking Tour

2. Sunrise at Alfama

What can be a better start of the day than catching the sunrise from Santa Luzia viewpoint? I am an early bird and love sunrises, and this one was definitely one of the most spectacular I have ever seen. The orange-yellow fireball raised from the horizon and painted the roofs of a historic building in a beautiful shade of morning colours. Plus, it’s totally free!

More about our trip to Lisbon in my other post

3. Explore Alfama

Right after the sunrise why don’t you spend a few hours strolling around the historic streets of Alfama and admire the old narrow streets and truly unique architecture? Good shoes in Lisbon are a must as the paths are cobbled, and the whole city is built on a hill.

4. Santa Justa Elevator

This iconic lift is located in the Baixa neighbour and gets busy super quick! Make sure you arrive early to avoid any disappointment. The return ride costs about €5 to €6.

5. Torre de Belém

I really enjoyed going to Torre de Belem, because we visited during January we avoided any queue whatsoever. In the summer months, it can get hectic. The tickets cost about 6 euros, but you can get them cheaper as a part of a city multipass. Torre de Belem was built back in the 1500s on the Tagus River to protect the town from being bombarded by sea. In 1983 it was put on the World Heritage by UNESCO.

I can also fully recommend a wine tasting in Lisbon

6. 25 de Bril Bridge

Have you ever seen the Golden Gate Bridge? Well, I would say that this bridge is its little brother, and I’m not alone. It looks very similar. They are both red, and suspensions bridges. The funny thing is that this bridge was built by the exact same company as the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, but not the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sailing Tour on Tagus River

7. Remoderado Ride

Wizzle through the city on an old school tram from the 1930s with a single ticket price for about €2.30. Looking for the perfect Instagram shots? Take tram 28 connecting the Baixa to Graça, Campo Ourique, Alfama and Estrela. It is also the longest tram ride in Lisbon.

8. Visit Sintra

Sintra is located about 30-minute drive outside of Lisbon hidden in mythical Mountains of the Moon. Full of noble palaces belonging to Portuguese kings and queens, churches and colourful manors, Sintra is considered one of the wealthiest and most expensive places in Portugal.

9. Lisbon Underwater Ocenarium

Apparently, this is one of the largest indoor aquariums in Europe. If this is your thing, you can visit for 17 euros. But Carl and I prefer the real underwater beauty.

Finish your trip with the gorgeous sunset and great food at Noobai Café

We love good food, drinks, and views and Noobai Café offered it all. We sat on the terrace, enjoying the last evening in Lisbon with the gorgeous sunset over the horizon while stuffing our faces with sangria and luscious food. This place gets so busy, people even sit on the curbs outside hoping to see the sunset that you should book a table beforehand.

The iconic view from the Noobai Cafe

There is not a lot I could say more, I absolutely loved our visit to Portugal and already booked a second trip, this time to Faro!


Karina x

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5 thoughts on “Best things to do in Lisbon in January

    1. Hey Joanna! You definitely should! I am going to Faro in two week time so I will let you know if I preferred city over the beach town haha! 🙂 And thank you very much for your kind feedback 🙂

    1. Thank you very much Valentyna for your comment! Oh, I am so jealous! I loved Lisbon! Let me know if there is anything I can help you with 🙂

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