Although Lisbon is a sunny city there are still many days when it rains and if you are a tourist in Lisbon on a rainy day, you will need to choose what do! Either you are deciding what is the best bus tour for a rainy day or maybe what to visit in Lisbon and so with your time in Lisbon on a rainy day that includes in-door activities, we will post a few suggestions!
65 to 100 days when you will ask: What to do on a rainy day in Lisbon!
It is October in Lisbon and it has started raining… The sky is grey, the traffic is chaos and (sorry in advance) the Portuguese a little less welcoming… It really shows we, Portuguese, are not used to many rainy days in our sunny city. But there are many great activities to do on a rainy day in Lisbon, so we are sure you will have a fantastic day! And do not worry the rain never stays for too many days, tomorrow probably it will be sunny!
Lisbon is said to have between 260 and 300 sunny days per year, so if you are in Lisbon on a rainy day you chose one of the few days when this happens! But do not worry there are plenty of activities to do in Lisbon o a rainy day!
The best Lisbon activities on a rainy day
We have selected 5 activities that you can enjoy on a rainy day in Lisbon city centre!
#1: Have a great breakfast in Lisbon
First, have a good breakfast at a good Portuguese Bakery in Lisbon downtown. We can suggest right by our stop a popular Lisbon pastry shop – “A Padaria Portuguesa” in Rua do Ouro, just 3 minutes from our Caravel on Wheels bus stop or just head to Praça da Figueira and enjoy the historic Confeitaria Nacional. Enjoy Lisbon famous pastry and do not forget our “bica” – our expresso coffee.
#2 Do the Caravel on Wheels city tour
Enjoy our historic Lisbon tour, protected from the rain inside the caravel touristic bus. Relax for 1h45m and see the old city from Alfama to Belém. With a tablet in front of you and accompanied by our guide and drivers you will learn a lot about Lisbon on this educational tour. As you see Lisbon top attractions, top museum and monuments, you can start to select which ones you are visiting in the afternoon, as this tour shows you the inside of many churches, the top artworks in many museums besides the history behind them. All this on a panoramic bus, fully protected from the rain and with heating if needed! Book Now this great Lisbon bus tour for a rainy day!
#2 Visit the Money Museum – Museu do Dinheiro
Turn left after finishing the tour and visit the Money Museum – O Museu do Dinheiro. Here you will learn more about the money that is in your pocket, about the history of coins and money in the world, and impressive vault that used to keep the Portuguese money safe in the Bank of Portugal – Banco de Portugal. But… there are some peculiar facts… the first that where today is the Money Museum it used to be an important Lisbon Church, and the second the fact that it is built over one of the oldest Lisbon walls remains with over 700 years old – the King D. Dinis Wall and you can see it at the basement of the Museum, away from the rain! And keep in mind… this is a free museum in Lisbon!
#3 Nucleo Arqueologico da Rua dos Correeiros
If you are in Rua Augusta – Lisbon most famous pedestrian street – and the rain does not let you appreciate this stroll, why not do it from other perspective and visit what is below Rua Augusta?
Yes, right below one of Lisbon most known banks in Rua Augusta, lies an archaeological museum that preserves remains dating back to the Roman times. A small exposition but quite nice to see, where you will understand more about Lisbon history. On the guided tours to the Núcleo Arqueológico da Rua dos Correeiros you will step below street level, a great activity on a rainy day in Lisbon! And best of all it is free!
#4 Visit Lisbon Cathedral – Sé Catedral de Lisboa
If you already planning to visit Lisbon Cathedral – Sé, if it is raining in Lisbon we suggest you visit not only the old Church, but also the Museum it holds!
This is definitely not Lisbon biggest Church but it is the most important church of Lisbon, taking the name of Cathedral… For the Portuguese, the name is quite short and it is known just as “Sé”. Learn more about the Portuguese traditional Catholic devotion on the museum known as Treasure of the Patriarchal and many relics and pieces included in The Liturgical Year Collection while you see the interior of one of the oldest monuments in Lisbon!
#5 São Roque Museum and Church
Located in the Chiado – Bairro Alto area, the Church of São Roque is a true masterpiece, admired especially due to its many small chapels with many paintings, arts and a lot of decorations in gold. The Chapel of São João Baptista is especially stunning not only by its rich history but also due to the gold that is used abundantly. If you love art and gold pieces you should not miss the museum next to it – the São Roque Museum . It has a magnificent collection of gold pieces, used in several rituals in Catholic Church.
Lisbon bus tour on a rainy day on panoramic covered bus
If you want to book our second suggestion, our own city tour on the caravel interactive bus we believe it is perfect for a rainy day in Lisbon. With a panoramic bus, designed specially to guarantee the most visibility on a rainy day, the caravel touristic buses are covered on rainy days and still allow you to see have one of the best Lisbon city tours. Book Now online, by email or contact us over the phone +351215955155,