Lisbon enjoys a mild climate with a mean annual temperature of 17C, making the city an ideal destination throughout the year.
Summer days can get hot in the city centre, but the evenings are surprisingly cool. Winter often brings rain, making Spring the optimum time to visit.
The Portuguese are relaxed about social etiquette and Lisbon residents are not easily offended. However it is considered impolite to stretch in public, eat with or lick your fingers.
Lisbon’s laid back residents are used to seeing visitors in shorts and t-shirts. However, shorts are not acceptable in religious buildings and smarter attire is expected for dining.
Portuguese, although English is widely spoken
Portugal is a secular state, although 84.5% of the Portuguese population are Roman Catholic.