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Lisbon in April: 14 Fun Things to See, Do & Eat

Discover things to do in Lisbon in April. Find out if an April trip to Lisbon is worth doing. Enjoy the best of Lisbon during the Spring.
Are you wondering what it’s like to visit Lisbon in April? We moved to Lisbon in 2022 and have appreciated the opportunity to experience life in the city during different parts of the year.

In April, Lisbon comes alive with people taking to the outdoors after the winter months. You can feel a shift in the energy as Spring gets underway. 

Tourism also starts to pick up in April (given the usual Easter holidays and people looking for things to do over Spring Break), but in my experience, Lisbon is less crowded in April than it is during the summer.

Let’s explore a variety of cool things to see, do, and eat in Lisbon in April to help inspire your Spring trip to Portugal.
People at an outdoor cafe in Lisbon in April with a backdrop of Portuguese azulejos

What is the weather like in Lisbon in April?

Based on my experience, I think April is a great time of year to visit Lisbon, as the weather is starting to get warm and sunny, and the tourist crowds have not yet arrived in full force.

The average temperature in April is 18°C (64°F), with highs of 22°C (72°F) and lows of 14°C (57°F). There is an average of 4 rainy days in April, but the rain is usually light and sporadic.

If you're planning on spending time outdoors, bring layers. You may need shorts and a t-shirt, but you may also need a light jacket or sweater for the evenings, as the temperature tends to drop as the sun goes down. I find that Lisbon's weather is a little like the San Francisco Bay Area in that regard.

Things to do in Lisbon in April at a Glance

Now let's take a look at things to do, see and eat in Lisbon in April at a glance. Each heading is clickable and will take you directly to the item of interest.

Table of Contents

    1. Head to the Quiosque at Bibliotheca Palácio Galveias
    2. Sip a Beer at Mean Sardine
    3. Be on the Lookout for Pet Pigs (Seriously...) on a Lisbon Photowalk
    4. Have Dinner with Friends at Frade dos Mares
    5. Grab A Vegetarian Lunch at My Mother's Daughter
    6. Support New Businesses
    7. Browse Dona Ajuda in Rato
    8. Spend the Afternoon in the Garden in Príncipe Real
    9. Take Advantage of Kiosk Weather
    10. Dine al Fresco on Av. Conde Valbom
    11. Eat Lunch at the Food Court in Campo Pequeno
    12. Eat Chicken that Packs a Punch at VIRA Frangos
    13. Spend a Day in Parque de Nacões
    14. Travel Beyond Lisbon

    Things to do in Lisbon in April in Detail

    Let's explore cool things to do in Lisbon in April in more detail. I've actually done all of these things in the month of April, so they are tried and tested for this time of year.

    1. Head to the Quiosque at Bibliotheca Palácio Galveias

    Lisbon in April is like a breath of fresh air. The weather is perfect for enjoying a beer, glass of wine, or bite to eat at a local kiosk (quiosque)

    One of my favorite kiosks is in Jardim Maria José Moura, tucked away behind the Bibliotheca Palácio Galveias near Campo Pequeno. 

    The kiosk is surrounded by a walled garden lined with marble busts and historic Portuguese tiles featuring the kings of Portugal. It's a great place to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some local flavor.

    Quiosque at Bibliotheca Palácio Galveias in Lisbon in April

    2. Sip a Beer at Mean Sardine

    If you're in the area, check out Mean Sardine for a craft beer. They're based in Ericeira but have a taproom near Campo Pequeno. 

    Mean Sardine has got a great selection of beers, as well as small snacks like fries or samosas. It's one of my favorite craft beer bars in Lisbon!

    Collage of beers and snacks at Mean Sardine in Lisbon in April

    3. Be on the Lookout for Pet Pigs (Seriously...) on a Lisbon Photowalk

    April in Lisbon is a time when anything goes. I recommend taking a stroll in the evening. You never know what you might see. 

    I kid you not, I saw a man walking a huge pig down one of the main streets in Saldanha. 

    I told my Portuguese teacher about it, and if I hadn't shown her a photo, she would have never believed me. 

    She probably would have thought I was using the wrong words and was trying to say something different. April is definitely a great time for a photo walk in Lisbon.

    Man taking a pig for a walk in Lisbon in April

    4. Have Dinner with Friends at Frade dos Mares

    April is when tourists start coming back to Lisbon. Since we moved here, we've had a bunch of visitors—people passing through on vacation—and it's a great opportunity to meet up for meals. 

    We met some friends from Dublin for dinner alfresco at Frade dos Mares. We've been there before, but the great thing about going in April is that even though it's still chilly after dark, you can actually sit outside. 

    We had some delicious seafood dishes, as well as an amazing chocolate mousse for dessert, washed down with a bottle of Portuguese red wine.

    Collage of dishes and wine at Frade dos Mares in Lisbon in April

    5. Grab A Vegetarian Lunch at My Mother's Daughter

    We aren't vegetarians but we like to eat vegetarian food sometimes. If that describes you as well, I recommend a spring visit for lunch at My Mother's Daughter. 

    They have a very small menu and a few tables outside. The restaurant is located near El Cortes Ingles. Enjoy vegan stews and vegetarian falafel served with guacamole. 

    The cafe even serves vegan hot drinks. I got a spicy cha with plant-based milk.

    Collage of dishes at My Mother's Daughter in Lisbon in April

    6. Support New Businesses

    April is a time for new beginnings, so it's worth keeping your eyes peeled for new businesses. While walking around, we discovered Solo Brewing, a specialty coffee bar run by a charismatic Brazilian named Adroaldo. 

    Located in the heart of Saldanha, Solo Brewing is a bit pricey, but it's worth popping in for their delicious single-origin roasts or even a bite to eat. 

    You can get a full breakfast here or just a small piece of Brazilian cheese bread. Solo Brewing is the newest addition to my list of favorite coffee shops in Lisbon!

    Plate of eggs at Solo Brewing in LisbonBrazilian cheese bread cut in half at Solo Brewing in Lisbon

    In the spirit of trying new places, we also tried How About Coffee, a specialty coffee place near Alameda, one of the largest green spaces in the heart of the city. 

    Sit in their courtyard and enjoy a bit of sun, or sit inside if the April weather is still too cold during your visit. Why not indulge in a blueberry scone with your cappuccino? 

    We found that How About Coffee is a great place to meet up with friends. It's located right on the green line (Linha Verde) of the Lisbon metro, making it a convenient meeting point.

    Coffee and a scone from How about Coffee in Lisbon

    7. Browse Dona Ajuda in Rato

    April is also about recycling and reusing, so I decided to visit Dona Ajuda, a thrift store near Rato. 

    One of my expat friends volunteers there and loves it. It's a great place to find English books, household items, clothes, jewelry, and more. 

    If you like digging through stuff, finding bargains, or looking for hidden gems (one person's trash is another person's treasure), Dona Ajuda is worth checking out.

    Facade of Dona Ajuda in Lisbon in April

    8. Spend the Afternoon in the Garden in Príncipe Real

    It's April and spring is in the air in Lisbon! Head to the Príncipe Real garden for a relaxing afternoon. If you time it right on a Saturday or Sunday, you might even catch a live music performance at the café in the park.

    Grab a seat under one of the giant trees and order a glass of wine. There's nothing quite like enjoying a leisurely drink in one of Lisbon's most vibrant neighborhoods.

    Street performer in the gardens of Príncipe Real in Lisbon in April

    9. Take Advantage of Kiosk Weather

    April is prime kiosk weather in Lisbon. I covered one of my favorite kiosks at the start of this post. However, kiosks in general are part of the fabric of life in Lisbon. 

    Hit up your local favorite and grab a glass of wine. You can find some great deals, with glasses of wine going for just €2-€3. 

    And if wine's not your thing, no worries - there are plenty of small beers to choose from. Soak up the spring sunshine and enjoy!

    3 empty beer glasses on a table in the foreground with a quiosque in the background in Lisbon in April

    10. Dine al Fresco on Av. Conde Valbom

    Eating dinner outside is a rite of passage in Lisbon in April. Head to Av. Conde Valbom in Saldanha, where you'll find a huge array of restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. 

    Indian Thali is one of our favorites. You'll get three or four dishes served in a single tray with rice and naan. Grab a beer to wash it down and you're all set for the evening.

    Thali plate on Av. Conde Valbom in Lisbon in April

    11. Eat Lunch at the Food Court in Campo Pequeno

    It can still rain in Lisbon in April, so if you find yourself caught in a downpour, head to the food court at Campo Pequeno for lunch. This is a great excuse to marvel at the whimsical architecture of this former bullfighting ring.

    We love Ricos Tacos, which has a Taco Tuesday special that's a great deal. You'll eat well for a very reasonable price.

    Tacos from the food court at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon

    12. Eat Chicken that Packs a Punch at VIRA Frangos

    VIRA Frangos is a great place to stop for a quick late dinner in April. 

    They serve roasted chicken in a variety of flavors, as well as beer and a specialty beer drink. The chili oil and salted rim are a nice touch. 

    But the coolest thing about this fast food place is that they serve french fries that are shaped like churros! So delicious.

    Collage of dishes from VIRA Frangos in Lisbon

    13. Spend a Day in Parque de Nacões

    Check out Parque das Nações for a walk along the Tagus River in Lisbon. It's April, so the weather may or may not be great, but if it is, go for it! 

    Walk around and check out the amazing views and street art. If the weather's not cooperating, head to the Vasco da Gama shopping mall and kill some time inside while waiting for the sun to return.

    Giant sculpture of a wildcat made from plastic trash by Bordalo II in Lisbon

    14. Travel Beyond Lisbon

    I find that April is also a great time to travel outside of Lisbon. You might even have the Easter holidays off from work, and there are so many great places you can visit from Lisbon. 

    We've been having a blast exploring places like Aveiro and the Azores, which we couldn't easily get to when we lived in Ireland.
    Waterfront in Aveiro Portugal

    Should you visit Lisbon in April?

    As you can see, April is a great time to visit Lisbon. The weather is starting to get warm and sunny, and the full-on tourist crowds have not yet arrived. 

    Visit some local gardens, dine al fresco and enjoy a glass of Portuguese wine with your meal, and consider taking a trip further afield to explore some of the lesser known destinations in Portugal, taking advantage of the Easter holidays to make the most of any time off from work.

    Fountain and pink building viewed at a skewed angle in Lisbon in April

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