Lisbon evokes images of the wild Atlantic Ocean and the Age of Discovery, when Europeans set sail across the globe. The capital of Portugal, resting beside the Tagus River, is a mixture of the old and the new. Numerous hills overflow with delightful red-tiled houses and buildings, many in a state of decay.
There are spectacular viewpoints throughout the city, with sweeping vistas across the various districts, and the river gently flowing by. The city of Fado (a passionate and gut-wrenching music, to say the least), codfish, sardines and late night rendezvous in Alfama, Barrio Alto and elsewhere, is just waiting to be explored.
One of the great things about Lisbon, for all there is to see and do, is how compact the city actually is. You can walk to most places in the centre, and even the district of Belém and the airport are no more than a quick taxi ride away. You’re never far from the action, whether exploring São Jorge Castle in Alfama, or shopping on Avenida da Liberdade. The city teems with art, culture, food and life. And of course, you should never forget the magnificent Portuguese wines.
In short, any admirer of the better things in life and of a relaxed pace of living will fall in love with Lisbon, and all of the city’s charms.
Inhabitants in Portugal:: 10.6 million
Inhabitants in Lisbon:: 600,000
Official language: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but used locally)
Time zone: Western European Time (WET)
Emergency number: 112
Country phone code: 21
Country code: +351
Local transportation: metro, taxi, tram, bus, train
|Inhabitants in Portugal:||10.6 million|
|Inhabitants in Lisbon:||600,000|
|Official language||Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but used locally)|
|Time zone||Western European Time (WET)|
|Country phone code||21|
|Local transportation||metro, taxi, tram, bus, train|
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