Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon

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 center, 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.


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Quick facts

  • Inhabitants in Portugal:
    10.6 million
  • Inhabitants in Lisbon:
    600,000
  • Official language
    Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but used locally)
  • Currency
    Euro
  • Time zone
    Western European Time (WET)
  • Emergency number
    112
  • Constitution
    Constitutional
  • Country phone code
    21
  • Country code
    +351
  • Local transportation
    metro, taxi, tram, bus, train