Lisbon City, the capital and largest city in Portugal.
Has a population of more than 500,000 people and covers an area of more than 100 square kilometers.
Lisbon’s urban area extends beyond the city’s administrative limits with a population of around 2.8 million people. This makes it 10th-most populous urban area in the European Union.
Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus.
It is an alpha-level global city because of its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism.
It is one of the major economic centres on the continent, with a growing financial sector.
The busiest airport in portugal, Humberto Delgado Airport is in Lisbon.
The motorway network and the high-speed rail system of Alfa Pendular links the main cities of Portugal to Lisbon.
The city is the 9th-most-visited city in Southern Europe with more than 3 million tourists in 2017 alone.
The Lisbon region has a higher GDP PPP per capita than any other region in Portugal.
It is also the political centre of the country, as its seat of government and residence of the head of state.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second-oldest European capital city (after Athens).
8 Things to do and Not to Do in Lisbon City
- Don’t take your dinner before 8pm. People in Lisbon tend to take their dinner very late normally after 10pm.
- Do not try to get on tram 28 during rush hour. It’s mostly filled and you won’t get the best experience. Instead, try to catch it between 9-11am when it is almost empty.
- Don’t stay for too long or too little. It is a small city and timing is key. Plan yourself and have just enough time for your trip to avoid staying for long.
- Don’t ever try to speak Spanish in Lisbon. Instead learn some few Portuguese words to use during your trip.
- Don’t Get Swallowed by Tourist Traps in Lisbon. There is no reason to pay large sums of money for traditional or authentic Portuguese food while in Lisbon.
- Don’t Exclude Local Wines from Your Dining Experiences and instead make an effort to sample some local wines while you’re here.
- Don’t Insult Portuguese Coffee in Lisbon and instead keep it to yourself if you don’t like it.
- Avoid Bringing up Colonialism or the War in Lisbon. Instead, just avoid these topics at all.
9 Most Interesting Facts About Lisbon City
- Lisbon was almost totally destroyed on the 1st November 1755 taking 40 000 lives, anyway it was rebuilt within few years.
- The Tagus is Iberia is the largest river and its estuary at Lisbon, up to 14 km wide, is said to be large enough to contain all the warships in the world.
- The raven is a symbol of Lisbon. For a long time there was a cult for ravens in the city. The Municipality even had a large cage with ravens in the São Jorge Castle.
- Lisbon is known to be built on seven hills: Castelo, Graca, Monte, Penha de Franca, S.Pedro de Alcantara, Santa Catarina and Estrela.
- The Vasco da Gama Bridge over the Tagus River is the longest bridge in Europe – 17, 2 km (10.7 miles) long.
- Lisbon City holds the famous Stadium of Light, one of the Europe’s largest football venue.
- The most popular sport in Portugal is football (soccer). 214 clubs are registered in the Football/Soccer Association of Lisbon.
- The Largest Human National Flag was raised in 2006 at Lisbon’s national stadium by 18,788 people.
- Lisbon’s oceanarium is one of the Europe’s largest aquariums. With 16 000 animals and 450 species, there’s a lot of sea world to see.