Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, lies on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic coast. A historical city, Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the second oldest city in Europe. There the sun shines 290 days a year, and the temperature rarely drops below 15oC. The city has approximately 600.000 inhabitants, approaching 1.9 million if one includes the various satellite towns of Greater Lisbon.
For pure pleasure, Lisbon has much to recommend it – its gastronomy, its Fado, its monuments and heritage, and, not least, its people.
Take a walk through Lisbon, and experience for yourself the distinctive charm of its winding streets and the rich history of the old Lisbon neighbourhoods.
Features of Lisbon
The Jerónimos Monastery was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. This notable 16th century work of architecture became part of Portuguese identity and culture
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga houses the most relevant public collection, from the 12th to the 19th century. Painting, sculpture, silver, gold and jewellery, decorative arts – Portuguese, European, African and Oriental.
Museu Nacional do Coches The museum houses a unique collection in the world consisting of vehicles from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries including coaches, berlins, sedan chairs and carriages.
Arco da Rua Augusta Climb up one of Lisbon’s iconic buildings for a unique view of the city. Open to the public since 9 August 2013, the Arch leaves Lisbon at your feet, literally.