About Lisbon

Flag of Lisbon

Source: Sérgio Horta

Flag of Lisbon

Lisbon (in Portuguese, Lisboa) is the capital and largest city of Portugal.

Lisbon is situated at 38 degrees, 43 minutes north, and 9 degrees, 8 minutes west, making it the westernmost capital in Europe. It is located in the west of the country, on the Atlantic coast at the point where the river Tagus (Portuguese Tejo) flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The city occupies an area of 84.6 km2. The city comprises 53 freguesias. It is important to say that, unlike most major cities, the city boundaries are narrowly defined around the historical city perimeter. This gave rise to the existence of several administratively defined cities around Lisbon, such as Loures, Amadora and Oeiras, which in fact are part of the metropolitan perimeter of Lisbon.

The historic centre of Lisbon is built on seven hills, making some of the city's streets too steep for motor vehicles and bicycles; the city is served by three funicular services and one elevator. The western side of the city is mainly occupied by the Monsanto Natural Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world.

In terms of tourism Lisbon is one of the top destination cities in Europe, with many attractions, meeting venues and a vast offer in terms of accommodation, including many luxurious Lisbon hotels offering visitors a unique stay in this one of a kind city.

City Facts at a Glance

  • Population (1999): 535.740 people live in Lisbon. This figure reaches to 2.8 million when the surrounding neighborhoods are included.
  • Area of Great Lisbon: 1000 sq m
  • Telephone Area Code: 21
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC 0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  • Religion: Mainly Catholicism. Other religions are also freely practiced.
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: € Euro
  • Electricity: Voltage: 220/380 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz. European Standards are applied.

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