Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. About 27% of the country’s population lives in Lisbon making the capital the 11th most populated city in the European Union. It is continental Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. The westernmost areas of its metro area is the westernmost point of Continental Europe.
Lisbon is the 7th-most-visited city in Southern Europe, with 1,740,000 tourists in 2009.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as Paris and Rome by centuries. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political and economic centre of Portugal.
Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. It has the warmest winters of all European capitals, with average temperatures 15 °C (59 °F) during the day and 8 °C (46 °F) at night from December to February. The typical summer season (from May until October) reaches around 28 °C (84.0 °F).
Tomorrow I will be posting all the tips and places to go while visiting Lisbon, the capital of my country. So if you want to get inside suggestions from a local don’t miss out tomorrow’s post about the fabulous city of Lisbon.
“Lisbon is not only my country’s capital but also one of the cities I love the most. It is a place where the sun meets with great food, a warm breeze, nice people, beautiful monuments and a maze of streets full of history.”
Country’s capital: Lisbon
Official language: Portuguese
Currency: Euro (£1 = 1.29€; §1 = 0.90€ )
Population: 2.7 million inhabitants
Total area: 100.05 km²