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Lisbon or Lisboa, the capital of Portugal, lies on the right bank of the river Tejo, near where the river meets the Atlantic. It is a city of hills overlooking the river which grew outwards from the hill on which the ancient castle of Saint George was built. Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians founded colonies there, and the Romans consolidated its importance as an entrepreneurial outpost for shipping and fishing; the city became part of the imperial itinerary. Nowadays, about three million people live, study and work in the Lisbon region. 

Today, Lisbon is still a city of many contrasts, a modern and ancient city that fascinates those who visit it. The characteristic quarters of the city are a must-see for their culture, history, architecture and people, who have managed to pass on their traditions down the years. Castelo, Alfama, Mouraria, Bairro Alto, Madragoa, Chiado and Belém are the historic quarters that tell the history of the city.

Over the centuries, Lisbon has gone through considerable changes, but many traces of the city's rich past have been retained. It was the European Capital of Culture in 1994. In 1998, Lisbon hosted the last world exhibition of the 20th century, Expo 98, on the theme of the oceans, in view of Portugal's contribution to the era of great discoveries and sea voyages. At Parque das Nações, Europe's largest aquarium was constructed. Art exhibitions, cinema, theatre and musical events make Lisbon the right place to be. In 2004 it was one of the host cities for the European Football Championship, and in 2014 the city greeted the UEFA Champions League final.

Lisbon is the only European capital with Atlantic beaches, and its coastline is ideal for swimming, surfing, sailing and windsurfing. By taking the train along the north bank of the Tejo estuary it is possible to discover the golden sandy beaches of Costa do Estoril and Cascais and the best surfing waters at the world-famous Guincho, where international championships are often held. Only half an hour south of the city is the 30-km long Costa de Caparica beach.

Lisbon has inspired writers, poets and artists throughout the centuries and its unique characteristics make it one of the most enchanting cities of Europe. Monumental, frenetic, modern, and cosmopolitan all at the same time, Lisbon is also a welcoming and quiet, romantic city; a mixture which enchants all visitors.


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