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Lisbon - Gateway to the New World

Lisbon, Portugal, City panorama at night

Lisbon is an exciting city and one of the smallest capitals in Europe.
Because Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is not a large city is very easy to travel on foot. Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe and the Atlantic coast which is on the river Tagus (Tejo in Portuguese) flows into the ocean. A very important thing to remember is that the city is clearly defined around the historical center. This led to the emergence of independent cities in the vicinity of Lisbon such as Loures, Amadora and Oeiras, which are actually part of the Lisbon metropolitan area.

The historic center of Lisbon is built on several hills, which makes some of the streets being too narrow for vehicles. As a result, the city transport is provided among others by three cable cars, and a lift. The western part of town is occupied mostly by Monsanto Natural Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world.

The town which lies on the steep hills above Rio Tejo watches offers everything that can be more beautiful in the number one attraction of Portugal. However agitation of Lisbon is infinitely small compared with the rest of European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries and museums - all are part of the landscape mirobolant, but the true beauty of the city of Lisbon can only be found exploring the narrow alleys and elegant old town streets.

Lisbon has a population of almost 600,000 people counted while the metropolitan area includes nearly three million. The climate in Lisbon is very nice. Mediterranean climate and geographical position makes the climate of the city of Lisbon one of the nicest in Europe. In summer, daytime temperatures are around 26-29 degrees Celsius and drop to 16-18degrees Celsius at night. Winter weather is rainy and cool with temperatures around 8-15degrees Celsius. Extreme temperatures can reach 36 degrees Celsius in the warmest days of summer and 2-3 degrees in the coldest winter mornings. From May to September the weather tends to be somewhat stable, with clear sky and pleasant breeze of wind.

Lisbon region is one of the richest regions of Portugal. This occurs 45% of the GDP of the country. Most multinational companies based in Portugal are concentrated in the Lisbon metropolitan area.

Lisbon is the city where live together two great football teams of Portugal and clubs with very good results in many other sports. It's about Sporting Lisbon and Benfica Lisbon. Both teams have stadiums that are considered very impressive sights. Benfica's stadium, Estadio da Luz has a capacity of 65,000 seats and that of those from Sporting, Estadio Jose Alvalade has a capacity of 52,000 seats. Among former players here are super stars like Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lisbon is a city very attractive for tourists from all over the world because it offers plenty of attractions, beautiful beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and atmosphere as it cannot be found very easily in other cities in the world!