City of Lisbon

704 lisbon cnt 24nov09 iStock bLisbon is the capital city of Portugal and also the largest city of the country with 547,631 inhabitants within its administrative limits. The urban area of Lisbon exceeds these numbers by far with an estimated number of inhabitants of over 3 million. Lisbon is located on the atlantic coast of Portugal in the western Iberian Peninsula next to the river Tagus.

The city is one of the largest industry sectors in Portugal and the whole of Europe with one of the largest container ports on Europe's Atlantic coast. It is further recognised for its finance sector, its commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education, and tourism. Lisbon is the seventh-most visited city in southern Europe with 1.74 million tourists in 2009. Tourists value the city for its contemporary culture which is thriving and alive.

Sightseeing

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Lisbon is also one of the few Western European cities facing the ocean and further using the water as a defining element of the city. It enchants travelers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy going charm that makes it popular year round.

Being the second-oldest capital city in Europe (after Athens), Lisbon has to offer lots of historical places and an almost bewildering atmosphere best admired from a pavement cafe, from the top of a hilltop "miradouro", or simply by roaming around the atmospheric "bairros". It is this authenticiy that draws tourists in - there are almost no large restaurant with even larger english signage to be found, no street vendors pestering one to buy illegal merchandise. Adding to this experience are the city's monuments, two of which are on the list of the UNESCO world heritage: Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.

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Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate, being the city with the warmest winters in all of Europe with average temperatures of 15° C (59° F) during the day and 8° C (46° F) at night from December to February.