Why choose Lisbon?


The capital city and physically the largest in Portugal, Lisbon consists of a central municipality that is home to just over 550 000 people. It stands today as the economic, historical and cultural nucleus of the country and is generally considered the most desirable city in which to live in Portugal. It lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost areas of its metro area is the westernmost point of Continental Europe.

The rich architecture that marks the city is a reflection of Lisbon’s long and rich history, which began over 1 000 years before Roman rule. It went through periods of Germanic and Moorish influence, as well as recapture by the Crusaders, and this colourful past is mirrored by the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Traditional Portuguese, Modern and Post-Modern constructions that can be found all over. More impressive still is the fact that some of the sites still standing today survived an earthquake that hit the city in the mid-18th century.

In more recent years, Lisbon was named European Capital of Culture (1994), hosted Expo 98 and the 2004 European Football Championship and in 2007 welcomed world leaders for the historic signing of the Treaty of Lisbon forming the constitutional basis of the European Union.

Today Lisbon is home to an increasingly cosmopolitan and young population who are attracted by the warm Portuguese welcome, the temperate climate and the vast array of cultural opportunities offered by this truly global city.

Facts & Figures

  • Best European Destination

    Best European Destination 2013

    according to Monocle magazine

  • Voted 7th most welcoming

    Voted 7th most welcoming

    country in the world

  • 16th most peaceful

    16th most peaceful

    country in the world

  • Connected via Lisbon Portela Airport

    Connected via Lisbon Portela Airport

    serving over 18 million passengers per year

  • Wealthiest city in Portugal

    Wealthiest city in Portugal

    responsible for 45% of the country’s GDP

  • 240 days of sunshine a year

    240 days of sunshine a year

    average annual temperature of 21.5C

  • Most people speak English

    Most people speak English

    as a 2nd language

  • 70+ student residences

    70+ student residences

    in the city center

  • Surf destination

    Surf destination

    2 of the best coastal sites in Europe

  • 60+ public gardens

    60+ public gardens

  • 75+ museums and galleries

    75+ museums and galleries

  • 20+ viewpoints

    20+ viewpoints