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Lisbon, the capital and largest city of Portugal, is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe, located on the Atlantic Ocean coast at the point where the river Tagus flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the major economic centres on the continent, with a growing financial sector and one of the largest container ports on Europe's Atlantic coast.
Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and is the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other capitals such as London, Paris and Rome. Its cobbled streets and occasionally black and white tiled streets are more often than not surrounded by colourful and classic buildings. The varying landscapes and sloping hills, along with the 25 de April Bridge that links Lisbon to Almada, are both reminiscent of a San Francisco-like backdrop.
Lisbon has a long, rich and varied history which includes a unique pattern of immigration where immigrants were accepted members of the community; as a result there is much racial tolerance in modern-day Lisbon. This accepting community along with a liberal government contributes to the many reasons as to why Lisbon can be such an incredible city to live in.
Lisbon has had a revival in the last 20 years, as many of its older neighbourhoods were revamped, thus creating, in some areas, a juxtaposition between old architectural buildings and newer modern ones. Lisbon’s interesting history, beautiful setting and high quality of life makes the prospect of investing in Lisbon’s real estate a very attractive one.
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“Situated on the banks of the Rio Tejo, the country's capital offers a number of museums and galleries, an unpretentious atmosphere and a pleasant blend of architectural styles, making it a favourite with many visitors.”
Condé Nast Traveller
With such a rich history, Lisbon offers a plethora of attractions including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower which was important in Portugal’s history at sea. Contributing to Lisbon’s cultural life, the Bernardo Collection Museum and the Gulbenkian Museum are both popular cultural attractions. Boat trips from Praça are popular and pass the Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon, and the Castle of São Jorge.
Unlike other modern capital cities, Lisbon does not have a large presence of fast food chains or enterprises. It is not uncommon for food places to stay open until midnight as there are still many customers perusing Lisbon’s streets. There are many different eating options around Lisbon and most restaurants have ‘tourist menus’ served at lunchtime. Meals commonly include three courses along with a drink and coffee beverage.
Lisbon is identified by its old style buildings with antique trams, cobbled streets and pastel-coloured houses. The people of Lisbon, Lisboetas, are hospitable, courteous and take life at a leisurely pace. Their Mediterranean lifestyle includes lengthy lunch breaks and many daily espresso breaks. Residents are bound to enjoy the high quality of life that Lisbon exudes, with its subtropical climate, friendly people and superior coffee and wine.
Lisbon’s city centre is constantly buzzing with activity, with night time being no exception. Popular nightlife spots include Bairro Alto, Alcântara or Chiado. Lisbon’s reputation across Europe as a nightlife hub is exemplified by the many clubs and bars situated on the water’s edge. Evenings begin quite late in Lisbon, creating ample opportunities to sightsee historic sites in Belém, Estrela, or the Alfama in the evening.
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Shopping in Lisbon is not an experience to be missed, and can compete with other shopping capitals of the world in terms of its prices and wide range of goods on offer. Lisbon offers many retro and ‘old-fashioned’ items as well as artisanal goods. More upmarket shops can be found in the Baixa area. The Feira da Ladra is a flea market held every Tuesday and Saturday, offering many bargains – it is a shopping highlight for many who visit Lisbon.
Education in Portugal and particularly is Lisbon matches the level of education displayed in other world-ranked countries. Approximately 95% of citizens have basic literacy, and the public education in Lisbon is free. There are also many private schools at all levels. The University of Lisbon is a public university and is the largest in Portugal, with its particular strengths being Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate with one of the warmest winters in Europe, with average temperatures of 15°C during the day and 8°C at night from December to February. The typical summer season lasts about six months, from May to October, although in November, March and April temperatures sometimes reach around 20°C.
Lisbon enjoys a vast network of road, rail and air systems including the Portela Airport which services over 15 million passengers annually and a high-speed rail system linking the main cities of Portugal. Homeowners in Lisbon will find it is both easy and liberating to be able to walk amongst Lisbon’s neighbourhoods, for example between Alfama and Bairro Alta. Commuting is not uncommon as many locals live within 15 minutes from the city.
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