Lisbon tourism information
Lisbon, capital of Portugal, is situated in the right bank of the River “Tejo”. It is a city of valleys and hills open to the river with a pleasant climate due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, with sunshine almost a constant. Legend says that Lisbon was founded by Ulysses, a name that comes from “Olissipo” meaning “enchanting port”. But Lisbon has strong Arabic influences, and it was occupied by the Moors for 450 years. It became capital of Portugal in the middle of the 13th century.
In 1755 an earthquake devastated the most populated areas of the city, which led to the reconstruction of the city by Marquês de Pombal, who created the commercial area in the centre of the city that today keeps its original character. The “Rossio” Square nowadays is a traditional meeting point with antique cafes, theatres and restaurants; and the Commerce Square with its arches, the Arch of Triumph (1873) and the monument to the King José I, is considered by many one of the most beautiful squares in the world.
In the 90’s Lisbon started the rehabilitation of its historical places, the cultural and architectural heritage was given new value and the riverside became a meeting point; the new bridge “Vasco da Gama” was built and the eastern area was rehabilitated for the World Exhibition (EXPO ‘98).
Lisbon offers to its tourists an endless selection of things to do. It is a city for the lovers of daytime outings and also for those who prefer nightlife. With many pleasant cafés and gardens, shops, bookshops and theatres it is also very interesting to go on a ride in the tram (eléctrico).
Lisbon is a city of multiple contrasts, ancient and modern, that fascinates its visitors.
Visit the Lisbon Visitors & Convention Bureau website.