One of the oldest countries in Europe - Having the same defined borders since 1249, almost 800 years ago.
With an exceptional range of different landscapes just a short distance away, lots of leisure activities and a unique cultural heritage, where tradition and modernity blend together in perfect harmony. Its superb cuisine, fine wines and hospitable people make this a tourist paradise of the highest quality.
Situated in the extreme south-west of Europe, just a few hours from any of the other European capitals, Portugal attracts visitors from all over the world.
Lisbon is a historical city full of stories to tell, where the sun shines 290 days a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15oC.
A city where you feel safe wandering around day or night, where the cuisine is dedicated to creating over a thousand ways to cook the beloved bacalhau (salted cod), and where you'll find hotels and restaurants to suit every taste.
Lisbon is a city full of authenticity where old customs and ancient history intermix with cultural entertainment and hi-tech innovation. Lisbon is ageless, but it loves company, as you'll find out if you meet someone and ask them to explain, with lots of gestures and repetition, where the best place is to listen to Fado. After all, Lisbon is famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors.
You may love Lisbon for the monuments, ideal conditions for the practice of sport or delicious gastronomy. Even for all these reasons and more. One thing is certain: all the time in the world won't be enough to enjoy all to do and see our beautiful capital.
In 2021, the city of Lisbon will also be the European Capital of Sport. With this appointment the city intends to assert itself as one of the main sports cities, continuing to invest in the development of an eclectic and dynamic sports culture.
The main objectives are to promote sport and association, reinforcing citizens sense of belonging to the city and boosting a network of partners (schools, clubs and other sports agents) to work on a common vision for Sport.
Increasing sports practice on the Tejo River and continuing to encourage regular use of the city's various green parks is also something to be achieved. Finally, to recover, monetize and enjoy symbolic municipal sports equipment of the city, making them available to citizens of Lisbon again.
The organization of world events in different sports is also one of the key objectives for Lisbon, enhancing the different sports facilities and the excellence in the ability to organize major sporting events.