Location: Western Portugal
Time Zone: GMT (+1 hour from late March to late October)
Population: 681,063 (city of Lisbon), 2,000,000 (metropolitan area)
Language: Portuguese
Religion: Predominantly Roman Catholic
Ethnic Mix: 70% Portuguese, 20% smaller communities from Macau, Brazil & other European countries, 10% African
Average January Temp: 12°C (53.5°F)
Average July Temp: 24°C (75°F)
Annual Rainful: 617mm (24.3 inches)

Lisbon is the Portuguese capital and a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. One the centre of a strong empire stretching five continents, Lisbon is now a favourite destination for conferences due its convenient location and its close proximity to other European centres and it has its history, the majestic river Tagus flows through the city as well its beaches and its 5 star golf courses.

Much of the cities life is dominated by the river; tourism is fast becoming the main industry alongside finance, insurance, consulting and telecoms. Not only Portugals capital but also its commercial and political hub.

Lisbon is the birthplace of Fado music. Developed in sailor's bars, Fado is a sad but romantic style of music which draws a comparison between the blues and flamenco. This type of music can be heard in the night at one of Lisbon 's many fado houses.

Tourist Attractions

Torre de Belém ( Belém Tower )
This ornate white stone tower was built in 1515 to defend the River Tagus and as a monument to Portuguese maritime discoveries - it was the last site seafaring adventurers saw before setting off on their epic journeys. Today, the tower is one of the city's most famous sights and is an excellent example of the Manueline-style architecture, as well as being listed UNESCO World Heritage site.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimo (Jeronimo Monastery)
King Dom Manuel started construction on this magnificent monastery in 1502. It was built to signify Portuguese importance as a world power at the time and more specifically to celebrate Vasco da Gama's discovery of a sea route to India and the Spice Islands . Along with the Torre de Belém, the Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Castelo de São Jorge (St George's Castle)
Perched on the highest of Lisbon's seven hills, the site was occupied by Romans, Visigoths and Moors and was the royal residence until the last 15th century. From the mighty ramparts of this once powerful fortress there are spectacular views of Lisbon.

Museu Nacional dos Coches (National Coach Museum)
One of the most popular of Lisbon's 51 museums and perhaps the finest example of its type anywhere in the world, the Coach museum offers a magnificent display of opulent coaches built for the aristocracy, dating from the 17th century.

Sé (Cathedral)
Built in the 12th century by Dom Alfonso Henriques, Portugal's first king, Lisbon's cathedral is primarily Romanesque in style with later styles incorporated when earthquake damage was repaired. The cloister dates from the 13th century, while the Baroque sacristy houses the remains of St Anthony ( Lisbon 's patron saint) and other treasures.

Tram 28
The legendary Tram 28 is a tourist attraction in itself. Vintage trams still ply the well-worn route from the city centre on sea level towards the heights of the Castelo de São Jorge (St George's Castle). En route, the tram slices open Lisbon, providing insights into its way of life, as well as offering sweeping views back towards the city and out over the Rio Tejo (River Tagus).

The Colombo Shopping Centre is located on the Avenida General Norton de Matos, Lisbon, right opposite the Benfica stadium. It is accessible by both metro and bus, and just a short taxi ride from Lisbon’s city centre. Opened in 1997, the Colombo Centre is the largest in the Iberian Peninsula, comprimising of over 420 shops. As well as a shopping centre, it also houses a leisure complex, with a multiplex cinema, health club, driving range, and bowling alley to name a few.

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