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The City of Lisbon

The City of Lisbon

Lisbon is the capital and the most populous city in the country, being administratively divided, since 2013, into 24 parishes, with a total area of 85.87 km.

Every day, the city of Lisbon sees the number of users increase from around 553 thousand inhabitants to 930 thousand people, as a result of commuting movements from home to work and home to school.

It is called the city of white light, due to factors such as the climate, mainly with regard to the number of days per year and the number of hours per day of sunlight exposure. Over the centuries it has been the starting point of many voyages that have marked world history through the will to discover and the courage to take risks. Names like Vasco da Gama and Bartolomeu Dias are part of our important history. It is a city which hides treasures from Ancient History, and has been affirming itself as cosmopolitan, creative and intercultural.

With its foundations in the past, a Lisbon that, being old, is a new capital.

In recent years, it has established itself globally for its historical heritage, its urbanity, its enormous multiculturalism. It has shown its capacity to host major events of a diverse nature. It is open to the world, modern, diverse, inclusive, caring and always ready for new challenges. It is a city that has been affirming its international prestige. Today, it is the preferred destination for millions of tourists from all over the world and is increasingly considered a leading city, a true and exemplary European capital. It is a city where past and present meet, and at that intersection we are building the future.

Useful information about the City

Visit Lisbon

About the city's history, festivals and traditions and other reasons to explore Lisbon.

Lisbon Tourism Association

The City's official website to welcome you, and inform you on how to plan your visit and what to see and do.