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About Lisbon Lisboa / Lisbon is the capital city and the largest city of Portugal. Situated on the north bank of the Tagus Estuary, on the European Atlantic coast, it is the westernmost city in continental Europe. The city is located more or less in the centre of the country, approximately 300 km from the Algarve in the south and 400 km from the northern border with Spain.
The City of the Seven Hills, as Lisbon has been called, has a long and interesting history. With a traditionally catholic population, catholic churches are everywhere in the city. Some of them, apart from being religious institutions, are important monuments you should not miss visiting. Sé Catedral (near Castelo de Sao Jorge) and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (at Belém) are just two of a long list. Among secular monuments, Castelo de Sao Jorge and Torre de Belém are among the most famous.
A traditional form of public transport in Lisbon is the tram. These characteristic yellow trams are one of the tourist icons of modern Lisbon, and their size is well suited to the steep hills and narrow streets of the central city.
Lisbon offers a wide variety of options to the visitor, including beaches, countryside, mountains and areas of historical interest only a few kilometers away from the city centre.

Portuguese is Latin in origin and the third most widely spoken European language in the world. It is the mother tongue of about 200 million people. Portuguese is the official language in several countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tomé e Príncipe in Africa, Brazil in South America and Timor in East Asia. In Portugal itself a considerable number of people can understand and communicate in foreign languages.

Approximately 600,000 people live in Lisboa. However, if one includes the various satellite towns, the population of Lisbon Metropolitan Area rises to approximately 1.9 million people.

Portuguese culture is greatly influenced by religion. Although Catholicism predominates, other religions may be freely practiced.

Due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisboa has a pleasant climate throughout the year. Although the temperatures may fall somewhat in the autumn and winter months, sunshine is almost always a constant feature. In average, daily temperature in November is around 15o C (59o F).

Lisboa is a city where eating is most definitely a pleasure. Slow meals, intense, full of flavors and conversation. Meals with good company, and full of pleasure. And Lisboa's sweets carry in them multiple secrets, many of which were locked up for centuries in the silence of the convents. The ex-libris are the Pastéis de Belém, which are a famous version of cream cakes, in which the base is filo dough and the filling is milk, cream, vanilla and . no one knows. It's really like that: the recipe of Pastéis de Belém is the best-guarded secret of Portuguese confectionary. No one knows it exactly except those inside the Factory, a café in Belém, near the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, which has become a site of daily pilgrimage.

Opening hours in Portugal are similar to those in the rest of Europe.
The visitor has access to all normal services at any time of the day and on all days of the week, not only in Lisboa, but also in the rest of the country.
Pharmacies keep the same opening hours as the rest of the shops but, in order to guarantee 24-hour service, some stay open after 7 p.m. Generally speaking, restaurants are open for lunch from 12 mid-day to 3.p.m and for dinner from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The unit of currency in Portugal is the Euro (€).

Voltage: 220/380 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.


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