It is thanks to a remarkable seafaring history that Lisbon built its immense wealth. In a country stretching from North to South, where rivers are difficult obstacles to overcome, this central port has promoted its function of capital and encouraged maritime relations with the other provinces. In addition to its national function, the city has taken on a major international role over the centuries, exploiting its ideal location close both to the Mediterranean and the North Sea, neighbouring the coasts of West Africa, facing America and providing easy access to the ships of all countries and continents.
The growth of the Portuguese capital is based on its economic function. Today, its industrial activity has overtaken its commercial role, long-lasting stronghold of its fortune. But Lisbon is also a very popular tourist destination and a place of great beauty. Lulled by the melancholic rhythm of the fado, the city no longer lives in its glorious past: trendy restaurants, outstanding boutiques, docks converted into nightclubs and unusual attractions draw visitors from all over the world. The historic districts have retained their allure, but they have also been able to keep in step with the times: discover the charm and the cultural mosaic of this unconventional capital with communicative energy!