Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal is known as the ‘Golden city’ of Southern Europe. A cosmopolitan culture, economic output, standard of living and market size has made Lisbon one of most important financial centre and the wealthiest region in Portugal.
The city of the seven hills Lisbon is located near the meeting point of River Tagus with an ocean. Ruled by Romans, Germans & Moors in the past, the city has emerged in politics and has become a hub of commerce & culture that has withstood the devastating earthquake of 1755.
The grid-like Baixa, also called as downtown comprise the riverside Praca do Comercio & Praca Dom Perdo IV (Rossio). An outdoor cast-iron lift, called as ‘The Elevador de Santa Justa’ gives an astonishing overview of the streets and locales in between the two. The west of Baixa is full of shops and cafes that offer great evenings to the visitors.
Avenida da Liberdade offers various excitements by means of cafes and fashion chains that showcase Western and Oriental art. The eastern waterfront, called as Parque das Nacoes, attracts tourist since Expo’98.
The tower of Belem and Jeronimos monastery are the centers of attraction that presents delicious custard tarts at Antiga Cafeteria.
Besides this, the two important European Union agencies namely, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) are headquartered in Lisbon. The city also hosts the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries).