The capital and largest city of Portugal, Lisbon is home to a population of 552,700 people in its administrative limits and 2.7 million people beyond the administrative limits in the urban area making it the 11th most populated area in the European Union. It is the only capital city in continental Europe that lies along the Atlantic coast. Due to the importance of aspects such as media, entertainment, arts, education and tourism Lisbon has been recognized as a global city. It is the 7th most visited city in Southern Europe and is the political Centre of the country. As one of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon predates other modern European capitals like London, Paris and even Rome.
The weather in Lisbon is of a Mediterranean climate and has some of the warmest winters in Europe from December to February and a summer season that lasts about six months from May to October. The architecture that can be found in Lisbon belong to the Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Modern and postmodern eras. It has many historical monuments one of which is the Avenia da Liberdade or Avenue of Liberty. Lisbon has multiple museums including the National Museum of Ancient Art, the National Azulejo Museum, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Musuem which house ancient and modern art along with the National Museum of Costume and Fashion, the Berardo Collection Museum, the Belem Cultural Centre and the National Coach Museum which are some of the most famous.
Dining in Lisbon is a dynamic experience all by itself. There are around 365 different ways to prepare its favorite dried and salted cod fish and Because of its close proximity to the sea it is famous for its fresh seafood dishes including octopus, tuna, monkfish, shrimp sardines, clams and snails. The city has Michelin-starred restaurants, food markets and corner taverns. With all this and more Lisbon is a city that must be experienced.
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