Lisbon built its immense wealth thanks to a remarkable seafaring history. In a country where rivers are difficult obstacles to overcome, this central port connected Portugal’s provinces to its capital and its capital to the world.
The city has taken on a major international role over the centuries, based on its ideal location within reach of both the Mediterranean and the North Sea, not far from the coast of West Africa, facing America and providing easy access to the ships of all countries and continents.
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: the historic districts have retained their allure, but also keep in step with the times. Trendy restaurants, outstanding boutiques, docks converted into nightclubs and spectacular views draw visitors from all over the world.