Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is also the seat of the district of Lisbon and capital of the Lisbon region. Due to its economic output, standard of living, and market size, the Grande Lisboa (Greater Lisbon) subregion is among the major financial and economic centers of the Iberian Peninsula. It is also the political center of the country, as seat of government and residence of the Head of State. Main attractions in Lisbon:
Belém: Along the Rio Tejo (Tagus River), is the historic neighborhood of Belém. Its prime attraction is the grand Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Construction started in 1501, and took 70 years to complete. It is a prime example of what is called Manueline architecture, with inspiration brought back from the explorations, as well as being influenced by the Gothic and Renaissance periods. Nearby is the Belem Tower.
Bairro Alto (literally upper quarter in Portuguese) is an area of central Lisbon. Today, the Bairro Alto is the heart of Lisbon's youth and of the Portuguese capital's nightlife. Lisbon's Punk, Gay, Metal, Goth, Hip Hop and Reggae scenes. The crowd is a mix of local and tourist, straight and gay, and almost anything else imagined.
Airlines to fly into Lisbon: United, Lufthansa, Swiss International, Finnair, US Airways, British Airways, Iberia.