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Lisboa: Host City

Lisbon is the capital and largest city of Portugal. It is located on the right edge of the river Tagus, and just around a 2 hour flight from all the other major European cities.

Lisbon enjoys a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate and it is known for its historic neighbourhoods, like Bairro Alto or Alfama, its great monuments - such as the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Castelo de São Jorge or the Padrão dos Descobrimentos - and its various theatres and museums like National Theatre of São Carlos, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Belém Cultural Centre and much more.

All the charm of the old town can be explored in the 28 tram, listening to the sound of Fado, the very expression of the Portuguese soul.

Although of an ancient style, this kind of music is still sung at Lisbon nights, mainly in Bairro Alto, one of the most attractive paradigmatic places to live in. Whoever walks along its lanes and alleys can find marks of the popular Portuguese culture combined with the modernity, such as clothes and design shops, restaurants, bookshops and many bars.

Going down to Chiado you will find a more sophisticated atmosphere, where emblematic cafés such as “A Brasileira” , art schools and theatres stand out.

Downtown, the commercial centre of the city, you discover the famous Rua Augusta, closed to the traffic, with stores for every taste, chestnuts sellers and independent artists. This street joins the Terreiro do Paço, open to the river, to the beautiful Rossio place (Praça D. Pedro V).

By the riverside, in Belém, there’s the Torre de Belém, a monument classified as world patrimony by UNESCO. Belém is very much related to the Discoveries, since it was from there that the Portuguese shipsleft to the unknown. Belém has now wide gardens and great monuments as the mentioned above: Mosteiro do Jerónimos, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Torre de Belém and the Cultural Centre.

The city is also crossed by great boulevards. Notable among these are the Avenida da Liberdade, Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo, Avenida Almirante Reis and Avenida da República.

The most famous museums in Lisbon are the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the National Coach Museum and the Museum of Orient.

As a symbol of the contemporary Lisbon, there’s the Parque das Nações, a place where Lisbon inhabitants enjoy themselves, go to shows, walk and do sports, and with a view over the river and the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest European bridge.