The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today's Europe. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that faces the ocean and uses water as an element that defines the city. Lisbon enchants travelers with its white-bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy-going charm that makes it a popular year-round destination.
Like İstanbul, Amman, Rome, Moscow, Besançon, San Francisco, Edinburgh, Bergen, Plovdiv, Sheffield, Washington, D.C., Ibadan and Turku, Lisbon is built on seven hills. The sparkling new Lisboa Ask Me Centre (Pç. do Comércio, ☎ +351 21 031-2815, open daily 09:00-20:00) will help you find accommodation and the staff are happy to dispense advice, maps and brochures. Smaller Ask Me Lisboa kiosks are dotted about the Rossio district and airport and their multilingual staff also have maps and brochures. The Lisboa Card, which can be purchased from tourist information outlets, offers free use of all public transport in the city and free or reduced price tickets to many museums, galleries and tourist attractions. They can be purchased in 24-hour adult €18.50, 48 hour €31.50 and 72 hour €39 denominations (prices as of June 2014). They are not a very good value unless you plan to visit a lot of museums. Especially if you are a holder of a student identification card (international or national) since the student discounts to these attractions are often the same as for the Lisboa Card.