Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. Its urban area extends beyond the city’s administrative limits, being the 11th-most populous urban area in the European Union. It is continental Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast.
Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost areas of its metro area form the westernmost point of Continental Europe.
Lisbon is also one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries. Unlike most capital cities, Lisbon’s status as the capital of Portugal has never been granted or confirmed officially – by statute or in written form. Its position as the capital has formed through constitutional convention, making its position as de facto capital a part of the Constitution of Portugal.
Make a trip back to Lisbon more than 50 years ago to see what the city looked like in the 1960s.