The Região de Lisboa shares its name with its most populated city, Portugal’s capitol. Though Lisboa geographically is the smallest of the five mainland regions of Portugal (3% of the territory), with 2.8 million inhabitants it is the most populated one. More than every fourth Portuguese lives here. Of course, it is – next to Algarve – the main tourist destination for foreigners. Obviously, this has changed the Região de Lisboa over the last couple of years.
The region itself by far is more than just beautiful Lisbon city. Sintra, Mafra or Queluz preserve royal heritage of past centuries. Conserved and nearly untouched these treasures attract more and more visitors every year, making Lisboa a challenged region. How to deal with the crowds of tourists that invade the small area? Keep the traditional legacy of the cities alive or adjust to the needs of paying tourists? These are some of the questions Lisboa will have to answer in the near future.