Stays in the city inspired authors such as Graham Greene and Ian Fleming to write some of the best espionage tales of the last century, from Our Man in Havana to the first of the 007 series, Casino Royale.
Academy products Wilson Eduardo, André Martins and Wilson Eduardo have become integral cogs in the side, while Englishman Eric Dier continues to impress. William Carvalho has also been a revelation in midfield, winning his first Portuguese international cap during the second leg of the World Cup play-off with Sweden.
As Portugal's economy tanks, there's one glimmer of hope and economic growth: the outsourcing industry. Multinational companies are increasingly turning to Portugal as a cheap base for their call centers and customer service hotlines. They're taking advantage of Portugal's low wages, high unemployment and facility with languages.
Portugal may be mired in a debt crisis, but its 25 richest people got 16 percent wealthier in 2013, with fortunes equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the country's GDP, rankings published Thursday showed.
Although they did it the hard way, Portugal secured their passage to Brazil 2014 and thanks in no small part to the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo. It will be the country’s sixth appearance at FIFA’s flagship event.
'What he does on the pitch is breathtaking, absolutely marvellous', Zidane told Marca, going on to reference Ronaldo's exploits against Sweden in the recent make-or-break qualifier Portugal faced. He's never quite managed to find those performance levels against Portugal's pending World Cup opponents though.
Inspectors from Portugal's bailout creditors arrive in Lisbon on Wednesday for a regular check of the country's fiscal health and its compliance with the stipulations of the 78 billion euro ($106 billion) financial rescue it received in 2011.
Portuguese government bond yields fell sharply on Tuesday after a debt exchange met stronger demand than some in the market had expected, easing redemption payments next year when it hopes to exit its bailout programme.
Portugal's parliament passed the 2014 budget on Tuesday, the last under its three-year EU/IMF bailout, but its approval is likely to trigger court challenges that could disrupt the country's exit from the bailout programme.