Lisbon, Portugal on the Atlantic coast • Earth.com

Last update: April 14th, 2021 at 12:00 pm

Lisbon, Portugal on the Atlantic coast. Today’s Image of the Day from the European Space Agency features a Sentinel-1A satellite view of Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal.

The Tagus River, which originates in central Spain, flows west into Portugal and reaches the Atlantic Ocean in Lisbon.

The city center is located on the northern shore of the Tagus River, and is made visible by the bright radar reflections from buildings and other structures. Some of these reflections represent the suspension bridge that connects Lisbon to Almada.

Lisbon is the westernmost capital city in continental Europe, and the only European city located on the Atlantic coast. Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 505,526 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km². Lisbon’s urban area extends beyond the city’s administrative limits with a population of around 2.8 million people, being the 10th-most populous urban area in the European Union. Lisbon, Portugal on the Atlantic coast. About 3 million people live in the Lisbon metropolitan area, which represents approximately 27% of the country’s population. It is mainland 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 portions of its metro area, the Portuguese Riviera, form the westernmost point of Continental Europe, culminating at Cabo da Roca.

Image Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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