Lisbon, the Capital city and largest city of Portugal, is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe. In 1147, the Crusaders re-conquered the city and ever since has been a major political, economic, and cultural center of Portugal and a recognized global city. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that face the ocean and uses water as an element that defines the city. Lisbon is one of the major economic centers on the continent, with a growing financial sector and the largest container port on Europe's Atlantic coast. It is also the political center of the country, as seat of Government and residence of the Head of State. Lisbon enchants visitors with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways and an easy going charm. Beaches, historic monuments, gastronomy, art and design are among the experiences Lisbon has to offer.