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Once a remote outpost on what was thought to be the farthest edge of the known world, Lisbon had established itself as a centre of operations for Portuguese exploration by the 15th century.That event sparked the city’s biggest renewal project since the rebuilding that followed the 1755 earthquake, including the construction of the combined road-rail Vasco da Gama Bridge and other extensive upgrades of the city’s transportation infrastructure.Lisbon, Portuguese Lisboa, city, port, capital of Portugal, and the centre of the Lisbon metropolitan area. The city centre was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 but was rebuilt by the marquês de Pombal.Located in western Portugal on the estuary of the Tagus (Tejo) River, it is the westernmost capital city in continental Europe and serves as the country’s chief port, largest city, and commercial, political, and tourist centre. This seagirt city of multicoloured houses and elegant parks and gardens is no longer the capital of a vast overseas empire.Meanwhile, further travel chaos is expected after Spanish airport workers threatened to go on strike.Unions representing airport staff across Spain threatened 25 days of strikes spread over four months if their pay demands are not met.Farther inland the fish market gives way to the equally colourful and clamorous fruit and vegetable market.Lisbon’s port maintains an intimacy with its city that was common in the days before steam.
(fish vendors) who roam the streets dressed in long black skirts still carry their wares in baskets on their heads.
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) handed out leaflets in English to passengers at the airport, the second busiest in Spain, saying: “Maybe now you'll get why many Catalans will say ‘yes’ - 1 October referendum.”The regional government in Catalonia has announced it will hold a referendum on independence on 1 October.
The national government in Madrid has said they will not allow the referendum to take place.
Border control staff from another private company at the airport have already announced they will strike from August 14 if their demands for a 30 per cent pay increase are not met.
Staff at the company, Eulen, have been carrying out a series of mini hour-long strikes that have brought long queues at security checkpoints over the past few days.
Meanwhile private security guards at Barcelona’s El Prat airport have also called a strike to begin on August 16.