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Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula (population 287,591). The urban area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 2.4 million. It is known for known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes

Guimarães is a city and municipality located in northern Portugal, in the district of Braga. The city has a population of 52,181 inhabitants. The population of the municipality in 2011 was 158,124.

It’s known for well-preserved medieval buildings like the hilltop, 10th-century Guimarães Castle, with its sweeping city views. The restored Dukes of Bragança Palace, built in the style of a French chateau, has a museum showcasing furniture, tapestries and weapons. Between the palace and the castle is the Romanesque São Miguel do Castelo Church, built in the 13th century.

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 552,700 (2011). About 3 million people live in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (which represents approximately 27% of the country's population).

From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles. Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.

The GrowSmarter “lighthouse” programme was launched in January 2015 and it will be developed until December 2019. GrowSmarter received €25 million funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

In 2008, the city of Lisbon opened up its governance procedures for the first time by allowing citizens to participate in the decision-making process to allocate part of the municipal budget. For the 2017/2018 edition of the Participatory Budgeting – Lisboa Eu Participo! – a budget of 2.5 million euros was made available.

Guimarães City Council, Vitrus Ambiente and Resinorte joined forces and introduced a new smart waste management system in the historic centre of the city. With the launch of the Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) system, in 2016, citizens and traders have to pay for the garbage they produce, encouraging the recycling of their solid waste.

The Sharing Cities “lighthouse” programme was launched in 2016 and it will be developed over the course of 60 months. Sharing Cities received over €24 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Its approach is focused on international cooperation between cities as a means to build smart cities together, scaling up common solutions to shared problems.

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