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Lisbon is definitely a bucket-list city, averaging just two and a half hours from
Lisbon, and the surrounding connurbations of Estoril, Cascais and Sintra are, to put it simply, must-visit
and must-see destinations. For corporates, the perfect time to visit for a conference or event is January
or early May to avoid tourist “intensity”, although Lisbon is also tourist-level comfortable - if a little warm
- in August. Accommodation, both room and conference space, is above average, and an enormous
advantage not offered by many destinations, is the possibility to have exclusive venue usage. In a
nutshell, great venues, great
accommodation, superb food and a climate
that is simply quite hard to match.
Portugal still offers great value for money as
a business destination and continues to
attract an increasing number of business
events each year. Accommodation, event
spaces, activities, guided tours and
restaurants remain very competitive, and its
mild short winters and long summers make
it very much an all-year-round destination.
The cities of Lisbon, Porto (it’s historic centre is considered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) and
Faro, (the location of the country’s three main airports), provide all the facilities business needs to hold a
successful event, from small to large congress centres and hotels all capable of contending with
corporate groups large and small.
Portugal provides an extensive range of activities,
with something guaranteed to suit every need,
preference and budget. Whether it’s an outdoor
leisure activities such as a wine tasting or boat
cruise, a cultural tour through ancient
monuments and villages or a visit or event in
more modern museum or concert hall.
When it comes to tastes and flavours, Portugal is
not only one a great wine destination but also
one to tempt the foodie! It is even possible to
hold an event in a working winery (see photo)!
With its heritage, landscapes, leisure activities, monuments, sports, gastronomy and wine, Portugal has a
very diverse appeal to all sizes of business groups regardless of their preferences, budget or
expectations (the latter of which we firmly believe will be fulfilled!).
The business and event travel markets in Portugal are now very responsive, with more and more venues
not only capable and willing but actually able to host larger groups and customised requests.
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