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Lisboa then AND NOW…

Lisboa then AND NOW…

  • Styled over 400 years by the Moors and then enriched by the spice trade in its golden seafaring age, Lisboa is an historic capital of unusual character and charm
  • The city is an amalgam of 1,000 years of cultural influences that mingle with modern trends and lifestyle creating intricate and spectacular contrasts
  • Spread across seven hills, there is always an open window towards the majestic Tagus river.

Lisboa is the perfect destination for events. With world-class venues and hotels that satisfy the most demanding meeting requirements, and a surprising and welcoming city packed with interesting things to do, guests are guaranteed to leave happy.

Make your business personal. Hold your event in Lisboa.

ATTRACTIVE FACTORS

  • Lisboa is just a short flight away. One to three hours from most European cities and five to eight hours from North America
  • Lisboa Airport is centrally located with only a 15-minute transfer to the city centre or 30-45 min to Cascais or Sintra
  • Mild climate – the weather is rarely too hot with lots of warm sunshine in winter
  • Amongst the most competitive cities for international events
  • A friendly and tolerant city by tradition
  • A ‘resort city’ with a unique triangle – from the historic and cosmopolitan city centre, the resort of Cascais and the romantic village of Sintra, a World Heritage Site, are just 45 minutes away.

Anyone planning an event in the city or region should contact The Lisboa Convention Bureau. It would be delighted to put you in touch with any of its 200 members, which include meeting facilities, hotels, event agencies and service providers such as DMCs and PCOs. It also guarantees the superior quality of their service.

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Contact

Alexandra Baltazar
Alexandra Baltazar Manager
  • Lisboa Convention Bureau
  • Rua do Arsenal
  • 23 - 1100-038 Lisboa
  • Lisboa
  • Portugal
  • National Languages: Portuguese
  • Time Zone: Western European Time

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Transport

Lisboa is just a short flight away - one to three hours from most European cities and five to eight hours from North America. The Airport is very centrally located (7 kms)and transfers to the city centre take only 15 minutes or 30-45 min to Cascais or Sintra. Served by all major airlines, there are daily non-stop connections to all major European cities as well as the US, South America and Africa (more than 50 destinations).

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Climate & Weather

The pleasant climate ensures the weather is mild all year around – rarely too hot in the summer with lots of warm sunshine in the winter. Temperatures rarely exceed 26C or dip below 17C.

Unusual Venues

Lisboa has a wide selection of venues available for all sizes of events.

There are historical palaces and convents, contemporary and fashionable restaurants, traditional venues such as wine cellars or quintas, modern bars, boats on the river, greenhouses, water reservoirs, football stadiums… There is a wide range of venues available for exclusive use.

Choose the unusual venue best suited to your event, add a touch of sophistication or keep it stylishly casual, then add the taste of the best fish in the world and local entertainment such as Fado music - traditionally from Lisbon and now designated Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Result: a magical Lisbon experience!

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Visa Requirements

A valid passport (or identity card for European Community nationals) is required. Visas are not necessary for citizens of EU countries, the USA, Canada and the majority of countries.

Please contact your local Portuguese Embassy, Consulate or Travel Agency for further information.

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Transfers

Within the city, there are many regular buses and subway stations. Prices are good with subway tickets costing around 1,40 euro while the train from Lisboa – Cascais costs just 2,15 euro. There are also more than 3,500 taxis operating.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Contact www.visitlisboa.com for ideas

Activities

A Lisbon experience:

* culture/history/World heritage sites

  • a modern city
  • entertainment and nightlife
  • gastronomy and wines
  • shopping
  • 17 golf courses
  • world surfing reserve
  • various activities within the city, on the rivers, the ocean, the mountains and beach
  • high quality tourism infrastructure
  • still a vibrant new destination

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Team Building Events

There is a wide variety of options for team building in Lisboa including:

  • A speedboat regatta
  • Treasure hunts
  • Beetles combined with go cars or Quads combined with kart cross

There are so many options… from the city centre with its history and culture, the river Tejo, the Atlantic Ocean, the mountains and the beach resort areas. There are numerous opportunities to create unique programmes to help build teams – your imagination is the only limit!

Lisboa can guarantee your participants an experience they will always treasure!

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In the footsteps of the great navigators...

Visit Belém - the monumental quarter of Lisboa, from where the ships set sail to discover ‘new worlds’ in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The first sighting of Lisboa for sailors lucky enough to return home was the magnificent Tower of Belém, still there to be admired. The neighbouring Jeronimos Monastery is home to the memorial sarcophagus of the great discoverer Vasco da Gama. This building was paid for with gold that the spice trade with Asia brought to the Portuguese royal treasury.
The modern Monument to the Discoveries depicts all the important figures of the golden age. From the top you’ll have fantastic views over land and sea.

Further Portuguese fame and fortune is presented in the fantastic 17th and 18th- century gold-plated coaches and carriages in the nearby Royal Coach Museum.

The delicious ‘Pasteis de Belém’ will for many be the most important discovery made during their visit at Belém!

In the Lisbon region you will never be short of fantastic things to do and see. Full of attractions, this region provides visitors with a unique setting for unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Lisboa is a city of light. The River Tagus and the sun, nearly always present, make the Portuguese city a mirror of colour in which its architectural beauty stands out.

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LISBOA City Tours

Visit the main areas

Historical centre:

  • Alfama/Castelo/Mouraria  are  what make Lisbon such a colourful city. Charming ancient Moorish quarters with narrow winding streets and picturesque white washed houses, crowned by St George’s Castle.
  • Bairro Alto is traditionally Lisbon’s nightlife hub, but during the day it’s more like a bazaar with designer shops you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
  • Baixa/Chiado (downtown) adds a special touch to Lisbon’s ambience. Traditionally, it’s the city’s shopping hub and a unique place for leisurely walks.  Praça do Comércio, the magnificent Black Horse Square with its Triumphal Arch facing the River Tagus, Chiado’s magical atmosphere is filled with relaxing cafes and bookshops.

Belém is filled with reminders of a past empire’s grandeur – Portugal’s discovery of new ocean routes and faraway lands, known by its monuments: the Tower of Belém and Jerónimos Monastery – both unique heritage sites classified by UNESCO; the Discovery’s Monument, the Royal Coach Museum.

There is also the Belém Cultural Centre that hosts many cultural events.

Belém is the place for walks through the gardens and along the riverside, culminating in a stop for a delicious Belém custard cupcake, one of Lisbon’s most sought-after sweet delicacies.

Parque das Nações, in eastern Lisboa, along the river Tagus, is a large urban complex (the site of EXPO 98) combining cultural, recreational, residential and business activities. One of Lisbon’s focal points, it is a fine example of integrated modernity. Besides the many riverside gardens, you’ll also find unique buildings such as MEO Arena, The Lisbon Aquarium - Oceanário and the Casino Lisboa.

Tours around LISBOA Coast

Cascais: the town of fishermen and kings. Beautiful sheltered bay, colourful painted fishing boats, yacht club, golf courses at Quinta da Marinha and Oitavos, 17th century citadel, museum and municipal park. Originally a fishing village with good beaches, it has developed into a cosmopolitan international holiday resort with excellent restaurants, bars, boutiques and night clubs.

Guincho: a long open sandy beach, famous for fishing and surfing, with several excellent seafood and fish restaurants.

Cabo da Roca: the westernmost point of continental Europe with spectacular scenery.

Queluz:  charming 18th century pink Rococo palace, described as Portugal’s Versailles, with Portuguese Empire antiques and lovely ornamental gardens. The Palace Kitchen, Cozinha Velha, is now a famous restaurant, complemented by an elegant Pousada.

Sintra: full of romance, history and culture, Sintra is a living portrait of the harmony between nature and human presence, in a truly magnificent setting. One of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Portugal, perched high in the hills and surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, Sintra’s fairy tale palaces, baroque follies and unique micro climate has inspired many great writers and poets. Lord Byron called it a “glorious Eden”. Visit the 14th century Palácio Real, with its magnificent chimneys; the Moorish castle; the Pena Palace - a pastiche of architectural styles; the fascinating Gardens of Monserrate with 3,000 different species of plants and the Seteais (Seven Sighs) Palace, now a luxury hotel.

Take a breathtaking visit to Arrábida nature reserve to see the Setúbal dolphins; cross the 25th of April Bridge and the vineyards of the demarcated area Palmela. The Arrábida nature reserve is located on a mountain ridge from where you’ll have a view over the golden sands and the deep blue sea to the south and over Lisboa to the north. Depart from Setúbal for a sailing trip to meet the Setúbal dolphins, just as friendly, fun and smiley as you imagine.
Enjoy a picnic lunch on board.

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Welcome to Lisboa

Enjoy the main views of the city at a slow pace in an old timer car, from the top of a double decker bus or even a motorbike sidecar ...

Stop at the top of Edward VII park to get your bearings, then travel down the Avenida da Liberdade to the heart of Lisboa passing the main squares – Restauradores and Rossio – before arriving at the Terreiro do Paço,  the most impressive square with a magnificent triumphal arch leading to the pedestrian area and main shopping streets.
End the tour with a drive up the winding narrow lanes to the top of the Alfama hill to the St Jorge Castle for a magnificent view over the city.

Up and down hills on a vintage tram

Get to know the city on board a vintage tram. Traditional yellow or bright red with upholstered seats, velvet curtains and a wine tasting service - the views are constantly surprising.

Discover Lisboa driving

A GPS guided car: it's a tour guide… a talking car… a trusty co-pilot… and a local on wheels.

Imagine your participants driving these cars in a long line while exploring the seven hills of Lisbon or driving along the Tagus riverfront….

The coolest way to travel in Lisboa!

Lisboa – a panorama from the river

Welcome aboard!

The views from the river Tagus give you a completely different perspective of the city built on hills. During a cruise of 1.5-2 hours, Lisboa offers a variety of silhouettes from the medieval cathedral and castle, the 18th century Royal Palaces as well as its monumental bridges.

Visit Lisboa’s most elegant inhabitants – the flamingos with their rich pink feathers in the estuary of Tagus.

A table set on the river

Invite your guests for a cruise and enjoy lunch, a picnic, sunset cocktail or dinner on a sailing boat, a schooner, traditional ferry boat, a modern yacht, a typical river frigate... Lisboa offers the scenery to accompany the meal and the river Tagus the calm waters on which to sail.

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Testimonials

Katharine Jordan

Trinity Event Solutions

Trinity frequently uses Lisbon for events as it is a great alternative to Mediterranean destinations for clients who want something different. The city has good air links to European destinations and short transfer times to hotels. There is a wide variety of pro-active hotels offering good value for money. Our experience is that once a client goes on a site visit and sees what Lisbon can offer, then they confirm their event there.

Cindy Nochchalad

George P Johnson

Lisbon is a fantastic location for meetings and events. Lovely weather, great food and fantastic connections. A wide range of different venues including modern hotels like Four Seasons and the CCB, as well as more unique locations like the monastery and art gallery. You also have the option of the luxurious coastal Cascais and the towering castles of Sintra. I look forward to recommending Lisbon as a MICE destination.

Judy Weitz

Omega World Travel

With diverse geographic features, unspoiled beaches invite those who like to surf, swim or sit back and relax; for those who like to golf, there are some of the best courses around. The climate is gentle, the narrow winding streets are perfect to get lost in and fairy-tale palaces charm the senses as the sun bounces off the beautiful tiled architecture. Shopping is abundant, seafood is always fresh and the wines should not be missed.

Ashley Moore

EventAssembly

We are confident that Lisboa is an ideal, viable city in which to hold corporate events of all types. Steeped in culture and history, during our visit we were astonished by charming monasteries set amongst a backdrop of luxurious hotels!
Lisbon has great external based team building and training and development activities, including a thrilling rib-dingy ride or tour in satnav guided GoCars.

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