When you think of the business travel and event planning capitals of the world, Lisbon, Portugal might not be the first one you think of, but it certainly has an allure that can rival any other. other big cities.
Lisbon offers modern congress facilities, unique venues housed in century-old buildings, modern spaces or the sea, not forgetting St. George’s Castle. It also has excellent business and luxury hotels. Organizations that haven’t thought about Lisbon should take a look.
About 600,000 people live in Lisbon, but more than 3.7 million live in the Lisbon region, which extends to Estoril/Cascais, an area which is aptly described as the Portuguese Riviera. With its location near the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon experiences pleasant weather throughout the year with average temperatures of 71 to 79 degrees F between April and September.
It is useful for international planners to see the city of Lisbon in four different sections: the city center (which includes Baixa, Chiado, Barro Alto and downtown), the Nations Park (which is located in the eastern part of Lisbon), Belém and Estoril/Cascais (which is more of a seaside resort on the Atlantic coast).
The city center retains the character of Lisbon from its past, while adding modern conveniences. The Park of Nations is Lisbon’s contemporary region, a riverside area that was created for the 1998 World’s Fair and has since grown into its own business and leisure destination. The Belém district is located opposite the Park of Nations in Lisbon, along the river, and is where the largest number of historical sites related to the Portuguese people are located – and where the pastéis de Belém were created , the famous Portuguese pastries. Estoril/Cascais is a charming and scenic destination all its own.
The Coach Museum is a popular place where private functions and other special events are held in Lisbon.
And each of these areas in Lisbon is ready to meet any meeting purpose, yet they have entered the 21st century while maintaining an authentic Portuguese character. You will find that tourists do not line the streets as they may be in other cities; instead, as you walk around Bairro Alto or Chiado (both in the city center) and other parts of Lisbon, you will come across the friendly attitude of the local Portuguese who go about their daily routine, whether they are shopping or just enjoying their coffee (the Portuguese love their coffee) at the coffee shop.
By the way, Rua Augusta is the main street of Baixa (also the city center) which serves as a pedestrian shopping street where you will find dozens of shops and street artists – a great place to find event gifts for your guests.
Lisbon offers meeting and event planners the opportunity to experience the authenticity of the Portuguese people – in a European city that has somehow retained its own character. It is the warmth of its people and the Portuguese cuisine that will help make any meeting or event in Lisbon memorable.
Popular Business Hotels in Lisbon (Region)
More than 65 hotels belong to the four and five star categories and about 11,000 rooms. Here are some stars in the region:
Other hotel highlights include Hotel Bairro Alto, Dom Pedro Palace, Lisbon Lapa Palace, and Palacio Estoril Hotel & Golf, among others.
Popular restaurants and event venues in Lisbon (Region)
Casa do Leao, Casino Estoril, Casino Lisboa, Coach Museum, FIL Meeting Center, Fortalezo do Guincho, Hard Rock Cafe, Jeronimos Monastery, Lisboa Congress Centre, Nations Park, Quinta da Regaleira, St. George Castle, The Cultural Center of Belem,
Other restaurant suggestions from the Lisbon Convention Bureau include Elevan (Michelin star), Bica do Sapato, Kais, Taveres, Clube de Fado, Travessa, Estufa Real and Restaurant Valle Flor. The Lisboa Convention Bureau offers several group activities.
Convention Centers in Lisbon, Portugal
- FIL Meeting Center (Nations Park)
– Theaters: 3
– Meeting rooms: 4
– Foyer: 2 (500 m2)
– Restaurant: Facilities of the Lisbon International Fair (400)
– Total meeting space: 1000 m2
- FIL – Lisbon International Fair (Park of Nations)
– Pavilions: 4 with more than 10,000 m2
– Multipurpose Pavilion: 1,200 m2
– Meeting rooms: 10 in each pavilion (capacity 15-35)
– Total area: 100,000 m2
– Loading dock: More than 300 vehicles
– Cafeterias: 4
– Snack: 4
– Great Hall: 1,900 m2
– Restaurant capacity: 400
- Lisbon Congress Center (Belém)
– Theaters: 8
– Rooms: 5
– Meeting rooms: 28
– Hearths: 6
– Exhibition space: 10,000 m2
– Total area: 30,000 m2
– Cafeterias: 2
– Restaurant capacity: 400
- Belém Cultural Center
– Composed of three buildings
– 3,990 m2 of exhibition space
Meeting venues and activities in Lisbon, Portugal
For more information, contact Visit Lisboa.
Updated. Originally published August 16, 2010.