This is a country that punches well above its weight. Rich in heritage but cosmopolitan through and through. Lisbon the capital is now one of the coolest places to live and work. It respects its past but is reinventing the future. Lisbon, the capital, has a growing infrastructure of options from purpose built centres to renovated warehouses on the waterfront. This is a city with a strong urban culture; a city full of surprises and charm. The Portuguese are naturally hospitable and with widely spoken English, it is an ideal location for international meetings. This is a compact country which offers the beaches of the Algarve with the gastronomy of the north. Porto is the industrial centre but is also a World Heritage Site influenced by the Douro and its award winning wines. The island of Madeira basks in a kind climate year round and together with the Azores, a group of mid Atlantic Islands, offers unique experiences with their own cultures.
Lisbon is the main hub and is well served from Europe. Africa and the Americas by both national and low cost carriers. It is also the gateway into Brazil from Europe. The airport is uniquely located in the city which makes transfers short and time efficient. Porto is the second gateway with direct flights to Europe, Brazil and Africa. This makes for good 2 centre options. Faro for the Algarve and Madeira both have good European direct flights with both national and low cost carriers.
Portugal has a wide range of options from boutique to chic; conference hotels to resorts; iconic to historical. It has its fair share of international brands to choose from supplemented by strong offerings from local brands. Demand is always high indicating the popularity the country is enjoying. There is, as they say, something for everyone and new builds are adding to the bed stock.
Portugal has invested in creating venue space and the offering ranges from former industrial factories, purpose built centres, heritage venues and even ruins from a bygone era. Lisbon is capable of hosting large events from the Eurovision Final to Champions League finals; large summits to glittering gala occasions due to its variety of options each with its own twist whether for a high end incentive programme, product reveal or meeting.
Portugal boasts 3 main convention centres, 2 in Lisbon and 1 in Porto. These attract the international gatherings whilst smaller centres in regional centres serve the domestic market.
Many of the leading brands offer flexible meeting space and this is growing each year. Porto, Lisbon and the Algarve all offer comprehensive solutions giving urban, beach and historical background in which to meet.