Lisbon's historic Belem Tower (pictured) is one of many cultural attractions in the city
From getting lost in history in Sintra's many castles, to indulging in the decadent wine of Porto, to riding the waves in Ericeira, there are many sides of Portugal for groups to explore. But no trip to this southern European country would be complete without getting lost in Lisbon.
This is not hyperbole: The streets of Lisbon's oldest section, Alfama, loop around in maze-like circles. North becomes south, and these paths force the journey to be visitors' only destination. As attendees try to decipher which way is up, they should keep their eyes peeled for bakeries serving the famed custard egg tarts, pasteis de nata, or the vibrant ceramic tile work that lines buildings dating back to the 15th century. Attendees will not want to miss the view from St. George's Castle, the highest point overlooking Lisbon.
The city boasts cutting-edge restaurants, hot nightspots, trendy boutiques, stylish hotels, and a booming tech industry. But when the City of Seven Hills that stretches along the banks of the river Tagus tires visitors out, they can opt for a ride on Tram 28 -- another great photo op.
Portugal's location makes it an attractive meeting and incentive destination as it is a couple hours from most major European cities and a five- to eight-hour flight from North America.
Meeting and incentive planners are taking note: Portugal came in ninth in the world for international association conventions by the annual rankings compiled by the International Congress and Convention Association, released in May.Questions or comments? Email [email protected]
This article appears in the December 2017 issue of Successful Meetings.