Its attributes are as varied as the country itself. Portugal is the closest nation in Europe to the U.S., so it's easy to get to, and it represents one of the best values in Western Europe.
Few countries can boast such diversity of regions, from the lush green mountains and river valleys of Porto and the north, to the stunning beaches of the south, the vibrant capital of Lisbon, and the islands of Madeira and Azores. Attendees can enjoy no shortage of outdoor activities.
Lisbon's wide avenues are brimming not simply with history but with fine shops, restaurants, and museums. Up the coast from Lisbon is historic Porto, the city known worldwide for the sweet Port wine produced in the Douro River Valley.
In hotel news, the 90-room Pousada de Lisboa opened in June with two meeting rooms in an 18th century building that once housed the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Another new hotel to come onto the scene this summer is Six Senses Douro Valley, which opened in July with 57 rooms and a Six Senses Spa that occupies 23,700 square feet.
The 577-room Marriott Lisbon has a new look after a renovation. The Tiara Park Atlantic has been rebranded as the InterContinental Lisbon. The hotel originally opened as Le Meridien and has more than 300 rooms.
The InterContinental Estoril Hotel opened in March west of Lisbon's city center in the affluent resort town of Estoril. The hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and features 59 rooms, meeting space, indoor and outdoor pools, and an impressive spa.
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This article appears in the December 2015 issue of Successful Meetings.