Don't just attend a conference – make a vacation out of it
From centuries-old castles to museums housing world-class pieces, Lisbon is the perfect refuge for lovers of culture. Begin the historic route visiting the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, a former royal residence that still houses original artworks and decorative items as part of its rich collection, or the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a 16th-century monastery and architectonic jewel that has become a synonym of Portuguese identity.
Follow the route to the iconic Torre de Belém, one of Lisbon’s prime lookout spots, built as a defensive bastion by King João II. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, one of Portugal’s main museum, is another must-see. A striking construction in its own right, the museum is known for featuring the world’s largest collection of classified “national treasures”, hailing from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Cruise along the impressive Atlantic coastline until reaching the Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Housed in the Madre de Deus Convent, its collection is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the Azulejo – the iconic blue Portuguese tile that is a testament to the Age of Discoveries. No trip to Lisbon is complete without climbing up to the Castelo de São Jorge, a Moorish fortification that offers some of the city’s most breathtaking views.
Lisbon’s vibrant culinary scene offers an endless selection of cafés, restaurants, and bars that are sure to charm foodie aficionados and gastronomic connoisseurs. Start your day with the right foot by paying a visit to the local neighborhood bakery and ordering a traditional pastel de Belèm with a bica – Lisbon’s own twist on the expresso.
After a day of spirited discussion and networking, unwind with a well-earned break at a tasca – charming taverns that have perfected the art of serving traditional fare like bacalhau (salted codfish), sardinhas grelhadas (grilled sardines), and hearty minced meat croquetes – the options are endless.
The world-renowned Time Out Market and the lively Mercado de Campo de Orique are two of Lisbon’s food markets that gather Portuguese and international cuisine in one space. And to pair, a chilled glass of vinho verde – green wine – produced with any of the regional grape varieties like Bucelas, Colares or Carcavelos.
Enviable weather and a relaxed way of life make Lisbon an ideal summer destination that offers far more than sightseeing. The region’s privileged location overlooking the Atlantic makes it a gem for golfers, with a myriad of world-class courses located just a stone’s throw away from the city centre.
After a session in the green, keep on living the summer lifestyle at any of the beaches that dot the coastline. Breathtaking views abound at Cascais, a former bathing spot favored by royalty, and Sintra, whose views have inspired countless poems and works of art. Or perhaps, dare to learn (or freshen up) your wave riding skills at Carcavelos, one of Portuguese surfers’ best-kept secrets.
Lisbon’s nightlife begins at sundown, with a scene dominated by breathtaking rooftops, pulsing oceanside nightclubs, and quaint bars. Head to the Rua Cor de Rosa (Pink Street) or Barrio Alto to mingle with locals and visitors, or go to a casa de fado and see for yourself why this music genre – a declared UNESCO patrimony – is so close to the hearts of Lisboetas.