Portugal’s capital merges rich history and culture with a fresh spirit of innovation and forward thinking.
Don’t just attend a conference, make a vacation out of it – experience the unforgettable sights, flavours, and emotions that make Lisbon, Lisbon.
From millenary castles to museums housing world-class pieces, Lisbon is the perfect refuge for cultural connoisseurs. Begin the historic route with a visit to the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, the former royal residence which still houses original artworks and decorative items in its rich collection, or the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, a 16th-century architectonic jewel that has become a synonym of Portuguese identity.
Continue with the iconic Torre de Belém, one of Lisbon’s prime spots built as a defensive bastion by King João II that still plays testament to Portugal’s maritime prowess. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Portugal’s main museum, is another must-see. A striking building in its own right, it 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, the collection is dedicated to celebrating the beauty of the Azulejo – the exquisite Portuguese tile. 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 alike. Begin the day by paying a visit to the local neighborhood bakery for a traditional pastel de Belèm and a bica – Lisbon’s own twist on the ubiquitous expresso.
After an afternoon 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 or wine produced with any of the regional grape varieties like Bucelas, Colares or Carcavelos, should do the trick.
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 has made it become a gem for golf players, with a myriad of world-class courses located just a stone’s throw away from downtown.
After a session in the green, keep on living that summer lifestyle at any of the beaches dotting the coastline. Breathtaking views abound at Cascais, a former favorite bathing spot for royalty, and Sintra, which has 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 comes alive 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 visit a casa de fado and see for yourself why this music genre – a declared UNESCO patrimony – is so close to Lisboetas’ hearts.