When you think of Portugal, what comes to mind? Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities and golden beaches? The Portugal experience can be many things, history, great food and idyllic scenery are just the beginning… For the very best experience tailored to your particular group or incentive, #askadmc (preferably our DMC, Vega DMC Portugal), but hopefully the following information will whet your appetite to find out a little more about MICE travel to this beautiful (and affordable) European destination.
The way to our heart is through our stomach….. What to expect from Portuguese Cuisine
Yes, Portugal can offer any cuisine you wish, but why not eat local? Freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine, chargrilled fish, cataplana (seafood stew), smoked meats – the Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking simple, delicious meals.
Be open to a new experience, and enjoy the richness of Portugal’s bountiful coastline and fertile countryside, rather than insisting on meals that you are familiar with, and can have at home.
Get out and about in the countryside
Of course the cities have a lot to offer, but it is the countryside where Portugal’s beauty really unfolds in all its startling variety. Take your group hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or strolling through the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras. Walking and talking is great for building relationships and mulling over issues raised in your more formal meetings.
Soak up the sun and relax along more than 800km of coastline, with dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs, surf breaks off dune-covered beaches and sandy islands fronting calm blue seas. You’ll find dolphin watching in the lush Sado Estuary, boating and kayaking along the meandering Rio Guadiana, and memorable walks and bike rides all across the country. Just #askadmc to plan your exploration.
Prefer Festivals and Concerts?
Drink, dance and feast your way through all-night established revelries such as Lisbon’s Festa de Santo António or Porto’s Festa de São João. OR your DMC Portugal can create your very own festival, at any time of the year.
Location, Location, Location
Lisbon is an average 2-hour flight from all major European cities and a 5 to 8-hour flight from the Americas. Easy to access, and safe, with competitive pricing year-round.
Lisbon is the Capital that combines culture, sea and great food, with a mild, sunny climate year-round and the only European capital located so close to sandy beaches. Dramatic landscapes, UNESCO monuments, quaint streets and a vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene. What more can you wish for? Lisbon plays host to more than 100 international corporate events annually with spectacular venues for groups and events of all sizes.
In Portugal you will find a little of everything: from traditional venues to spectacularly unusual settings, and an experienced team to cope with any request, or group size. From modern hotels to complexes of entertainment and culture, multimedia rooms, historical monuments, sporting venues, spectacular natural locations….. surely Portugal should be on your ‘must consider’ list for the next group or incentive trip, team building or corporate training activity?
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