Former home of António de Medeiros
e Almeida, the Petit Palais is a 19th-
century mansion that is popular for
special events. With the convenience
of being set in the city center, the Petit
Palais, with its Garden of Love and
intricate frescoes, has the atmosphere
to transport groups to another era.
Hailed as one of Lisbon’s leading restaurants, Pap’Açôrda was founded in
1981 in the trendy Bairro Alto quarter,
offering a cuisine rooted in Portuguese
tradition. In 2016, the restaurant
moved to the first floor of Mercado da
Ribeira, a lofty, riverfront space.
Ria Park Hotel
Set in Ria Formosa Natural Park, with
nearby beaches and challenging golf
courses, 20 minutes away from Faro
International Airport, the Ria Park
Hotel & Spa offer 15 meeting rooms,
including a congress center that can
accommodate up to 1, 100. There are
400 guest rooms, of which 252 are
in five-star hotels, and 109 in four-star hotels with 39 additional rooms
located in villas.
Lisbon’s historic Belem Tower is one of many cultural attractions in the city
This destination offers incredible beaches, majestic vineyards,
and the oldest city in Western Europe
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From getting lost in history in Sintra’s many castles, to indulging in the deca- dent 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 cou-
ple 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
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Read more about why Portugal is a hot meetings
spot at successfulmeetings.com/Portugal