Destination Guide: Lisbon

C&IT's sponsored guide to Lisbon will help you find the most exciting hotels, venues, restaurants and incentive activities when planning your next event.

Discover Lisbon

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About Lisbon

With its heart and soul in the Mediterranean and a history linked to the Atlantic, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most intriguing cities. Lisbon enjoys a dramatic mythical setting on seven hills that stretch along the banks of the river Tagus.

The city, from where the great explorers set off to discover new continents in the 15th century is as visionary and as cosmopolitan today; its monuments and stunning architecture is now the backdrop to vibrant creativity, culture and business.

Lisbon is the perfect destination for your events. You get top-notch venue centres and hotels that satisfy the most demanding requirements, and a surprising and welcoming city, packed with interesting things to do, that will leave guests happy.

Here you can find the best of both worlds: pleasure and work.

Key facts


Lisbon is just a short flight away: 1-3 hours from most European cities and 5 - 8 hours from North America. Lisbon airport is centrally located, only a 15-minute transfer from the city centre and 30-45 minutes to Cascais or Sintra. The airport is served by all major airlines and with daily non-stop connections to all major European cities, as well as the US, South America and Africa (more than 50 destinations).


The climate is never too hot in summer and offers lots of warm sunshine in winter.


Lisbon is amongst the most competitive cities for international events. Lisbon offers value for money, quality and variety


Delegates will find a wide range of accommodation in Lisbon, including luxury hotels in former palaces, international and Portuguese hotel chains, design hotels and small boutique Hotels. It is easy to find the perfect option for each group.


Lisbon is a friendly and tolerant city by tradition.


Lisbon is a 'resort city' with a unique triangle: the historic and cosmopolitan centre, while the resort of Cascais and the romantic village of Sintra – a World Heritage Site – are just 45 minutes away.

Purpose-built venues

Lisbon is equipped with high-tech infrastructure, a wide range of conference centres and a diverse selection of multifunctional spaces.

Other venues

Lisbon has a wide selection of venues available for all size of events, including historical palaces and convents, modern and trendy restaurants, traditional venues like wine cellars or quintas, modern bars, river boats, greenhouses, reservoirs, football stadiums, plus a wide range of venues that can be privately hired.

Professional assistance

Some of the largest Destination Management Companies and conference organisers are members of the Lisboa Convention Bureau, as well as of ICCA – International Congress & Convention Association. Their teams of experienced, knowledgeable and creative staff guarantee the best quality/price ratio. Lisbon offers a wide range of services for international associations/corporate conventions, product launches, etc.

The Lisbon experience

Lisbon offers many surprises for those who come to discover this unique European capital city. Lisbon boasts glorious architecture in an amazing/dreamy setting. A typical Lisbon experience could involve:

• Culture/history/World Heritage Sites
• Modernity
• Entertainment and nightlife
• Gastronomy & wines
• Shopping
• 17 golf courses
• World surfing reserve
• Various outdoor activities to enjoy within the city, the rivers, the ocean, the mountains & beach
• High quality of tourism infrastructure
• A vibrant new destination

Lisbon Gallery

Belem Tower


Oriente Station


Lisbon Ocenarium


Santa Marta Lighthouse & Municipal museum, Cascais

Palacio da Pena, Sintra