Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city is rich in culture and beauty—but don’t take our word for it. International meeting planner Deborah Elias, CSEP, CMP, president of Elias Events, shares her top takeaways after attending a FAM in Lisbon earlier this year.
Lisbon is an accessible city with short flights from most European cities and an easy five to eight hours from North America. Lisbon’s airport is centrally located, with a 15-minute transfer from the city center and 30 to 45 minutes from Cascais or Sintra. The airline TAP Portugal, although small, operates 2,000 flights per week and is part of the Star Alliance.
For an Old World feel, Pestana Palace Lisbon is one of the best in Lisbon. This five-star hotel occupies a converted 19th century palace. Its gardens, with a variety of plants and subtropical trees, are classified as a national monument. The hotel is located near some of the most important monuments of the city and has 193 rooms, four of those royal suites.
For a more modern feel, the 311-room Epic Sana Hotel in Lisbon’s Amoreiras area has 14 meeting rooms and can host events for up to 1,300 people. The on-site UpScale Bar with an infinity pool is its crowning jewel.