The city that rolls on seven hills has much to offer for groups.
Where to stay
EPIC SANA Hotel is located barely a 20-minute walk from Lisbon city centre and has become one of the city’s most popular venues for events due to its impressionable style, expansive meeting facilities and spacious rooms (not to mention the incredible view of Lisbon from its rooftop pool). In addition to its 291 rooms, there are a further five junior suites; 12 deluxe suites; two diplomatic suites and one presidential suite. The hotel also offers 1,700sqm of event space across 14 rooms, with free wifi.
A five-minute walk towards the city centre is the 331-room InterContinental Lisboa. The property includes 12 meeting rooms for up to 450 delegates, as well as a restaurant and free wifi throughout. In January, Orange used the hotel for its overflow of delegates at its European sales kick-off conference at the EPIC SANA Hotel. The mobile telecoms giant revealed to C&IT that it will be returning to both properties for its 2016 conference, following to the success event.
Where to eat
A Travessa is one Lisbon’s most sought after dining spots and its surroundings and architecture will leave a lasting impression on groups for sure. The restaurant is housed inside a 17th century convent and is lucky to still be there today after it was left barely standing when an earthquake decimated the city in 1755. It was rebuilt three years later and in 2001 it received a complete refurbishment before its unveiling as a fine dining venue. For groups wanting a taste of Portugal in one of Lisbon’s most popular and characteristic nightspots, then A Travessa should be at the top of the list.
Leaving Lisbon without sampling Pasteis de Belem bakery’s legendary pastel de natas would be criminal. If you can’t get any for your delegates then make sure you hop up to the city’s Old Town to take home as many as you can carry.
What to see
Scan Lisbon’s skyline and towering above any high rise is Castelo de São Jorge, situated in the old medieval area of the city. The steep walls bordering The National Monument to this day remain as guards to the castle itself, as well as the ruins of the former royal palace and the weathered neighbourhood where the elite of the city once resided. Views stretch above the city and beyond the 25th April Bridge, which is guarded by Lisbon’s own version of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue, Cristo Rei, before finishing on the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean. The walk up to the castle adds to the sight seeing experience but trams and local transport are on hand if you decide against tackling the cobbled hills.