History meets innovation: Lisbon for business travellers

From cobbled streets to cutting-edge venues, Portugal’s capital is a hotspot for commerce and culture

The streets of the colourful Alfama district in Lisbon

The streets of the colourful Alfama district in Lisbon

Lisbon has always been linked with innovation. Between the 15th and 18th centuries, it was the centre of Portugal’s maritime exploration, and was known as the ‘Golden City’ of southern Europe. Today, Lisbon is a key centre for numerous industries, including finance, media and professional services.

Marked as a ‘city to watch’ in the 2017 Alpha Cities Index, Lisbon is also an emerging hotspot for start-ups. Back in 2015, it was awarded the European Entrepreneurial Region of the Year. It is now all set to host Web Summit – ‘the largest tech conference in the world’ – in November 2017.

With Lisbon Airport located just 4.3 miles from the city, it is an easy journey into town. To get around on arrival, the Lisbon Tourism Association advises travellers to purchase a Lisboa Card. This city pass provides free transport on Lisbon’s metro, public buses, trams and elevadores (the city’s funicular railways). Plus it also includes free or discounted entry to many of the main sightseeing attractions. Take Tram 28 and enjoy a tour of the city’s highlights.

 

A vintage tram at Lisbon’s historic square, Praça do Comércio

 Conferences in Lisbon

Lisbon’s vibrant culture is reflected in its range of conference and events venues. The Lisbon Congress Centre, located a few minutes from the city centre, is a popular choice for business travellers. With 34 meeting rooms, eight auditoriums and five pavilions, this adaptable venue is ideal for meetings, exhibitions, fairs and congresses.

Alternatively, FIL Lisbon Exhibition and Congress Centre is another acclaimed conference venue, just seven minutes away from Lisbon Airport. With 100,000m2 of multifunctional space, it offers an integrated meeting centre with five meeting rooms and three auditoriums.

For venues with a twist, consider the Lisbon Oceanarium, the National Coach Museum or the historic Convent of Beato António. All can cater for business travellers – and offer an added dose of unique character.

The city’s Oceanarium is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe

Exploring Lisbon

The city’s stunning architecture, distinctive cobbled streets and nearby beaches make an inviting backdrop for business. A visit to the Tower of Belém or the Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are a treat for history lovers. Or, to experience a more modern Lisbon, head to the Parque das Nações expo district for shopping and sights.

For the best of the city’s cuisine, treat customers to a meal at the double-Michelin-starred Belcanto. Owned by acclaimed Lisbon chef José Avillez, the restaurant is famed for its modern take on traditional Portuguese recipes.

Alternatively, at the end of the working day, enjoy a drink at the H10 Duque de Loulé. This restored 18th-century hotel has a charming rooftop bar with panoramic views over the Atlantic. It makes the perfect spot to savour the sights of this engaging city.

Want our travel management experts to help you book an overseas meeting, event or conference? Speak to the team at Capita Travel and Events today.

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