Europe Destinations | Portugal
Key Points for Planners
- Great value for MICE groups
- Year-around destination
- Excellent infrastructure
- Great variety in quality hotel properties
Pastéis de nata (heavenly custard tarts), melancholy fado music, and port wine. Portugal is, at every turn, sweet, soulful, and intoxicating. Each city—from laid-back Porto to lovely Lisbon—offers a unique and beautiful experience to group travellers, especially those interested in ancient castles, sidewalk cafe culture, and a relaxed vibe.
- Douro Valley
- The Portuguese Riviera
- Royal Sintra
Porto is best known for its most famous export—port wine—and a rich cultural heritage that combines ancient churches and modern architecture, Porto is humble, honest, authentic and genuine. Full of pretty shops, historic alleyways, magnificent architecture, and modern restaurants, Porto is a relaxed city with a strong cultural identity. Not to be outdone by port, Madeira is known for its famous wine and the vineyards once tended by Jesuit priests. But there’s so much more…The island’s crystal clear waters invite dive enthusiasts and dolphin watchers alike.
Its beautiful blue, sunny skies entice adventurous paragliders to Calheta to play with the birds. Land lovers trek along the famous levadas, explore the Laurisilva Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), or Jeep-journey to hidden mountain vistas. Lisbon is a city of seven hills with spectacular views overlooking the River Tagus. Its labyrinthine streets are lined with terracotta-roofed buildings and treasures, like São Jorge Castle and its iconic bridge, invite discovery. But perhaps the city’s greatest treasures are its historic neighborhoods themselves: Baixa, the city’s downtown, contains many of the city’s architectural wonders from ages long past.
Rossio Square, Lisbon’s cultural epicenter, is home to a wide array of shops, galleries and fine restaurants. Alfama is a delightful maze of narrow streets, which lead from the Tejo estuary uphill to the castle. There is much to explore here. And all to the soulful sound of traditional fado music, which floats through the city’s neighborhoods like a breeze. Portugal is also the gateway to the gorgeous Azores. Legend has it that the beautiful islands of the Azores are actually the mountaintops of the lost continent of Atlantis. The climate is temperate year-round, perfect for golf, sailing, diving, tennis, hiking, and other active pursuits.
Introducing Vega, our Exceptional Partner in Portugal
As one of the leading destination management companies in Portugal, VEGA DMC has built a thriving business with its mission to provide event plans that are creative, exciting, and budget-friendly.
VEGA’s service-first philosophy means that your team will negotiate all vendor and hotel contracts,
arrange transportation, create incentive programs, handle and manage your attendees, be there throughout your event to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Looking to plan an event in Portugal? Contact us and we’ll work with VEGA DMC to deliver a proposal for an exceptional event!