Destination in the spotlight: Portugal
Portugal, located in the Southwestern of Europe and part of the so-called Iberian Peninsula, famous for his port-wine and Cristiano Ronaldo. A great destination for both business and leisure. In this article we will highlight a few spots located at approximately 30 km from Lisbon: Sintra & Cascais.
Cascais is a coastal town and a former fishermen village, and it is the perfect getaway after a busy meeting in Lisbon. Located at only 30 minutes from Lisbon, it’s the perfect spot to relax after some heavy days of work. It may not be surprising that Biarritz (France) is one of the sister towns of Cascais, both are well-known by the adepts of all kinds of surfing. The place to be to practice these sports are at the Guincho coast, also known for good and high quality fish restaurants.
"This little town is an impressive display of elegant places and fortresses"
Along the coast side the Farol Design Hotel is a hidden gem. Modern, trendy, splendid views overlooking the sea and spacious bedrooms. It’s a great escapade after a trip to Lisbon to relax and enjoy the weather. There are many restaurants in the neighborhood, but you should also try their own kitchen. At lunchtime they serve excellent sushi’s at the poolside bar.
Sintra is famous for it’s Unesco Heritage site “Parco da Pena”. A walk through this breathtaking parc will take you up to it’s beautifull Palacio and Castelo dos Mouros. As the Palacio is located at the top of a (small) mountain, it may disappears entirely on a cloudy day. You may feel like being in a fairy tale when entering and your guests might do so too, because the venue can be rented for events!
"Sintra is a must visit town in Portugal."
If you are looking more for the combination golf, spa & resort for your meeting and all this in a venue with an historial setting, you might like the Penha Longa Resort. Located not far from Sintra and only a 30-minute drive from Lisbon Airport.
The hotel is built on the grounds of an old monastery and entirely renovated with respect for it’s history. Some of the function rooms are situated in the former monastery. Your guest will surely be impressed when you let them enter by the church! With 5 in-house restaurants, there’s no need to exit the resort for lunch or dinner. The hotel disposes of 194 bedrooms and can be entirely privatised.
If your are hosting an event soon, definitely consider these two destinations. We are sure you will not regret it!