Hop across the pond with me to Western Europe’s most vibrant emerging culture. Lisbon is my newest Euro hotspot that is a hidden gem yet such a quick flight from anywhere in Europe, the United States and Latin America. This gorgeous country is located on the Iberian peninsula just west of Spain. The Mediterranean climate, inviting culture and delicious food are out of this world. But wait, there’s more.
Lisbon is a fantastic company retreat location for anyone looking for an enriching, exciting destination with only a little time. This 6.5 hour direct flight is a breeze, and time is on your side for your return, so to speak. In three or four days, one can really get a feel for this fascinating city, so eloquently divided between centuries. The Moorish influence in the Alhambra district to the Pombaline downtown district called the Baixa, Lisbon has something for every culture seeker. I was instantly charmed by the glamorously painted tuktuks, tile facades and striking architecture. Plus every single peak of this city has views for days (picture San Francisco right down to the featured Lisbon bridge by Golden Gate bridge architects).
Day trips are easily accessible to neighboring areas like Sintra (45 minutes) for a magical out-of-this-world experience, Peniche (1 hr) for world-class surf. Venturing out a little further north, Porto offers an old world glimpse of Portugal, very different scene than Lisbon and Port for the thirsty. Beach, adventure and lifestyle seekers can easily roam to the southern Algarve coast for the quintessential European beach getaway boasting waves, cliffs, subtropical beaches, nightlife and eateries for every appetite. Contact a coordinator to begin exploring the options for bringing your group to Portugal for the getaway everyone deserves.