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Events Guide Lisbon
Lisbon is a cool city that is slowly growing into itself. It’s one of the cheapest places in Western Europe and is perfect for those interested in eating, drinking, and getting out to new places. It’s steep, colourful and ideal for short visits. We’ve put together a Lisbon travel guide to show you the highlights of the city.
The Weather in LisbonLisbon is quite consistent throughout the year. In July and August, you’re looking at an average high of 28°C. So pretty hot. What makes it perfect is the Atlantic breeze that comes under the mammoth The Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge.Spring and Autumn are delicate, averaging at a pleasant 18-23°C. Even in the winter, the average low is 8°C in January.
When to Go?Lisbon is a city of four seasons. And before you go, it’s important to know that the Lisbon that you visit will be different depending on which season you choose to go. If you would like to experience the city with fewer tourists, the best time to gois Spring or early Autumn. If you want to experience the best of the nightlife, Summer is for you. Spring is all about carnival. Lisbon’s growing Brazilian population have brought Rio’s carnival culture with them and into the streets of the city. And boy, you’re in for a treat — the festivities last 4-days and flood the city with life and cheer. The party season starts in June and lasts through the Summer. The highlights are their numerous rooftop bars and music festivals like Out Jazz, NOS Alive, and Super Bock Super Rock Then there are the city’s Summer traditions. For example, they have a festival devoted to the single people of the city. This festival celebrates Saint Anthony, the matchmaker. It works quite simply; single folk give their crush sweet basil as a gift. But, the end of the night is for everyone. It’s just another excuse for a good party to the Lisbonites! Autumn is special as the weather is still favourable, but you have the bonus of it being quieter. As for Winter, you won’t need to wrap up too warm. And they have lots of nice indoor activities, so no need to fret. The Time Out Market is worth a visit. It attracts some of the country’s top chefs and is an excellent communal setting to learn more about Portugal’s cuisine. Or how about a trip to the aquarium? The Oceanário de Lisboa has four different tanks showcasing the four maritime climates of our world.
Public Transport?So you’ll be flying into Portela Airport, aka Humberto Delgado Airport, aka Lisbon Airport. Happily enough, low-cost airlines fly here. It’s only 20 minutes from the city centre, and you can get there via the metro. Easy peasy. Some cities have metro maps that give you a sore head at first sight. Lisbon has four lines, which means you don’t need to take half an hour to make sense of the network map. To make things easy, each line has its own colour and is named after the terminal station. The metro is operational from 6.30am to 1am every day. You can get a 24 hour pass for only €6 and a single costing you €1.90. The most extensive coverage is the bus network; it covers the whole city and is only €1.80 for a single. The bus can take you to the airport, and also serves areas and municipalities outside the city like Cruz Quebrada, Linda-a-Velha, Alfragide, Odivelas and Prior Velho. A great symbol of Lisbon is the Cacilheiro ferries. The city sits on the river Tagus, and has three ferry stations, all connected to the bus and metro networks. The Cacilheiro will take you to the southern bank of the river to places like Cacilhas, Seixal and Montijo and only costs you €1.25 for a single!
Trams in LisbonYou’re probably asking yourself, why do trams get their own section outside of public transport? It’s because they deserve their own section. A single is stepp at €3, but they’re worth it for the experience. These charming old things have been in operation since 1873. As it stands, it’s currently made up of six lines. The system has a length of 31km, and 63 trams in operation. There are 45 historic Remodelados, 8 historic Ligeiros and 10 modern articulated trams. Their dedication to their old trams is much appreciated. The Remodelado trams are from the 1930’s! It’s a happy accident that many of the streets of Lisbon are too tight for the newer, bigger trams. If you want to see the tram network at its most magical, you need to get to Alfama. The tram lines here are the world’s steepest. The little single carriages gently push through the historic and overhanging buildings, creating the perfect picture frame. You’ve probably already seen photos of the No. 28 tram. It’s devastatingly nostalgic. It’s made of wood, and the horn is rarely silent. Just make sure you’re not one of the absent-minded pedestrians that get in its way!
Where to Stay?Lisbon sprawls out far and wide. But thankfully, the main tourist and action districts are close to each other and are easily navigable. If you fancy living in history, the district of Alfama might be for you. It’s one of the oldest and is a mess of hidden alleys, side streets, and unique apartments full of character. Its biggest blessing is also its biggest curse – the streets are steep. The challenge is worth it, though. Lisbon’s centre and beating heart is Baixa. The buzzing downtown district stretches from the main avenue, Avenida da Liberdade, right down to the grand picturesque riverfront, the Praça do Comércio. With buzzing cafes and terraces across the many squares, Baixa is quintessentially European. Almost all of this area had to be completely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755. It is now a testament to neoclassical architecture, however. Rossio is the main square of Baixa and a jewel of the area. The Art Deco shop fronts are the subject of many pictures and many astonished faces.The shop fronts can’t grab your attention for too long, though. Rossio is full of prominent street performers, and many side streets are begging to be explored. Perfect for a meaningless stroll. If you want to see, taste or imbibe the good life, Avenida da Liberdade is the place to be. It’s a mile long, indulgently wide, and lined with palm trees. You’ll find some of Portugal’s most expensive real estate here. It’s where embassies rub shoulders with consulates, who rub shoulders with the fanciest designer shops Lisbon has to offer. On one gentle slope, you have the area’s signature park, Parque Eduardo VII, and on the other end, you have central Baixa. Magnificent. Above the old town of Almada is Bairro Alto. The High District. It spreads across the hill and has held the reputation for being the city’s bohemian quarter for a long time. When you get there, it’ll become more apparent. The streets are tightly packed, there’s lots of intriguing street art, and there’s no shortage of bars, restaurants and boutiques. Let’s be upfront about it. This isn’t the place you come for a quiet night’s sleep. When the sun goes down, there is a 100% chance of running into street parties, especially on hot summer nights. If this sounds like a bit of you, however, then Bairro Alto is waiting for you to book up!
Cuisine in Lisbon?They say you should try the food in every city you visit. But, in Lisbon, you really must. Lisbon’s rich cuisine is partly due to its history as a trading town; diverse ingredients and traditional recipes seep through the city as a result. Then you’ve got the fresh fish that the city and the country are just crazy for. The Bacalhau fish is Portugal’s darling. So much so, they say you could cook it every day and never use the same recipe twice. That being said, one particular recipe is king: Bacalhau à brás. Think shredded cod, fried potato, onion, scrambled eggs, black olives and chopped parsley. We dare you to find a restaurant in Alfama that doesn’t have Bacalhau à brás on its menu. Expect to see a lot of pork and clams in Lisbon eateries. Take Carne de Porco Alentejana, for example. It’s a delicious dish that heavily features both. The sauce has a starring role, with everyone’s favourite ingredients, including coriander, paprika and white wine. If you’re lucky, you’ll be in one of the restaurants that throw pickled vegetables into the mix. If you’re feeling adventurous, how about some grilled octopus, or as the locals call it, grilled polvo? Keep an eye out for Polvo à Lagareiro, one of the nation’s favourite dishes. It’s served with grilled potatoes, garlic, and olive oil. The linguists among you could have guessed that already, as lagareiro is a word derived from the olive oil-making If you want to eat like a local, you need to try a bifana. It’s a simple sandwich of sauteed marinated pork in a crispy roll. It’s common to see locals having it with bright yellow mustard and a Portuguese lager. Maybe order some fries on the side if you’re still hungry? In some restaurants, they emphasise minimal dishes with all sorts of crazy ingredients. But on the street, it’s as stated above. If you need an idea of where to get them, follow the locals. If you see a crowd, there’s probably bifana there. You’ll often find folk eating them on their feet, so don’t be surprised when you don’t find a table and cloth waiting for you. In Spain, they have tapas. In Portugal, they petiscos. Just like their Spanish friend, they are small bar snacks you get with drinks. When you’re in Lisbon, you can expect to try things like octopus salad, cod fritters and snails. Have you got a pen and paper to hand? Good – note this phrase down: Lulas recheadas à lisbonense. It translates to “stuffed squid of Lisbon style”. This is the city’s most iconic dish and a seafood lover’s dream. Imagine squid stuffed with garlic, onions, sausages and parsley and baked to perfection. Portuguese dinners are usually 3-4 course affairs. But we’re sure you won’t have a problem with this! And at least you won’t have to choose between all of these tasty options.
Wrapping UpLisbon is a steep, colourful, bold, and gregarious place to be. It’s on the edge of the continent, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Looking back, we think that what makes Lisbon an excellent place for a corporate event is that it’s not the typical place to host one. We hope this Lisbon travel guide has woken up the explorer in you. The city is a guaranteed go-to to freshen things up.
FAQ for event venues in Lisbon
Certainly! The Portuguese capital has a lot to offer to business travellers. Aside from a picturesque environment, there are plenty of delicious restaurants to try. Lisbon was ranked the 2nd best city for the number of association meetings in 2019 by the International Congress and Convention Association. If you need some inspiration, then check out our favourite meeting spaces in Lisbon.
A conference space hosting up to a 100 delegates can range between €1300 to €3000 for full-day hire. Food and beverage, technical support, and staffing are additional costs that might apply.
Let’s say that you are looking to stay in the city around June. Expect to pay between €61 and €125 for a single night. These prices vary between 2 to 4-star hotels.
With us? Not at all. We are a diverse, international team. English is preferred, but we can also assist you in Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. Within Lisbon, Portuguese is the most spoken language, but English is also widely accepted. Especially within the leisure and tourism sector.
Yes! We work with venues all across the country. Porto, Faro, Braga, and Coimbra are examples of cities where we are active. Feel free to ask, and we will help you to find the perfect venue for your event.