MotivAction’s Travel Solutions Manager, Joy Lewis, was fortunate enough to travel to Lisbon, Portugal recently. Here is her story:
I recently had the opportunity to spend a few days in and around Lisbon. Not sure what to expect, I was completely astonished and amazed with my experience. Lisbon isn’t typically at the top of most client’s destination lists, but with so much to see and do, it should be on everyone’s bucket list!
Below is a list of reasons why Lisbon is a potential top travel destination.
- The people of Portugal are lively, warm and adventurous. The locals are a happy group of individuals who work endlessly to make tourists feel at home and safe.
- Lisbon is the second oldest capital in Europe (after Athens). Its history is rich with ancient Romans and people from remote corners of the world settling and making Portugal their home. The influence from many cultures is visible in the building architecture, historical sites and food.
- There are many exciting modes of transportation for sightseeing around the city. Trams, tuk-tuks and GPS-guided GoCars are all unique ways to see different areas. And why not take a ride on a boat and view Lisbon from the water? Beautiful and idyllic, the coast provides breathtaking views.
- Castles and palaces are abundant throughout Portugal. One of the most beautiful and renowned buildings is the Quelez Palace in Lisbon, commissioned by the 18th century King Dom Pedro III. The ornate palace has been compared to the Portuguese version of Versailles with baroque architecture and stunning gardens. Incentive and meetings could use this space as a welcome reception or award gala. Waiters in costumes, quartets playing in the background and docents to provide guided tours, all create an unforgettable evening.
- Wine was produced in Portugal as early as the days of the Roman empire and has been exported throughout the world by each civilization that gained control of the land. Portugal has a big variety of local wines, producing a wide variety with distinctive personality. Small, family-owned vineyards are in the hills right outside of Lisbon. Charming and fun to visit with family led tastings and tours.
- The food in Lisbon features a wide variety of seafood; from lobster, tuna and shrimp, to the traditional cod, the food is sure to impress. Dried and salted, cod was kept for months without spoil prior to refrigeration. It is said there are more than 365 different ways to cook cod, one for every day of the year.
- Although the currency is the Euro, the dollar will buy more in Portugal. Luxury hotel rates are some of the lowest in Europe, food and beverage is extremely affordable and, of course, the wine is almost as inexpensive as water!
With all of this to consider, we believe Lisbon is a potential top travel destination and should be considered for your next excursion.