There are a few things that make a place incentive-worthy: delicious cuisines with a strong regional bond, sights that just cannot be found anywhere else and the ability to attract corporates from the far ends of the budget. Portugal ranks in all of these — and it is not just one city shadowing other less-visited destinations.
Although Lisboa remains a must-stop on itineraries, head 3 hours north and you will find the beautiful cultural hub of Porto, where port tastings are a must-do. If you are looking for ancient ruins and enough castles to fill a volume of photo albums, head to Sintra: The Pena Palace remains a favorite, with its bold colour palette that is best seen against a sunrise or sunset. In the South, see the pristine beaches of the Algarve, or hop on a quick plane ride to Madeira, 4 islands off the western coast that are known for their volcanic terrain and botanical gardens.
Facts & Figures:
Area: 92,212 km2
Population (approx.): 10,5 Mio
Phone Dial Code: +351
Time Zone: UTC (Madeira -1h, Azores -2h)
Weather: Mediterranean and oceanic