Portugal

View of Lisbon   Beach in Algarve

Why Portugal?                                                                 Click here to view video

Portugal is the perfect destination, a welcoming and hospitable country, and at Pacific World Portugal, we are dedicated to ensuring your meeting, incentive programme, conference or event will run smoothly and leave a bit impression on anyone attending. The success of every visit relies on a vast array of suppliers and we select only the most reliable ones. We provide tailor-made programmes, and strongly believe that detail and inspirational touches are limited only by imagination. Only someone who loves his city, his region, his country, is able to provide the best, the unique things that Portugal has to offer. Above all, our ultimate resolution is to continually offer our clients, great customer service.

Inspiring Moments: New Perspectives

Meetings:  Organize a meeting at the Park of the Nations, the former site of the Expo 98, and a location with plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy panoramic views of land and sea.

Incentive: Take an inspiring tour through the mysterious Paths of the Romantic Castles and woods of Sintra and follow the footsteps of famous writers like Camões, Fernando Pessoa, Lord Byron.

Conference: An inspiring conference that includes wine workshops, secret sweet recipes and the uniqueness of the FADO song.

Event: Host an event at UNESCO’s unique Manueline Style Jeronimos Monastery and travel back to the XVIth Century accompanied by the scents of the spiced goods  brought by Portuguese Navigators to the white City.

Ancient Portugal, with its vivid collage of landscapes, is one of the most colourful places in Europe. Few countries can boast such a rich diversity of regions, ranging from the lush green valleys of the north and the stunning beaches of the south, to the vibrant capital of Lisbon and the volcanic islands of Madeira and Azores. Lisbon, known as ‘the white city’ thanks to its unique light, has a beauty that extends beyond its famed monuments and can be experienced on every street corner: a charm for all the senses. Boasting ultra-modern infrastructure and elegant old-world charm, Lisbon exudes an inviting warmth and geniality that most European capitals have long-since outgrown. Rich in history and culture, the region around the capital is one of the most diverse parts of Portugal. Porto, Portugal’s second city, is as popular today for its history and culture as it has long-been for its world-famous Port wine. Portugal is a country on the move, a place where a respect for tradition and culture is mixed with a forward-looking approach that is opening up surprising new horizons.

Offering good flight access, value for money and a modern 21st Century infrastructure, Portugal has long been a desirable destination for MICE planners and organizers. Blessed with a mild year-round climate, plenty of sunshine, excellent food and wine and some of the finest congress and accommodation facilities anywhere in the world, it has all the right ingredients for a successful conference, meeting or incentive programme. Portugal is renowned for its wonderful beaches, sunshine, beautiful countryside and historical cities – all of this creates the perfect environment to enjoy the very best in conference facilities, leisure requirements and entertainment venues. An interesting mix of modern and historic venues.  From the imposing Castle of Sao Jorge and the magnificent 16th Century Jeronimos Monastery, to the FIL fairground on the former Expo ’98 site of Parque das Naçoes and the new-look Lisbon Congress Centre with a capacity for up to 4,000 delegates. Rich in history and culture. Portugal provides extraordinary options for group itineraries and pre and post-event tours.

Golden, sandy coastlines. 832km of beaches, stretching from the Minho region in the north to the south-eastern end of the Algarve. A wide range of conference centres. Conference venues in Portugal come in many shapes and sizes and can hold any number of delegates, either for residential or non-residential meetings. A huge range of incentive programmes. From visits to old wine lodges on the south bank of the River Douro in Vila Nova de Gaia to surfing in the Algarve, Portugal offers a wealth of activities to suit any taste.

  • When should I travel?
Portugal’s high season runs from mid-June to mid-September, when temperatures across the country average around 27°C. In July and August it gets hot, particularly in the Algarve, the Alentejo and the upper Douro valley, where the mercury can climb to over 45°C.  If you’d rather skip the crowds (and the heat), consider a trip in spring, when the countryside is at its most verdant, or in autumn, when it’s still warm but the summer crowds have dispersed. During winter (November to March) the rains arrive, falling most heavily in the north and most lightly in the south (the Algarve gets near year-round sunshine), with a handful of places closing down. Travelling then, however, will net you substantial savings at many hotels, and you’ll see the country’s most traditional side.

  • Is it safe to travel and are there places to avoid?
Compared to other European countries, Portugal’s crime rate is low, but it is rising. Crime against foreigners is of the usual rush-hour-pickpocketing, bag-snatching and theft-from-rental-cars variety. Take the usual precautions: don’t flash your cash; keep valuables in a safe place; and, if you are challenged, hand it over – it’s not worth taking the risk.

  • What money should I take?
The currency is the Euro (EUR). American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, even outside cities, while petrol stations usually take credit cards and cash. There are ATMs (Multibanco) at most of the larger supermarkets and shopping areas in most towns with instructions available in English if required. You can also find Multibanco machines in every small town and even villages all around Portugal. You will be charged for an international transaction. Currency conversion booths spring up wherever there is a steady flow of tourists but, be warned, the closer they are to tourist attractions, the worse the rates they offer. Travellers cheques are readily exchanged. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros.

  • What language will they understand?
European Portuguese is spoken in Portugal with different dialects throughout the country. English is spoken widely in the main tourist centres.

  • How about my health?
Good health care is readily available and for minor illnesses pharmacists can give valuable advice and sell over-the-counter medication. Most pharmacists speak some English. They can also advise when more specialised help is required and point you in the right direction. The standard of dental care is usually good, but it is sensible to have a dental check-up before a long trip.

  • Public Holidays

2012
01 January New Year's Day
21 February (Carnival)
06 April Good Friday
08 April Easter Sunday
25 April Freedom Day
01 May Labour Day
07 June Corpus Christi
10 June Portugal Day
15 August Assumption
05 October Republic Day
01 November All Saints' Day
01 December Restoration of Independence Day
08 December Immaculate Conception
25 December Christmas Day

2013
01 January New Year's Day
12 February Carnival
29 March Good Friday
31 March Easter Sunday
01 May Labour Day
30 May Corpus Christi
10 June Portugal Day
15 August Assumption
05 October Republic Day
01 November All Saints' Day
01 December Restoration of Independence Day
08 December Immaculate Conception
25 December Christmas Day

  • Do I need a visa?
South African passport holders require a visa for entry into Portugal.

  • Will I need any innoculations before I depart?
No innoculations for Portugal are required.