Preparing for your trip to Portugal
Having previously hosted conferences in Lisbon, are glad to provide you with any assistance you need. We hope you find the following basic information useful.
Traveling to Lisbon
Lisbon International Airport (LIS) is very well connected within Europe, especially also with major intercontinental hubs, offering connecting flights to all parts of the world. The conference location can be reached easily from the airport by public transportation. Please contact us for detailed information.
Staying in Lisbon
We are happy to provide a list of hotel or hostel accommodations arranged by price level.
Nationals from some countries require a visa to enter Portugal. Once a paper is accepted for the conference, we will provide the appropriate letter of invitation.
The conference venue is located in Parque das Nacoes, which is the modern part of the city that was built for the Expo in 1998. It is a great place to go for a walk along the river Tejo and enjoy modern architecture.
But when in Lisbon, you should also definitely visit the historical center. For example, visit Miradouro de Santa Luzia above the historical neighborhood of Alfama to enjoy a stunning view of the river Tejo and the Alfama neighborhood below with its labyrinth of narrow streets and small houses. Alfama is also a great place to enjoy traditional Portuguese music in one of the many Fado restaurants.
You may also enjoy a ride in a historical tram, whose net covers the historical center of the Lisbon.
Other places to visit in the city center are Praca do Commercio, Baixa, and Chiado with its chick, small stores. Or take the historical Elevator of Santa Justa to reach the higher Carmo Square (Largo do Carmo).
We also recommend a walk along Avenida da Liberdade - the main avenue of the city - which connects Baixa with the Square of Marques de Pombal and Parque Eduardo. From the top of Parque Eduardo you may enjoy a good view of the city.
Another nice part of Lisbon is Belem, the location of the famous Tower of Belem, which is located in the river, Jeronimous Monastery, and the Tropical Garden of Belem (Jardim Agricola Tropical). While in Belem, make sure you try a Pastel de Nata, which is a typical sweet pastry that originated in Belem.
Do you enjoy food? If so, Lisbon is the right place for you. Portuguese cuisine knows more than 1,000 ways to prepare Bacalhau, which is dried, salted codfish that is watered before preparation and is one of the most typical Portuguese dishes. You may also enjoy duck rice (arroz de pato), Portuguese meat and sausage stew (Cozido a Portuguesa), or a wide selection of fresh fish (for example, Dourada grelhada). The list of possibilities is endless and would exceed the scope of this short description. For now we just would like to mention the availability of many Brazilian “rodizios” in Lisbon – for those who enjoy meat.
The Surroundings - Inspiration for Daytrips outside of Lisbon
Cascais: Stay a bit longer in Portugal and explore the surroundings of Lisbon. We can highly recommend a visit to the seaside town of Cascais with its nice beaches. You may reach Cascais by suburban tains departing from Cais do Sodre station in Lisbon (it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to go to Cascais from Lisbon by train). In the city center of Cascais, nearby the train station of Cascais, you may find beaches with relatively calm waves, inviting for a swin in the ocean. There are also many restaurants in the city center of Cascais. You may enjoy a walk in Cascais's Parque Marechal Carmona and visit Museu Condes Castro Guimaraes (also located in Cascais's Parque Marechal Carmona) or nearby Casa de Santa Maria.
Guincho and Cabo da Roca: You may also consider renting a car in Lisbon. Go to Cascais via motorway A5 (it takes about 30 minutes by car) and pay a visit to the center of Cascais (see description above). After visiting the center of Cascais, take the car to Guincho, which is a beach world-famous among surfers. Even if you aren't a surfer, it is worthwhile to visit Guinch with its stunning surrounding landscape and dunes. Then continue the trip to Cabo da Roca - the westernmost point of Continental Europe.
Sintra: Just 30 minutes from Lisbon, Sintra's historical center is worth the visit. You find many old mansions in Sintra. While in Sintra, you should visit the Cafe Piriquita and some sweet pastries. There are many souvenir shops in Sintra. On the hills above Sintra you may visit the old Moorish castle or the Palace of Pena.
Historical Tram at Lisbon Cathedral
The Tower of Belem
View of Alfama from Miradouro de Santa Luzia
Seaside town of Cascais: Casa de Santa Maria
Cabo da Roca (a daytrip from Lisbon)