Once a sleepy fishing village, today's Cascais greets visitors from around the world as one of the richest playgrounds in Portugal. Meeting venues in Cascais lure delegates with the largest casino in Europe, world-class hotel facilities, quaint cobblestone streets and brightly painted buildings. With the lush Sintra Mountains to the north, popular beaches to the west and a strong maritime economy, Cascais is more than just a Lisbon suburb.
Cascais, on the Costa do Sol, is about 16 miles from Lisbon Portela Airport. The taxi fare from the airport to hotel meeting venues in Cascais is approximately $44.
Reflecting Lisbon's rise as a major MICE destination, the Atlantic Pavilion, 16 miles from Cascais, is the premier meeting venue in Lisbon. The high-tech arena can accommodate up to 16,000 delegates.
World-class hotels offering superb meeting venues in Cascais include the 192-room Hotel Cascais Miragem. This 5 Star hotel features the largest meeting facility in the Lisbon area with 18 conference rooms and two banquet halls. The 124-room Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa, once an Italian palace, offers 5 Star service and 16 multi-purpose rooms for up to 450. The luxurious boutique Hotel Albatroz Cascais, 44 rooms, has seven flexible meeting spaces that overlook the sea.
Event venues in Cascais include the superb facilities of the Casino Estoril, which can accommodate groups of 1,000 in the Black and Silver Room, seat 385 in an auditorium or cater to 900 in the Jezebel Nightclub after the business of the day has ended. (The casino also features an art gallery, live concerts and cabaret shows.) Other event venues near Cascais include the World Heritage Site Casa dos Penedos, a romantic palace that can set up a tent in the garden for 400 and has six rooms for up to 1,000. Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval, 7 miles north of Cascais, is ideal for presentations, offering two auditoriums that seat 967 and 272.
Reflecting its long association with the sea, Cascais offers gourmet dining options for small groups at Fortaleza Restaurant, where the menu features French cuisine with a Portuguese twist. The private dining venue at The Private Mix caters to 30 with terrific sea views. With its terrific coastal views, Albatroz Restaurant is ideal for a buyout for 100.