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Squeeze a Little Vacation into Your Business Trip at The European Summit Lisbon

Published on February 27 2018

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For the first time the spring edition of The European Summit takes place in Portugal, Lisbon, between 2 and 5 March. Some were even saying that Lisbon might become Europe’s Silicon Valley. These are great words and although may be perceived as an overstatement, at least we can all agree that Lisbon will become the European Adult Industry Mecca for a couple of days.

Portugal is rich in talent and diversity and in particular its capital, Lisbon has become currently one of the most vibrant startup ecosystem in Europe. With four tracks across 2 days + newest product presentations, The European Summit is absolutely packed with high quality content and a lot of seminars and opportunities to network under the sun.

Handpicked speakers will bring you the best possible lineup with the most diverse range of expertise so you can be up to date at one of the most prominent adult and entertainment industry get-togethers! Without saying more, the name of Charles Ngo speaks for itself in affiliate marketing industry. Don’t waste the opportunity to hear how he became one of the most successful marketers. 

Mixing business with pleasure

More than this, with its world-class restaurants, excelling in seafood, Portugal’s reputation for style and long pedigree in art and culture, make it an attractive choice not only on the business scene, but also high in the top on every discerning weekend-breaker’s hit-list.

So, even if the main purpose of the summit is to meet networking affiliates, developing and maintaining superb inter-personal connections, we know everyone looks forward to the fun part as well.

Mixing business with pleasure can be tricky because it requires delicate balance and tactful strategy, but BitterStrawberry is here to give you some tips!

Staying indoors constantly doing your elevator pitch in a giant pavilion for two days straight is not only unnatural, but not fun. We know that the conferences are usually challenging and that you might need an extra portion of fresh air to achieve your full potential the next days, so why not making some time to explore the city. And with its great weather, countless cultural things to see and do and a superb nightlife and food, Portugal may just be the one city you don’t want to miss.

Lisbon attractions

Lisbon is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and for good reasons, too. The capital city of Portugal boasts of gorgeous architecture, gracious people and great traditions that speak about its glorious place in world history.

But some of its best features are in the everyday – spectacular hilltop vistas in Alfama or at St. George's Castle, pleasant year-round weather and friendly locals. To enjoy these, bring some comfortable footwear and a pocket map of the public transit system, or just hop on Tram 28 to see it all. Plan on spending a half-day to a full day exploring the waterfront neighborhood of Belém, or maybe plan a daytrip to the palace-heavy Sintra, located 20 miles northwest of Lisbon.

For Lisbon in particular and awesome-sauce views, we also recommend you to see the Arco da Run Augusta, Chiado, Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, and Miradouro das Portas do Sol. The views of the city and the water are unearthly.

Top 5 foods to try in Lisbon

Lisbon is a European capital filled with new-wave Portuguese cuisine and bustling street markets. With smart new restaurants offering new-wave Portuguese dishes, old-style establishments serving classics and plenty of bars and food markets, it’s the perfect foodie destination.

So, if you want to have a taste of Lisbon, together with your partner don’t leave the city before trying:

  • Polvo à lagareiro (octopus roasted in olive oil) - If there is one thing the Portuguese never stint on, it’s olive oil (azeite).
  • Alheira - These smoked sausages have a true backstory - they came about in the 16th Century, when the Jewish community were hiding from the Portuguese Inquisition by pretending to have converted to Catholicism.
  • Cozido à Portuguesa (Portuguese stew) - It is the favorite dish of many Portuguese as it's traditionally eaten as Sunday lunch.
  • Queijo de Azeitão (Azeitão sheep’s milk cheese) - The Portuguese are fanatical about cheese, mostly sheep cheeses, which tend to be the most interesting, plus the stinker ones.
  • Peixe e marisco (fish and seafood) - Apart from eating a lot of meat, the Portuguese take advantage of the 800-kilometer coastline and eat beautifully fresh fish and seafood. The best way to eat fish is simply grilled over charcoal
  • Bachalau (Cod Fish) - The most famous one is with sour cream. Bachalau con Nata. If you want to eat like a Portuguese for one day, you should definitely try this one.  
  • Pastel de Nata. A very good pastry product. The one from Belem is the original one and the most famous.

Don’t miss Fado Music

Ask any Lisboan and they’ll tell you that of one the city’s must-do experiences—and most seductive charms—is to thread the capital’s twisting alleyways, slip inside a steamy restaurant or bar and listen to Portugal's soulful national soundtrack: fado music. Fado is the musical expression of the Portuguese people. It’s a mirror of our identity, culture, and history, and you won’t hear it anywhere else.

Networking

But Lisbon is more than its touristic places! It is also considered as one of the best places to work in Europe, so if you’re looking for networking events in Lisbon, whether you're a local, new in town, or just passing through, you'll be sure to find something on Eventbrite that piques your interest.

You can contact them and go to one of their meetings. Get to know them and see what you can learn from them and what experiences you can share. You can also continue to stay in touch and do business even after you leave town.

All in all, we are looking forward to going back to Lisbon and enjoy exploring the city, or as they say in Portuguese, “Aproveite o que a cidade tem para lhe oferecer!”

 

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