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Make business a pleasure in the Algarve

It’s the perfect destination for a working break

Why should off-site business events be a dull, relentless slog? If that’s what the company handbook says, tear it up and head for the Algarve. From architectonical heritage to traditional seaside villages, carnivals to castles and swimming with dolphins, the Algarve has everything to keep conference delegates and any accompanying partners happy.

The Algarve is a fabulous location to mix both business and pleasure with great weather all-year round, beautiful scenery, outstanding attractions and not to mention taste tingling local food. It isn’t a distraction. Far from it: relaxed and contented, delegates and employees find the ability to focus away from day to day distractions, encourage and build team spirit and get those creative juices flowing.

The dedicated MICE team at the Algarve Promotion Bureau has a host of event organisers to help find the right venue with the right facilities. From a small meeting for two or large corporate event for 100’s, the Algarve has something to suit every business need.

Event organisers will be on hand to suggest plenty of additional activities outside of the boardroom. For instance, teambuilding events include driving experiences, surfing lessons, water sports, inland safaris, golf, boat tours, cycling and walking adventures.

Algarve’s top 5 unusual venues, for business and pleasure;
Silves Castle: Become lords and ladies for the night at the Algarve’s best preserved castle. This ancient Moorish fortification affords breathtaking views from the ramparts and boasts eleven towers. Available for private functions and gala evening dinners, this breathtaking venue steeped in history is sure to make a great impression.

Loulé Market: Get inspired and creative at Loulé’s famous Saturday morning gypsy market or at the daily market in the Arabian style market hall on Praça da República. Browse and buy beautiful local handmade crafts to take home as mementoes of a successful trip. Companies can get in the team spirit with their very own version of Bargain Hunt!

Social events on golf courses: the Algarve is noted for its outstanding and award winning golf facilities, and local courses offer great corporate hospitality packages for groups of all sizes. They often say that the best business deals are made out on the golf course!

Lethes Theatre, Faro: a stunning former 17th-century Jesuit college turned tiny Italianate theatre holding concerts and many other cultural events, the theatre is a must visit for those in the region.   Beach events: the region is famed for its golden coastline and has award winning blue-flag beaches along the whole of the coast. Why not make use of it? Time a corporate visit to coincide with a big event in the calendar – or ask the dedicated regional organisers to arrange your very own beach party and beach team sports.

The Algarve has a broad range of stylish accommodation that will suit every corporate budget, from five-star luxury to golf resorts and chic boutique hotels, historic pousadas and self-catering options. There are direct flights from all major UK airports to Faro International airport, and flight times are only a little over two hours.

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