Airport Guide: Lisbon for Business Travel

Lisbon is one of the most colorful and exciting cities in the world, and Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) is no exception! This two-terminal international airport has been functioning since 1942 and it has a slew of restaurants, shops and services to keep you entertained while you're traveling through Lisbon for work. Even if you don't have time to leave the airport, you'll get a chance to taste delicious food and sample Portuguese culture. Here are some of the best things to do with a couple of hours in Lisbon Portela Airport:

Terminal 1

Post Office: Do you miss your family on your business trip and want to write and send a postcard home during your layover? Terminal 1 has a post office where you can do just that, so you can let your loved ones know that you are thinking about them in Lisbon.

Business Lounge: The business lounge in Terminal 1 of the Lisbon Portela Airport has facilities where you can get work done while you wait for your next flight. The business lounge has WiFi, phone lines and fax services, so you can get in touch with the people you need.

Clocks: If you feel like you need to unwind and relax after a stressful meeting -- or if you have a big deal that you recently closed -- celebrate at Clocks, whose tagline is "Happy Food and Good Spirits." You can choose from a range of International cuisines and get a drink from their full bar.

La Pausa: Is a layover in the Lisbon Airport the only time you're going to spend in Portugal? If so, you can sample delightful Portuguese cuisine at La Pausa Restaurante. This fancy restaurant is good for a layover with lots of time -- and for anyone who wants to know what fresh, authentic Portuguese food should taste like.

ANA Lounge: In the heart of Terminal 1 is the ANA Lounge, the perfect place to unwind, relax, and refresh on a layover in Lisbon. This 900-square-meter lounge offers visitors food and drinks, showers, computers connected to the Internet, WiFi, charging areas, private booths with reading lights and more.

Travel & Business Gate: If you need more travel accessories, like a new laptop bag, wallet, neck pillow, handbag or computer and phone charger, check out Travel & Business Gate. It's geared toward the business traveler, so if you're stuck in Lisbon Airport on a layover, it may have just what you need to get you through your trip.

Terminal 2

McDonald's: Sometimes you just need a quick meal you can depend on. For that reason, McDonald's in Terminal 2 is ultra convenient -- particularly if you have a short layover and just need to grab something on the fly.

Nespresso: Feeling tired after a long trip or need to be perky for your next destination? Check out Nespresso, where you can choose from a huge range of coffee and espresso drinks. You can also get a boost from one of their fresh pastries.

Servejaria: If you're feeling stressed about your upcoming business trip or you want to unwind on the way home, the spot to visit is Servejaria. Not only does the restaurant serve up authentic Portuguese cuisine, it also serves tons of different beers -- so you can down a cold one before you board your next flight.

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