Lisbon is systematically ranked among the best European destinations, combining a wide variety of history, sightseeing, monuments, museums, gastronomy and nightlife. The city receives more than 3.5 million foreign visitors per year, and there is a large and well-organized tourism infrastructure catering for all types of tourists and interests.

In addition to the city attractions, there are also a number of popular day and half-day tours, including for instance Sintra palaces and natural parks (30km away), Cascais/Estoril beachfront (30 km away), Silver Coast beaches (up to 1h away) and the Fatima sanctuary (1h away). There are many organized tours to these attractions, on a daily basis, which will be available to IM 2017 attendants and their families.

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Springtime is one of the best seasons to visit Lisbon, with sunny and warm days and mild nights. In May, average daily highs around 22ºC (72ºF) are expected with some occasional peaks close to 30ºC (86ºF). Most days will be sunny, with occasional showers (on average 8 days during the month).

Getting to Lisbon

All major cities in Europe (including intercontinental hubs) have multiple daily flights to Lisbon airport. Dozens of mid-sized European cities also have direct flights to Lisbon, served by major and low-cost airlines.

Lisbon has direct flights to major North American hubs in the East Coast. Travelers from North America can use these hubs or fly directly to Madrid, Paris or London and from there to Lisbon.

Lisbon is a popular travel hub to Central and South America, with direct daily flights to a large number of cities.

Lisbon can be easily reached from most Asian locations via Dubai, Istanbul or European hubs such as Frankfurt, London, Paris or Amsterdam.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Portugal is part of the European Schengen area, and Schengen rules apply to passport and Visa requirements for foreigner visitants.

Visitors from a large number of nationalities are exempt of Visa requirements.

For a complete list of rules and nationalities that do need a Visa please check this website.

Participants of IM 2017 Conference can generate their Visa Assistance Letters from IEEE Communication Society. Please follow the instructions provided in the IEEE Communications Society VISA Assistance service.