CIAL Lisbon is located in a 1910’s classified building in the centre of Lisbon, near Saldanha Square. The school offers high quality year round Portuguese courses in all levels, in small groups or in...
Learn Portuguese in Lisbon, Portugal!
Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and one of the oldest cities in the world, predating London, Paris, and Rome.
It also contains the longest bridge in Europe, which crosses the Tagus River and is 11 miles long. There are many sites to visit while studying in Lisbon, like the Belem Tower, a monument to the “Age of Discovery” and departure point for the famous Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama, and the Jeronimos Monastery with its wonderful architecture. And lining Lisbon’s historical boulevards are many Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque buildings.
Lisbon contains several districts, each with its own defining features. Alcantara and Bairro Alto are known for their restaurants and stylish bars; Chiado for theatres, museums, cafes, and shopping; Estrela for its gigantic church, the Estrela Basilica. Parque das Nacoes is a new district with a modern, contemporary feel, created during the city renovations for Expo ’98. Visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world, famed for its outstanding design which recreates various ocean ecosytems.
Getting around Lisbon is easy and fun!
You can explore much of the centre on foot or take one of the famous yellow trams, a popular form of transport introduced in the 19th century and one of Lisbon’s historical features.
For the full Lisbon experience, a visit to one of the legendary cafes is a must. Or try local cuisine at a traditional Portuguese restaurant. Popular dishes include Bacalhãu á Gomes de Sá (cod casserole), Cozido Portuguesa (Portuguese Stew) and Piri-Piri spicy chicken.
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For evening entertainment, Lisbon has a lively and diverse bar scene. It is also gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s club capitals, with young people from all over the world visiting the city specifically for its nightlife. A visit to one of the bars on Lisbon’s Fado circuit is a must to hear these soulful, traditional songs that tell tales of longing and the sea. There is even a museum dedicated to Fado.
Perhaps to experience the true passion of the city, watch a football match between the two local clubs, Sporting Lisbon, and Benfica, where the support is immense! Or head for one of the many sandy beaches within easy reach of Lisbon and try a spot of surfing or windsurfing.
Lisbon is an ideal destination to learn Portuguese, offering a fascinating blend of historic and modern European culture.