10 BEST Things To Do in Lisbon

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10 BEST Things To Do in Lisbon.. whilst you learn Portuguese!

Lisbon is a beautiful city and there is always plenty to explore! The Portuguese capital is historical, charismatic and at times, chaotic. However, it is all part of its charm. You can lose yourself in Lisbon’s old neighbourhoods, eat the best pastries in the world, and catch the city’s spectacular sunsets. You can experience all of these activities in Lisbon whilst learning Portuguese.

Our list of things to do in Lisbon includes visits to world-class museums, local tram rides, and exploring the oldest bookshop in the world. We have also included a list of FREE things to do in Lisbon!

Cactus offers outstanding Portuguese language courses in Lisbon. If you have any questions about any of our courses please call us on +44 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our team of multilingual experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Language Holidays 50 Plus

Language Holidays 50 Plus

Language Holidays 50 Plus – Learn a Language at Any Age!

Language holidays are not just for school kids and people in their 20s. Being in your 50s or 60s is very different to what it was 20 years ago. People are getting younger (no, really), waiting longer to do certain things, and as a result want to have fun no matter what their age! Our Language Holidays 50 Plus are here to help you make the most of you time while learning a language and discover a different culture.

 

Language Holidays 50 Plus – Benefits and Activities

Learning a language, in the country it is spoken, with a group of like-minded people is a fabulous experience! Which will not only develop your skills but also give you the opportunity to put what you learn inside the classroom into practice outside of the classroom.

You can also combine a language course with other activities such as wine tasting, cooking classes, dancing, photography, art and crafts, cultural seminars and walking tours. The choices are endless and whatever combination you are looking for there is an option to suit your requirements.

You will meet people from all over the world of a similar age, looking for a similar experience – to learn a bit of the language, enjoy the culture and have a great time.

 

Language Holidays 50 Plus – Languages and Places

Our 50 Plus Language courses are offered in many countries across Europe and include English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. You can learn the language in an incredible city any time of the year. Here we show case just a few of language holidays 50 plus we offer:

 

50 Plus in Seville – Learn Spanish in Andalusia, Spain

Language Holidays 50 Plus

Take one of our 50 Plus Spanish courses in Seville, learn how to cook a proper Spanish paella, go to a Flamenco show and learn Spanish at the same time.

 

50 Plus Italian in Florence – Learn Italian in Tuscany, Italy

Language Holidays 50 Plus

Learn some Italian whilst discovering the art and history of Florence, not to mention the food and wine tasting sessions and a trip to a local vineyard.

 

50 Plus French in Nice – Learn French in Cote D’Azur, France

Language Holidays 50 Plus

Improve your French by taking a 50 Plus French course in Nice and enjoy the Provencal cuisine, the works of Matisse and the surrounding rural villages.

 

DISCOVER OUR LANGUAGE HOLIDAYS 50 PLUS COURSES

 

How to Book a Language Holidays 50 Plus Course?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process. Check the link to find more information about any of Language Holidays 50 Plus Courses.

For information on any of our language courses or Language Holidays 50 Plus, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have before you start a summer adventure.

 

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 23 different languages in 11 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and

A Portuguese Adventure – Between Lisbon and Porto!

Portuguese Adventure

A Portuguese Adventure – Travelling in Portugal!

Cactus’ team member Dorotea tells us all about her two week language learning adventure in Portugal, in her own words. Travelling between Lisbon and Porto while learning this incredible language – a Portuguese adventure!

 

Why did you chose to learn Portuguese and go on a Portuguese adventure?

Portuguese Adventure

My new year’s resolution was to learn Portuguese so I booked my first language trip to Portugal at the beginning of the year. In order to make the most of my two weeks away, I decided to spend one week in Lisbon and another in Porto, and to take a language course in both locations. This proved to be a prophetically sound idea, as the courses provided me with a structure around which to organise my sightseeing as well as the confidence to approach locals when out and about.

 

What did you do in your first week of this Portuguese adventure?

Portuguese Adventure

During my first week in Lisbon, I took a general course at the CIAL Lisbon. CIAL Lisbon is a great school located not too far from the city centre, which offers its students the option to either reside in a student house or to stay with a family, for those who prefer an immersive experience.

All of CIAL Lisbon‘s teachers are native speakers and fully qualified instructors, who truly have a passion for what they do. This is proven by the fact that in just one week at CIAL Lisbon‘s I went from speaking no Portuguese to being able to hold a basic conversation when meeting new people; had it not been for my teachers Herminia and Virgílio, this would not have been possible.

 

What did you think of Lisbon?

Portuguese Adventure

Despite being smaller than most European cities, Lisbon still has a somewhat cosmopolitan feel, as its decadent charm attracts tourist from the world over. CIAL Lisbon’s atmosphere contributed to this sentiment as every day I studied with students from Colombia, Japan, Africa, and Scandinavia. This made interaction all the more fun as we were challenged to communicate in class as well as during the afternoon activities organised by the school, such as wine tasting, visits to museums and gastronomic experiences in the city’s many Casas de Fado.

 

How was your experience in Porto?

Portuguese Adventure

In Porto on the other hand, my experience felt much more regional. I stayed in a lovely home in the suburbs and was greeted with open arms by Graça and Carlos, my Portuguese host parents.

The school, Oficina de Português, was perfectly located in the historical centre of Porto in Rua Santa Catarina. It is a much smaller school, however its tutors Ângela and Rita, are just as committed as those I met in Lisbon. While in Lisbon I acquired the basics in order to get by in Portuguese, in Porto I was able to consolidate this knowledge and tackle more difficult grammatical rules, as I had one extra hour of study per day and I went back to a Portuguese speaking home after class. I also benefited from one hour of private tuition in the afternoon.

 

Which city did you prefer in your Portuguese adventure?

Portuguese Adventure

As far as the two cities of choice were concerned, both Lisbon and Porto are characterised by a contemporary yet ancient charm; every ‘beco’ (corner) of the city oozes wisdom, every building tells a story.

One of the things I was most impressed by was its street art, which added to rather than detracted from the beauty of its surroundings. As I spoke to many locals, they explained to me that the ‘murais’ have come to be considered ‘arte urbana’ (urban art) rather than meaningless graffiti. Their presence adds to the social and political identity of the city. This was a shared sentiment both in Lisbon and in Porto.

In Lisbon, I was provided me with the excitement of being in a larger, more international city. As for Porto, its bell towers and Romanesque cathedrals gave me a sense of tradition and history, as I felt I was travelling back in time. The excitement of the former was therefore well contrasted by the tranquillity of the latter.

 

How did you find the Portuguese people?

Portuguese Adventure

My Portuguese host mother Graça, making Pizza for me on my last night in Porto (I am Italian!)

Much of the positivism and determination that encouraged me to learn the language came from the incredible hospitality of the Portuguese themselves, which is difficult to put into words. From the moment I arrived in Lisbon to the moment I was driven to the airport in Porto by my Portuguese ‘parents’ who waved goodbye to me as I walked through security, I felt incredibly looked after and accepted, in a way that I didn’t expect. I am therefore extremely grateful for a trip that exceeded my expectations, for the extraordinary places I got to see, and for the warmth and the kindness of the people I was met with.

In Portuguese, the expression ‘ter saudades’ means to have a longing; to miss something or somebody. Upon my arrival in Porto, Graça told me that once you have visited Portugal, you will always feel saudade. Having been and left, I can confirm that she was right.

 

How to Book a Portuguese Course and start your own Portuguese Adventure?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process.  Check the location links to find more information on our Portuguese courses and start your own Portuguese adventure.

For information on any of our Portuguese courses, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have before you start your Portuguese adventure.

 

BOOK YOUR PORTUGUESE COURSE TODAY

 

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 23 different languages in 11 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Why Smart People Book Now

smart people book now

Why Smart People Book Now for September and October

September and October are some of the best months of the year to travel in Europe – that’s why smart people book now! The weather is fantastic, not too hot but the sea is still warm and the evenings balmy.

The crowds of July and August have significantly reduced, and most importantly, you can get some of the best deals around at this time of year. Flights are cheap, accommodation plentiful – but only if you book now! So save yourself some money by booking ahead and give yourself something fabulous to look forward to. Here are our top picks for September and October.

Looking to go abroad soon? Why not Download our Free Language Kit?

 

Spanish in Barcelona

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People are still hitting the beach in Barcelona well into October and by booking now you can get affordable flights and have a place to stay in central Barcelona that is close to the school and the beach – you will be able to make the most of your free time whilst discovering everything Barcelona has to offer, from the tapas bars of El Born, to the funky shops of Gracia.

Spanish courses in Barcelona from €175 per week

 

Italian in Rome

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Rome is beautiful throughout the year but it is even more beautiful when you can actually see the Trevi fountain rather than just a hoard of tourists. And this is exactly what visiting in September and October offers. Enjoy the eternal city like a local – explore Mercato dei Fiori, go gelato hunting and have some of the best pizzas of your life!

Italian courses in Rome from €235 per week

 

French in Montpellier

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Close to the beach, Montpellier has beautiful French old-town charm and it also has the benefit of being in the centre of one of the best wine regions. Learning French in Montpellier will allow you to experience a young, dynamic city and if you choose homestay accommodation you will be having a true cultural immersion and leaving you plenty of change to spend on cheese. And wine.

French courses in Montpellier from €230 per week

 

Portuguese in Lisbon

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The Portuguese capital will still have plenty to offer as summer lasts until October! Discover Lisbon’s old neighbourhoods by hoping on Tram 28, try the world-famous pastel de nata in Belém, hit the beach and learn Portuguese in Lisbon whilst the days are still long and the temperature warm.

Portuguese courses in Lisbon from €285 per week

 

How to Book a Course?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process. Check the location links to find more information on the our courses.

Looking to go abroad soon? Why not Download our Free Language Kit?

For information on any of our courses, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.

 

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 10 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

The Best Portuguese Schools in Portugal

Best Portuguese Schools Portugal

The Best Portuguese Schools Portugal

The best way to start learning Portuguese or to improve your Portuguese is by fully immersing yourself in the language in a Portuguese speaking country. From Portugal to Brazil, Angola to Macau (China) there are many exotic locations to choose from. For many people Portugal is the best place to learn Portuguese, so our team of experts has put together a list of the Best Portuguese schools Portugal, including schools in Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve.

 

Best Portuguese Schools Portugal: Lisbon

Best Portuguese Schools Portugal

Lisbon – Saldanha: located in the ‘uptown’ Saldanha neighbourhood, in a beautiful historical building, this school has over 50 years of language teaching experience. The school is accredited by Instituto Camões, which gives you peace of mind and assurance that the courses and teaching are of the highest quality. The school also offers accommodation options within a short walking distance from the school, making your studies and life in Portugal even more convenient!

The school is surrounded by cafés and bakeries serving the most amazing pastries, and popular attractions such as Calouste Gulbekian Museum, are close by. The school will take you on wine tasting workshops, surfing lessons, and to a typical ‘fado’ restaurant. You will be immersed not only in the language but the culture too, and this is one of the key reasons Saldanha makes our top 3 Portuguese schools in Portugal.

 

Best Portuguese Schools Portugal: Porto

Best Portuguese Schools Portugal

Central Porto: The city of Porto is edgy yet opulent and you will find this school in the heart of the city. A small school, the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, offering accredited courses in comfortable classrooms. The teaching is communicative, enabling you to start speaking Portuguese from your very first lesson.

This school is just a short walk from the Douro River and Ribeira neighbourhood, which means there are many things to do – right on the doorstep of the school. Taking advantage of this the school offers a great social activity programme and you can find a wide range of shops, cafes and restaurants just close by. This is a great choice to explore Porto and the north of Portugal!

 

Best Portuguese Schools Portugal: Algarve

Best Portuguese Schools Portugal

Central Faro: This school located in Algarve is accredited by EAQUALS and Instituto Camões and offers affordable Portuguese courses for all language levels. The school offers a dynamic and friendly atmosphere making it a great choice for beginners and advanced learners alike.

The school is located in the heart of Faro on the sunny Algarve and close to the beach.  There is much to explore in and around Faro. You can walk around the busy marina, enjoy one of its serene parks or visit great museums and charming churches. This city has something to offer for everyone and is an ideal destination for any Portuguese learner. So study Portuguese in one of our best Portuguese schools Portugal in Faro.

 

BOOK YOUR PORTUGUESE COURSE TODAY

 

How to Book a Portuguese Course?

Please check our How to Book page for more information on the simple secure and easy online booking process.  Check the location links to find more information on the Best Portuguese Schools Portugal.

For information on any of our Best Portuguese Schools Portugal, please call us on +44 (0) 1273 830 960 or contact us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.

 

Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French