This narrow strip of land is much more than Spain’s smaller cousin. It offers an enchanting variety of landscapes and a uniqueness that sets it apart from its neighbour , yet receives far fewer visitors than Spain.
Seaside resorts such as Lagos and Cascais sit alongside lush mountains, desert vistas and medieval villages to offer something for every visitor; while its ethnically-mixed people are proud of their heritage and welcoming to visitors, especially those who make the effort to learn Portuguese. If you’re planning to stay a while, it’ll go a long way to making you feel like “one of the locals”.
- Lower cost of living than nearby countries, but a good lifestyle
- Lisbon — the beautiful capital city full of gothic building and atmospheric, café-lined streets
- Parque Nacional da Peneda Gerês — waterfalls rage into emerald green waters, surrounded by this park’s stunning landscape
- Oporto — Historic city with fascinating architecture and a buzzing nightlife
- Lagos — it might seem like a tourist Mecca, but it has some beautiful beaches and a picturesque old town
Things you might not know about Teaching English in Portugal
- Although bull-fighting is a popular spectator sport in Portugal, it’s actually enshrined in the country's law that you cannot kill the bull
- The Portuguese are great explorers — Portuguese is an official language in nine different countries and is spoken by 230 million people
- The Portuguese are very green— Portugal has the world’s oldest commercial solar and wind energy plants
- Many of the streets in Lisbon are paved black and white. The black represents the holy attire of Saint Vincent, while the white symbolizes the outfits of the Crusaders who vanquished the Moors