Learn Portuguese in Lisbon
Tuition of 15, 20, 25 or 30 group lessons per week,
special Easter course, summer course, private courses.
- 1 lesson: 50 minutes
- Minimum age: 17
- Schedule: from 9 AM to 3:00 PM.
depending on the program chosen
- Maximum 8 students per class.
- 25 lessons per week: 15 lessons group
tuition + 10 group lessons per week upon comprehension, conversation,
- If a student will be alone in a class
according to his level,
15 lessons will be replaced by 10 lessons
group tuition + 5 lessons in lab.
25 lessons will be replaced by 15 lessons group tuition + 10
- Easter or summer course: 2 weeks
maximum, 12 students maximum per class, beginner to intermediate
levels only, 15 lessons per week.
- All levels available
- School materials
- Multi media centre and library.
- Access to Internet and email
- Social and cultural activities. Some available to be
paid on the spot.
- Test and certificate of linguistic
Beginners must start on the following dates
below. Other levels, each Monday.
** Exclusive starting date
for Easter course.
*** Exclusive starting date for
School closing Dates
- Airport transfer one way, 49€.
Upon request: brazilian
portuguese, teacher training course, internship.
- Our prices are available
from January 1st to December 31st,
2013. These prices never include the
The seven hills of Lisbon:
Penha de França
S. Pedro de Alcântara
Currently, the city has an approximate area of 87.44 sq. km, and its
boundaries are, to the North and West, the Loures, Sintra, Amadora
and Oeiras coucils and, to the South, the Tagus river. Lisbon has an
Atlantic climate, with some Mediterranean influences. Due to this
characteristics, the thermal amplitude is rarely high, with lots of
sunny days even during the winter.
In the summer, Lisbon's average temperature is of 21 degrees
centigrade, in the fall 16.7 degrees, in the spring 14.5 degrees and
in the winter 10 degrees centigrade.
Some of the highest spots in town:
Monsanto Fort- 230,51 m
Alto da Serafina - 199,23 m
Montes Claros - 170,26 m
Campolide - 141,00 m
Rua da Artilharia 1, building number 102 - 138,09 m
Estrela Church - 137,26 m
Ajuda Palace - 122,93 m
Instituto Superior Técnico - 114,43 m
S. Vicente de Fora Church - 113,30 m
S. Jorge Castle - 112,33 m
Graça Church - 80,00 m
S. Roque Church - 60,00 m
PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO - CRUZ QUEBRADA
Praça do Comércio (or Terreiro do Paço) has been
described as Lisbon's reception hall and it is certainly one of the
finest squares in Europe. The name means "Palace Yard"
after the magnificent Royal Palace overlooking the Tagus, which was
destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1755. The open space is about
300 yards square and is bounded on three sides by arcade
eighteenth-century buildings specially built to house Government
offices, so that Terreiro do Paço is Lisbon's Whitehall. At the
northern end there is a Monumental Arch, giving on to the Rua
Augusta (Arco Triunfal). This Arch was included in on the original
design for the square made immediately after the Earthquake, but the
top part was only completed 80 years later and shows marked
nineteenth century influence. The architect was Verissimo da Costa
and the statues are by Camels and Victor Bastos. But the focal point
of the square is the mounted bronze statue of King Joseph I by
Machado de Castro which gives it the name of "Black Horse
Square" (Estátua Equestre de D. José).
One hundred yards due west of this square is the City Hall (Paços
do Concelho) built in 1874. It is worth visiting for its gallery,
its main hall and its many art treasures. The ingeniously carved
Pillory (Pelourinho) attributed to Eugénio dos Santos in front of
the City Hall was erected after the Earthquake. On the south side is
the old Marine Arsenal (Arsenal da Marinha) built as part of
Pombal's reconstruction scheme. Further west is the Cais do Sodré
with its Ferry Quay and the terminus to the Estoril electric
railway. A little inland is the Praça Duque da Terceira, a general
of the Liberal Wars, whose statue stands in the middle.
Keeping the same westward course we enter Avenida 24 de Julho,
Lisbon's great embankment, built at the end of last century. On the
south side, running parallel with the Avenue are the docks,
warehouses, offices and other installations of the Port of Lisbon
Authority, (Porto de Lisboa) stretching to Belém.
Look out, on your right, for the Rocha do Conde de Óbidos.
Its stately stairway leads up to the National Museum of Ancient Art
(Museu de Arte Antiga - Janelas Verdes) famous for its early
Portuguese paintings, including the triptychs by Nuno Gonçalves,
the Gil Vicente exhibit and other national treasures. Not too far
away, but due east, is the Abrantes Palace (Palácio dos Marqueses
de Abrantes), now the French Embassy. Immediately to the north of
this is the Madragoa where, by tradition, the fishwives of Lisbon
live. Further up the same hill and to the left you come to the Lapa
district, rich and residential. Here are most of the foreign
Embassies and Legations.
If you take the tram you will very soon reach Alcântara,
which is a picturesque though over-populated district. Nearby up the
hill to the north is the old royal Palácio das Necessidades, now
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. West of Alcântara, up the Calçada
da Tapada is Ajuda Park (Tapada da Ajuda), formerly a Royal Chase.
Within this park are the Institute of Agronomy and the Astronomical
Returning to the lower route and proceeding westward past Calvário,
the next place of interest is Santo Amaro where after a steep flight
of steps stands the church dedicated to that Saint (St. Maurus) rich
in azulejo (painted tile) panels and borders. Also at Santo Amaro is
the main depôt of the Lisbon Tramways on the grounds of the old
Conde da Ponte property. Remains of the original palace can still be
traced amid the conglomeration of tram sheds and offices.
Junqueira is the road that runs due west, with some fine
properties on the land side (Palaces of Conde da Ribeira, Burnay, Ágias,
Lázaro Leitão and others). Parallel to Junqueira runs the Avenida
da Índia which forms part of the "marginal road" which
extends all the way to Estoril.
Belém is the next stop. Here you must really get off your
tram or bus for there is a great deal to see.
The Belém National Palace (Palácio Nacional de Belém), a
former Royal residence built in the eighteenth century, is now the
official home of the President of the Republic. It is here that new
Ambassadors or Ministers present their credentials and where
official visitors are received. It has a picture gallery and
beautiful courts and gardens. Close by is the National Coach Museum
(Museu Nacional dos Coches), possibly the finest in the world, with
an incredible collection of State Coaches, mainly from the
seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Up the Calçada da Ajuda past the Colonial and Botanical
Gardens (Jardins Colonial e Botânico), past the miniature basilica
of Memory where the Marquis of Pombal lies buried, one then reaches
the imposing Palácio da Ajuda at the very top of the hill. This, a
former Royal residence, is a huge pile begun at the end of the
eighteenth century, continued in the nineteenth and never quite
finished. It is filled with most delightful early Victorian
furniture and fittings. the palace has a very valuable Library (Biblioteca
da Ajuda). Not far away stands the solitary Torre do Galo, a tower
without a church.
Belém - we are down to sea level again - derives its name
from the great church and monastery of the Hieronimyte friars (Mosteiro
dos Jerónimos), dedicated to St. Mary of Bethlehem. It is a
magnificent specimen of Manueline architecture - a blend of late
Gothic and Renaissance, very popular in Portugal in the sixteenth
century. The church is unique in the boldness of its vaulted roof
supported by decorated columns with spreading tops, and it is richly
ornamented with the navigation symbols which characterise the
Manueline style. The tombs of Vasco da Gama and Camões, the great
national poet, are in the church.
Standing in the river and forming a little peninsula of its
own is the Tower of Belém (Torre de Belém), a sixteenth-century
erection by Francisco de Arruda, also in the Manueline style. It was
built as a fort to guard the entrance to Lisbon and with its
balustrades, terraces, statues and balconies is probably the most
lavishly decorated fortress in the world.
On to Algés and Dafundo. The bathing beaches begin here. The
Vasco da Gama Aquarium is worth visiting for, besides fish, it has
an interesting collection of Portuguese fishing craft and nets.
At the very end of this route, at Cruz Quebrada, with a little
extra walking, you reach the National Stadium (Estádio Nacional),
stone built, scooped out of a side of a hill and sitting 60,000
PRAÇA DE COMÉRCIO - POÇO DO BISPO
We are back again in "Black Horse Square" for
another journey, this time due east. As you proceed along the Rua da
Alfândega with the huge pile of the old Custom House on your right,
you soon come to the Conceição Velha Church on your left. In
reality only the façade, carved in the best Manueline style is old;
it was saved form the Misericórdia Church destroyed by the Great
Earthquake and was re-erected here. The Casa dos Bicos, a sixteenth
century house built by Albuquerque the famous Viceroy of India is in
the Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, a little further on, on the same side. It
derives its name from the fact that the whole façade is covered
with little stone pyramids producing a decidedly prickly effect.
Up the Rua da Padaria, also on the left, is the way to the Sé
or Cathedral. This dates from 1147 when Lisbon was taken from the
Moors and it is Romanesque in its general lines though with some
Gothic additions form the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
Visitors should see the nave and the King Dinis cloisters, the
Bartholomew Joanne's Chapel and the Gothic Ambulatory and Chapels
built in the reign of Afonso IV. The Galilee and the outer wall
loopholed like a fortress should also be inspected.
Nearby is St. Anthony's Church designed by Mateus Vicente in
the eighteenth century. It is like a miniature Italian church in the
grand manner. It is the chief shrine of this popular Lisbon saint
and is served by a community of Franciscan Friars Minors
Returning to the tramlines and again climbing you come to the
Arco Escuro one of the old city gates leading into Alfama perhaps
the most tortuous and picturesque of the old wards of Lisbon. Look
out for the Jewry Wall (Judiaria), for the Tower of Alfama and other
Moorish remains; see the churches of S. Miguel and St. Estevão. The
Chafariz de Dentro (or "Fountain within the Walls") is in
main square of Alfama. This district stretches as far as St.
Vincent. Other ancient gates giving access to Alfama are the Portas
do Mar, the Arco de Jesus and the Arco do Rosário.
Back to sea-level and eastward again. The next interesting
building is the former Army Arsenal now the Military or Artillery
Museum packed with ancient weapons, armour, late mediaeval small
arms, old bronze cannon - the whole range of firearms from sixteenth
century to our own day; there is on room with the weapons of the
first World War and another with those of the Spanish Civil War.
Beyond Santa Apolónia, near the tram lines, is the huge
Convent of Santos-o-Novo, now a home for poor gentlewomen. It has
the largest cloister in Lisbon and was built in the seventeenth
But the finest ecclesiastical building in these parts of the
Madre de Deus Church at Xabregas - you pass it in the tram. It was
founded as a Poor Clare convent in 1509 by Queen Leonor, wife of
John II. The elaborated gilt carvings and the beautiful paintings
are the chief attraction but the visitor should also look out for
the Manueline cloister and the azulejo panels.
About half a mile from the tram terminus at Poço do Bispo is
the Municipal Museum in the Mitra Palace containing a fine
collection of Portuguese ceramics and pictures of Lisbon. From its
windows one can see the Tagus and busy lines of shipping and
lighters. It is fine to walk along the new quays and look over the
sparkling river towards on the flying-boat base at Cabo Ruivo which
did such good work during the last War.
Poço do Bispo is known for its many factories but you can
shake them off if you head northwards and upwards to Marvila, Braço
da Prata and Olivais. And from this higher ground the view of the
Tagus, at this point many miles wide, is superb.
DOWNTOWN - NEW AVENUES - BENFICA & LUMIAR
This time you start from Rossio, officially known as Praça
de D.Pedro IV whose statue stands in the middle (curiously, the
statue is said to be the one of Maximillian of Mexico - D. Pedro is
supposed to be in Mexico...). Of the old Rolling Motion mosaic
paving for which this square was famous there are only scant remains
around the statue and the two fountains. At the North end is the
Teatro Nacional D. Maria II. After São Carlos it is the finest
theatre in Lisbon.
Heading north we come first to the Praça dos Restauradores
with its obelisk in the centre and the Palácio Foz (built by Fabri
in the eighteenth century for the Marquis of Castelo Melhor), where
you can find a tourism information post.
The Avenida da Liberdade stretches north to the Pombal Square
(Praça Marquês de Pombal) with its monumental statue. In it is the
giant greenhouse (Estufa Fria) one of the sights of Lisbon. At
Pombal begin the Avenidas Novas (New Avenues), mostly residential
and all built in this century.
If you break away from Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo and
follow Avenida António Augusto Aguiar, you soon come to the Palhavã
Palace (Palácio Azambuja) now the Spanish Embassy. It was built in
the 17th century and is associated with John V who was once lodged
there. Along the Benfica Road on the right is Lisbon's fine zoo (Jardim
Zoológico) in the never-to-be-forgotten Parque das Laranjeiras. At
São Domingos de Benfica (well to the left, off the tram lines)
stands the Palace of the Marquis of Fronteira, famous for its
gardens with giant equestrian figures in azulejos and fine park. The
road to Benfica is bordered with large gardens and houses, some of
historical interest. Benfica itself has a fine parish church.
There are splendid modern buildings in Lisbon, as well as old,
as you will find if (instead of turning off at
António Augusto de
Aguiar) you go on to Praça Duque de Saldanha (even the statue in
the centre was set up as late as 1909) and along the New Avenue
district that contains the Mint (Casa da Moeda), the Technical
Institute, the Statistical Institute, the Filipa de Lencastre
highschool, all constructed in the twenties/thirties.
The Church of Our Lady of Fátima, off the Avenida da República,
is very much in the modern style. The sacred images and paintings
are also by modern artists.
A little further north, on the main avenue, is the Bull Ring (Praça
de Touros do Campo Pequeno) a huge edifice in the Moorish style, one
of the largest in the Peninsula.
In the same open space, on the south side, stands the
seventeenth century Palácio das Galveias, which belonged to the
ill-fated Távora family, exterminated by Pombal in the eighteenth
century. It is now a Municipal Library.
Beyond the Campo Pequeno is the Campo Grande, a long narrow
park with a lake with rowing-boats and bicycle track.
To the left of Campo Grande, at no. 245, is the Palace of the
Galvões-Mexias - said to have been built by King John V for one of
his mistresses. It is one of the finest examples of early eighteenth
century architecture in Lisbon and contains the City Museum.
At Lumiar if you turn to the left, you will come to the
Palmela Palace (Palácio de São Sebastião) and the Parish Church
of St. John the Baptist where the head of St. Bridget of Ireland is
kept as a relic.