Living and Teaching English in Portugal - Habits, Customs & Curiosities

Thanks to its Mediterranean climate that ensures plenty of sunshine year-round, Portugal has long been a popular destination for international tourists.

The warm weather and the laidback lifestyle also ensure that Portugal attracts many EFL teachers, although the numbers are considerably less than the more crowded markets in other countries in the region such as Italy and Spain.

The following guides should provide an insight into the country, its people and culture to help you decide if it is a good option for you.

As well as basic travel advice, you will find guides to the capital city, Lisbon, and the famous beaches of the Algarve region in the south of the country.


Travel Tips for Portugal

As a modern European country with a Mediterranean climate, delicious cuisine and a long cultural history, Portugal makes a great destination for teaching English abroad.
Learning a few of these simple words and phrases before you arrive will be well worth the effort as all attempts to use the local language are greatly appreciated.
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This brief guide has a few tips on where and when to go and some of the fantastic local specialties to try once you get there, such as salted cod and the famous custard tart called Pastel de Nata.
Among the useful cultural tips to remember are that it is normal for dinner to begin as late as 10pm and for guests to arrive 30 minutes late.

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Lisbon Travel Guide

As the capital and largest city in Portugal, Lisbon has the highest demand for EFL teachers in the country.
The Alfama District is the oldest part of the city where you will find many historical attractions and a great selection of bars and restaurants lining the cobblestone streets.
Other attractions in the area include the picturesque town of Sintra and the glorious scenery and beaches around the town of Sesimbra.
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If you find yourself living and working in the city you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and attractions as Lisbon is not only the oldest city in Western Europe but also one of the more affordable.
During your stay you are sure to enjoy many nights listening to traditional Portuguese music while sampling the local food and wine.

SOURCE: www . travioor . com/destinations/portugal/lisbon

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Fun Facts About Portugal

If you plan on heading to Portugal to teach EFL there are many things you should research before setting off.
Did you know that Portugal produces 70% of the world’s cork supplies or that it is home to the longest bridge in Europe?
Before you arrive in Portugal it is a good idea to be familiar with these famous personalities as they are likely to come up in conversation with local friends and colleagues at sometime during your stay.
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While these random facts are not part of that essential research, they are still interesting things to know about your new country of residence.
The Portuguese are famous throughout history as ship builders, sailors and navigators, but did you know that they also invented the Ukulele?

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The Algarve Beaches

Located on the south coast of Portugal, the Algarve is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations.
From the huge and hectic Praia de Faro which offers all manner of watersports and plenty of places to eat, to the peaceful Praia da Armona which can only be reached by boat.
Whatever kind of beach you prefer you are sure to find it in the beautiful Algarve.
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With over 200km of coastline stretching from the Spanish border in the east to Cape St.Vincent in the west, visitors can enjoy dozens of glorious beaches of all shapes and sizes.
The Praia da Marinha is also very popular due to its spectacular cliffs and crystal-clear water that have been used as the backdrop to several TV shows and advertising campaigns.

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Surfing in Portugal

With nearly 1,000km of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is one of the best countries in Europe for surfers of all levels of experience and ability.
For beginners there is always at least one surf school located on each of these popular beaches where you can learn to ride with the help of a seasoned surfer.
Many record-breaking surfing feats have taken place here and at its peak it is not for the faint-hearted.
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From the city of Espinho in the north to Sagres in the south, there are many options to choose from offering a full range of conditions to enjoy.
Veteran surfers might want to head to the beach resort of Nazaré which is famous for its huge waves.

SOURCE: www . momondo . com/inspiration/best-surfing-spots-in-portugal/

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