Living in Lisbon guide

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Our selection of articles for expatriation in Lisbon

Leisure in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, is one of Europe's most historical and symbolic capitals, offering a wealth of history ...

Things to do in Lisbon, alone, with your partner or with friends

Lisbon is a vibrant city where you are not likely to get bored. Leisure activities are many, and there's something for all ...

Gastronomy in Lisbon

Any expat about to settle in Lisbon will have heard about Portuguese delicacies: pastel de nata, of course (custard tarts, in ...

Sports in Lisbon

After a couple of weeks of dining on delicious Portuguese food, sipping fresh, homemade vinho verde (green wine) and snacking on ...

Renting options in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, offers a variety of jobs and generous opportunities, making it a very popular city with ...

Accommodation in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, offers jobs and opportunities, making it a very popular city with expats in Portugal. With a ...

Buying property in Lisbon

So, you are finally in Lisbon! You have a flat, a job, and your life is moving forward quickly. Well done! If you plan to settle ...

Neighbourhoods in Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon! You have finally moved to the Portuguese capital, and it's time to pick one of the lovely, tile-decorated ...

Understanding the work culture in Lisbon

Congratulations! You moved to Lisbon, and you've also landed your first job in the Portuguese capital. As a digital nomad ...

Working in Lisbon

Lisbon is Portugal's capital and is also the largest city in the country. The Lisbon province is the richest province in the ...

The labour market in Lisbon

A thriving destination for tourists and expats alike, Lisbon's labour market is the best it has been in years, with a low ...

Studying in Lisbon

Does the promise of an affordable lifestyle with fantastic weather and brilliant food connect to your wish of furthering your ...

Student life in Lisbon

So you have found the perfect University in Lisbon and got accepted. Congratulations! It's time to start packing and ...

Transportation in Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal's capital city, has a wide range of transportation options, making it extremely easy for new arrivals to get ...

How to adjust to the local culture in Lisbon

So, you are finally in Lisbon! You have a flat, a job, and your life is moving forward quickly. Well done! Here are a few tips to ...

About Lisbon

What’s the weather in Lisbon like?

Yes, everything you hear about the weather in Lisbon is accurate. One of the sunniest capitals of Europe, the city is blessed with over 300 days of sunlight every year. The winters are mild, and temperatures rarely drop below 5 ºC during the day -- even when the rain strikes (watch out for the slippery pavements!). From April onwards, expect the average temperature to be above 20 ºC, peaking at 40 ºC or higher in July and August. Buildings remain fresh during the hot days thanks to the insulation, but you might need an electric heater during the cold season -- most houses do not have central heating (though some have fireplaces).

Lisbon’s scenery, nature and beaches

Living in Lisbon means you are never more than 30 minutes away from the beach. Cascais, Estoril and Carcavelos are some of the places accessible by public transport -- and most Portuguese people love a soak in the sun! Expect the beaches to be crowded, with establishments charging you for sunbeds in premium locations. And do not be mistaken by the heat: the Atlantic waters near Lisbon are very chilly! If you are willing to travel further and cross the Tagus river, Costa da Caparica is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

There are few parks and gardens in Lisbon, but nature lovers looking for hikes should take the train to Sintra (1h away) or Setúbal (1h30) and explore the National Parks there. Head to one of the famous miradouros (viewpoints) if you want an astonishing view of the city and the river.

Social life in Lisbon

Lisbon can be a very lively city! Bairro Alto is one of the leading destinations for restaurants, bars and clubs -- very popular with tourists as well. The alternative scene can be found around Intendente or Anjos, especially at Casa Independente or Regueirão dos Anjos; or venturing towards Belém, a historic area renovated to attract younger people -- they meet at LX Factory, a hub with bars, restaurants, and shops below the postcard bridge (25th of April). Most places close their doors at 2 am and chances are, if you're partying beyond that time, you will end up at Pink Street in Cais do Sodré -- a street mainly of clubs and cabarets that only close their doors at 4 am or later.

Quality of life in Lisbon

Life is very chilled in Lisbon. Yes, it is the capital of a European country, but it only has about 450 million inhabitants, and that clearly reflects on the lifestyle. The slow pace and relaxed attitude make it ideal for people who are tired of the big metropolitan chaos and want to enjoy the simple pleasures of life (good food and drink, pleasant conversations, and lots of sunshine) while in a capital city.

Cost of living in Lisbon

Compared to other European capitals like Paris, Berlin or Madrid, living in Lisbon will cost you much less. In fact, it is estimated that the cost of living in Lisbon is lower than in 80% of other cities in Western Europe. This makes the city very popular with students, recent graduates, new businessmen and more. With that, salaries in Lisbon also tend to be lower than in other European capitals.

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