Our Portuguese courses in Porto provide an extraordinary cultural and linguistic experience. Our programme includes tailor-made language lessons with a private tutor, homestay accommodation with a Portuguese family and a programme of activities that helps the participants to discover more in-depth the rich diversity of the Portuguese culture and lifestyle.
Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe and has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
It is the second largest city in Portugal with a large metropolitan area extending to the Atlantic Ocean coastline.
Porto is a marvellous city to explore with many historical monuments and places of interest such as the Museum of Contemporary Art. It is a rather hilly city and fairly small in size. So most of the main landmarks and sights are within walking distance. But the metro’s network is very good and it can take you to almost any major points of interest including the airport for a few euro.
Porto has charm, character and old traditions
You will enjoy its pretty old town, old fashioned street cafés, the markets, the restaurants, the beachside cafés, the Douro River riverside, parks and gardens. And if you’re a book lover, you will adore spending time at the famous Livraria Lello, which is one of the most visited bookshops in the world. This is a must see book store located in a beautiful building with mixed architectural styles including Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco elements.
Porto is also home to the legendary Port wine. The Douro wine region is one of the oldest in Europe and is most famous for the production of this unique sweet wine. Big names such as Sandeman, Calem, Delaforce, Taylor’s and many others offer fascinating visits and tours of their cellars. You’ll be shown how Port is made and given the opportunity to learn more about its history, making process, and trade.
If you feel like exploring other interesting areas outside Porto, we suggest a day trip to Foz, Braga, Guimarães, Douro Valley, and Aveiro (the Venice of Portugal).
You will love Porto for its authenticity, humbleness, and its “feel good” vibe.