This Lisbon Guide is for all those who are thinking to live and work in the Portuguese capital.
In recent years, the city has gained great prominence as a work destination for people from all over the world. This is mainly due to its economic revival and its growing creative and startup scene.
Lisbon Guide: living the city
Lisbon is Europe’s most western capital. The geography and weather of the city and the proximity to the beaches make it an incredible place to live and, for example, to learn how to surf. But beyond its natural attractions, there are other reasons to live in Lisbon:
Leading centres of startups in the world
Portugal’s capital is one of the leading startup cities in the world. The city offers a good dynamic for those who want to launch a new business, with favourable legislation, incentives, and exemptions.
Safe, tolerant, and open city
Lisbon is one of the safest cities in Europe, with a very low crime rate. It is also a very liberal city where many cultures have coexisted for centuries until today. You are sure to find your place in this city. Many Portuguese speak English and although they may be shy at first impact, they are very talkative and friendly.
The food is one of the strongest points in any Lisbon Guide. Treat yourself to the flavours and portions served in the city’s restaurants. Sardines, cod, and seafood are some of the main culinary attractions. And don’t forget the famous Pastel de Belem for dessert. A meal in an average restaurant will cost you around €15 approximately. In a mid-range restaurant, this can go up to €50 for two.
Lisbon is a city that has nightlife until the early hours of the morning. Bairro Alto is one of the most popular areas of the city, full of bars and restaurants open until late. To go out at night, you can choose the areas of Alcântara, Cais do Sodré or Santa Apolónia where you will find several discos such as Sabotage, Musicbox or Lux.
Accommodation & Cost of Living
The average rent for a flat in Lisbon is like other European cities: approximately 1100 euros per month. The city offers a wide choice of mid-to-long-term rental properties available throughout the neighbourhoods, the vast majority of which require a one-month deposit. The best neighbourhoods to live in are Alvalade, Avenidas Novas, Campo de Ourique, Chiado or Príncipe Real.
Lisbon is one of the most affordable cities in Western Europe, allowing you to live comfortably without splashing the cash. Moreover, all the best things about Lisbon will not even cost you a cent: the friendly people, laid-back lifestyle, amazing weather, and lovely beaches.
Ways to go around
Here are some options for getting around the city:
- Tram: there are both historic and modern trams in the city. It can be a good option to visit the historic quarters but, normally, the trams are crowded with tourists.
- Train: the train connects the city with the beaches of the Cascais area or the town of Sintra. It is also an easy and comfortable option to travel around the country.
- Buses and Metro: The bus and metro network cover the entire city and it is easy to move from one place to another. The monthly transport pass costs 30 euros.
- Taxi or Uber: You will find that taxi rides in Lisbon are particularly cheap. You can also book an Uber to move from one part of the city to another.
Apart from transportation options, you can easily explore the city by walking or cycling. The city already has a good network of cycle paths and a shared bike system called Gira.
Lisbon Guide: Finding a Job
In Lisbon, there are more and more opportunities for workers from all over the world, with startups, technology companies and customer service centres. Therefore, an international profile is increasingly a trend in Lisbon, working on-site or remotely.
Opportunities at Teleperformance
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