View of the Tejo river and 25th April Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal.

Why you should choose Portugal for Erasmus
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Are you planning to study in Portugal? Every year, the Portuguese universities receive hundreds of international students from everywhere in the world. It’s one of the most attractive destinations to get a degree or participate in an exchange program such as Erasmus. Students leave with unforgettable memories and unique experiences. 

Here are a few reasons why Portugal is such a great place for you to study:

 

Good weather

The Mediterranean climate is great for outdoor activities, and you will find yourself spending a lot of time outside. In the south of Portugal, there are about 300 days of sun per year, and usually, the Summer season goes from May to October, so you’ll have plenty of time to go to the beach. 

Praia de São Rafael em Albufeira, Algarve, sul de Portugal.

São Rafael Beach in Albufeira.

 

Low cost of living

In the past few years, the cost of living has been increasing, but Portugal is still one of the cheapest European countries to live in. You can enjoy some free museums, coffee for 0.60€ and meals for 5€. In Lisbon, there is a flea market every Tuesday and Saturday, called “Feira da Ladra”, where you can find everything from handmade goods, to clothes, books and antiques.

Mercado dos Lavradores, no centro do Funchal, ilha da Madeira, Portugal.

Farmers’ market in Funchal.

 

Excellent food

Portugal is a complete paradise for a foodie! The dishes are numerous and very rich, and the desserts are simply delicious. If you like to cook, there are a lot of markets you can go to, where you can find good quality and fresh products. 

Fabrico de pastéis de nata, tradicional doce português.

Portuguese custard tart.

 

Great universities

Portugal has some of the oldest universities in the world, with hundreds of years of research and teaching experience. You will be able to attend some of the most famous and well-ranked European universities, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn Portuguese, an official language in nine countries, spoken by over 250 million people.

Universidade de Coimbra, a universidade mais antiga de Portugal.

University of Coimbra, the oldest university in Portugal. Photo by @gabimf.

 

Fun everywhere

If you love spending time outside there are wonderful beaches and gardens you can go to, and even more outdoor cafes where you can relax and spend time with your friends. Indoors, we have a lot of museums you to explore, and if you like to have a drink or two, there are a lot of bars with all kinds of atmospheres.

Surf na praia de Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

Surfing at Figueira da Foz beach.

 


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Praça do Giraldo em Évora, Portugal.

6 places you have to visit in Évora
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Évora is one of the oldest and most enchanting cities in Portugal. Only 1h40 minutes from Lisbon, the city boasts Roman and medieval heritage, providing an interesting variety of attractions. It is the home for the second oldest university in Portugal, the University of Évora.

You can easily discover it on foot, appreciating the narrow cobblestone streets, the granite-wrapped arcades and the numerous squares. You can explore a lot by simply wandering around the centre and enjoying the traditional houses.

Whether you are living and studying in Évora, or just visiting the city, don’t miss these 6 places:

Praça do Giraldo

Évora’s 16th-century central square is the heart of town. To commemorate the aqueduct Água de Prata, a fountain with eight spouts was built on the square, with each of the spouts facing the streets leading to the square. It’s a place full of cafes and stores hiding under the arcades.

Praça do Giraldo em Évora, Portugal.

Giraldo Square.

Templo Romano

This Corinthian temple was built in the 1st century and is often considered one of the greatest and best-preserved Roman structures in the Iberian Peninsula. Right by the monument you can sit down, relax and enjoy a drink in Diana Garden while admiring the view of the city and the Alentejo landscape.

Templo Romano em Évora, Portugal.

The Roman Temple of Évora.

Sé Catedral

It is the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal and it has no parallel in the rest of the country.

This pink granite cathedral was built in the 13th century, and the Gothic, Manueline and Baroque architectural styles are clearly visible. You can visit the cloisters and go up to the rooftop terrace to enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

Sé Catedral de Évora, Portugal.

Sé Cathedral of Évora.

Capela dos Ossos

One of Évora’s most visited sites, this unique chapel is part of the church of São Francisco. Its main features are its walls, arches and pillars covered with bones and skulls from floor to ceiling. It was built in the 18th century due to the high number of cemeteries that were keeping the city from expanding.

Capela dos Ossos, Igreja do São Francisco em Évora, Portugal.

The Chapel of Bones, part of São Francisco Church.

Alto de São Bento

Less than a 10-minute drive from Évora is this beautiful viewpoint to the city, where you can have a picnic and enjoy the sunset. There is also a Museological Center, an educational project that promotes the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the place.

Vista do Alto de São Bento em Évora, Portugal.

View of Alto de São Bento.

Aqueduto da Água de Prata

This aqueduct was one of the greatest architectural challenges of the 16th century in Portugal. It is 18km long, and you can walk through trails all along and enjoy the natural landscapes. The stone arches go all the way into the city centre where you can observe houses and shops built underneath or attached to the aqueduct.

Aqueduto das Águas de Prata em Évora, Portugal.

Água de Prata Aqueduct.


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Woman eating Francesinha, one of the most traditional Portuguese dishes, by the Douro river in Porto.

6 traditional dishes you need to try in Portugal
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Portugal is a beautiful country to explore. From scenic landscapes to extensive sandy beaches, small villages and cities on hills, this country has it all!

And what you definitely cannot miss is the fantastic food. Refined for centuries and renowned around the world as tasty yet distinctive, you can find in Portuguese cuisine a lot of different options.

Even if you don’t stay in Portugal for a long time, make sure you don’t leave without trying these traditional dishes:

 

Grilled Sardines

Fresh grilled sardines are the best! Usually served with roasted bell peppers and boiled potatoes, paired with a tall glass of wine or a beer.

Sardinhas assadas, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Grilled sardines.
 

Francesinha

Francesinha is probably the most traditional dish from Porto. It’s a sandwich filled with different meats like ham, sausage, bacon, beef, and covered with melted cheese and (lots of!) sauce. It is typically served with a fried egg and french fries.

Francesinha, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Francesinha with french fries.
 

Baked Cod Fish

There are more than 1000 different bacalhau (cod fish) recipes in Portugal, and all of them are delicious! The one below is Bacalhau no Forno, and it goes great with white wine.

Bacalhau no forno, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Baked cod fish.
 

Polvo à Lagareiro

This is a very simple but popular dish. The octopus (polvo, in Portuguese) is first boiled and then roasted in the oven with a lot of olive oil and garlic. It is excellent with boiled potatoes.

Polvo à Lagareiro, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Octopus “à Lagareiro”.
 

Portuguese stew

Cozido à Portuguesa, or Portuguese stew, is one of the dishes with more ingredients in Portuguese cuisine. It’s a mix of slowly boiled meats, smoked sausages and a great variety of vegetables. Some people even add bread.

Cozido à portuguesa, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Portuguese stew.
 

Açorda

Açorda is a bread-based dish with poached eggs, boiled fish and fresh olive oil, garlic and cilantro flavour. Some variations of the recipe may use meat or seafood.

Açorda de peixe, prato tradicional em Portugal.

Fish açorda.

 


 
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Mockup do novo website e plataforma de acomodação para estudantes da Inlife Portugal.

We’ve launched our new website!
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After months of hard work and dedication, we are excited to officially announce the launch of our new website and online booking platform.

The launch coincides with the expansion of our operations into two new cities, Porto and Évora.

We designed this website to help visitors better understand Inlife’s services for students and landlords and provide a clear message of who we are.

Our goal is to keep supporting students to make a wise decision when choosing their new accommodation in Portugal. So we’ve improved the Housing Trip and added a new service – the first of its kind in the country – called My Inlife Advisor. Now our clients can decide between visiting the apartment or seeing it online, through a live video call. They can know the real conditions of the apartment before booking it and even get to know their future landlord and housemates.

Through our booking platform, we simplified and automated the entire reservation process, creating a safer experience for both students and landlords.

We will be continually updating our blog with company announcements, job openings and useful information for those who are moving to Portugal. Also, in the FAQ section, you can quickly find helpful information related to our service.

We thank our amazing team for making it happen and hope you like the new website!

If you have any feedback, let us know.

 


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