Discover Portuguese cuisine and the gastronomy of the Algarve.
CIAL organizes dinners in typical restaurants where you will find the smells and tastes of the full 200km of the Algarve in one central location.
At the school there are frequent tastings of the Algarve´s delicious regional sweets, made with almond and fig, which are rooted in the region's rich Arabic history, along with the famous almond liqueur, a traditional drink from the Algarve.
What our students say. Testimonials from around the world!
Jillian Jaclyn WaechterSwitzerlandCial school is perfect if you want to surf and learn Portuguese.
John StillUnited KingdomThe lessons were interesting, informative and well structured. I feel that I made good progress in a short time.
Johanna BehrensGermanyThe course had a very good quality, very fast progress and the teacher answered all the students’ questions.
Simon EinsteinSwitzerlandI was very pleasantly surprised. Great teaching method. I was happy that the teacher spoke only Portuguese with the class.
Anne-Marie ParentCanadaBoth of my teachers were not only highly qualified but also very nice and interesting. I would recommend the school and the teachers to friends and colleagues.
Mackenzie CoolyUnited StatesBest language course I have ever taken. Hermínia is kind, generous, intense and an absolutely excellent teacher!
Braden ReynoldsUnited StatesVery professional. Janaina is a great teacher. I also learned a lot during the outings and walks with Miguel.
Ester Gutiérrez RuizColombiaVery good, I enjoyed the lessons with Madalena. I hope to come back and will recommend you to my friends. Thank you!
Ruri TakahashiJapanLearning here was a lot of fun!! All teachers are great and very nice. Thank you!
José-António FemeníaSpainIt is always a pleasure to be back in CIAL!
Zachary StoebnerUnited StatesI very much enjoyed the school, the classes and the experiences. I couldn’t ask for more: it was the best part of being here.
Mildred MbiraKenyaI liked the way the professors were teaching and the students learn very actively. I came at zero level and now I am leaving knowing a lot of Portuguese.
Ian McKelvyUnited KingdomI would definitely recommend CIAL and will return soon, I hope. You successfully mix learning with fun – which is so important.
Isabel BaldwinUnited KingdomThe school has really helped me improve and dramatically increased my confidence to speak Portuguese.
Juan José GonzalezColombiaIt is great, you can do sports in Lisbon, go surfing with Cial and join cultural activities.
Nina HochstrasserSwitzerlandI really like it that we are in small groups, there aren’t many people in each group. This is very good to learn, to be able to speak a lot and learn the language even better.
Pedro Quintero GonzalezColombiaThere are people from all over the world, from many different nationalities.
Ben BorowieckiUnited KingdomThank you CIAL for a wonderful experience! I made some of my best friends at CIAL and learnt a huge amount in a short time.
Christina SchoepeGermanyThere are very good teachers. Teaching is of a high level. I come back every year.
Federica ZeppieriItalyEVERYONE is extremely professional and nice! They not only teach the Language, but also provide useful information about the cultural life in Lisbon.
Valentina ZabolotniaiaRussian FederationGreat language school, top professionals! I totally recommend it.
Daisuke IshiiJapanAt Cial there is a good environment to learn Portuguese.
Camilla KinderlövSwedenHigh quality on everything. Really good teachers overall. Highly Recommend!
Janina SildEstoniaIt was a very nice experience! Even in one week I got the basics. We talked a lot, which was good.
Maria Cristina ManittaItalyI really enjoyed everything and also want to thank the teachers for their help!