All students and American staff were sent home on March 19, 2020, due to COVID-19.
The information below was accurate from May 2018 to March 2020.
We do expect to provide a more powerful and European life coaching experience once we reopen in 2021.
Beaches, surfing, sailing, scuba, ocean biology & sunshine.
Full lessons and certifications available to build your resume, self-efficacy and healthy lifestyles
From Lisbon, trips throughout Portugal, Spain and beyond are within reach.
All within six hours - depending on student goals, trips to Lisbon, Porto, Madrid and surrounding areas are just hours away.
Formal education, internships, experiences ...
Work hard, take advantage, opportunities abound!
Whatever the options that you choose, take full advantage!
With fast-paced changing political environments, we are all connected.
Never before has global citizenship become more important.
The Cascais/Estoril is part of the Portuguese Riviera region. It is located between the large city of Lisbon and the forest of Sintra.
It is a beautiful area to be explored; English is widely spoken, public transportation is efficient and easy to navigate, with beaches, forest, art, history, and adventures of every kind including sports, surfing, hiking, biking, etc.
Our primary residence, the House of Light, is located in Estoril, with its lovely sandy beaches and Cascais nearby, Lisbon is easily reached by train ride in 20 minutes or by car (20km). Sintra castle is a 20 to 25 bus ride away. Within a short walk, there are plenty of useful services including pastry shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, bakers, restaurants, and banks, among others.
First of all, Estoril and Cascais are two cities but to the outside eye, they are one. So, we use them interchangeably.
Daily life includes everything that you expect from living at home. Grocery shopping, doing your own laundry, cooking, working out, sports of all types, surfing, sailing, paddle boarding, sea kayaking, learning Portuguese, Spanish or French, etc.
Students live in a beautiful quiet neighborhood's. The primary home, called the House of Light, has a private swimming pool, seven bedrooms, and five bathrooms, multiple family rooms, outdoor kitchen area, etc.
The Cascais and Estoril area became famous during World War II as a safe haven for European nobility and spies. The beautiful chalets defining the landscape are a remnant from this era. Its microclimate is a constant attraction all year round, with mild winters and warm summers.
The Cascais Marina, with its boats, restaurants and buzzing night-life is a 5-minute drive or a pleasant 20-minute stroll along the seaside.
The center of Cascais is 3 km away, with its restaurants, shops, marina, and cosmopolitan life. The coastal area of Cascais has superb beaches, social opportunities, and a charming old town with a rewarding history.
Sintra, a world heritage site with its palaces, castle, and gardens set in a mountainous forest with ravishing views is a scenic 15-minute car ride and also accessible via public transportation.
Within 10 minutes there are several choices of the latest films in their original languages with over twenty screens in four local cinema complexes. Summer brings international festivals; classical ballet and music in Sintra, jazz in Estoril, and fireworks over the ocean in Cascais.
Lisbon is 20 minutes away. With easy access to the public transportation system, some world-class historical, arts, educational, and cultural sites make repeated day trips easy. Lisbon boasts world heritage sites, and a rich cultural, culinary, arts, history, and let's just say, its a really cool city.
Other day trips include the Knights Templars’ castle and chapels at Tomar and Batalha, as well as the ancient university town of Coimbra.
Beaches – The ocean is 500 meters away from our primary student housing. With public and personal transportation, there are numerous beaches and coastline. Each beach has unique and rewarding views and opportunities.
Guincho beach, world-renowned for its beauty and surfing, is eight kilometers away. Many other sandy beaches are close by, each with its individual character. Less than half an hour’s drive north along the coast several beaches are well worth exploring, as are some excellent fish restaurants.
Golf – Portugal is a paradise where the weather allows the golfer to play almost every day throughout the year. Every golf course offers new and stunning landscapes, backed up by excellent services and facilities. The internationally renowned Estoril Golf course is less than 2 km away. There are six courses close by, with plenty to offer the newbie who is just learning and advanced player alike. Golf lessons and other opportunities are provided to Pacia Life students.
Weather - Portugal is a mild climate. Sunny in the summer, with a welcome and refreshing breeze off the sea and mild winters. The windier months are July and August. Spring and Autumn are mild, ideal for exploring the rich history and sightseeing. Rainy days can occur in winter, but it is rarely cold.
Living in Cascais
Daily living includes:
The city of Cascais
Two housing options
A beautiful, private residence with private swim pool, work out room, etc.
For students who are ready for more independence and long-term living, we offer additional housing options.
Swimming pool (seasonal)
Work out facilities in your home
Gardening boxes for a farm to table fresh foods
Within 10 to 20 minutes
International colleges (some of which have classes in English)
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches
Golf at one of eleven golf courses. Here are two that we like:
Full-service equestrian grounds with riding trails and competition arena
Within 20 to 60 minutes
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches
Sintra-Cascais Natural Park – A beautiful mountain forest
The city of Lisbon
International Universities (Some classes are in English)
Museums, Arts, History
Every type of sport, adventure, recreation
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PARC is a college preparation, college preservation, and skills acceleration support model for traditional, non-traditional and hybrid academic programs customized to each student’s needs. Portugal is one of the locations we offer PARC.