There are many excellent opportunities to get in involved in expat groups in Portugal. Part One of our guide lists Expat, Political/Commerce, Cultural, and Sporting/Theatre groups.
Expat social groups
Americans in Portugal
Americans in Portugal meets regularly, often with guest speakers or roundtable topics. They also run cultural trips and charitable activities throughout the year. Most luncheons are open to guests as well.
British Community Council, Lisbon
The British Community Council, Lisbon, brings together English speaking people from many walks of life to enjoy a wide variety of social, sporting and cultural events and helps support many charitable organisations.
The Royal British Club
Address: Apartado 126, 2765 Estoril
Tel: (+351) 21 468 1712
Fax: (+351) 21 468 1674
International business and social club. They arrange social events throughout the year e.g. barbecues, summer dinner/dances, pub quiz nights, charity raising balls, day trips etc. They also run business-sponsored lunches monthly in Lisbon.
Political / Commerce
The British Embassy and Consulate
Address: Rua Sao Bernardo 33, 1249-082 Lisboa
Tel: (+351) 21 392 4000
Fax: (+351) 21 392 4188
The British Embassy in Lisbon represents the interests of Britain and the British Government in Portugal. The British Consulate looks after the interests of British Nationals visiting, or living within the Lisbon Consular district which comprises of Lisbon, Evora, Beja, Faro, Coimbra, Guarda, Leiria, Portalegre, Santarém and Castelo Branco. Also included are the autonomous regions of the Madeira and the Azores Archipelago.
British Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
Address: Rua da Estrela n.8 1200-669, Lisbon
Tel: (+351) 213 942 020
Fax: (+351) 213 942 029
With over 500 members, the British-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1911, is an independent, non-profit organisation that sets out to promote the interests of its membership in respect to commercial links between businesses in the United Kingdom and Portugal. They achieve this mainly through a programme of networking events and by making available a number of very useful business services.
Address: Rua Luis Fernandes 1-3, 1249-062 Lisbon
Tel: (+351) 21 321 4500
Fax: (+351) 21 347 6151
The purpose of the British Council is to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK and other countries and increased appreciation of the ideas and achievements of the UK.
The British Historical Society
Address: St. Julian’s School,
Quinta Nova,2766-601 Carcavelos
Tel: (+351) 21 458 3903
Founded in 1937, the society offers membership, a library and trips to places of historical interest.
St. Andrew’s Society
Address: Edificio Turinta – Rua Marques de Pombal, 347, Murches, 2755-247 Cascais
A non-profit organisation, the St. Andrew’s Society’s aims and objectives encompass promoting, maintaining and extending interest in Scotland and in the Scottish culture and its heritage. To further these ends, the Society organises recreational and cultural events during the year.
The English Speaking Union of Portugal
Address: British Council Rua Luis Fernandes 1-3, 1249-062 Lisboa
Tel: (+351) 21 390 5428
The English-Speaking Union’s first aim is to bring together and empower people of different languages and cultures. It draws upon the knowledge and efforts of its many members in Britain, the United States of America and in over fifty other countries around the world to offer networking opportunities and to build skills and confidence in communication.
The Lancaster Lodge
Tel: (+351) 91 3064 061
Lancaster Lodge is a Masonic Lodge under the English Constitution and welcomes visiting Masons from other constitutions recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England
The Royal Society of St. George, Lisbon Branch
Address: Rua Fernao de Magalhaes, 2755-224 Alcabideche
Tel: (+351) 21 487 1303
The society’s aim is to further English interests by spreading knowledge of English history, traditions and ideals. They also hold celebrations for English traditional holidays.
St. David’s Society
Tel: (+351) 21 397 8600 / 21 28 943 2956
The St. David’s Society’s aim is to promote, maintain and extend interest in Wales and the Welsh culture and heritage. Membership is open not only to all persons of Welsh descent but also to anyone with connections to Wales or an interest in Welsh or Celtic affairs.
Sporting / Theatre
The Lisbon Casuals Sports Club
Address: Qta. Nova de Sto. Antonio,
Tel: (+351) 21 457 6684
The Lisbon Casuals is a well-established multi-sports club based in the grounds of St. Julian’s School at Carcavelos on the Estoril coast.
The Lisbon Players
Address: Rua da Estrela no. 10,
Tel: (+351) 21 396 1946
The theatre group Lisbon Players was founded in 1947. It is a group open to people of all nationalities with interests in theatre and theatre skills. All members are unpaid.