Lisbon, Portugal Contempo-Collab takes place in gorgeous Lisbon, Portugal. With its vibrant, talented dance community, reasonably-priced accommodations and food, and lovely weather - Lisbon is a dancer's dream.
Class Location: All classes will take place at Little Big Apple Studios in Lisbon. Little Big Apple is just a block from a major stop (Olaias) on Lisbon's clean, efficient, and safe subway system, and the studios are equipped with sprung-floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, and lots of light.
Where to Stay: We are partnering with both hostels and bed and breakfasts in Lisbon to provide discount housing near Contempo-Collab. Discount codes, and further information, will be released to Contempo-Collab participants upon acceptance. If you'd like to explore other housing options, the two sites below are good sources. Booking.com AirBnb.com
Shared Housing: If you're interested in sharing housing with another Contempo-Collab participant, please indicate this on your application and we'll put you in touch with other dancers who are also interested in sharing.
If you're a dancer who is based in Lisbon and would be willing to host another Contempo-Collab participant, please also let us know on your application!
How to Get Here: Flights to Portugal's Humberto Delgado Airport are plentiful. - TAP Portugal, Portugal's national airline, provides several reasonably-priced flights from around the world daily. Options other than TAP Portugal: - If you are coming from within Europe, WizzAir offers two very low-cost flights to Portugal from multiple cities daily. - From outside of Europe, most airlines offer non-stop service to Lisbon, with TAP Portugal, Delta, and Norwegian offering the most reasonable rates. - Flying in to London, Paris, or Madrid, and then taking one of the smaller in-Europe airlines (Wizz, EasyJet, Ryanair) can also be cost-effective. If you are transferring to a smaller in-Europe airline, pay close attention to flight times, airport locations, and baggage limits. The smaller airlines often leave from different airports than the major airlines. You will have to go through customs at one airport, travel to the other airport, and then go back through all lines again. The flight will be cheaper, but will often take 7-8 hours longer and you must be certain you have the appropriate travel documents/permissions to travel within the country, or you could get stranded!
Train travel to Lisbon, within Europe, is also relatively inexpensive and quite comfortable. For information about traveling by train to Lisbon from outside of Portugal, visit the Eurail website.
Traveling Within Lisbon and the Surrounding Area: The subway, bus, and train system in and around Lisbon is reliable, easy to navigate, and clean. We recommend purchasing a Viva Viagem card at any subway station. Choose the "zapping" ticket option. Zapping cards can be used on any form of public transport in the city. There is a subway station (Aeroporto) at Humberto Delgado Airport, and metro links at all major inter-Europe train stations, so you can buy the card as you're leaving and hop directly on to the metro. This website gives a very clear explanation of the subway system (including a map!) and how to buy a Viva Viagem card.
Lisbon is smaller than it looks! It is possible to walk across the entire city in under an hour. All subway stops are just a few minutes apart.