ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK PORTUGAL
SURVIVAL GUIDE for your international mobility
EDITORIAL ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK PORTUGAL
www.esnportugal.org email@example.com Editors: Communication Committee of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal Copyright: Erasmus Student Network Portugal Coordination: Beatriz Lamy Viras, Renata Sousa and Marta Fonseca Design: Teresa Baganha, Teresa Marques, Inês Graça, Mafalda António and Marta Fonseca Content: Jéssica Alves, Pedro Ângelo, Shirley Van-Dúnem and Beatriz Gonçalves To the thirteen ESN sections across Portugal, thank you for your contribution.
LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN...
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1. WELCOME TO PORTUGAL
WELCOME NOTE BY E S N P O R T U G A L
Dear Erasmus Generation, Dear International Student, A new adventure has just begun. During this new adventure, you are going to experience plenty of opportunities to enrich your path with legendary memories. Take this time to learn about different cultures, to visit as many cities as you can, to find new friends and to discover a world with no borders. Likewise, grab this chance to learn new languages and to master as many professional and educational goals as you might have. Remember that, your mobility experience is a once in a lifetime experience that will shape you forever as a person and as a citizen of Europe. During your mobility, you are going to face many challenges that will require the advice of an expert. This Survival Guide will help you through your mobility journey with the best tips to survive in Portugal. Here you can find information about healthcare, finances, postal services, accommodation and our wonderful partnerships that you can usufruct with the card of the Erasmus Generation, the ESNcard. Additionally, you can’t count on the support of our 13 sections and on the marvellous cultural checklists that they prepared especially for you. On behalf of ESN Portugal, we wish you an unforgettable mobility experience and a lovely stay in our beloved Portugal. Rita Dias, President of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal
BY N AT I O N A L AG E N C Y
F O R E D U C AT I O N A N D T R A I N N I N G
The Portuguese ERASMUS+ National Agency – Education & Training welcomes all that have chosen Portugal to live their ERASMUS experience. We hope you have the opportunity to get to know our cultural singularities as well as recognise the quality of our higher education system, and develop your linguistic skills in Portuguese or any other language. Enrich your food taste with our seducing gastronomy, fall in love with our varied landscapes while listening to our enchanting music. After this, you will certainly feel inspired for your future, and it is in Portugal that it begins! The PT NA takes this Programme very seriously dealing everyday with thousands of students’, graduates’, professionals’ and institutions’ futures working towards a better Europe and a more balanced world. From the PT NA you may expect the best possible practices and procedures. You are now an active part of this great exchange and a real European citizen living this unique right of yours to freely move around within our continent to study, work and live!
CONTACTS A: Praça de Alvalade, 12, 1749-070 Lisboa - PORTUGAL T: +351 210 101 900 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.erasmusmais.pt 9
WHAT IS... THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME?
Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027. The Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027 builds on the achievements of more than 30 years of European Programmes in the fields of education, training, youth and sport, and is one of the European Union’s most visible success stories. The Erasmus+ Programme is open to people from all ages and backgrounds, including highereducation students, VET learners, adult learners, school pupils, organisations and institutions.Individuals can take part in many of the opportunities funded by Erasmus+, although most willhave to do so through an organisation taking part in the programme. Building on the success of the programme in the period 2014-2020, Erasmus+ strengthens its efforts to increase the opportunities offered to more participants and a broader range oforganisations, focusing on its qualitative impact and contributing to a more inclusive and cohesive society where no-one is left behind.
WHAT IS... T H E E U R O P E A N S O L I DA R I T Y C O R P S
Are you between 18 and 30 and looking for an opportunity to help the wider community, in Europe and beyond? You could do this with funding and support from the European Solidarity Corps, which helps young people take part in projects that benefit communities, either abroad or in their own country. These projects offer an inspiring and empowering experience, as well as the chance to bring change while developing your skills and competences. These can be in a wide range of fields – education and training, citizenship and democratic participation, environment and natural protection, migration, culture, humanitarian aid, and many others. Find out more in europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en
2. THE ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK Portugal
WHAT IS ESN? The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student organisation founded in 1989 to develop and promote student exchange under the motto “students helping students”. Currently ESN is the biggest student association in Europe, working with: +800 higher education institutions 42 countries +34.000 young volunteers (active members and buddies) Operating on three levels: local, national and international, ESN aims towards a more flexible and mobile education environment, the enhancement of the student exchange and providing a multicultural experience to those unable to have a period abroad (“internationalisation at home”) with the help of its members - most of which are former exchange students themselves. ESN aims for a motivated and open-minded young society ready to make a change in Europe’s future. Therefore, every action contributes to the development of the network, as well as its volunteers.
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THE CAUSES OF ESN Cu l t u re Language, religion, food, art, beliefs and values are at the core of who we are. ESN works towards the promotion of intercultural understanding through activities such as international dinners and language tandems.
E d u c a t i o n a n d Yo u t h ESN strives for better mobility programs, guaranteeing that young people are given a voice in this process. Activities such as Erasmus in Schools, which brings local students and international students together, helps share their experiences.
S k i l l s a n d E m p l oya b i l i t y During their mobility exchange and through volunteering, students acquire valuable skills for their future. ESN aims to increase the recognition of these skills among potential employers and Higher Education institutions.
E nv i ro n m e nt a l S u s t a i n a b i l i t y International mobility programs have a great impact on the environment. To raise awareness and educate international students about this issue, ESN organises vegan workshops, beach cleanings and other activities.
He a l t h a n d We l l - b e i n g Living abroad is an opportunity to maintain or develop healthier habits. Promoting activities such as sports days and healthy food workshops are some of the ways in which ESN works towards raising awareness to the importance of this topic.
Social Inclusion ESN strives for a more inclusive mobility experience through programmes and projects that raise awareness and transform students into more active citizens through activities such as Blind Talks, volunteering with the local community.
WHAT IS AN ESNcard?
T h e E S Nc a rd i s t h e m e m b e r s h i p c a rd of t h e Er a s m u s St u d e n t Network and the Erasmus Generation. It allows you to get access to ESN events and discounts from ESN partners all over Eu ro p e fo r 1 2 m o n t h s .
W H O C A N G E T A N E S N card ? Erasmus+ students • Erasmus+ trainees • Erasmus+ international incoming students • International incoming students or trainees on a different mobility program • International undergraduate or postgraduate full degree students • ESC participants •
HOW TO REGISTER AN ESNcard Step
To register your ESNcard, please create an account at: ESNcard.org/register And activate your card by adding its number to the form.
TIP #1 If yo u h a d a n ot h e r E S Nc a rd b efo re , yo u c a n s i m p l y add the new ESNcard number to your user account.
Your ESNcard number is written on your ESNcard under the “ESN section” blank. It consists of 7 digits and 4 capital letters (the last letter can be sometimes replaced by another digit).
TIP #2 Yo u c a n c h e c k a l l d i s c o u n t s o n E S Nc a rd . o r g . A s l o n g a s yo u r E S Nc a rd h a s n o t e x p i re d , yo u c a n u s e i t fo r a l l E S Nc a rd d i s c o u n t s i n Eu ro p e .
ERASMUS NATIONAL GAMES
The Erasmus National Games is our national sports event. Teams of exchange students from every Portuguese ESN section come together for healthy sports competition, fair play and fun. You can join your local team or come cheer for them! The winning team will represent Portugal at the International Erasmus Games. What are you waiting for? Hurry and start warming up!
W H AT S P O RT S A R E I N E N G ? • Basketball • Futsal • Volleyball
ERASMUS NATIONAL MEETING
Once a year, around 1.000 international students gather at Algarve to enjoy four days of sun, sports, beach activities and parties. Some would say this was the best part of their mobility experience! Talk to your local section and get your spot for ESN Portugal’s best and biggest event!
3.HOW TO SURVIVE IN PORTUGAL
HEALTHCARE Should you ever need to go to the hospital or to a healthcare centre, this is what you need to know. For Citizens from EU member states: • Bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). For Citizens from other countries: • If staying for less than 3 months, you should get health insurance or benefits; • After living 3 months in Portugal, you can apply for the National Health Service Card at any local healthcare centre or Loja do Cidadão. Dental treatment is usually not under the Portuguese public health programme. Your receiving Higher Education institution might have their own healthcare services, so make sure to check their website, as these services are often less expensive for students. There is at least one pharmacy open 24/7 in your city. You can quickly check on the official website: https://www.farmaciasdeservico.net/
EMERGENCY NUMBERS 112 - emergency services/ambulances 808 24 24 24 - health hotline
ACCOMMODATION Every Portuguese university has official student residences/dormitories for which you can apply as a student and live university life along with many other students. You can also look for a room in a house of your choosing but try to get someone trustworthy to help you find a good and safe place to stay. Bills and rent costs may vary depending on the region.
TIP #1 Landlords might not speak fluent English. Try asking your ESN buddy for help.
ADDITIONAL TIPS ON OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING • Check the local newspapers or accommodation offers in your university or ESN section (it may have a deal for Erasmus students), websites and/or social media (i.e. Facebook groups) in house renting; • It can be hard to find a place with a formal contract that provides a legal agreement; check if the bills for water, electricity etc. are included in the renting price; • Be aware of the house policy towards late hour noise, pets and daily task agreements; • Do not rent solely based off photos on the house. Always check the place out in person. If you cannot do it yourself, ask your buddy for help.
Portugal uses the Euro (€), so if you come from an EU member state, you will not have any problems with currency. If not, you can easily convert your currency at any airport or banking agency. You can easily open a bank account as a student since you can do it for free! With a Portuguese bank account, you can pay your bills, top up your phone and withdraw cash from an ATM without having to pay any extra fees. Portugal has its own postal service called CTT. There are several shops in every city so you can quickly drop off your mail at the nearest one. If you wish to send a bigger parcel, you can send them through shipping companies like Eurosender!
GETTING AROUND Did you know that Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world? Taking part in a mobility program also means learning a new language or at least the basics. If you speak a Romance language, learning Portuguese should be a breeze! If not, do not worry - Portuguese might seem intimidating at first, but it is all a matter of practice. Check your receiving Higher Education institutions and their languages departments, as most offer inexpensive (or free) Portuguese courses for international students. If you want a more relaxed way of practising Portuguese while engaging in intercultural conversation, try signing up for group sessions at SPEAK!
Getting around As a young person/student, public transportation offers special discounts when you bring your ID or student card! To get around in your city and the country, you should know that: • You can buy a monthly bus or train pass with a student/youth discount; • You can also buy a simple bus pass and top it up as needed; • Hitchhiking is not common in Portugal; if you want to try, please be cautious and aware that most drivers are not used to giving strangers rides.
F unchal World Heritage Site ESN Section
B raga G uimarães
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A veiro C oimbra
C ovilhã C astelo B ranco
A lmada É vora
4.DISCOVERING PORTUGAL WITH ESN
“és de Braga?”
“comer o caco”
“dar um bacalhau”
BUCKET LIST Visit Feira de Barcelos
Visit the Musem of Pottery
Party at Festa das Cruzes
Get to know the legend of Barcelos’ cock and bring one home
Have a walk by the river Climb to the top of the medieval tower
Visit the “castle”
Take a picture at Jardim das Barrocas
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FEIRA DE BARCELOS In one of the country’s oldest fairs, you can buy everything you can imagine: clothes, food, furniture, everything. It takes place every Thursday at Campo da Républica.
GALO DE BARCELOS Galo de Barcelos is one of Portugal’s national symbols, and it represents not only this lovely city but also the whole Minho. A dramatic legend is associated with it. Are you brave enough to get to know it?
IGREJA D O SENHOR BOM JESUS DA CRUZ Its origin is related to the mysterious appearance of a cross made of black dirt on the fairground in December 1504, where a small chapel was built in recognition of this divine signal. This is the site for one of the most important religious festivals in the municipality of Barcelos, the Festa das Cruzes, which is held at the beginning of May.
BUCKET LIST Climb up to Bom Jesus do Monte
Go to Monte Sameiro for at sunset
Eat a francesinha in “Taberna Belga”
Discover the waterfalls of Gerês
Disguise yourself as a Roman during the Roman Fair of Braga Buy a plastic hammer and bang the largest number of heads during the night of São João
Celebrate Christmas night in Bananeiro - with a banana and moscatel Swim in Rio Cávado and the many river beaches
Watch a show in GNRation and Theatro Circo
Discover the meaning of the expression “És de Braga?”
Visit Sé de Braga
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BOM JESUS DO MONTE SANCTUARY This is the city’s symbol, where art and nature meet, making it a sacred and relaxing place. The church is an example of the neoclassical style. The town is connected to the sanctuary by monumental staircases and a funicular. It’s the oldest funicular moved by water in the Iberian Peninsula.
SAMEIRO SANCTUARY The construction of this sanctuary began on June 14th 1863. This sanctuary is the second largest centre of Marian devotion in Portugal, after Fátima. The temple, completed in the 20th century, stands out inside by its main altar, as well as by the tabernacle.
BISCAINHOS MUSEUM AND GAR DEN The Biscainhos Garden is a one-hectare-long Baroque garden with a maze layout embellished with flora, sculptures, ornamental windows, fountains and more.
CATHEDRAL OF BRAGA “Older than Braga’s Cathedral” is a popular expression used to emphasize the seniority of something, which shows how old the cathedral is. According to lore, the diocese of Braga was created in the 3rd century, but historical records go back only 400 years.
MONASTERY OF ST. MARTIN OF TIBÃES The old base of the Portuguese Order of St. Benedict is located in the parish of Mire de Tibães. It was shut down in 1833-1834 due to the extinction of the religious orders, and its assets and properties were sold to the public. In the 70s, the monastery lost its assets and was abandoned.
THEATRO CIRCO Open in 1915 and took three years to build. With a capacity to hold 1500 people, it’s one of the most charismatic concert halls in the country, with a Programme that obeys the criteria of high quality and eclecticism.
ARCO DA PORTA NOVA The gate was built in 1512 after the city expanded to connect the medieval town. It was the last gate to be opened in the city walls. The arch was built later, in 1772.
BUCKET LIST Dance and sing in Mercado Club and Lagoa Azul Bar Live with Riskivector Eat the famous steak at Abel restaurant
Have a picnic at Azibo Beach Take part in IPB Erasmus Week Hug a friend while “Amigos para Sempre” is played by Real Tuna Universitária de Bragança
Travel up the Douro River by boat until Régua Eat crepes and ice cream at Myiced Visit the local markets Burn the devil in the Thousand Devils Parade
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CITADEL OF BRAGANÇA Located in the heart of the old town of Bragança, it encloses Bragança’s Castle, Santa Maria’s Church, Domus Municipalis - where nobility gathered to discuss political matters - and the Iberian Museum of the Mask and Costume. Perfect for visiting in the summer during the medieval fair.
SÃO BARTOLOMEU It’s one of those places you can’t miss in this city. The place is known as Santo and provides visitors with a fantastic view over Bragança. It’s also where young people gather to have barbecues and fun.
SÉ VELHA The main square and church are located here. Around it is the centre of commerce of the city. It’s also the place where every year the Serenata Académica is held. It marks the beginning of the Queima das Fitas.
CASTRO DE AVELÃS MONASTERY The church used to be part of a Benedictine monastery from the 12th century; it is known for its unique shape and brick positioning. Indeed, it is linked to the churches of the order of Cluny and the Road to Santiago.
GRAÇA MORAIS CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM It was inaugurated in 2008 due to the cooperation between Spain and Portugal regarding culture. It houses a permanent collection by painter Graça Morais, composed of evoking portraits of the natives of Trás-os-Montes and more abstract works. Additionally, temporary expositions are included too.
RIO DE ONOR VILLAGE This is a typical village split in half by the border between Portugal and Spain, inside the Natural Park of Montesinho.
PARQUE NATURAL DE MONTESINHO This is a natural park where you can find nature in its purest state. There are several habitats, such as oak forests inhabited by Iberian wolves, red deer and other animals. Sometimes it gets visited by brown bears from Spain.
BUCKET LIST Visit Barragem da Queimadela Go to the Festival Vitela à moda de Fafe Take a picture at Jardim do Calvário
Watch Rally Confurco
Spend a day at Parque aquático Find out what it means “com Fafe ninguém Fanfe”
Find the history behind Justiça de Fafe Visit Teatro Cinema de Fafe Go to Casa do Penedo Visit Aldeia do Pontido
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BARRAGEM DA QUEIMADELA The reservoir at Barragem da Queimadela, supplied by the waters of the Vizela River, is an excellent leisure area with conditions for practising non-polluting water sports. There is also a tiny island by a waterfall where you can cool off.
ALDEIA DO PONTIDO Overlooking the Vizela River, this small village-style complex is just a short walk from Queimadela Dam. Surrounded by nature, Aldeia do Pontido offers quiet accommodation in stone villages.
JARDIM DO CALVÁRIO The most important public garden in the city, it was formally inaugurated as a romantic garden in 1892. Today, the garden continues to be a place for entertainment, resting, socializing, and dating, a privileged spot from where you can see heavenly landscapes.
JUST IÇA DE FAFE The Justice of Fafe is one of the city’s major referential symbols, although controversial. For many, it is the true ex-libris of Fafe. As such, there could not be without a monument evoking this tradition, which travels from city to city, associated with the name of Fafe and what happens here.
TEATRO CINEMA This is one of the main reasons for architectural interest in the city of Fafe, being an important cultural landmark. It is considered one of the best theatres in the north of the country, influenced by Brazilian architecture.
CASA DO PENEDO Its name came from how it was built - with four large boulders that serve as the house’s foundation, walls and ceiling. The owners initially used the residence as a holiday destination. Today Casa de Penedo is a small museum of relics and photographs from the house’s history.
RALLY DE PORTUGAL Every year Fafe receives the rally of Portugal, gathering crowds from all over the world to see the cars in the mountains of Fafe.
BUCKET LIST Watch the sunset from Pio IX statue in the mountain of Penha
Discover the interior churches of Guimarães
Discover some of our history by visiting the Guimarães’ Medieval Castle and walk on the city wall
Enjoy the municipal markets
Relax in the Vila Flor Cultural Centre gardens Participate in the Afonsina Fair
Learn the Guimarães
Bring a blanket to the “Manta” festival in Vila Flor Participate in the city’s festivities during Gualterianas. Eat a “torta de Guimarães”
Visit Citânia de Briteiros Play a drummer during Pinheiro Street Festivity
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CASTLE OF GUIMARÃES In the middle of the 10th century, Countess Mumadona Dias had a monastery built to protect the monks and the local Christian community. In the 12th century, Count Dom Henrique and Mistress Teresa moved into the Castle of Guimarães, where Dom Afonso Henriques was born.
PALACE OF THE DUKES OF BRAGANÇA Its construction was ordered in the 15th century by Dom Afonso. It was then converted to barracks in the 19th century, abandoned, restored, and converted to a museum in the middle of the 20th century.
SANTIAGO SQUARE It was possible to find here a small chapel from the 17th century devoted to Saint James, which was demolished by the end of the 19th century. It’s easily located in the square by paved granite flooring. It’s one of the main places for gathering and socializing between residents and visitors.
CITY PARK The city of Guimarães has this space of 30 hectares for sports and other recreational activities, equipped with sports devices, footpaths, picnic areas, and a restaurant/bar.
OLIVEIRA SQUARE On this beautiful square, you’ll find the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church. Due to its shape and architecture, you will also see Padrão do Salado, a historic and unique monument. There is also the Domus Municipalis, a majestic memorial that was the parishes’ castle at the end of the 14th century.
PENHA MOUNTAIN It is the highest point of Guimarães. On its top is a statue of Pope Pius IX, from where you can see magnificent views stretching to the ocean.
SANTA MARIA STREET Throughout this street, you can see several houses with fantastic architecture: Casa do Arco (n. 28), Casa dos Peixoto (n. 39), Casa Gótica dos Valadares de Carvalho (n. 9), Casa dos Carneiro, that currently harbours the Raul Brandão Municipal Library (n. 58), and many others.
BUCKET LIST Eat a francesinha
Take a walk in Santa Catarina street
Visit Porto’s Wine Cellars Watch the sunset in Jardim do Morro in Gaia Drink a beer in Passeio das Virtudes Ta k e a s u r f l e s s o n Matosinhos’ beach
Enjoy the city’s festivities of São João
Try tascas, the traditional restaurants Take part in Queima das Fitas Watch a Porto match in Estádio do Dragão
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TORRE DOS CLÉRIGOS Igreja dos Clérigos (Church of the Clergymen), a Baroque church built in the 18th century, was the tallest building in Portugal at the time of its construction. Its bell tower, Torre dos Clérigos, considered the ex-libris of Porto, can be seen from various points of the city.
RIBEIRA The medieval riverfront district of Porto is the atmospheric and colourful area of the World Heritage city centre.
This is the most known contemporary art museum in Porto. Two buildings are as much a work of art themselves as the collections exhibited inside them, both surrounded by a magnificent park.
CASA DA MÚSICA World-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas rocked the musical world with his crystalline creation – the jewel in the European Capital of Culture 2001’s crown. Minimalist, iconic and daringly imaginative, Casa da Música is the beating heart of Porto’s cultural scene.
SÃO BENTO TRAIN STATION This historical station, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, is known for its azulejo panels depicting scenes from the history of Portugal. They are the work of artist Jorge Colaço and date from 1916.
PONT E DE D. LUÍS The iconic double-deck iron bridge of Porto allows for breathtaking views over the river Douro, downtown Porto and the Port wine caves of Vila Nova de Gaia.
JARDINS DO PALÁCIO DE CRISTAL This beautifully landscaped park is dominated by a huge domed pavilion built in 1956, which replaced the 19th-century iron-and-glass “Crystal Palace”. A lake, flowerbeds surround it, and roaming peacocks, all overlooking the Douro River, from which you can get superb views.
BUCKET LIST Explore the Alvão Natural Park Taste pito, gancha
Listen to the Serenata in front of Capela Nova during Academic Week Watch the races in Vila Real
Go to Pena Aventura Park in Ribeira de Pena Celebrate Friday the 13th in Montalegre Go to Trajano Bridge in Chaves Go to Pioledo and enjoy the night out
Go to Rock Nordeste Festival
Try a traçadinho at Taberna do Estudante
See a Tuna Festival
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PARQUE DO CORGO The Central Park of Vila Real. There you can hang out with your friends, go for a run in the maintenance circuit or just chill for a bit. You have 33 hectares to explore: discover the old mills, swim in the pools and enjoy the fresh air in the city’s lungs!
PALÁCIO DE MATEUS Designed by Nicolau Nasoni, a great Italian architect from the 17th century, the Palácio de Mateus is one of the city’s ex-libris! Visit it and become fascinated by the marvellous gardens and interiors of the palace.
FISGAS DE ERMELO One of the largest waterfalls in Europe (200 meters high) is here! Take the day to explore the Alvão Natural Park and cool off in one of the lagoons that this waterfall forms.
VILA VELHA VIEWPOINT This observation point is located behind the Romanic cemetery near Vila Velha’s Museum. You can feel chills here, but the palace is not haunted (we think).
SANTUÁRIO DE PANÓIAS Built-in the transition of the 2nd to the 3rd century by the Roman senator Caius Calpurnius Rufinus, this sanctuary is dedicated to the Infernal deities and the deities of the Lapiteas, an indigenous ethnic group of the region. Have fun exploring the ancient history of Vila Real.
BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE UNIVERSITY The whole campus of the university is a botanical garden so take your time to explore and observe all the species of plants that exist here.
ALVÃO NATURAL PARK
The park has 7220 hectares of nature to explore. Discover the waterfalls and the most incredible viewpoints and enjoy the mixed hardwood forests alternating with exotic plantations. Do not be intimidated by cows or goats passing by but be careful with wolves or snakes.
“agarrar-se ao verbo”
“vai chatear o Camões”
“alhos e bugalhos”
BUCKET LIST Taste ovos moles Go out in Praça do Peixe on a Thursday night Go to Águeda by Vouguinha (traditional train) Drink a shot called traçadinho Eat a tripa de Aveiro after a day at the beach or a night-out in Praça Explore the city riding a BUGA (free city bike)
Climb all the 271 steps of Barra Beach Lighthouse Catch a flying cavaca during the São Gonçalinho festivities Sing “Aveiro é nosso” with university students Take a picture at the “I (love) Aveiro” staircase.
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MOLICEIROS It’s the name of the typical boats in the Ria de Aveiro, the lagoon region of the River Vouga. This vessel was originally used to catch seaweed to fertilize the fields, but nowadays, it is mainly used for tourist trips.
PRAÇA DO PEIXE The construction of the “Fish Market”, a unique example of the iron architecture in Aveiro, appears in one of the most typical spaces of the city. It´s also the centre of Aveiro’s nightlife with the surrounding bars and clubs.
BARRA BEACH LIGHTHOUSE The Aveiro lighthouse is the tallest in Portugal (62m). It’s located in Barra Beach (Praia da Barra), in Gafanha da Nazaré, Ílhavo. It is the 23rd biggest in the world and still the second largest in the Iberian Peninsula.
COULORFUL HOUSES OF COSTA NOVA These were the first houses built on this beach in Ílhavo. They had only one room that was initially used to store fishing tackle. They are all turned into the lagoon, making that area a massive palette of colours, with a white background and stripes in green, red, yellow and blue.
SALINAS (SALTPANS) Salt production in this region started when the Ria de Aveiro lagoon didn’t yet exist, and Aveiro was a coastal town. The 1st document referring to Aveiro and its saltpans dates back to 959, before the foundation of Portugal.
PARQUE INFANTE D. PEDRO Commonly known as “Parque da Macaca” (The Monkey’s Park), it was built in an area that used to belong to Franciscan monks. Here you can find a linden tree avenue, a tea house and a fountain with tilework.
UNIVERSITY CAMPUS One of the largest campuses in Europe, spanning an area equivalent to 92 football pitches, all the Campus buildings were designed by Portuguese architects, such as Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto Moura, which have been awarded Pritzker Architecture Prizes.
BUCKET LIST Visit the castle at night
Visit Jardim Episcopal
Take a dip in Idanha Dam
Visit the City Lake
Go out in the Old Town
Go to Latada or Enterro
Go to a traditional fair
Party in Docas
Taste the traditional foods and beverages
Enjoy a concert in Cine-Teatro Avenida
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CASTLE OF CASTELO BRANCO A Medieval castle on the hilltop of the city, known as “Templar’s Castle”, although very damaged, is still possible to see the remaining towers and the beautiful view of the city.
CARGALEIRO MUSEUM The genius of one of the most outstanding Portuguese contemporary artists, Manuel Cargaleiro, born in the Castelo Branco region, has proved to be a creative genius of painting and ceramics.
GARDEN OF EPISCOPAL PALACE This Palace Garden, called Jardim do Paço, is one of Portugal’s most beautiful Baroque gardens, dominated by balconies with iron guards and stone balusters. It has five lakes with ornamented edges. Here you can find Steps of the King, unique fountains and water features.
CITY PARK Located in front of the Garden of the Episcopal Palace, the city park was the former kitchen garden of the Palace, a fantastic leisure space with fountains and varied trees and plants to spend an afternoon with friends.
CATHEDRAL OF CASTELO BRANCO Also known as the Church of St. Michael, this is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It was built in the Renaissance style in the 17th century, and since 1978 it has been protected as one of the National monuments of Portugal. F R ANC ISCO TAVA R ES P RO EN Ç A J ÚNI O R M US E UM
Founded in 1910, the basis of this museum is the archaeological collection of Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior. Still, it has been increased with ancient art pieces from the Episcopal Palace collection and continual additions from archaeological collections.
ROTUNDA EUROPA This is the biggest roundabout in the city where you can find a big waterfall. This roundabout is the centre of some events and celebrations in the city.
BUCKET LIST Ask a Portuguese friend to be your “padrinho” or “madrinha” and join the Latada Parade
Ask a Portuguese student to take a picture with his “Harry Potter style” cape
During Queima das Fitas, attend Serenata Monumental at the Old Cathedral (Sé Velha)
Enjoy the poetry and romanticism of Penedo da Saudade
Go for dinner at Zé Manel dos Ossos
Experience a Fado Night
Have a picnic at Parque Verde and get your picture taken at Pedro e Inês Bridge
Live the best day of your life at the Queima das Fitas parade
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UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA The University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 by King D. Dinis I. It is the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest ones in the world. Here, you must visit the Book House (Biblioteca Joanina), the University Tower, the University Chapel (Capela de São Miguel) and the Great Hall of Acts (Sala dos Capelos).
SÉ VELHA AND SÉ NOVA French Master Robert designed the Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Sé Velha) in the 12th century. The central gate has Moorish influences, and the lateral gate has an elegant Renaissance style. About 400 later, the New Cathedral (Sé Nova) was built in baroque fashion, currently functioning as the head office of Coimbra´s Diocese.
CONÍMBRIGA Populated since prehistoric times, Conímbriga was occupied by Roman troops in 139 BC. Later, following the barbarian invasions, the city was destroyed, and the population moved. By 589, Conímbriga´s episcopal seat had been transferred to Aeminium, which we now call Coimbra.
SANTA CRUZ MONASTERY A church that catches the eye with its unique architecture, gothic style building and famous foyer, many times invoked in Coimbra´s Fado tradition. Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, is buried here.
SEMINÁRIO MAIOR DE COIMBRA
Seminário Maior is a more than 250 years old Seminary that includes chapels, libraries, museums and gardens on its grounds, being both a religious institution and a place of culture, art and beauty, with a singular presence of Italian art in Portugal.
UNIVERSITY’S BOTANICAL GRADEN Planned by Marquês de Pombal to assist the studies of Biology and Botany, it is a place of outstanding beauty and one of Coimbra´s most iconic spaces.
ALME DINA ARCH AND TOWER
The Almedina Arch was the main door of the wall surrounding medieval Coimbra, and its oldest segment dates back to the 9th century. The Almedina Tower, built over the Arch, was used to watch over and protect the city´s main access point.
BUCKET LIST Have a walk in Rectory Gardens, the most beautiful place in the University Visit the historical villages and towns around Covilhã Attend the Student’s Serenade at the Chapel of Calvário Have the best day of your life and take part in the Latada Parade
Visit Serra da Estrela Participate in traditional festivals around Covilhã Do not miss the sunrise in Covilhã, also known as the sea of Covilhã Go to the cake factory after a party and eat a pastry Taste Serra da Estrela cheese
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SERRA DA ESTRELA This is the most touristic place that you should visit! Serra da Estrela is the second highest mountain in Portugal, and the nature there is simply unique. Here, you have beautiful landscapes, rivers and parks that will take your breath away. During the Winter, Serra da Estrela is full of snow, allowing you to experiment with winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing and playing on the snow.
WOOL MUSEUM In this museum, you have the chance to get to know more about the primary industry in Covilhã, textiles. It presents information about the history of this type of industry since it was the economic pillar of the city.
MUNICIPAL SQUARE Located in the heart of Covilhã, you can visit the City Hall, the Theatre, Misericórdia Church and Santa Maria Church. There is also a monument paying homage to the trip of Pêro da Covilhã, a diplomat and explorer of the 15th century.
PORTAS DO SOL Here you can enjoy amazing views of the city and landscapes. You can also check out the sundial on the ground.
CARPINTEIRA BRIDGE This is one of the tallest pedestrian bridges in Europe and was nominated for several design and architecture awards. From this place, you have a unique view of the city and the surroundings. This bridge is illuminated at night, creating a perfect scenario to take amazing photos.
WOOL FESTIVAL MURALS Every year Covilhã promotes a Street Art Festival named Wool Festival. Year after year, more and more walls are painted, making a considerable portfolio of paintings which invites us to discover all of them.
MOUNTAIN BOTANICAL GARDEN Here you can see a wide diversity of flora characteristic of Serra da Estrela and the mountainous areas of Southern and Central Europe and North Africa.
BUCKET LIST Attend the Door-to-door Festival Take a surf lesson in Peniche Eat Brisas do Lis Participate in the historical reenactment “Viagem à Leiria Moderna”
Visit Óbidos Visit the Ervideira Lagoon Go to the Santana Market Visit Bacalhôa Buddha Eden Garden in Bombarral
Ride a Mobilis around the city Visit the Sanctuary of Fátima
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LEIRIA CASTLE A medieval castle, artistically and architectonically representative of several construction and reconstruction phases since its construction began until the 20th Century. There were several battles to take it over, after which it had to be rebuilt in 1190 by King D. Sancho I and in 1325 by King D. Dinis.
MIRADOURO DA NO SSA SR.ª DA ENCARNAÇÃO This observation point, located at the summit of a steep hill climb east of the beach, provides beautiful views over the cliffs of Cape Carvoeiro.
MUSEUM OF LEIRIA
The Leiria Museum is an open window to the memory of the city. It’s located in the Convent of Santo Agostinho. Here you can see amazing views of the city and landscapes. You can also check out the sundial on the ground.
RUA DIREITA It’s one of the most famous streets in Leiria. The Rua Direita (Straight Street), as it is more commonly known today, got the name of Rua Barão de Viamonte in 1881. This crooked straight street was crossed by the writer Eça de Queiroz.
SÉ DE LEIRIA At the request of D. João II to Pope Paul III, the Leiria diocese was created on the 22nd of May, 1545. Due to the small size of the temples in Leiria at this time, the construction of a cathedral fitting for the new status was ordered.
Along the river Lis, you can find many parks and beautiful nature with the possibility to observe many species of birds.
LAPE DO VALLE Y Vale do Lapedo is a limestone canyon where there was a find of fragments of the skeleton of a neandertal and modern human hybrid boy dating from 24500 years ago, making it an important archaeological site. Here you can visit the Interpretation Centre of Abrigo do Lagar Velho.
BUCKET LIST Go kayaking on the Nabão River
Watch the sunset at the Convent of Christ viewpoint
Ask a local about the secret of the Gualdim Statue
Climb the steps of the Nossa Senhora da Piedade
Cross the Pegões Aqueduct
Have a meal and drink Cágado at Taverna Medieval
Try Fatias de Tomar and Beijame Depressa Taste Mouchão liquor
Try placing a tabuleiro on your head
Kiss someone on Banco dos Namorados
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CONVENT OF CHRIST AND TOMAR CASTLE Historical headquarters of the Knights Templar and the Order of Christ in Portugal. Here are several architectural styles from the History of Portugal, including its most significant example from the Manueline style, which is unique in Portugal: the Janela do Capítulo.
RÉPUBLICA SQUARE Praça da República is the main square in Tomar and where the Town Hall and the Church of Saint John the Baptist are. Both buildings were gifted to the city by D. Manuel I, King of Portugal and Grand Master of the Order of Christ (16th century). The statue in the centre belongs to D. Gualdim Pais, fourth Grand Master of the Knights Templar in Portugal and founder of the city, who ordered the construction of the castle, the Convent of the Christ and the church of Santa Maria do Olival.
FOREST OF SETE MONTES An island in the River Nabão was transformed into a recreation Park. There we can find the iconic Wheel of Mouchão, an example of the Moorish influence on Portuguese agriculture.
MOUCHÃO PARK An island in the River Nabão was transformed into a recreation Park. There we can find the iconic Wheel of Mouchão, an example of the Moorish influence on Portuguese agriculture.
PEGÕES AQUEDUCT Close to the city, it’s one of the largest aqueducts in Portugal. It is used to supply all the water to the Convent of Christ, and it has been considered one of the most beautiful views of Tomar.
SYNAGOGUE The oldest synagogue in Portugal and the only surviving renaissance example. It houses the permanent exhibition Religious Life Artifacts of the Jewish Communities Around the World.
LEVADA MUSEUM Built on an artificial island in the River Nabão, this was one of the oldest factories in Portugal, which was transformed into a temporary exhibition venue.
“Meter o Rossio na Betesga”
“Cair o Carmo e a Trindade”
“Rés-vés Campo de Ourique! ”
LISBOA AND THE TEJO VALLEY
BUCKET LIST Visit Castelo de São Jorge
Try surfing in Costa da Caparica
Try Portuguese’s most delicious pastry at Pasteis de Belém
Have sardines, bifanas and bacalhau
Get lost in Bairro Alto and Erasmus Corner
Go to Santos Populares and buy a manjerico
Discover the many viewpoints of Lisboa
Find the tile panel saying “Boa Viagem, Lisboa Espera Por Ti” and take a picture with it on your last day of Erasmus
Go to a tasca and listen to some Fado music Learn the meaning of “Saudade”
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SENHORA DO MONTE VIEWPOINT The highest viewpoint in the city of Lisboa is in the neighbourhood of Graça. You can spot some of the most spectacular sunsets from the best viewpoint in the city, with a beer and some guitar music as background.
BAIXA - CHIADO Baixa means low, thus named because this group of streets stands between Bairro Alto and Alfama hills. This area was built using a grid after an intense seaquake and ensuing tsunami destroyed the city in 1755, and now has many restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.
BAIRRO ALTO Bairro Alto, on top of a hill, is a neighbourhood filled with bars and pubs, making it the starting point for many good nights in Lisboa.
PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO
Also, a part of the reconstruction of Lisboa after the 1755 earthquake - Praça do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço, is a majestic square facing the river. It is connected to the Baixa area by a triumphal arch, and at its centre, you can find the statue of King José I.
ALFAMA Alfama is the oldest and one of the most traditional neighbourhoods of Lisboa. It encompasses the Castle of São Jorge, the flea market of Ladra and many viewpoints. The breathtaking views and the sound of the trams are the most distinctive characteristics of this neighbourhood that resisted the 1755 earthquake.
CAPARICA BEACH Caparica is a 20 km long beach popular for swimmers and surfers. Located on the other side of the river in Almada, beyond the 25 de Abril Bridge, it hosts many summer parties and festivals.
SINTRA This town, part of the Greater Lisboa area, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. Many monuments can be found here, such as Palácio da Pena, Palácio de Queluz or the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira.
BUCKET LIST Cross Tejo River by boat
Take artistic pictures at Mata dos Medos
Surf in Costa da Caparica Attend a Festival de Tunas Universitárias Visit Christ the King Watch the sunset from Miradouro dos Capuchos
Taste Moscatel de Setúbal Go sightseeing in Serra da Arrábida Take a picture of Lisbon from the Olho de Boi dock at night
Go to Tróia by ferry boat
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CHRIST THE KING
The Sanctuary of Christ the King is a monument raised 215 meters above sea level and offers a 360-degree panoramic view over both banks of the Tagus River. Cristo Rei was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument. The giant statue in cement was raised to express gratitude because the Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II.
25TH OF APRIL BRIDGE
The 25th of April Bridge, often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in the USA, was inaugurated in 1966 and is the suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon to Almada on the South bank of the Tagus River.
BOCA DO VENTO ELEVATOR
The Boca do Vento Elevator is situated in the urban area along the south margin of Tagus River, along the cliffs and arriba, with a view of the city of Lisbon along Almada Velha. Its riverfront base fronts the old city along the harbour and river, in a garden that connects to important points along the river bank.
THE FRAGATTE D. FERNANDO II AND GLORIA
Dating from the 19th century, it was the last Portuguese sailing frigate to make the “Career of India”. This museum boat is located in Cacilhas, where visitors have the opportunity to visualize the experience aboard a frigate of the 19th century.
Also called Miradouro do Farol, it was inaugurated in the 19th century. Deactivated in 1978, it was transferred to Terceira Island in the Azores. In 2009, he returned to Cacilhas as an ex-libris. It offers an excellent panoramic view over the Tagus River and Lisbon.
MANNOR OF THE ZAGALLOS
It is an old 18th-century farmhouse that currently hosts numerous cultural activities. The main building, the gardens and the three chapels retain a vast collection of tiles, covering three centuries of tile history in Portugal.
CASA DA CERCA
Casa da Cerca is Almada’s Center for Contemporary Art. An ideal place to visit excellent exhibitions, stroll in its magnificent garden and enjoy the superb view over the Tagus River and the city of Lisbon, thus making your view memorable.
“Apanha a lebre”
“Coisas do arco da velha”
“Onde o diabo perdeu as botas“
BUCKET LIST Explore the monuments and other landmarks around the city centre
Have a botellón at the Cathedral and taste wine from Alentejo
See the sunset at Alto de São Bento
Go to an ESN party at Capítulo 8 and watch the sunrise at the Giraldo Square
Hold a glass with your right hand at a dinner, and learn how to sing “mão direita é penalti”
Visit the megalithic monument Cromeleque dos Almendres
Spend a sunny afternoon at Barue with your friends
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HISTORICAL CITY CENTER Évora’s architectural and artistic heritage is so omnipresent and impressive that this alone guides the steps of anyone who loves strolling around with no fixed direction: from the Roman to the Neoclassical, by way of the Gothic and various expressions of the Manueline, the Renaissance and the Baroque, all the epochs of History are documented. Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1986.
SÃO FRANCISCO CHURCH It’s a church from the Manueline-Mudejar and the Renaissance style. It was built between the 15th and 16th centuries. This building replaced an earlier Gothic temple, even though it still has remains of this style. It is in this church that you can find the Bones Chapel.
DOM MA NUEL PALACE AND PUBLIC GARDEN The Palace was built by King Afonso V in the 16th century. The Palace was inhabited by several Portuguese monarchs, losing its use in 1895, having been sent to destroy in 1619. The present building in the public garden is only part of the former Palace.
UNIVERSITY OF ÉVORA Our University is the second oldest in Portugal, having been founded in 1559 by Cardeal D. Henrique and has a long and troubled history. Its oldest building - Colégio do Espírito Santo, is the epicentre of the academic tradition and houses many ceremonies. The dove, a symbol of the Holy Spirit, is also the symbol of the University.
ROMAN TEMPLE The most important landmark of our city and one of the best preserved Roman temples in Europe, Évora’s Roman temple was built in the 1st century AD as a part of a roman forum honouring Emperor Augustus.
CHAPEL OF BONES
In the basement of the church of São Francisco, you can find a chapel with walls all lined with real human bones and skulls. It was built in the 17th century by the action of 3 Franciscan friars to pass the message of the fragility of human life and time itself.
CATHEDRAL OF ÉVORA Exhibiting the Romanic and Gothic architectural styles, the cathedral of Évora is a majestic building which will impress you with its size and detailed features.
“Cabeça de azinho“
“Fazer meia azul”
BUCKET LIST Watch the Sunset at the Sagres Fortress
Go on a boat trip along the coast of Algarve
Sign up for a surf lesson at Faro´s Beach with our partners
Watch a local football game of SC Farense
Go to the top of Faro’s Cathedral and enjoy the view
Enjoy bacalhau marisco
Enjoy the Santa Iria Fair in October and eat a fartura
Watch the most beautiful sunset at Marina de Faro
Party in Recepção ao Caloiro in September and Semana Académica in May Swim to the Benagil caves and enjoy the sun in Praia da Marinha in Lagoa
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ARCHAELOGOGICAL MUSEUM OF FARO It was the second to be created in Algarve. On February 2, 1894, it was built to honour Infante Dom Henrique on the occasion of the 5th centenary of his birth.
CARMO CHURCH It is one of the most important aesthetic manifestations of the religious and artistic heritage of the Algarve region. It was founded in 1713 by Bishop D. António Pereira da Silva.
ALAMEDA DE JOÃO GARDEN It’s the largest green area in the city. Here you can enjoy the diverse flora, namely some century-old trees and several animals. The highlight goes to a façade, set on a former slaughterhouse and an excellent example of the neoArabic revivalism architecture that allows access to the Municipal Library.
LIGHTHOUSE BEACH Located in the far west of Culatra Island, here you can find the Santa Maria Cape, an important milestone for navigation. The beaches have a length of approximately 7 kilometres to the eastern point. The restaurants on the island are very appreciated for fresh fish and seafood, making it a small paradise.
FARO BEACH Also known as Faro Island, this stretch of sand is part of the Ancão Peninsula, which borders the Ria Formosa to the west. Here you have a great view of the mountains and the city of Faro.
ESTÓI PALACE Built in 1840, this magnificent palace is now converted into a hotel. Inside it, you can find gardens with orange trees and palm trees, as well as beautiful sculptures, paintings and walls covered in blue and white tiles.
BELMAÇO PALACE This is a two-floor building, except for the tower with 3 floors. It was commissioned in 1912 by a wealthy tradesman: Manuel de Jesus Belmarço. The project was designed in 1912 by the architect Manuel Joaquim Norte Júnior and is considered an interesting manifestation of Revivalist Architecture.
“O relógio da Sé é que se repete”
“Não há romaria sem cambado”
BUCKET LIST Try a new fruit at the Farmer’s Market in Funchal
Go to Pico Ruivo and watch the sunset and sunrise
Try poncha and niquita
Go to Porto Santo
Dance with a group of Bailinho da Madeira
Visit Dão Lourenço Point
Go on a Catamaran trip to watch dolphins and whales
Eat Bolo do Caco and espetadas Do a Levada
Take a ride by cable car in Monte Swim in the Natural Pools of Porto Moniz and Doca das Cavacas, in Funchal
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PICO RUI VO Visit the highest peak in Madeira island and gasp in awe with all the beauty
PORTO MONIZ NATURAL POOLS Cool off with a swim in the natural pools formed in the lava that once flowed down to the ocean.
MADEIRA CAR CABLE Visitors can enjoy a half-day programme, riding the two tourist cable car routes up and down the island’s south coast’s green slopes and seeing some beautiful hidden scenery.
CABO GIRÃO VIEWPORT It’s the highest cape in Europe, with an elevation of 580 m which is famous for its suspended glass platform.
LEVADAS Walking in reinvigorating, exciting, and highly rewarding trails named “levadas” (man-made waterways across the mountains) of Madeira is a challenge and unique experience.
FANAL LEISURE AREA This area integrates a public barbecue grill, ideal for a picnic with friends, surrounded by nature, mainly the laurissilva forest. It’s also a great starting point for some walking trails.
FARM ER’S MARKET This venue features all kinds of products mixing colours, sounds and smells. You will find fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and traditional handicraft.
Horta Terceira Pico
“Corisco mal amanhado“
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BUCKET LIST LIST BUCKET See aa new Try dolphin fruitorat a whale the Farmer’s during aMarket boat trip in Funchal Hikeponcha Try Pico mountain, and niquita the highest mountain in Portugal, and see Dance the sunset with a group of Bailinho da Madeira Eat a meal cooked on vulcanic Go on a Catamaran trip to soil watch dolphins and whales Catch a ferry between islands Take a ride by cable car in Monte Go to São Jorge and climb Pico Swim in the Natural Poolsdas of da Esperança or Morro Porto Moniz and Doca das Velas Cavacas, in Funchal Take a bath in geothermal pools and springs
Go to Pico Quiosque Ruivo Tomé and watch the sunset and sunrise Drink Kima, a typical Azorean Go to Porto Santo soda Visit Dão Lourenço Sunbathe in a dark sand Pointbeach VisitBolo Eat Gorreana do Cacoinand São espetadas Miguel, the only tea plantation in Do a Levada Europe
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SEVEN CITIES LAGOON This stunning lagoon, known for its two-coloured water, blue and green, is one of the most well-known touristic spots in the São Miguel Islands.
ANGR A DO HEROÍSMO
This city is the historical capital of the Azores. The richness of its history and cultural heritage led to the Angra do Heroísmo City Central being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
FURNAS DE SÃO MIGUEL Furnas are well known for their thermal waters and pools, and for the Terra Nostra Hotel, which features a natural hot spring pool, and the Terra Nostra Park. In Furnas, you can also try leavened cake (bolo lêvedo) and a curious stew cooked underground thanks to the hot volcanic soil.
CALD EIRA VELHA IN SÃO MIGUEL The Natural and Regional Monument of Caldeira Velha is located in Ribeira Grande, São Miguel Island, Azores archipelago and is a biosphere reserve of great importance for the Laurisilva forests.
LAGOA DO FOGO IN SÃO MIGUEL Lagoa do Fogo is one of the largest lagoons of the Azores and the second largest on São Miguel Island, classified as a nature reserve. It has a beach that was recognized as one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal in the Wild Beach category.
TERRA NOSTRA PARK Parque Terra Nostra is a Portuguese botanical garden located in Furnas Valley, Povoação municipality, São Miguel island, Azores archipelago. This park houses one of the largest collections of camellias in the world, with over 600 different sons-in-law and also the largest collection in Europe of Cicas.
MONTE BRASIL Monte Brasil is an extinct volcano that emerged from the sea to join Angra do Heroísmo. It is surrounded by four peaks: Pico das Cruzinhas, Pico do Facho, Pico da Quebrada (where the whale watcher is located) and Pico do Zimbreiro. It is classified as a Recreational Forest Reserve.
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