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THE ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK

SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR YOUR INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY IN PORTUGAL


EDITORIAL Erasmus Student Network Portugal www.esnportugal.org info@esnportugal.org Editors: Communication Committee of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal Copyright: Erasmus Student Network Portugal Edition: 13 388 units Coordination: João Pinto Design and Editing: Sara Sarmento Content: Ana Bárbara Pereira, João Pinto, Gonçalo Silva, João Costa To the fourteen ESN sections across Portugal, thank you for your contribution.

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INDEX I. WELCOME TO PORTUGAL | PAGE 4 Welcome note by ESN Portugal Welcome note by AN Erasmus+ What is the Erasmus+ Programme? What is the Europass Mobility?

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II. THE ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK | PAGE 10 What is ESN? Which projects do we have for you? Which services do we have for you? Which events do we organise for you?

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III. SURVIVING IN PORTUGAL | PAGE 20 Healthcare Finance ans Post Services Accommodation Mobile and Legal Services Learning Portuguese Getting around

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IV. DISCOVERING PORTUGAL WITH ESN | PAGE 30 North What to Expect Braga Bragança Guimarães Porto Vila Real Centre What to Expect Aveiro Castelo Branco Coimbra Covilhã Leiria Tomar Lisbon and the Tagus Valley What to Expect Lisbon Alentejo What to Expect Évora Algarve What to Expect Faro Madeira What to Expect Funchal Azores What to Expect

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USEFUL CONTACTS | PAGE 120

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I. WELCOME TO PORTUGAL


WELCOME NOTE BY ESN PORTUGAL Dear International students, On behalf of the board of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal and all the members across the country, I welcome you to Portugal​!​ Every year we invest more and more time and effort to give you the best experience possible and to make you feel at home apart from home. The Erasmus Student Network - or ESN, as you will remember it afterwards - is an international organisation made by and for students on a voluntary basis. This shows that everything is done with pleasure, commitment and above all, with the love of doing it so that we can help you! The Survival Guide is a tool we create every year to help your integration in Portugal.​​​You will find a checklist of what to do and visit acros​s the country where an ESN section is present. Feel free to contact them since they will be happy to assist you! ​ Also, within this guide​,​you will find general information about transportation, communications and many others, so explore it as much as you can and make sure to use all the discounts that we have for you. Do not forget to also explore the website of each ESN section as they have plenty of opportunities to give. You will also find all the international projects of ESN and the national events we organise every year for you, such as the ESNOlympics and the Erasmus National Meeting (ENM). You will have lots of fun, meet new friends and even have the opportunity to share your culture!​​ ​​ You might not know it but you are in the country that was last year awarded as the best country in the ESN network, which we only earned thanks to you! We want to keep on improving so we count on your support to keep on getting better. We hope that by the end of your exchange programme you will feel “saudade”, a Portuguese-only word that expresses the bittersweetness of wanting to live again moments that can no longer be lived. Welcome to Portugal!

João Costa, President of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal

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WELCOME NOTE BY NATIONAL AGENCY ERASMUS+ EDUCATION AND LEARNING 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 competencies 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 enchanted music. After this, you will certainly feel inspired for your future, and it is in Portugal where 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 free circulate within our continent to study, work and live! Agência Nacional Erasmus+ Educação e Formação A: Praça de Alvalade, 12, 1749-070 Lisboa - PORTUGAL T: +351 210 101 900 F: +351 210 101 910 E: agencianacional@erasmusmais.pt I: www.erasmusmais.pt

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WHAT IS THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME? Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme for boosting skills and employability through education, training, youth, and sport providing opportunities for over 4 million Europeans between 2014 and 2020 The Erasmus+ programme now covers five major areas: • School education; • Vocational education and training; • Higher Education; • Adult Education; • European Integration. Participating countries can work with neighbourhood countries, non-EU Balkan countries, Asia, Africa and Latin America to develop their educational systems through opportunities for: • Students including studies (at Master’s level), traineeships in business and Erasmus+ Master loans; • Staff to undertake professional development activities and attending workshops delivered by businesses; • Cooperation between institutions by delivering joint masters’ programmes in a consortium; • Cooperation between companies and higher education institutions sharing knowledge; • Cooperation outside the EU through joint projects to modernise teaching methods, materials and curricula, and structural projects, including the involvement of national authorities aiming to increase an organisation’s competencies or expertise.

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WHAT IS THE EUROPASS MOBILITY? The Europass Mobility is a document recognized in all countries of the European Union, European Economic Area countries and candidate countries. It allows the formal registration of any length of time spent by the holder in another European country for the purpose of education or vocational training (European learning pathways): an internship; a study period or a voluntary placement in an NGO. The European pathway is monitored by two organizations, one based in the country of origin and the other in the host country. Both partners define the purpose, content and duration of the European learning pathway. Where can I get the Europass Mobility (EM)? To obtain the document, the applicant must participate in study period, vocational training or voluntary service carried out in one of the eligible countries as part of a project agreed between two institutions the sending institution and the host institution. The institution responsible in the preparation of the mobility period and sending the participants (sending institution) must apply for the EM to the National Europass Centre in your country. Why should I need the Europass Mobility? This document registers the knowledge and skills acquired during a mobility period abroad; provides information on the experience acquired in a European context; facilitates a job search and / or a learning opportunity in the European Union, by giving greater visibility to the results achieved; is a personal document that contains individual information only and can be an annex to your Europass Curriculum Vitae.

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II. THE ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK


WHAT IS ESN? The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student organisation founded in 1989 to develop and promote student exchange. ESN is the biggest student association in Europe, working with more than 800 Higher Education institutions in over 39 countries, gathering around 34.000 young volunteers (active members and buddies) under the motto “students helping students”. ESN operates on three levels: local, national and international. It works for a more flexible and mobile education environment, enhancing student exchange and providing an multicultural experience to those not able to have a period abroad (“internationalisation at home”). ESN works towards the interests of international students, improving their social and academic integration, representing their needs and rights and motivating students to study abroad. Homecoming students are not left aside: when returning from their period abroad, their understanding concerning a foreign environment is very appreciated and needed. Ultimately, it’s what makes these students suitable for helping, thus improving the experience of incoming students. In fact, many ESN sections were set up by former exchange students. ESN aims for a more cultured and experienced young society, ready to make a change in Europe’s future, motivated and open minded. Therefore, every action contributes to the development of the network, as well as its volunteers.

This is ESN.

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WHICH PROJECTS DO WE HAVE FOR YOU? SocialErasmus SocialErasmus is a project developed on the international level of ESN, aiming to involve international students on the local community, stimulating their action in social and cultural matters. The project focuses on several areas of active citizenship, such as charity, the environment, and education.

Mov’in Europe Mov’in Europe is a project providing detailed information for students, young people and graduates on mobility programmes. Aiming to raise awareness about mobilty, activities such as language tandems, conferences and campaigns on the matter are taking place all over Europe.

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ExchangeAbility

ExchangeAbility is a project focusing on providing opportunities for students with disabilities to experience exchange programmes, and to be more active and involved on the international and intercultural atmosphere, overcoming barriers and making ESN an accessible organisation.

Responsible Party Responsible Party is a project aiming to raise awareness on the effects of excessive alcohol consumption amongst students, by providing tips and information in an engaging way, promoting a more enjoiable party environment.

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WHICH SERVICES DO WE HAVE FOR YOU? ESNcard ESNcard is the membership card of the Erasmus Student Network. With it, you have access to several discounts and services offered by ESN and our partners, in many countries around Europe. You can get your ESNcard in the ESN section of your university and get the chance to participate in a number of events, trips, among other activities planned by the local ESN section. For more information, and to check all the discounts available visit esncard.org.

Erasmusintern.org ErasmusIntern.org provides a service where organisations and companies can publish their traineeships, to which students can apply or search for opportunities abroad. It aims to bring to light international traineeship opportunities and integrate students on the European job market.

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MapAbility

MapAbility is a part of the ExchangeAbility project, which aims to create maps of accessibility in each European Higher Education institution, providing students with disabilities a guide for opportunities all around Europe.

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WHICH EVENTS DO WE ORGANISE FOR YOU?

Local events Staying at home is not an option facing all the weekly ESN events happening around the country. Every section has its own programme, but you sure can count on sports and cultural activities, trips, pubcrawls and eurodinners in each one. There is also a Buddy Programme, to which international students can apply, getting a local student to help with their integration. A Tandem Programme is also available for language exchange in a teach-and-learn concept. Be a part of all of this and make the best out of you exchange experience!

ESNOlympics ESNOlympics is our national sports event, gathering teams of echange students from every portuguese ESN section for two days of healthy competition, fairplay and fun. You can join the local team or simply cheer for your mates. The winning team will represent Portugal on the International ESNOlympics, so hurry up and start warming up!

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Erasmus National Meeting ENM - Erasmus National Meeting: Yes, around 1000 international students gathering together in a Spring break concept for four days of sun, beach activites and parties.The best time of your exchange experience, some would say. So talk to your local section and get your spot on the best event ESN Portugal has prepared for you!

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III. SURVIVING IN PORTUGAL


HEALTHCARE Citizens from the EU member states benefit from the same treatment and costs as a portuguese citizen within the National Health Service (SNS) by showing the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If your countr yis not included in this category, you must get some kind of medical insurance or health benefits arrangement throughout your stay in Portugal or, after 3 months living in Portugal, you can also apply to the National Health Service Card in any local Health Centre or “Loja do Cidadão”, getting the same healthcare as any portuguese citizen. To get an appointment you must go to the nearest health centre or hospital, carrying your EHIC. Although hospital treatments have a small fee associated, any other examination such as x-rays and lab exams may be charged aside. Dental treatment is usually not under the portuguese public health programme. There is always a pharmacy open at any hour and you can check the ones open at Sundays or durint the night on the green cross or on the information posted at the entrance of the nearest pharmacy.

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FINANCE AND POST SERVICES Portugal integrates the Eurozone so, if you come from a member country, you won’t get any trouble with the currency. If not, you can convert your currency to euros in any airport or bank branch. As a student, it might be easier for you to open an account since you can do it for free and be able to top up your phone, pay the bills and withdraw cash from any ATM box without paying any extra fee charged by your country’s bank.

Portugal has a state-owned postal service called CTT spread all over the country in the city centres. You may also find many red mailboxes to drop your mail off. Concerning parcels, you have several companies with which to send, therefore you can choose the one that fits your needs.


ACCOMMODATION Every portuguese university has official student residencies/dormitories for which you can apply as a student and live the college 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. Another issue in finding a house is that many landlords probably don’t speak english so it can be hard to get a good housing contract on your own. Some tips on finding a place: • Check the local newspapers or accommodation offers in your university or ESN section (it may have a deal for Erasmus students) or websites in house renting; • It can be hard to find a place with a formal contract that provides a legal agreement; check if the housing expences (bills) are included on the renting price; • Be aware about the house policy towards late hours noise, pets and daily tasks agreements; • Do not trust most agency photos of the house but go look it up in person.

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MOBILE SERVICES Once you arrive in Portugal it will be better if you get yourself a portuguese SIM card, since it’s cheaper. You can also top it up at any ATM box or phone operator store and stay in touch with your family and friends by getting a special plan that allows you to communicate for free to your country. Ask your ESN section for a SIM card and you can get the best offer in the region for free, including texts, calls, internet and apps.


FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO START USING YOUR CARD To start using your WTF card, insert it into the corresponding slot of your smartphone. Then, follow these steps: 1. You will receive an SMS in few minutes asking you to click in the welcome.wtf.pt link, so you can decide which mobile plan suits you the best – W, T or F. The included benefits are the same; the only thing that changes is the amount of data traffic included in the tariff (see the differences in “Everything you want from only €8.20 per month”). As the SMS is in Portuguese, check the last topic “SMS translations” to find their meaning while start practicing our language J. In case you do not own a smartphone, please dial 16107 and press 5 to speak to one of our assistants, which will help you to complete this process. 2. Then, you have to go to a NOS store to top up your card with 8.20, €10.50 or €15.50 , according to the mobile plan you have chosen on Step 1. This amount will guarantee the benefits of your tariff for one month. To continue to use your card you must have this minimum amount available every month, in the same date. 3. Finally, you will receive an SMS asking you to reply with your passport or student card number. Please complete this step to continue using your WTF card.

EVERYTIME YOU TOP UP €10 OR MORE, YOU GET A BONUS OF €2,50 More information at erasmus.wtf.pt

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LEGAL SERVICES As a result of the right to free movement within the European area, mobility has become a constant of our time, widespread mainly due to a range of new professional challenges or training opportunities. The right, which is also a challenge, to move for a new territory also creates situations of uncertainty, doubt, and risk, within a range of matters, in particular, regarding the labor market, relations with educational institutions, acquisition or renting properties. Our company, FAF, aware of these changes, is developing solutions and skills, in particular, a global platform, with the aim of providing to any citizen who, for one reason or another, is outside their country, their usual environment, information, advice and support in the most different situations. This platform is accessible through our website at www. faf-advogados.com and we are also available by email to any enquiries you might require at geral@faf-advogados.com.

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LEARNING PORTUGUESE Did you know that Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language worldwide? And that it is also the 3rd most spoken european language in the world? Here you have your answer on why you should learn portuguese. Since the conquests’ times, portuguese has been spread over 3 different continents. If you originate from a Latin language, it may not be that hard for you to learn portuguese. If you are not included in this category, don’t worry - It is all a matter of practice! There are even portuguese words with no translation – like “saudade” meaning a deep nostalgic feeling towards someone or something that might never return, far from “missing someone/ something”. Portuguese is extremely passionate and meaningful, filled with singing-like sounds. You will not want to leave your Erasmus life here without learning at least the basics!

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GETTING AROUND As a student and a young person, there are special discounts in public transports, such as bus and train passes that you can purchase for a comfortable price and which can be used monthly or in any other option, depending on the region and season. There are railways and bus routes throughout the whole country, all you need to do is check the best way to get to your destination. Taking the train might be more comfortable and cheaper. You may as well want to visit our amazing islands, Azores and Madeira. You can get your plane ticket and go to one of our 4 continental airports located in Oporto, Lisbon, Algarve or Beja. Hitchhiking is not very common in Portugal, so if you are willing to try, take note that most drivers are not used to giving people rides. Be cautious with whom you are travelling if you do so. Remember to check with the nearest ESN section to get the best discounts. Portugal is waiting for you!

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IV. DISCOVERING PORTUGAL WITH ESN


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WHAT TO EXPECT

It was in the North region that Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the Portuguese became a people and a nation. Porto, a World Heritage city, is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the region. It is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da Música and the Serralves Museum. And also for its School of Architecture which bred names like Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura, both winners of the Pritzker Prize. The region is crossed by the River Douro which enters Portugal between the ravines and mountains of the interior to flow through the entire World Heritage landscape where the Port and Douro wines are produced, near Vila Real. It is from here that the wine is sent to the lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia, as the cruises touring the region make their way upriver.

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In this area of mountains and natural parks, the region’s heritage is seen in its castles, such as the one in Guimarães, and the shrines and churches which are the stage for pilgrimages in the summer. You will find the Baroque architecture of Northern Portugal in its stone and gilded carvings side by side with rural chapels. In its cities, which retain a human scale, such as Viana do Castelo, Braga, Lamego, Chaves and Vila Real, and in the manor houses and stately halls, you will find the genuine Portuguese people, who like to share their table, their customs and traditions. In the North of Portugal, the joy and gratitude for all we have and are is experienced in the most spontaneous way. (Source: Visit Portugal)

The North was inhabited by

the Celts for many centuries. Some of the cultural traditions have Celtic roots and the Caretos are one of the best representations. Men disguised as colourful devils run the streets making noise during Carnival.

Did you know that... Find out more about the North.

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BRAGA

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary

Also known as Santuário do Bom Jesus de Braga, it is the symbol of the city, where art and nature meet, making it a sacred and resting place. The church is an example of the Portuguese neoclassical style. The high part of the city is connected to the sanctuary by monumental staircases, it is also connected to the sanctuary by a funicular or elevator, that follows a path parallel to the monumental staircases. Opened in 1882, it was the first funicular in the Iberian Peninsula.

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Sameiro Sanctuary

The construction of this sanctuary started on the 14th of July of 1863. The sanctuary is the biggest Portuguese centre of Marian devotion after Fátima. The temple, completed on the 20th century, stands out inside by its main altar, as well as by the tabernacle.

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Congregados Basílica

Located on the parish of São José de São Lázaro, it is part of the Congregados Convent. The basilica was designed by architect André Soares and built on the 16th century, although it wasn’t concluded until the 20th century. The statues at the front - St. Phillipe of Nery and St. Martin of Dume - were lifted to their places on 16th of February of 1964 and were created by the sculptor Manuel da Silva Nogueira.

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Braga Cathedral

“Older than Braga’s Cathedral” is a popular expression used to define the seniority of something, which supports how old the cathedral is. According to lore the diocese of Braga was created on the 3rd century, but is only confirmed by history since the year 400. Next to the cathedral is its collection, which gathers various pieces gathered throughout the ages.

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Monastery of St. Martin of Tibães

The old mother house of the Portuguese Order of St. Benedict is located on the parish of Mire de Tibães, 6 km northwest of the city of Braga. It was shut down in 1833-1834 due to the extinction of the religious orders in Portugal and its assets, furniture, and properties were sold to the public in a process which only ended in 1864 with the purchase of the monastic building. From the 70s, the monastery lost its assets and was abandoned.

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Theatro Circo

The edification started in 1911 and ended in 1914. A theatre with capacity for 1500 people and one of the biggest and most beautiful Portuguese theatres. It opened on the 21th of April of 1915. Theatro Circo was restored and modernised on 1999. It is one of the most charismatic concert halls of the country with a programme that obeys to high criteria of quality and eclecticism.

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Biscaínhos Museum

It is installed on the Biscaínhos Palace built on the 16th century (Baroque period). The museum presents to the public a sequence of spaces which show an insight to the occupations, likes, and traditions of our ancestors of the nobility of the 17th and 18th century. The gardens of the 18th century are a show of artistic and environmental beauty.

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Bucket List Go to “Bananeiro” before the Christmas Eve and drink moscatel with bananas. Take a walk to Bom Jesus and, if possible, climb a little higher to Sameiro. Disguise yourself as a Roman during the Roman Fair of Braga. Dress all up in white in the “White Night”. Taste an ice cream at “Spirito”. See a show in GNRation. Bathe on the fountain of the Main Avenue, on the day of the academic parade. Eat a “frigideira” (traditional snack) at “Frigideiras do Cantinho”. Watch a game of S.C.Braga. Eat a “francesinha” at “Taberna Belga”. Taste the green wine. Buy a plastic hammer and hammer the largest number of heads in the Night of St. John. Drink something at the bars near the Braga Cathedral. Have dinner at Bira dos Namorados (restaurant) drinking sangria. Watch the Easter processions. Dress up as a “farricoco”in Easter. Ride a horse at Bom Jesus. Go boating at Bom Jesus. Have a picnic at Bom Jesus. Have a coffee at “Galo”. Sing on one of the outdoor stages of the city centre in front of everyone. Watch at least one theatre piece at MIMARTE, in the beginning of July. Bathe in the river of Prado (parish) near Braga. Meet the cultural coffeehouse/bar “Velha à Branca”. Watch a show at “TeatroCirco”. Eat a “fartura” or during the Festivities of St. John. Eat a “pão com chouriço” at the Roman Fair of Braga. Drink at once every time you’re holding a glass with the right hand. Visit the Image Museum. Eat lupines in a bar near Braga Cathedral.

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BRAGANÇA

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Bragança Castle

Located in the heart of the old city of Bragança, the Castle is known for its walls and tower. The Military Museum is a must see.

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Domus Municipalis

Unique in the Iberian Peninsula, the Domus Municipalis was the place where the Nobles gathered to discuss the matters of the city. Underneath it, there is a water reservoir that was used by the population during moments of drought.

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Santo

It’s one of those places you can’t miss in this city. Santo provides to its visitors a fantastic view over Bragança. It’s also the place where young people gather to make barbecues and have fun.

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Sé velha

The main square and church are located in here. Around it it’s the center of commerce of the City. It’s also the place where every year the Serenata Académica is held. It symbolizes the beginning of the Queima das Fitas.

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Santa Maria Church

Built under the influences of the baroque style, it was built in the 16th century and it´s the oldest church in Bragança.

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Castro de Avelãs Monastery

The church used to be part of a Benedictine monastery from the 12th century. Nowadays, only the Romanic heading and apses in semicircular shape are preserved, as well as the blind superimposed arches. This church is unique in Portugal due to its shape and brick positioning. It is certainly linked with the churches of the order of Cluny and the Camino de Santiago.

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Graça Morais Contemporary Art Museum

This museum was opened in 2008 in Bragança thanks to the cooperation between Spain and Portugal as regards culture. It houses a permanent collection by painter Graça Morais, composed of evoking portraits of the inhabitants of Trás-os-Montes, as well as more abstract works. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions.

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Bucket List Visit the Bragança Castle. Take a selfie at Domus muanicipalis. Take a panoramic picture at “Torre Menagem” ( main tower). Take part in the wild nature tours in Bragança. Burn the devil in the traditional celebration ( 1000 devil’s parade). Sing with Dª Nanda while tasting traditional cuisine of Bragança in “O Copinhos”. Drink a round of beers mugs all together in “Petrotuela. Try our mushroms. Drink a Premium Gin Tonic in Lagoa Azul. Eat “Posta” in Abel. Take a selfie in Miranda do Douro, Mirandela, Macedo, Moncorvo, Foz Côa. Travel up the Rio Douro, ( Unesco’s Heritage), by boat until Régua. Go to Azibo lake and make a picnic. Party like an animal in ENM 2016- Erasmus National Meeting. Meet Mike Hunt. Take a selfie under water in our Pool Party. Participate in regional activities. Take part in academic events in Bragança. Queima das Fitas. Freshman’s reception week. Hug a friend while “Amigos para sempre” is being played by Real Tuna Universitária de Bragança. Make a toast with RTUB in Tasquinhas. Visit the local markets. Take part in IPB 4 ALL activities. Try “Charabanada” in Barnabé. Go to municipal theater to see FITAB- Festival Internacional de Tunas Académicas de Bragança. Visit museums. Take part in a Bar’s Rally. Visit the traditional village “Rio de Onor”. Go to Quintanilha’s river.

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GUIMARÃES

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Guimarães Castle

In the middle of the 10th century the Countess Mumadona Dias had a monastery built. She decided to built a fortress to protect the monks and the local Christian community from the constant attacks from the Moorish. The ancient Castle of Guimarães appeared. On the 12th century, the Count Dom Henrique and Mistress Teresa moved in the Castle of Guimarães, where Dom Afonso Henriques probably was born.

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Palace of the Dukes of Bragança

Its construction was ordered on the 15th century by Dom Afonso, the first Duke of Bragança. On the 19th century it was converted into barracks. In the middle of the 20th century, after being abandoned, it was restored and converted into a museum, hosting a collection from the 17th and 18th century. The palace also has the noble task of official residence of the President of the Republic of Portugal on the second floor, when he has to travel to the north of the country.

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Santiago Square

On this square existed a small chapel of the 17th century devoted to Saint James, which was demolished by the end of the 19th century. It’s possible to located on the square, by a paved granite flooring.Santiago Square is a nice place at any given point of the day. You can enjoy the open-air coffeehouses and bars. It’s an amazing spot at nigh time, being one of the main places of gathering and socializing between residents and visitors.

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Oliveira Square

On this beautiful square you’ll found the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church completed in 1387. Besides the church, you will also see Padrão do Salado, an historic monument unique in the country due to its shape and architecture. There is also the Domus Municipalis, a majestic monument which was the castle of the parishes on the end of the 14th century, with five oriel windows and a statue representing Guimarães in the front of the building.

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Penha Mountain

Penha Mountain is the highest point of Guimarães and from it’s top, where is a statue of Pope Pius IX, its possible to see magnificent views that stretch up to the ocean. The area has several equipment that must be highlighted, such as a camping site, a mini-golf course, a touristic mini-train, an equestrian centre, promenades, picnic areas, monuments, caves, and viewpoints.

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Vila Flor Cultural Centre

Vila Flor Cultural Centre is a current reference area on the national cultural landscape. It is located on the old town, included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. It was created with the purpose of giving life to more than 15 years of cultural journey in the city, but also to decentralize the cultural routes of the country, allowing Guimarães to be a part of them.

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City Park

The city of Guimarães has this space of 30 hectares to sport and recreation activities, equipped with sporty devices, footpaths, picnic areas, and a restaurant/bar.

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Bucket List See the sunset at Oliveira Square. Relax in the city park. Discover all the city’s cloisters. Eat ice cream at Santiago Square. Discover the interior of all the churches of Guimarães. Invade the factories of the pastry shops at dawn and ask for a cake. Get to Monte da Penha by cable car. Get to Monte da Penha by foot. Eat a jesuíta (pastry). Go to the Santa Marinha Inn and observe the city. Participate in the vegetable garden of the community of Guimarães. Participate in the Afonsina Fair Discover the town’s history through the Alberto Sampaio library. Visit Citânia de Briteiros (settlement). Walk through the alleys of the town at night. Discover all the alleys of the old part of the town. Drink an “abafadinho” at Oliveira Square. Enjoy an amazing dinner in the terraces of Oliveira Square Visit the Platform of the Arts and Creativity. Watch a café-concert at Centro Cultural Vila Flor. Watch a theatrical performance at Centro Cultural Vila Flor. Relax in the gardens of Vila Flor Palace. Get to know the oldest inhabitants of the town. Find the courtyards in the older blocks of town. Relax in the gardens at the Castle of Guimarães. Eat the typical foods “papas de sarrabulho” and “rojões”. Enjoy Pinheiro Street Festivity. Learn to play the typical “box” of the Nicolinas Street Festivities. Learn the pronunciation of Guimarães. Watch the derby match Vitória S.C. vs. S.C.Braga.

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PORTO

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Torre dos Clérigos

Porto’s Eiffel Tower.. but a lot smaller. One of the city’s most characteristic symbols, you have an amazing view over Porto from the top of the tower.

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São Bento

Inaugurated in 1916, the historical station is known for its tile (azulejo) panels that depict scenes of the History of Portugal.

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Palácio de Cristal

This beautifully scenic park is dominated by a huge domed pavilion built in 1956 which replaced the 19th century iron-and-glass “Crystal Palace.” Today’s pavilion serves as a venue for concerts and sporting events. It is surrounded by a lake, flowerbeds, and roaming peacocks, all overlooking the Douro River, of which there are superb views. There is also a multimedia library, an auditorium, a cafeteria, and the Romantic Museum.

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Casa da Música

Is a major concert hall space in Porto, which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras: Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. Intended as part of Porto’s designation as the European Culture Capital in 2001, it is the only concert hall in the world with two walls entirely made of glass.

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Parque da Cidade

The City Park is the largest urban park in Portugal, with an area of 83 hectares that stretch out as far as the Atlantic Ocean, which is globally something of a rarity. One of the `100 most remarkable works constructed in Portugal in the 20th century`

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Lello Bookshop

The brothers Lello opened the bookshop in 1906, a symbol of Porto for all those who visit it. The Lello Bookshop is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal and has been described as the “third best bookstore in the world”. Harry Potter fans will be interested to know that JK Rowling is believed to have drawn part of her inspiration for the series from spending time at the Lello Bookshop. Hogwarts stairs were inspired in this library.

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Serralves Museum

Designed by Siza Vieira, it’s the most important contemporary art museum of the country.

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Bucket List Try the traditional restaurants called “tascas” (Casa Guedes, Badalhoca, Conga, Petiscaria Santo António). Visit the wine cellars and try Porto Wine. Go on a boat trip in the Douro river. Visit the “Bolhão” Market and buy fresh food. Go to Virtudes Garden and enjoy the sunset. Go to the beach in Foz and try a caipirinha. Try Porto’s famous dish: Francesinha. Go out in the Galerias de Paris street. Go to the Miguel Bombarda Street in the 1st Saturday of each month for the art exhibitions inauguration. Try a surf class. Watch a concert in Casa da Música. Visit the Lello Bookshop. Visit Piolho, the oldest café in Porto. Go to the top of Serra do Pilar. Participate in the academic week of Queima das Fitas. Drink a shot of Bagaço. Listen to Fado in front of the Douro river, at Tasca da Piedade. See the peacocks at Palácio de Cristal. Watch a game of Futebol Clube do Porto at Estádio do Dragão. Eat sardines in Ribeira. Visit the Planetary. Take a breakfast at a bakery in Downtown Porto, at 7AM, after a party. Drink a coffee at Majestic. Go play Bingo. Bathe at the Fonte dos Leões Drink a mini beer at 77. Spend S. João (night of 23th of June) in Porto, with a toy hammer in your hands. Attend a festival of academic tunas. Ride the Funicular of Guindães. Spend a Monday night at the bars of Ribeira.

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VILA REAL

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Red Bridge or the Steel Bridge

Built in 1904 replacing the Santa Margarida, which used to be the only way from the river to the springs. Two years later after contruction, a railway was built.

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Corgo Park

With the name of the river that goes through it, this park is the lungs of the city. With its old mills, a maintenance course to those who like to do sports and many other equipments, these 33 hectares will surely catch your attention in a sunny day.

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Alvão Nature Park

The park is situated in the Serra do Alvão and occupies more than 7 000 hectares. It is an area with granite and schist formations of great geological and scenic interest, where the waterfall of the river Olo stands out. The fauna is abundant and diversified, where you can find several species of animals, amongst which the Iberian wolf.

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Fisgas do Ermelo

It is a waterfall located in Mondim de Basto and it’s one of the largest waterfalls in Portugal and most of Europe. In the summer you can bathe in the lagoons nearby.

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Mateus Palace

This baroque palace located in the civil parish of Mateus was built by Nicolau Nasoni in the 18th century. It’s one of the most beautiful and known national monuments.

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Vila Velha Museum

Located inside a recent building, in here you can see artworks of pottery and artifacts found in the city.

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Image and Sound Museum

It was built through the necessity of preserving the collection of the extinct Teatro Avenida.Several items have been added after the Museum was opened which were donated by institutions or private collectors. The Museum covers the history of the three main Theatres in Vila real but also the history of Cinema and Photography.

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Bucket List

Taste Pito and Gancha. Taste Covilhete. Taste Cristas de Galo. Explore the Alvão. Drink Traçadinho. Have dinner at Baca Belha. Pioledo (bars area). Go to Caloirada Aos Montes and/or the Academic Week. Visit UTAD´s Botanical Garden. Visit Vila Velha Museum. See a play at Vila Real’s Theatre. Visit the Sound and Image Museum. Pay a visit to Palácio de Mateus. Be a frequent at the Erasmus Meeting Point. Go to the Barraquinhas Academicas in Bclub. Try the Racing Simulator. Watch the Vila Real Races. Go camping at Alvão. Visit Fisgas de Ermelo. Go visit Barragem do Sordo. Try a shot of Bagaço.

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In the interior of the country, there are mountains and villages of granite and schist. By the sea, fishing villages and cosmopolitan beaches with water sports set the pace of the day. And everywhere centuries old heritage proudly displays the history of the region. Some of these places are so important for humanity that they have been included in the UNESCO list of world heritage. This is the case of the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, the Convent of Christ in Tomar and Coimbra University. But there are other unique features that are well worth discovering. For example, the historic villages and castles that defended the nation’s borders. The Schist Villages and the towns of whitewashed houses, like Óbidos, a treasure within walls. The cities, where modernity is combined with tradition – Coimbra, the university city, Aveiro between the Ria and the sea, and Viseu, Guarda and Castelo Branco, in which the stone architecture retains traces of an immemorial past.

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Serra da Estrela, the highest peak in mainland Portugal, is the star of the mountains, with its endless landscapes and glacial lagoons. But there are also the Lousã, Açor and Caramulo ranges, where you can discover nature by hiking or by bike. Here you can also try rock climbing, abseiling, rafting or canoeing, for example in the Naturtejo Geopark, a preserved area where several species of birds and animals live. The crystal clear waters that rise from the thermal springs balance the body and soul. And the beaches! River beaches surrounded by forests and coastal beaches open to the Atlantic ocean, provide certain freshness on hot summer days. They are also well known spots for surfers from around the world, who come for the perfect waves in Peniche, and even the giant waves in Nazaré. There are flavours for every palate to comfort the stomach: cheese and sausages, bouillabaisses and roast suckling pig, honey and convent sweets; and for raising the spirits, you can rely on the excellent wines from the demarcated regions. They are all the product of the know-how of the people, who are genuinely welcoming in receiving their visitors with the best they have to offer. (Source: Visit Portugal)

The West Coast is rich in big waves

just waiting to be surfed. In 2011 the Hawaiian Garrett McNamara surfed a wave it almost 24 metres high near Nazaré, This record was recognised by the Guiness Book as the highest wave ever surfed.

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AVEIRO

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Aveiro Lagoon

The Aveiro Lagoon is a result of the retreat of the sea, with the formation of sandy shores that, from the XVI century, started to form a lagoon that forms one of the most beautiful and important geographical accidents on the portuguese coast.

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Moliceiros

It’s the name of the typical boats present on the Ria de Aveiro, the lagoon region of the Vouga river. This vessel was originally used to catch the seaweed, but nowadays it is used as an attraction among turists.

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Praça do Peixe

The construction of the “Fish Square”, unique example of the iron architecture in Aveiro, appeared in one of the most typical spaces of the city, where currently you can find the majority of the amusements of the city nightlife.

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The Jesus Monastery

The Jesus Monastery (1465–1874), currently the Aveiro Museum, is located on the Glória parish, Aveiro’s county, Portugal. It was a monastery of the feminine Dominican order and today it is an important museum, owner of a diversified acquis with a particular focus on particular art or Sacra.

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Aveiro Cathedral

The origins of the Aveiro’s Church goes back to the XV century. It was by the time the church of the S. Domingos convent, founded in 1423 by the Infant D. Pedro.

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Barra Beach Lighthouse

Aveiro’s lighthouse or Barra’s lighthouse is the biggest lighthouse of Portugal. It’s on the Barra beach, Gafanha da Nazaré’s parish, Ílhavo’s county, Aveiro’s district. It was the sixth biggest of the world in stone brickwork, is still the second biggest of the Iberian Penisula, and also is included on the top 26 of the world.

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Costa Nova Houses

They are called the “wooden houses of Costa Nova”. The first typical houses of this Ilhavo’s county beach were constructed by fishermen. They were used to save the fishing material and had only one room. They are all turned to the bay, they make that area a huge palette of color, with a white background and stripes in green, red, yellow and blue.

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Bucket List Taste ovos moles. Visit the University. Cross the Crasto bridge. Go to the Library or the Museum of Cool Science from the University. Visit the city riding a BUGA. Sightsee on a moliceiro. Cross to São Jacinto by Ferry Boat. Visit the city parks. Visit the Peixe Square on a Thursday night. Visit the salt mines. Taste a shot called traçadinho. Spend a day at Barra Beach. Visit the Aveiro Museum. Spend a day at Costa Nova Beach. Visit the Aveiro Museum. Sing “Aveiro é nosso” with the college students. Taste the Águeda pastries. Got to Águeda by Vouguinha, the country’s oldest train (112 years old). Visit the Barra Beach Lighthouse. Taste the pão-de-ló of Ovar. Try the sweet Tripas de Aveiro. Visit th Maritime Museum of Ílhavo. Go canoeing in the Águeda river Take a walk in the Infante D. Pedro Park. Visit São Jacinto Nature Reserve of Dunes. Take a picture at the “I <3 Aveiro” staircase. Go shopping at the Forum Shopping Centre. Visit Centro de Congressos. Take a bike trip in Salreu. Visit the oldest bridge in Aveiro: the Painted Bridge.

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CASTELO BRANCO

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

CCCB

The Centre of Contemporary Culture recently opened its doors to the public, presenting a major art exhibition of Latin-American art that belong to the prestigious Berardo collection. Around 92 art works from 22 countries can be seen during the year, in a partnership between Berardo foundation and the City Hall of Castelo Branco.

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Cargaleiro Museum

The genius of one of the most outstanding Portuguese contemporary artists, Manuel Cargaleiro, born in Castelo Branco region, has proved to be a creative genius of painting and ceramics.

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City Castle

A Medieval castle in the hilltop of the city, known like “Templar’s Castle”, although very damaged is still possible to see the remaining towers and the beautiful view of the city.

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Sr.ª de Mercoles Sanctuary

3 km away from city center you can find the Sr. ª de Mercoles hermitage (city saint) surrounded by nature and harmony. The celebration is always 15 days after Easter but you can visit the sanctuary all year.

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Cathedral of Castelo Branco

Cathedral of Castelo Branco or Church of St. Michael is a Roman Catholic cathedral. Was built is the Renaissance style in the 17th century and since 1978 is protected as one of the National monuments of Portugal.

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Garden of the Episcopal Palace

This Palace Garden called “Jardim do Paço” is one of the most beautiful Baroque gardens in Portugal, dominated by balconies with iron guards and stone balusters. It has five lakes with ornamented edges here you can find Steps of the king, amazing fountains and water games.

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Europe roundabout

“Rotunda Europa” is the biggest roundabout of the city where there’s a big waterfall. This roundabout in the center of some events of the city and celebrations.

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Bucket List Visit the castle at night. Visit the city lake. Go to Sr.ª de Mércules. Eat a typical cheese. Visit Monsanto. Go to the City Park and Garden of the Episcopal Palace. Drink a ginja in Ti’ Jorge. Go to Latada or Enterro. Visit the museums. Go out in the Old Town. Eat a trança. Enjoy a concert in Cine-teatro Avenida. Do a pedestrian trail in NaturTejo Geopark. Eat a traditional dessert (Tigelada, Papas de Carolo). See Bordados de Castelo Branco building. Visit Belmonte. Visit Portas de Ródão. Eat the typical enchido. Taste a regional wine. Visit Serra da Estrela. Listen to a typical tuna. Play traditional games with your buddies. Visit the six schools of IPCB. Make friends for life. Go to a traditional fair. Enjoy an afternoon at Docas. See the Rotunda Europa at night. Look at the clock tower at midnight. Walk to the S. Martinho mountain. Eat a Portuguese meal in Churrasqueira da Quinta.

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COIMBRA

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University of Coimbra

The University of Coimbra (UC) GCSE Is a public university in the city of Coimbra, Portugal. Founded in 1290 by D.Dinis is one of the oldest universities in the world and in Portugal, it is also one of the biggest of the country. It’s worth visiting the Joanina Library, the Tower of the University, the Chapel of São Miguel and the Capelos’ Room.

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Sé Nova

Baroque style Temple, constructed in 1698 and it is the head office of the Diocese of Coimbra .

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Sé Velha

The Sé Velha was planned by the french Master Roberto in the XII century. The central gate has islamic influences and the lateral gate has an elegant renaissance style. You can also visit the Church’s Interior and the gothic cloister of 1218.

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Conímbriga

Populated since the prehistoric, Conímbriga was occupied by the roman troops in 139 a. C., being the capital of the Lusitanian country. After the barbaric invasions, a lot of the population on the town moved and made what today we call Coimbra.

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Santa Cruz’s Monastery

Church that calls the attention by its architecture: gothic style and an entry that reminds the “fados de Coimbra”, characterized by “morena” stones. Formed by lateral chapels, the church of the Santa Cruz’s Monastery does justice to all the history it represents. Dom Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first King, is buried there.

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Penedo da Saudade

Penedo da Saudade is a park and viewpoint of Coimbra, constructed in 1849, from where you can see all the oriental part of the city up to Mondego river and the Roxo and Lousã mountain. Connected with this culture and its academy, here you can find a diverse vegetation, a lot of commemorative plaques of events linked to the academic life, and also poetry of some students. The oldest one is from 1855.

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Botanical Garden

Planned by Marquês de Pombal, to help the studies in Biology and Botany, its a place with a natural beauty and one of the main places of the city of Coimbra.

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ucket List Eat a pastel de Tentúgal at O Afonso. Ask a Portuguese friend to be your “padrinho” and go to Latada Parade. Surf in Cabedelo. Enjoy the Roman ruins of Conimbriga. Go for a dinner at Zé Manel dos Ossos. Eat a bolinho de bacalhau at the Municipal Market after a late night out. Drink a Laranja Mecânica at Moelas. Visit the Biblioteca Joanina, Sala dos Capelos and Academic Prision. Enjoy the wonderful University of Coimbra and Paço das Escolas. Go to the Serenata Monumental at Sé Velha, during Queima das Fitas. Walk through the Botanical Garden. Enjoy the poetry and romanticism of Penedo da Saudade. Have a pic-nic at Parque Verde. Drink a beer with your right hand. Organise a party at your house. Go to a Jantar de Curso of your university. Ask for leitão at the restaurant Rui dos Leitões or in Mealhada. Organise an all-you-can-eat dinner for 10 at a downtown restaurant. Go jogging in Choupal. Ask a Portuguese student to take a picture with his Harry Potter style cape. Enjoy the shows of Salão Brazil and TAGV. Go for a beer at Praça da República. Enjoy your night out at Sé Velha. Live the best day of your life at Queima das Fitas parade. Have a coffee at Café Santa Cruz. Enjoy live Portuguese music at Diligência Bar. Go to a Fado Night at Fado ao Centro or at Capella. Join the Academic Traditions of Coimbra. Go to the beach at Figueira da Foz. Enjoy the wonderful sunset of Serra da Boa Viagem.

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COVILHÃ&#x192;

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Municipal Square

Situated at the heart of Covilhã, you can visit the City Hall, the Theatre and the Misericórdia Church. There is also a monument paying homage to the trip of Pêro da Covilhã, a diplomat and discoverer of the 15th century

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Church of Santa Maria

It is the most beautiful church in Covilhã. The facade is made with typical Portuguese tiles with saints images.

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Portas do Sol

Here you can see amazing views of the city and landscapes. You can also check out the sundial clock on the ground.

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Carpinteira Bridge

The tallest bridge of Covilhã, it was nominated for European Awards! From this place you can see the whole city, the landscapes surrounding Covilhã as well as Serra da Estrela and Serra da Gardunha. During the night this bridge is illuminated.

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Urban Art

Around the old streets of the city centre there are a lot of modern and urban art on building walls such as paintings and sculptures.

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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 involving it is simply amazing, 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 winter sports such as snowboard and ski as well as playing on the snow.

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Wool Museum

On this museum you have the chance to know more about the main industries in Covilhã, the textile. It presents information about the history of this type of industry due to the fact that it was the economic pillar of the city.

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Bucket List Visit Jardim Monumento à Nossa Senhora da Conceição and see the amazing landscape. You cannot miss the Academic Week parties organized by AAUBI. Go to Lake Garden (Jardim do Lago), take a swim in the pool and chill. Party until 6:00 a.m. in bars and clubs. Have the best day of your life and participate in Latada Parade. Go to the cake factory after a party and eat a pastry. Have a botellón and chill in Public Garden (Jardim Público) Go to Students Serenade at Calvário’s Chapel. Taste some regional food at city center. Have a walk in Rectory Gardens, the most beautiful place in the University. Do not miss the sunrise in Covilhã, also known as the sea of Covilhã. Go for a walk around the mountain and have a barbecue with your friends. Take a swim on Serra da Estrela’s rivers and waterfalls. Visit the Wool Museum at UBI. Participate in a Tunas Festival. Visit the Goldra Garden (Jardim do Goldra), a modern garden. Visit the historical villages and towns around Covilhã. Go to the most beautiful waterfall in Serra da Estrela, Poço do Inferno. Go to the top of Serra da Estrela (Torre). Practice snowboard or ski at the summit of Serra da Estrela. Play with the snow at Serra da Estrela with your friends. Participate in traditional festivals around Covilhã (“Santa Bebiana”, “Chocalhos”, “Festa da Cereja”, etc.). Build a snowman in the snow. Taste Serra da Estrela cheese.

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LEIRIA

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Leiria Castle

Medieval castle, artistically and architectonically representative of the several construction and reconstruction phases since it started being built until the 20th Century. It was the location of several battles for its possession, which originated its re-building in 1190 by the King D. Sancho I and in 1325, by the King D. Dinis.

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Rodrigues Lobo Square

A pillar of development and entertainment of the city as well as its historical centre, this location was one of the first where the population that left the castle walls has settled to live near the river. This area would be later known as Rossio.

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Leiria Museum

Here you can see amazing views of The Leiria Museum is an open window to the memory of the city. Its concept was born during the time of the Liberal Monarchy but its construction only started with the 1th November 1917 Decreet, which created the Regional Museum of Art, Archaeology and Numismatics of Leiria. It’s located in the Convent of Santo Agostinho, built from 1577. the city and landscapes. You can also check out the sundial clock on the ground.

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Rua Direita

It’s one of the most famous streets in Leiria. The Rua Direita (Straight Street), how it is more commonly known until today, has gotten the name of Rua Barão de Viamonte in 1881. This straight street that is actually crooked has been crossed by the writer Eça de Queiroz.

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Sé de Leiria

At the request of D. João II to the Paulo III Pope, the Leiria diocese has been created on the 22nd May 1545 because of the reduced size of the former buildings.

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Luís de Camões Garden

In this public garden, one of the most important city events took place: The Bicentennial District Exhibition of 1940, simultaneously with its Lisbon counterpart.

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Nazaré Beach

One of the most iconic beaches of the Leiria district and the one where the biggest wave of the world has been surfed on.

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Bucket List Go to the door-to-door festival. Participate in the historical re-enaction “Viagem à Leiria Moderna”. Go to the José Lúcio da Silva theatre. Ride a Mobilis. Eat leitão at Boavista. Visit the João Soaes House. Visit the Sactuary of Miracles. Taste the broas de batata doce. Visit the Senhora da Encarnação Church. Go to the Castle walls. Walk along the river. Spend an afternoon at a terrace on the Rodrigues Lobo Square. Visit the Leiria Football Stadium. Go to Óbidos. Visit the Alcobaça Monastery. Go to Terreiro at night. Take a picture on the windows of the Leiria Castle. Visit the Ervideira Lagoon. Go to the Santana Market. Go up the aeroplane that is located at the City Park. Visit the Monte Real hot springs. Go to the Fátima Sanctuary. Go to the May fair. Go to Vale do Lapedo. Visit the Crime do Padre Amaro route. See the serenade. Visit the River Lis springs. Attend the Recepção do Caloiro or/and the Semana Académica de Leiria. Visit the Escritores route.

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TOMAR

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Convent of Christ and Tomar Castle

Historical Headquarter from the Knights Templar and the Order of Christ in Portugal. Here are represented several architectural styles from the History of Portugal, including its biggest example from the Manuelino style, unique in Portugal: the Janela do Capitulo.

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Sinagogue

The oldest sinagogue in Portugal and the only surviving renaissance example. It houses the permanent exhibition Religious Life Artifacts of the Jewish Communities Around the World.

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Forest of Sete Montes

A forest and park planted by the Order of Christ, with several pedestrian routes, recreation areas, and monkish monuments.

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Levada Museum

One of the oldest factories in Portugal, transformed in a temporary exhibition venue. It has been constructed on an artificial island on the Nabão River.

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Mouchão Park

An island on the Nabão River transformed in a recreation Park. There, it’s located the iconic Wheel of Mouchão, an example of the moorish influence on the Portuguese agricultural culture.

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Republica Square

This is the most touristic place that you should visit! Serra da Estrela is the second highest mountain in Portugal and the nature involving it is simply amazing, 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 winter sports such as snowboard and ski as well as playing on the snow.

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Pegões Aqueduct

Close to the city, one of the largest aqueducts in Portugal. It used to supply all the water to the Convent of Christ and it has been considered one of the most beautiful views of Tomar.

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Bucket List Go kayaking on the Nabão River. Attend the Balada. Climb the steps of the Nossa Senhora da Piedade before sunrise. Drink a Cágado at the Medieval café. Cross the Pegões Aqueduct. Ask a local what is the secret of the Gualdim statue. Watch the sunrise at the Christ Convent Viewpoint. Cross the Sete Montes Forest by foot. Take part in one of the medieval re-enactements during the Festa Templária. See all the processions of the Festa dos Tabuleiros. Try the Fatias de Tomar. Taste the Mouchão liquor. Attend a musical performance at Café da Rosa. Kiss someone on the Banco dos Namorados. Look for the entrance to the Tunnel of the Templars. Eat a Beija-me Depressa. Drink that last beer at Republica Square on a Wednesday. Take a group photo at the main cloister of the Convent of Christ. Look fot the D. Gualdim Pais tomb. Take the obligatory picture near the Ponte Velha, with the city as a background. Go down the river on a canoe on the Nabão River from the springs until Tomar. Watch the sunset at the Pegões aqueduct. Eat a croissant at Pastelaria Tropical. Learn how to make the paper flowers for the Festa dos Tabuleiros. Chill in the sun at the Dique dos Frades. Have fun with the Nini and Fernando statues. Taste the Bitoques do Fernando. Try placing a Tabuleiro on your head. Test the renaisssance acoustic system of the Sinagogue. Find the Treasure of the Templars. Before saying goodbye, listen to the Tuna Templária singing “Adeus Tomar”.

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LISBON AND THE TAGUS VALLEY


ESN LISBOA 38.712849/ -9.1452214 ErasmusStudentNetworkLisboa esnlisboa.org esnlisboa esnlisboa

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Lisbon is Portugal’s capital and the hub of a multifaceted area that appeals to different tastes and senses. It is bathed by the Tagus, a river that divides and unites a region famous for its wines, fruits, the horse-riders “Campinos” and the dolphins in the Sado estuary. It’s capital has been influenced by many different far-off cultures over time, there is still a village feel in each historic neighbourhood. Stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens on to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio, then follow the river to discover some of the city’s most beautiful parts: the monumental area of Belém with its World Heritage monuments, the mediaeval quarters and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações. If you continue to the mouth of the river, you’ll understand why we say that Lisbon is the centre of a vast resort. Along the coastal road you’ll find beaches and beach resorts that combine villas and hotels from the beginning of the 20th century with marinas, terraces and excellent golf courses. Further along the coast you’ll come across world-renowned surfing beaches, but also the palaces scattered across the cultural landscape of Sintra, a World Heritage Site.

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Fado is another expression of what it is to be Portuguese that has also been awarded World Heritage status. You can hear it at night in a fado house or in a traditional neighbourhood. But go, as well, to the lively bars and nightclubs, to find other types of music. Santarém, the capital of the Gothic style, is a natural viewpoint over the immensity of the Tagus, where cows rest along its green landscape. The West is the home of the Pêra Rocha, a Portuguese and delicious type of pear. Finally, down south and guarded by the magnificent castle of Palmela, the Setúbal area is famous for its beaches, wine and fresh fish. (Source: Visit Portugal)

During World War II a hotel in Estoril, a neighbourhood in Cascais famous for its Casino, was filled with spies conspiring for their countries. The Casino is closely linked to James Bond and it was the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s first book, Casino Royale. In 1969 the movie “James Bond. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was partially shot here.

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LISBON

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Saint Jorge’s Castle

It sits in one of the highest points of the city. It was originally owned by the Moors, but was taken in 1147. Its towers, walls and beautiful gardens sport a wonderful collection of views over Lisbon, which makes it a must see.

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Chiado

A commercial area. On the 25th of August of 1988 it was struck by a huge fire that engulfed 17 buildings. Restored several years later, it is now a good place to find book stores, fashion houses, hotels, theaters, museums, and restaurants.

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Bairro Alto

The neighborhood of Bairro Alto (upper district) is situated at one of the hills in Lisbon’s historical center. Nowadays, it functions as a residential, shopping and entertainment district, and at night it is the place to be!

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Praça do Comércio or Terreiro do Paço

One of the most majestic squares in Lisbon. It is the site of an old palace that was almost completely destroyed in the earthquake. The Square has two main features: a great triumphal arch leading to Augusta street and an equestrian statue of King José I.

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Tower of Belém

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this fortress was originally built for the defence of the Tejo river entrance.

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Jerónimos Monastery

Built in the 16th century for the Order of Saint Jerónimo. National Pantheon since 2016, and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

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Lisbon Elevators

There are three famous elevators in Lisbon, all designed by the french Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard. Elevador de Santa Justa, which connects rua do ouro and rua to carmo to largo do carmo; elevador da Bica, which connects largo do Calhariz and Rua de São Paulo; and Ascensor da Glória, which connects Baixa to Bairrro Alto.

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Bucket List Fall in love with Lisbon. Eat a Pastel de Belém. Go to Santos Populares and buy a manjerico. Surf in Costa da Caparica, or at least try to! Sing Pimba music. Visit Sintra and eat a Travesseiro at Piriquita. Go to Chapitô. Drink a ginjinha at Rossio. Visit Castelo de São Jorge. Eat Caldo Verde and Pão com Chouriço after a late night out. Ride the 4 elevators of Lisbon (Stª Justa, Bica, Glória e Lavra). Visit the Miradouros of Lisbon. Go on the weekend trips of ESN Lisboa: Porto & Algarve. Sail in the Tagus river. Go for a drink at Pavilhão Chinês. Eat some grilled sardines. Visit casa Fernando Pessoa and Fundação Saramago. Watch a Benfica vs. Sporting football match at the stadium. Run the mini-marathon of Lisbon to get to walk on Ponte 25 de Abril. Go to Feira da Ladra. Answer a question to a tourist without him/her realising you’re not a local. Eat a bifana. Drink a beer and eat tremoços at Apolo Bar with ESN Lisboa members. Eat an ice cream at Santini. Kiss a stranger at Bairro Alto. Visit the Oceanarium. Go to a “tasca” and listen to some Fado music. Visit the Roman Catacombs of Princípe Real. Eat a croissant at Careca, in Restelo. Find the tile panel saying “BOA VIAGEM, LISBOA ESPERA POR TI” and take a picture with it on your last day of Erasmus.

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ALENTEJO


ESN Ã&#x2030;VORA 38.5710119/ -7.907334 ErasmusStudentNetworkUEvora esnuevora esnuevora

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The plains that extend as far as the eye can see start close to the Tagus. While to the north, the pace is set by the green of the flatlands, further south the landscape combines with the sun, the heat and a slower pace of life. This is the Alentejo. To the north, the pastures of the marshlands; in the vast interior, unending flatness, and fields of wheat waving in the wind; at the coast, wild, beautiful beaches waiting to be discovered. The vastness of the landscape is dotted with cork oaks and olive trees that withstand time. Here and there, you find a walled town, such as MarvĂŁo or Monsaraz, or an ancient dolmen to recall the magic of the place. Around the hills, low, whitewashed houses stand on small knolls, castles evoke battles and conquests and the yards and gardens are witness to the Arab influences which shaped the people and nature.

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In the Alentejo the power of the land marks the time and cities like Elvas and Évora, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, show the tenacity of the people. Perhaps this is the reason that culture and spirituality take on a singular character here. These memories of the past are also shared by other cities, such as Portalegre and Beja, and in the former Jewish quarters, particularly in Castelo de Vide. The flat land makes hiking and cycling easy, though horses are also part of the landscape. You can combine these rides with birdwatching and, in dams such as Alqueva, with the tranquillity of the waters or stargazing. But you must also explore the coast. The landscape here is hilly and rugged, with small sheltered coves between the cliffs, many of which are ideal for surfing. You will also breathe the scents of the countryside here, the aromatic herbs that season the fish, seafood and other regional fare to be accompanied by the region’s excellent wines. Indeed, the entire Alentejo lives according to the rhythm of the earth. (Source: Visit Portugal)

Alqueva

is the biggest artificial lake in Europe. The dam that gave origin to it is now the place for water sports and one more reason for a cultural visit to the nearby castles of Monsaraz and Mourão.

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Ã&#x2030;VORA

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Almendres Megalithic Site

This is the largest megalithic monument in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest of Humanity’s in Europe. About 13 km from Évora city center.

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Historic city center

City of an outstanding beauty, filled with historic memories. Its 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.

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São Francisco Church

This is a church of Gothic-Manueline architecture. Built between 1480 and 1510. The construction of the church is closely tied to historical events that have marked the period of maritime expansion of Portugal. Inside the church we can find the Bone Chapel.

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D. Manuel Palace & Public Garde

The Palace was built by King Afonso V in the 16th century. The Palace was inhabited by several Portuguese monarchs, losing the use from 1895, having been sent to destroy in 1619. The present building at the public garden is only part of the former Palace.

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Roman Baths in Town Hall

The Roman baths of Évora were built between the 2nd and 3rd centuries. They were discovered in the end of 1987, during the Archeological excavations in the oldest part of the building of the Town Hall.

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University of Évora

Our University is the second oldest in Portugal and has a long history. Have a look around and see the library, the “centre of the world”, the cloisters and learn about our academic tradition.

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Roman Temple of Diana

The most important landmark of our city, our Roman temple is in city center and the garden right beside it has an amazing view.

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Bucket List Visit Alto de São Bento by sunset. Live our University parties like Recepção ao Caloiro, Arraiais and Queima das Fitas. Visit Manel dos Potes (a small and traditional tavern, cheap and friendly) and drink Abafadinho. Taste our traditional food, desserts and wine. Enjoy the view from the Cathedral and from Jardim Diana. At the end of the night/at dawn, go eat bifanas at the municipal market. Meet Beato Salu. Spend a sunny afternoon at the public garden. Go drink canhas (half a glass of beer) at Aqui há Gato. Listen to Cantar Alentejano and see the costumes. Chill out with a drink at Harmonia. Take a kizomba class. Try Gin Alentejano at the Ginbar. Listen to Tunas - a type of academic band. Take a photo with a students’ traje cape. Walk around city center to see the monuments and important landmarks. Drink bagaço. Go for a jog at Ecopista. Visit the theater. Throw or show up at a house party. Participate in a Pubcrawl. Go try Lavrador’s toasts. Spend an afternoon in Tetos. Photograph a peacock. Learn how to burn a chouriço. Hold a glass with your right hand in a dinner and learn how to sing “mão direita é penalty”. Have a botellon at Sé or Jardim Diana. Find out the poems inside the Chapel of Bones and what does the entrance description means. Close Praxis. Meet the ESN Évora members.

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ALGARVE


ESN ALGARVE 37.043971/ -7.972208 ESN-Algarve esnalgarve

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It was here that, in the 15th century, the Portuguese set off on the epic journey that led them to discover other peoples and culturesâ&#x20AC;Ś and it is in the Algarve that we cheerfully welcome many of our visitors. Even the climate is mild and sunny all year round! Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no shortage of high quality beaches either. Sandy stretches as far as the eye can see, framed by golden cliffs, virtually deserted islands marking the boundary between Ria Formosa and the sea, and small coves sheltered by the rocks. The ocean, in every shade of blue and mostly calm and warm, invites you for long swims and to indulge in water sports. And there are also the mountains, where people live in harmony with nature and maintain traditions that they love to share. And the cities. Silves preserves traces of its Arab past and Lagos from the time of the Discoveries. More cosmopolitan PortimĂŁo and Albufeira are bustling towns by night and day. Tavira is a showcase for traditional architecture and Faro, the gateway to the region, deserves a long stop to discover its beautiful historic centre.

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To relax, you can have various treatments in the spas and thalassotherapy centres and in the Monchique Thermal Baths. There are also many internationally acclaimed golf courses where you can enjoy a spot of exercise. And hotels, tourist villages, resorts, from the simplest to the most sophisticated. In short, a varied array sharing a genuine love for hospitality. You can use footpaths and cycle trails to get to know the region, such as the Algarve Way inland or the Vicentine Route along one of the best preserved coastal stretches. And boat rides are another ecological way to observe the flora and fauna. At the table, you will be delighted with the fresh fish and seafood, either grilled or in a casserole. These are divine flavours which you can enjoy on a simple beach terrace or in the most refined Michelin-starred restaurants, where chefs turn out new versions of traditional cuisine. They are further experiences not to be missed on a visit to the region. (Source: Visit Portugal)

Every year around 1000 inter-

national students from all over the country go to the Algarve with ESN Portugal for four days of great activities during the Erasmus National Meeting. The event takes place in the region because it has arguably some of the best beaches in the world.

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FARO

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Lethes Theater

The main theater of the city, where important Portuguese and international actors did their shows, since 1759, date of its inauguration.

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Archaeological Museum of Faro

The Municipal Museum of Faro was the second created in the Algarve. On February 2, 1894, it was then decided that it would be created the Infante Dom Henrique Archaelogical Museum, thus honouring the Navigator, on the occasion of the fifth centenary of his birth.

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Faro Cathedral

The Cathedral of Faro, also known as the Cathedral Church or Church of Santa Maria, is one of the most important historic buildings in Faro. It is located in Largo da Sé , in the historic center, and is classified as of Public Interest.

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Estói Palace

Built in 1840, this is a magnificent palace, now converted into a hotel. Inside of it you can find gardens with orangetrees and palmtrees, as well as beautiful sculptures, paintings and walls covered in blue and white tiles.

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Carmo Church

It is one of the most important aesthetic manifestations of religious and artistic heritage of the Algarve region . It was founded in 1713 by Bishop D. António Pereira da Silva.

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Alameda João de Deus Garden

The largest green area in the city is the João de Deus Garden, here you can enjoy the diverse flora namely some century old trees and several animals, the highlight goes to a facade, set on a former slaughterhouse and good example of the neo-Arab revivalism architecture that allows to access to the Municipal Library.

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Belmarço 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 being considered an interesting manifestation of Revivalist Architecture.

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Bucket List Go to the Dona Ana beach in Lagos. Watch the sunset at the Sagres Fortress. Walk around Marina de Vilamoura. Spend a day in Lighthouse Island and Desert Island. Walk around the Historic Quarters - Vila Adentro. Drink the best Cocktails in Faro at Colombus bar. Drink the best Cocktails Faro at Colombus bar. Tuesday evening drink a few shots at the Call In (Cocktail bar). Watch the sunset at Marina de Faro. Enjoy the Erasmus Country Parties in First Floor Club every Wednesday. Canoe or paddle on the beach of Faro. Visit the Fórum Algarve. Go to the top of the Faro’s Cathedral. Visit your Erasmus Corner Call In and drink a shot. Visit the Municipal Market of Faro. Enjoy the Saint Iria fair in October. Swim to the Benagil caves. Visit the Caves of the Ponta da Piedade in Lagos. Eat the best Hambúrguer of Faro in Hamburgueria da Baixa. Attend a surf class at Praia de Faro. Drink a cocktail and enjoy the view in Castelo Bar. Visit the old market in Olhão. Walk around Rocha Beach in Portimão. Party in Semana Académica in May. Try our typical pastry, pastel de nata. Go on a boat trip in Algarve coast. Party in Receção ao Caloiro in September and enjoy our student traditions. Enjoy a fresh beer in your Erasmus Corner Lounge Académico in Penha. Watch a football game of Farense. Eat some typical food dishes, such as codfish and seafood rice. Visit Silves Castle.

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MADEIRA


ESN MADEIRA 32.6554965/ -16.94246 ESNMadeira esn_madeira esnmadeira.org esn_madeira

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a haven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located. The springtime temperature, felt all year round, cries out for open air activities. You can go for a walk along the network of levadas (irrigation channels), visit the city of Funchal and discover the heritage associated with the Discoveries or roam freely around the island. Boat rides are an excellent way of admiring the coastline from a different perspective.

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In such a naturally welcoming environment, balance and well-being are taken for granted. Madeira offers various tourist complexes and accesses to the sea with prime conditions for leisure boating and scuba diving. The island of Porto Santo, in particular, is the ideal place to escape from stress and undertake a thalassotherapy programme, or a beach holiday combined with a spot of golf. Popular feasts, which take place all year round, are opportunities to appreciate traditional gastronomic flavours and see Madeira partying, especially for the Carnival parades, the Flower Festival, the Atlantic Festival and, above all, the end-of-year fireworks display. (Source: Visit Portugal)

Levadas

are typical water transportation systems that you can find all around the island. They were created to bring water from the North of the island to its South, thus allowing agriculture and city growth. Take some time to explore them and walk around the island following its pathways.

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FUNCHAL

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Top 7 Places to visit 1

Ponta do Rosto Viewpoint

It’s possible to view both the northern and southern coast of Madeira Island. On clear days Porto Santo Island may also be seen.

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Porto Moniz Natural Pools

Refresh yourself with a swim in the natural pools formed in the lava that once flowed down to the ocean.

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Madeira Cable Car

Visitors can enjoy a half-day program riding the two tourist cable car routes up and down the green slopes of the island’s south coast and see some beautiful hidden scenery.

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Cabo Girão Viewpoint

It’s the highest cape in Europe, with an elevation of 580 m which is famous for its suspended glass platform.

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Levadas

Walking in reinvigorating, exciting and highly rewarding trails named “levadas” (manmade waterways across the mountains) of Madeira is a challenge as well as an unique experience.

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Fanal Leisure area

This area integrates a public barbecue grill, which is ideal for a picnic with friends, surrounded by nature, particularly the Laurissilva forest. It’s also a great starting point for some walking trails.

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Farmers’ Market

This venue features all kinds of products mixing colours, sounds and smells. You will find fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and traditional handicraft.

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Bucket List Fall in love with beautiful Madeira. Try Poncha and Nikita. Gon on a catamaran trip to watch Dolphins and Whales. Go hiking in the mountains. Walk around the old town and watch the “Painted Doors Project”. Visit São Vicente’s volcanic caves. Take a photo in Cristo Rei (Christ the Redeemer). Eat bolo do caco and espetada. Eat honey cake and queijada. Try a new fruit at the Farmers’ Market in Funchal. Visit the Botanical Garden. Visit Blandy’s Wine Lodges. Visit Monte Palace Tropical Garden. Take a ride on a cable car in Monte. Go to Porto Santo. Join the East and West side trips of ESN Madeira. Dance with a group of Bailinho da Madeira. Visit the Madeira Theme Park (in Santana). Watch a football game of Club Sport Marítimo (Free for ESNcard holders). Visit Calheta Beach. Go to Maktub bar in Paúl do Mar. Swim in the natural pools of Porto Moniz and Doca do Cavacas (in Funchal). Swim at Baía d’Abra. Drink a Coral Beer. Drink Brisa and Laranjada. Visit Cristiano Ronaldo’s Museum. Go to Pico Ruivo and watch the sunset or the sunrise. Go to NOS Summer Opening in Parque de Santa Catarina. Go for a swim in a levada. Go surfing.

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AZORES


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Mother Nature has created a land full of natural beauty, ready to be explored, in the blue immensity of the Atlantic Ocean: the Azores. To the East, on the island of Santa Maria, the beaches of warm white sand are inviting, and the vineyards covering the slopes like an amphitheatre resemble giant staircases. São Miguel, the largest island, is seductive with its Sete Cidades and Fogo Lagoons. The power that emanates from the earth is felt in the geysers, hot thermal waters and volcanic lakes, as well as in the tasty “Cozido das Furnas” slowly cooked inside the earth. In the Central Group, the islands of Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, Faial and Graciosa are set harmoniously in the deep blue sea, where whales and dolphins can be spotted, to the delight of visitors. On Terceira, the World Heritage town of Angra do Heroísmo, as well as its festivals, is steeped in history. Faial is the cool blue of the hydrangeas, the marina painted colourfully by yachtsmen from all over the world and the extinct Capelinhos volcano, which resembles a lunar landscape. In front is Pico, a mountain that emerges from the sea, with vineyards planted in black lava fields, a unique culture that also has World Heritage status.

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On SĂŁo Jorge, the highlights are the FajĂŁs and the cheese, a unique specialty with an unmistakable flavour. Graciosa, graceful in both name and appearance, is an island of green fields covered with vineyards that contrast with its peculiar windmills. In the Western group, on the island of Flores, the beauty of the natural waterfalls and lakes carved out by volcanoes is dazzling. The tiny island of Corvo has a broad, beautiful crater at its centre, and attracts many species of birds coming from both Europe and America. These are the Azores. Nine islands, nine small worlds that have as many similarities as differences, but where the friendliness of their inhabitants is shared by all. (Source: Visit Portugal)

The only tea plantation in

Europe is in the Azores. Black tea and green tea are produced here and shipped to all over the world. If you are into something sweeter try the pineapples from the island of SĂŁo Miguel.

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USEFUL CONTACTS

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Need to know a phone number? Call 1820 Intoxication: 808 250 143 Victim’s Support: 21 358 79 00 Health 24 (health support by phone): 808 24 24 24 Tourism information: 808 781 212 www.visitportugal.com/en Consumer’s support: 808 200 145 www.deco.proteste.pt Civil Protection: 226 197 650 www.prociv.pt Justice Support: 808 200 084 www.provedor-jus.pt Where is the closest pharmacy? www.anf.pt

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SOS Estudante is a cultural section from the main Student Association of Coimbra (AAC) that has the objective of contribute to the academic communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well-being by promoting cultural and intellectual integration among students. In addition, we offer everyday from 8 P.M. to 1 A.M., a helpline that gives emotional for those who fell like talking to someone prepared to listen empathically (service only in Portuguese). Contact us at 915 246 060 / 969 554 545 / 239 484 020 / Skype : SOS.Estudante. For more information access out website (sosestudante.pt) or facebook page (/SOSestudante AAC). Welcome to Portugal! ;)


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