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Survival Guide for Incoming Mobility Students by ESN Portugal

This booklet shows essential information for future international students living in Portugal to know about the country and lists activities and places to visit in the cities where ESN is represented. 2022-2023 Edition

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ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK PORTUGAL

SURVIVAL

GUIDE

for your international mobility

Portugal


E D I T O R I A L

ERASMUS STUDENT NETWORK PORTUGAL

www.esnportugal.org

info@esnportugal.org

Editors: Communication Committee of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal

Copyright: Erasmus Student Network Portugal

Coordination: Beatriz Lamy Viras, Renata Sousa and Marta Fonseca

Design: Teresa Baganha, Teresa Marques, Inês Graça, Mafalda António and Marta

Fonseca

Content: Jéssica Alves, Pedro Ângelo, Shirley Van-Dúnem and Beatriz Gonçalves

To the thirteen ESN sections across Portugal, thank you for your contribution.


LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN...


T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S

01

Welcome to Portugal

Welcome note by ESN Portugal

08

Welcome note by National Agency

The Erasmus+ Programme

The Europass Mobility

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02

The Erasmus Student Network

What is ESN?

14

ESN causes

ESNcard

ESN national events

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03

Surviving in Portugal

Healthcare

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Accommodation

Finance and Postal Services

Learning Portuguese

Getting around: transportation

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04

Discovering Portugal

North

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Centre

Lisboa and Tejo Valley

Alentejo

Algarve

Madeira

Açores

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58

64

68

72

76

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Helpful Tips

Our Discounts and Partners

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Notepad

Calendar

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89

06

Useful Contacts

SOS Estudante

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Emergency Services

Health Helpline

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1. WELCOME TO PORTUGAL


WELCOME NOTE

BY ESN PORTUGAL

Dear Erasmus Generation,

Dear International Student,

A new adventure has just begun.

During this new adventure, you are going to experience plenty of

opportunities to enrich your path with legendary memories. Take this time

to learn about different cultures, to visit as many cities as you can, to find

new friends and to discover a world with no borders.

Likewise, grab this chance to learn new languages and to master as many

professional and educational goals as you might have. Remember that, your

mobility experience is a once in a lifetime experience that will shape you

forever as a person and as a citizen of Europe.

During your mobility, you are going to face many challenges that will require

the advice of an expert. This Survival Guide will help you through your

mobility journey with the best tips to survive in Portugal. Here you can find

information about healthcare, finances, postal services, accommodation

and our wonderful partnerships that you can usufruct with the card of the

Erasmus Generation, the ESNcard. Additionally, you can’t count on the

support of our 13 sections and on the marvellous cultural checklists that

they prepared especially for you.

On behalf of ESN Portugal, we wish you an unforgettable mobility experience

and a lovely stay in our beloved Portugal.

Rita Dias,

President of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal

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BY NATIONAL AGENCY

FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINNING

The Portuguese ERASMUS+ National Agency – Education & Training

welcomes all that have chosen Portugal to live their ERASMUS experience.

We hope you have the opportunity to get to know our cultural singularities

as well as recognise the quality of our higher education system, and

develop your linguistic skills in Portuguese or any other language.

Enrich your food taste with our seducing gastronomy, fall in love with

our varied landscapes while listening to our enchanting music. After this,

you will certainly feel inspired for your future, and it is in Portugal that it

begins!

The PT NA takes this Programme very seriously dealing everyday with

thousands of students’, graduates’, professionals’ and institutions’ futures

working towards a better Europe and a more balanced world. From the PT

NA you may expect the best possible practices and procedures.

You are now an active part of this great exchange and a real European

citizen living this unique right of yours to freely move around within our

continent to study, work and live!

CONTACTS

A: Praça de Alvalade, 12, 1749-070 Lisboa - PORTUGAL

T: +351 210 101 900

E: agencianacional@erasmusmais.pt

www.erasmusmais.pt

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WHAT IS...

THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME?

Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport

for the period 2021-2027. The Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027 builds on

the achievements of more than 30 years of European Programmes in the

fields of education, training, youth and sport, and is one of the European

Union’s most visible success stories.

The Erasmus+ Programme is open to people from all ages and backgrounds,

including highereducation students, VET learners, adult learners, school

pupils, organisations and institutions.Individuals can take part in many of the

opportunities funded by Erasmus+, although most willhave to do so through

an organisation taking part in the programme.

Building on the success of the programme in the period 2014-2020,

Erasmus+ strengthens its efforts to increase the opportunities offered to more

participants and a broader range oforganisations, focusing on its qualitative

impact and contributing to a more inclusive and cohesive society where no-one

is left behind.

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WHAT IS...

THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS

Are you between 18 and 30 and looking for an opportunity to help the wider

community, in Europe and beyond?

You could do this with funding and support from the European Solidarity Corps,

which helps young people take part in projects that benefit communities, either

abroad or in their own country.

These projects offer an inspiring and empowering experience, as well as the

chance to bring change while developing your skills and competences.

These can be in a wide range of fields – education and training, citizenship and

democratic participation, environment and natural protection, migration, culture,

humanitarian aid, and many others.

Find out more in europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en

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2. THE ERASMUS

STUDENT NETWORK

Portugal


WHAT IS ESN?

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student

organisation founded in 1989 to develop and promote student exchange under

the motto “students helping students”.

Currently ESN is the biggest student association in Europe, working with:

+800 higher education institutions

42 countries

+34.000 young volunteers (active members and buddies)

Operating on three levels: local, national and international, ESN aims towards a

more flexible and mobile education environment, the enhancement of the student

exchange and providing a multicultural experience to those unable to have a

period abroad (“internationalisation at home”) with the help of its members - most

of which are former exchange students themselves.

ESN aims for a motivated and open-minded young society ready to make a change

in Europe’s future. Therefore, every action contributes to the development of the

network, as well as its volunteers.

Our Social Media

ESNportugal

Erasmus Student

Network Portugal

esnportugal

ESNpt

ESNportugal

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THE CAUSES OF ESN

Culture

Language, religion, food, art, beliefs and values are at the core of who

we are. ESN works towards the promotion of intercultural understanding

through activities such as international dinners and language tandems.

Education and Youth

ESN strives for better mobility programs, guaranteeing that young people

are given a voice in this process. Activities such as Erasmus in Schools,

which brings local students and international students together, helps share

their experiences.

Skills and Employability

During their mobility exchange and through volunteering, students acquire

valuable skills for their future. ESN aims to increase the recognition of

these skills among potential employers and Higher Education institutions.

Environmental Sustainability

International mobility programs have a great impact on the environment.

To raise awareness and educate international students about this issue,

ESN organises vegan workshops, beach cleanings and other activities.

Health and Well-being

Living abroad is an opportunity to maintain or develop healthier habits.

Promoting activities such as sports days and healthy food workshops are

some of the ways in which ESN works towards raising awareness to the

importance of this topic.

Social Inclusion

ESN strives for a more inclusive mobility experience through programmes

and projects that raise awareness and transform students into more

active citizens through activities such as Blind Talks, volunteering with

the local community.

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WHAT IS AN ESNcard?

The ESNcard is the membership card of the Erasmus Student

Network and the Erasmus Generation. It allows you to get

access to ESN events and discounts from ESN partners all over

Europe for 12 months.

WHO CAN GET AN ESNcard?

• Erasmus+ students

• Erasmus+ trainees

• Erasmus+ international incoming students

• International incoming students or trainees on a different

mobility program

• International undergraduate or postgraduate full degree

students

• ESC participants

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HOW TO REGISTER AN ESNcard

S t e p1

To register your ESNcard, please create an account at:

ESNcard.org/register

And activate your card by adding its number to the form.

TIP #1

If you had another ESNcard before, you can simply

add the new ESNcard number to your user account.

S t e p2

Your ESNcard number is written on your ESNcard under the “ESN

section” blank.

It consists of 7 digits and 4 capital letters (the last letter can be

sometimes replaced by another digit).

TIP #2

You can check all discounts on ESNcard.org.

As long as your ESNcard has not expired, you can

use it for all ESNcard discounts in Europe.

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ERASMUS NATIONAL GAMES

The Erasmus National Games is our national sports event. Teams of

exchange students from every Portuguese ESN section come together

for healthy sports competition, fair play and fun. You can join your local

team or come cheer for them!

The winning team will represent Portugal at the International

Erasmus Games. What are you waiting for? Hurry and start warming

up!

WHAT SPORTS ARE IN ENG?

• Basketball

• Futsal

• Volleyball

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ERASMUS NATIONAL MEETING

Once a year, around 1.000 international students gather at Algarve to

enjoy four days of sun, sports, beach activities and parties. Some would

say this was the best part of their mobility experience!

Talk to your local section and get your spot for ESN Portugal’s best and

biggest event!

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3.HOW TO

SURVIVE IN PORTUGAL


HEALTHCARE

Should you ever need to go to the hospital

or to a healthcare centre, this is what you

need to know.

For Citizens from EU member states:

• Bring your European Health Insurance

Card (EHIC).

For Citizens from other countries:

• If staying for less than 3 months, you should get health insurance

or benefits;

• After living 3 months in Portugal, you can apply for the National

Health Service Card at any local healthcare centre or Loja do Cidadão.

Dental treatment is usually not under the Portuguese public health

programme.

Your receiving Higher Education institution might have their own

healthcare services, so make sure to check their website, as these

services are often less expensive for students.

There is at least one pharmacy open 24/7 in your city. You can quickly

check on the official website:

https://www.farmaciasdeservico.net/

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

112 - emergency services/ambulances

808 24 24 24 - health hotline

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ACCOMMODATION

Every Portuguese university has official student

residences/dormitories for which you can apply as

a student and live university life along with many

other students. You can also look for a room in a

house of your choosing but try to get someone

trustworthy to help you find a good and safe place

to stay.

Bills and rent costs may vary depending on the region.

TIP #1

Landlords might not speak fluent English. Try

asking your ESN buddy for help.

ADDITIONAL TIPS ON OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

• Check the local newspapers or accommodation offers in your university

or ESN section (it may have a deal for Erasmus students), websites and/or

social media (i.e. Facebook groups) in house renting;

• It can be hard to find a place with a formal contract that provides a legal

agreement; check if the bills for water, electricity etc. are included in the

renting price;

• Be aware of the house policy towards late hour noise, pets and daily task

agreements;

• Do not rent solely based off photos on the house. Always check the place

out in person. If you cannot do it yourself, ask your buddy for help.

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FINANCE AND POST SERVICES

Portugal uses the Euro (€), so if you come from an EU

member state, you will not have any problems with

currency. If not, you can easily convert your currency

at any airport or banking agency.

You can easily open a bank account as a student

since you can do it for free! With a Portuguese bank

account, you can pay your bills, top up your

phone and withdraw cash from an ATM without having to pay any extra fees.

Portugal has its own postal service called CTT. There are

several shops in every city so you can quickly drop off

your mail at the nearest one.

If you wish to send a bigger parcel, you can send them

through shipping companies like Eurosender!

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LEARNING PORTUGUESE AND

GETTING AROUND

Did you know that Portuguese is the 6th most spoken

language in the world?

Taking part in a mobility program also means learning a new language or at least

the basics. If you speak a Romance language, learning Portuguese should be a

breeze! If not, do not worry - Portuguese might seem intimidating at first, but it

is all a matter of practice.

Check your receiving Higher Education institutions and their languages

departments, as most offer inexpensive (or free) Portuguese courses for

international students.

If you want a more relaxed way of practising Portuguese while engaging in

intercultural conversation, try signing up for group sessions at SPEAK!

Getting around

As a young person/student, public transportation offers special discounts when

you bring your ID or student card!

To get around in your city and the country, you should know that:

• You can buy a monthly bus or train pass with a student/youth discount;

• You can also buy a simple bus pass and top it up as needed;

• Hitchhiking is not common in Portugal; if you want to try, please be cautious

and aware that most drivers are not used to giving strangers rides.

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Açores

Pico

Ponta Delgada

1500Km

Madeira

900Km

Funchal

World Heritage Site

ESN Section


Braga

Gerês

Guimarães

Porto

Vila real

Vila Nova de

Foz Côa

Aveiro

Coimbra

Covilhã

Castelo

Branco

Batalha

Alcobaça

Tomar

Lisboa

Elvas

Almada

Évora

Faro

4.DISCOVERING PORTUGAL

WITH ESN


Braga

Guimarães

Porto

Vila Real


“és de Braga?”

“comer o caco”

“dar um bacalhau”

THE NORTH


BARCELOS

BUCKET LIST

Visit Feira de Barcelos

Party at Festa das Cruzes

Have a walk by the river

Climb to the top of the medieval

tower

Visit the Musem of Pottery

Get to know the legend of

Barcelos’ cock and bring one home

Visit the “castle”

Take a picture at Jardim das

Barrocas

SOCIAL MEDIA

esnminho

esnminho

esnminho.org

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Minho

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

In

FEIRA DE BARCELOS

one of the country’s oldest fairs, you can buy everything you can imagine:

clothes, food, furniture, everything. It takes place every Thursday at Campo

da Républica.

GALO DE BARCELOS

Galo de Barcelos is one of Portugal’s national symbols, and it represents not

only this lovely city but also the whole Minho. A dramatic legend is associated

with it. Are you brave enough to get to know it?

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3

Its

IGREJA DO SENHOR BOM JESUS DA CRUZ

origin is related to the mysterious appearance of a cross made of black

dirt on the fairground in December 1504, where a small chapel was built in

recognition of this divine signal. This is the site for one of the most important

religious festivals in the municipality of Barcelos, the Festa das Cruzes, which

is held at the beginning of May.

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BRAGA

BUCKET LIST

Climb up to Bom Jesus do Monte

Eat a francesinha in “Taberna

Belga”

Disguise yourself as a Roman

during the Roman Fair of Braga

Buy a plastic hammer and bang the

largest number of heads during

the night of São João

Go to Monte Sameiro for at sunset

Discover the waterfalls of Gerês

Celebrate Christmas night in

Bananeiro - with a banana and

moscatel

Swim in Rio Cávado and the many

river beaches

Watch a show in GNRation and

Theatro Circo

Discover the meaning of the

expression “És de Braga?”

Visit Sé de Braga

esnminho

esnminho

SOCIAL MEDIA

esnminho.org

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Minho

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

This

BOM JESUS DO MONTE SANCTUARY

is the city’s symbol, where art and nature meet, making it a sacred and

relaxing place. The church is an example of the neoclassical style. The town is

connected to the sanctuary by monumental staircases and a funicular. It’s the

oldest funicular moved by water in the Iberian Peninsula.

SAMEIRO SANCTUARY

The construction of this sanctuary began on June 14th 1863. This sanctuary

is the second largest centre of Marian devotion in Portugal, after Fátima. The

temple, completed in the 20th century, stands out inside by its main altar, as

well as by the tabernacle.

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3

The

BISCAINHOS MUSEUM AND GARDEN

Biscainhos Garden is a one-hectare-long Baroque garden with a maze

layout embellished with flora, sculptures, ornamental windows, fountains and

more.

CATHEDRAL OF BRAGA

“Older than Braga’s Cathedral” is a popular expression used to emphasize

the seniority of something, which shows how old the cathedral is. According

to lore, the diocese of Braga was created in the 3rd century, but historical

records go back only 400 years.

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5

The

MONASTERY OF ST. MARTIN OF TIBÃES

old base of the Portuguese Order of St. Benedict is located in the parish

of Mire de Tibães. It was shut down in 1833-1834 due to the extinction of

the religious orders, and its assets and properties were sold to the public. In

the 70s, the monastery lost its assets and was abandoned.

THEATRO CIRCO

Open in 1915 and took three years to build. With a capacity to hold 1500

people, it’s one of the most charismatic concert halls in the country, with a

Programme that obeys the criteria of high quality and eclecticism.

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The

ARCO DA PORTA NOVA

gate was built in 1512 after the city expanded to connect the medieval

town. It was the last gate to be opened in the city walls. The arch was built

later, in 1772.

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BRAGANÇA

BUCKET LIST

Dance and sing in Mercado Club

and Lagoa Azul Bar

Live with Riskivector

Eat the famous steak at Abel

restaurant

Have a picnic at Azibo Beach

Take part in IPB Erasmus Week

Hug a friend while “Amigos para

Sempre” is played by Real Tuna

Universitária de Bragança

Travel up the Douro River by boat

until Régua

Eat crepes and ice cream at Myiced

Visit the local markets

Burn the devil in the One

Thousand Devils Parade

IMPORTANT INFO

There is no ESN section at

this location.

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TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

CITADEL

OF BRAGANÇA

Located in the heart of the old town of Bragança, it encloses Bragança’s

Castle, Santa Maria’s Church, Domus Municipalis - where nobility gathered to

discuss political matters - and the Iberian Museum of the Mask and Costume.

Perfect for visiting in the summer during the medieval fair.

SÃO BARTOLOMEU

2

It’s one of those places you can’t miss in this city. The place is known as Santo

and provides visitors with a fantastic view over Bragança. It’s also where

young people gather to have barbecues and fun.

3

VELHA

The main square and church are located here. Around it is the centre of

commerce of the city. It’s also the place where every year the Serenata

Académica is held. It marks the beginning of the Queima das Fitas.

CASTRO DE AVELÃS MONASTERY

4

The church used to be part of a Benedictine monastery from the 12th century;

it is known for its unique shape and brick positioning. Indeed, it is linked to

the churches of the order of Cluny and the Road to Santiago.

5

GRAÇA

MORAIS CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM

It was inaugurated in 2008 due to the cooperation between Spain and

Portugal regarding culture. It houses a permanent collection by painter Graça

Morais, composed of evoking portraits of the natives of Trás-os-Montes and

more abstract works. Additionally, temporary expositions are included too.

RIO DE ONOR VILLAGE

This is a typical village split in half by the border between Portugal and Spain,

inside the Natural Park of Montesinho.

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7

This

PARQUE NATURAL DE MONTESINHO

is a natural park where you can find nature in its purest state. There are

several habitats, such as oak forests inhabited by Iberian wolves, red deer and

other animals. Sometimes it gets visited by brown bears from Spain.

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FAFE

BUCKET LIST

Visit Barragem da Queimadela

Go to the Festival Vitela à moda

de Fafe

Take a picture at Jardim do

Calvário

Watch Rally de Portugal at

Confurco

Spend a day at Parque aquático

Find out what it means “com Fafe

ninguém Fanfe”

Find the history behind Justiça de

Fafe

Visit Teatro Cinema de Fafe

Go to Casa do Penedo

Visit Aldeia do Pontido

esnminho

SOCIAL MEDIA

esnminho

esnminho.org

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Minho

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

The

BARRAGEM DA QUEIMADELA

reservoir at Barragem da Queimadela, supplied by the waters of the Vizela

River, is an excellent leisure area with conditions for practising non-polluting

water sports. There is also a tiny island by a waterfall where you can cool off.

ALDEIA DO PONTIDO

Overlooking the Vizela River, this small village-style complex is just a short

walk from Queimadela Dam. Surrounded by nature, Aldeia do Pontido offers

quiet accommodation in stone villages.

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3

The

JARDIM DO CALVÁRIO

most important public garden in the city, it was formally inaugurated as

a romantic garden in 1892. Today, the garden continues to be a place for entertainment,

resting, socializing, and dating, a privileged spot from where you

can see heavenly landscapes.

JUSTIÇA DE FAFE

The Justice of Fafe is one of the city’s major referential symbols, although

controversial. For many, it is the true ex-libris of Fafe. As such, there could not

be without a monument evoking this tradition, which travels from city to city,

associated with the name of Fafe and what happens here.

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5

This

TEATRO CINEMA

is one of the main reasons for architectural interest in the city of Fafe,

being an important cultural landmark. It is considered one of the best theatres

in the north of the country, influenced by Brazilian architecture.

CASA DO PENEDO

Its name came from how it was built - with four large boulders that serve

as the house’s foundation, walls and ceiling. The owners initially used the

residence as a holiday destination. Today Casa de Penedo is a small museum

of relics and photographs from the house’s history.

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7

Every

RALLY DE PORTUGAL

year Fafe receives the rally of Portugal, gathering crowds from all over

the world to see the cars in the mountains of Fafe.

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GUIMARÃES

BUCKET LIST

Watch the sunset from Pio IX

statue in the mountain of Penha

Discover some of our history by

visiting the Guimarães’ Medieval

Castle and walk on the city wall

Relax in the Vila Flor Cultural

Centre gardens

Participate in the Afonsina Fair

Visit Citânia de Briteiros

Play a drummer during the

Pinheiro Street Festivity

Learn the pronunciation of

Guimarães

Discover the interior of all

churches of Guimarães

Enjoy the municipal markets

Bring a blanket to the “Manta”

festival in Vila Flor

Participate in the city’s festivities

during Gualterianas.

Eat a “torta de Guimarães”

esnminho

esnminho

SOCIAL MEDIA

esnminho.org

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Minho

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

CASTLE

OF GUIMARÃES

In the middle of the 10th century, Countess Mumadona Dias had a monastery

built to protect the monks and the local Christian community. In the 12th

century, Count Dom Henrique and Mistress Teresa moved into the Castle of

Guimarães, where Dom Afonso Henriques was born.

PALACE OF THE DUKES OF BRAGANÇA

Its construction was ordered in the 15th century by Dom Afonso. It was

then converted to barracks in the 19th century, abandoned, restored, and

converted to a museum in the middle of the 20th century.

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3

It

SANTIAGO SQUARE

was possible to find here a small chapel from the 17th century devoted to

Saint James, which was demolished by the end of the 19th century. It’s easily

located in the square by paved granite flooring. It’s one of the main places for

gathering and socializing between residents and visitors.

CITY PARK

The city of Guimarães has this space of 30 hectares for sports and other

recreational activities, equipped with sports devices, footpaths, picnic areas,

and a restaurant/bar.

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5

On

OLIVEIRA SQUARE

this beautiful square, you’ll find the Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church. Due

to its shape and architecture, you will also see Padrão do Salado, a historic and

unique monument. There is also the Domus Municipalis, a majestic memorial

that was the parishes’ castle at the end of the 14th century.

PENHA MOUNTAIN

It is the highest point of Guimarães. On its top is a statue of Pope Pius IX,

from where you can see magnificent views stretching to the ocean.

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7

Throughout

SANTA MARIA STREET

this street, you can see several houses with fantastic architecture:

Casa do Arco (n. 28), Casa dos Peixoto (n. 39), Casa Gótica dos Valadares de

Carvalho (n. 9), Casa dos Carneiro, that currently harbours the Raul Brandão

Municipal Library (n. 58), and many others.

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PORTO

BUCKET LIST

Eat a francesinha

Visit Porto’s Wine Cellars

Watch the sunset in Jardim do

Morro in Gaia

Drink a beer in Passeio das

Virtudes

Take a surf lesson at

Matosinhos’ beach

Enjoy the city’s festivities of

São João

Take a walk in Santa Catarina

street

Try tascas, the traditional

restaurants

Take part in Queima das Fitas

Watch a Porto match in Estádio

do Dragão

ErasmusStudent

NetworkPorto

SOCIAL MEDIA

esn_porto

esnporto

esnporto.org

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Porto

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

TORRE

DOS CLÉRIGOS

Igreja dos Clérigos (Church of the Clergymen), a Baroque church built in the

18th century, was the tallest building in Portugal at the time of its construction.

Its bell tower, Torre dos Clérigos, considered the ex-libris of Porto, can be seen

from various points of the city.

RIBEIRA

The medieval riverfront district of Porto is the atmospheric and colourful area

of the World Heritage city centre.

3

This

SERRALVES MUSEUM

2

is the most known contemporary art museum in Porto. Two buildings are

as much a work of art themselves as the collections exhibited inside them, both

surrounded by a magnificent park.

CASA DA MÚSICA

World-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas rocked the musical world with his

crystalline creation – the jewel in the European Capital of Culture 2001’s

crown. Minimalist, iconic and daringly imaginative, Casa da Música is the

beating heart of Porto’s cultural scene.

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5

This

SÃO BENTO TRAIN STATION

historical station, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, is known for

its azulejo panels depicting scenes from the history of Portugal. They are the

work of artist Jorge Colaço and date from 1916.

PONTE DE D. LUÍS

The iconic double-deck iron bridge of Porto allows for breathtaking views

over the river Douro, downtown Porto and the Port wine caves of Vila Nova

de Gaia.

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This

JARDINS DO PALÁCIO DE CRISTAL

beautifully landscaped park is dominated by a huge domed pavilion built

in 1956, which replaced the 19th-century iron-and-glass “Crystal Palace”.

A lake, flowerbeds surround it, and roaming peacocks, all overlooking the

Douro River, from which you can get superb views.

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VILA REAL

BUCKET LIST

Explore the Alvão Natural Park

Taste pito, covilhete and

gancha

Listen to the Serenata in

front of Capela Nova during

Academic Week

Watch the races in Vila Real

Go to Pena Aventura Park in

Ribeira de Pena

Celebrate Friday the 13th in

Montalegre

Go to Trajano Bridge in Chaves

Go to Pioledo and enjoy the

night out

Go to Rock Nordeste Festival

Try a traçadinho at Taberna do

Estudante

See a Tuna Festival

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UTAD

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PARQUE

DO CORGO

The Central Park of Vila Real. There you can hang out with your friends, go

for a run in the maintenance circuit or just chill for a bit. You have 33 hectares

to explore: discover the old mills, swim in the pools and enjoy the fresh air in

the city’s lungs!

PALÁCIO DE MATEUS

Designed by Nicolau Nasoni, a great Italian architect from the 17th century,

the Palácio de Mateus is one of the city’s ex-libris! Visit it and become fascinated

by the marvellous gardens and interiors of the palace.

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FISGAS DE ERMELO

One of the largest waterfalls in Europe (200 meters high) is here! Take the day

to explore the Alvão Natural Park and cool off in one of the lagoons that this

waterfall forms.

VILA VELHA VIEWPOINT

This observation point is located behind the Romanic cemetery near Vila Velha’s

Museum. You can feel chills here, but the palace is not haunted (we think).

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SANTUÁRIO DE PANÓIAS

Built-in the transition of the 2nd to the 3rd century by the Roman senator

Caius Calpurnius Rufinus, this sanctuary is dedicated to the Infernal deities

and the deities of the Lapiteas, an indigenous ethnic group of the region.

Have fun exploring the ancient history of Vila Real.

BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE UNIVERSITY

The whole campus of the university is a botanical garden so take your time to

explore and observe all the species of plants that exist here.

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The

ALVÃO NATURAL PARK

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park has 7220 hectares of nature to explore. Discover the waterfalls and

the most incredible viewpoints and enjoy the mixed hardwood forests alternating

with exotic plantations. Do not be intimidated by cows or goats passing

by but be careful with wolves or snakes.

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Aveiro

Coimbra

Covilhã

Castelo Branco

Tomar


“agarrar-se ao verbo”

“vai chatear o Camões”

“alhos e bugalhos”

THE CENTRE


AVEIRO

BUCKET LIST

Taste ovos moles

Go out in Praça do Peixe on a

Thursday night

Go to Águeda by Vouguinha

(traditional train)

Drink a shot called traçadinho

Eat a tripa de Aveiro after a day

at the beach or a night-out in

Praça

Explore the city riding a BUGA

(free city bike)

Climb all the 271 steps of Barra

Beach Lighthouse

Catch a flying cavaca during the

São Gonçalinho festivities

Sing “Aveiro é nosso” with

university students

Take a picture at the “I (love)

Aveiro” staircase.

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Aveiro

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1

MOLICEIROS

It’s the name of the typical boats in the Ria de Aveiro, the lagoon region of the

River Vouga. This vessel was originally used to catch seaweed to fertilize the

fields, but nowadays, it is mainly used for tourist trips.

PRAÇA DO PEIXE

The construction of the “Fish Market”, a unique example of the iron

architecture in Aveiro, appears in one of the most typical spaces of the city.

It´s also the centre of Aveiro’s nightlife with the surrounding bars and clubs.

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BARRA BEACH LIGHTHOUSE

The Aveiro lighthouse is the tallest in Portugal (62m). It’s located in Barra

Beach (Praia da Barra), in Gafanha da Nazaré, Ílhavo. It is the 23rd biggest in

the world and still the second largest in the Iberian Peninsula.

COULORFUL HOUSES OF COSTA NOVA

These were the first houses built on this beach in Ílhavo. They had only

one room that was initially used to store fishing tackle. They are all turned

into the lagoon, making that area a massive palette of colours, with a white

background and stripes in green, red, yellow and blue.

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SALINAS (SALTPANS)

Salt production in this region started when the Ria de Aveiro lagoon didn’t yet

exist, and Aveiro was a coastal town. The 1st document referring to Aveiro

and its saltpans dates back to 959, before the foundation of Portugal.

PARQUE INFANTE D. PEDRO

Commonly known as “Parque da Macaca” (The Monkey’s Park), it was built in

an area that used to belong to Franciscan monks. Here you can find a linden

tree avenue, a tea house and a fountain with tilework.

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One

UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

of the largest campuses in Europe, spanning an area equivalent to 92

football pitches, all the Campus buildings were designed by Portuguese

architects, such as Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto Moura, which have

been awarded Pritzker Architecture Prizes.

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CASTELO BRANCO

BUCKET LIST

Visit the castle at night

Visit Monsanto

Visit the City Lake

Go to Latada or Enterro

Party in Docas

Enjoy a concert in Cine-Teatro

Avenida

Visit Jardim Episcopal

Take a dip in Idanha Dam

Go out in the Old Town

Go to a traditional fair

Taste the traditional foods and

beverages

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Castelo Branco

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

CASTLE

OF CASTELO BRANCO

A Medieval castle on the hilltop of the city, known as “Templar’s Castle”,

although very damaged, is still possible to see the remaining towers and the

beautiful view of the city.

CARGALEIRO MUSEUM

The genius of one of the most outstanding Portuguese contemporary artists,

Manuel Cargaleiro, born in the Castelo Branco region, has proved to be a

creative genius of painting and ceramics.

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This

GARDEN OF EPISCOPAL PALACE

Palace Garden, called Jardim do Paço, is one of Portugal’s most beautiful

Baroque gardens, dominated by balconies with iron guards and stone

balusters. It has five lakes with ornamented edges. Here you can find Steps of

the King, unique fountains and water features.

CITY PARK

Located in front of the Garden of the Episcopal Palace, the city park was the

former kitchen garden of the Palace, a fantastic leisure space with fountains

and varied trees and plants to spend an afternoon with friends.

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Also

CATHEDRAL OF CASTELO BRANCO

known as the Church of St. Michael, this is a Roman Catholic cathedral.

It was built in the Renaissance style in the 17th century, and since 1978 it has

been protected as one of the National monuments of Portugal.

FRANCISCO TAVARES PROENÇA JÚNIOR MUSEUM

Founded in 1910, the basis of this museum is the archaeological collection

of Francisco Tavares Proença Júnior. Still, it has been increased with ancient

art pieces from the Episcopal Palace collection and continual additions from

archaeological collections.

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This

ROTUNDA EUROPA

is the biggest roundabout in the city where you can find a big waterfall.

This roundabout is the centre of some events and celebrations in the city.

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COIMBRA

BUCKET LIST

Ask a Portuguese friend to be

your “padrinho” or “madrinha”

and join the Latada Parade

During Queima das Fitas,

attend Serenata Monumental

at the Old Cathedral (Sé Velha)

Go for dinner at Zé Manel dos

Ossos

Have a picnic at Parque Verde

and get your picture taken at

Pedro e Inês Bridge

Go jogging in Choupal

Explore the natural wonder of

Serra da Lousã and its famous

schist villages

Ask a Portuguese student to

take a picture with his “Harry

Potter style” cape

Enjoy the poetry and

romanticism of Penedo da

Saudade

Experience a Fado Night

Live the best day of your life at

the Queima das Fitas parade

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Coimbra

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1

UNIVERSITY

OF COIMBRA

The University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 by King D. Dinis I. It is the oldest

university in Portugal and one of the oldest ones in the world. Here, you must visit

the Book House (Biblioteca Joanina), the University Tower, the University Chapel

(Capela de São Miguel) and the Great Hall of Acts (Sala dos Capelos).

SÉ VELHA AND SÉ NOVA

French Master Robert designed the Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Sé Velha) in

the 12th century. The central gate has Moorish influences, and the lateral

gate has an elegant Renaissance style. About 400 later, the New Cathedral (Sé

Nova) was built in baroque fashion, currently functioning as the head office of

Coimbra´s Diocese.

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Populated

CONÍMBRIGA

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since prehistoric times, Conímbriga was occupied by Roman troops

in 139 BC. Later, following the barbarian invasions, the city was destroyed,

and the population moved. By 589, Conímbriga´s episcopal seat had been

transferred to Aeminium, which we now call Coimbra.

SANTA CRUZ MONASTERY

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A church that catches the eye with its unique architecture, gothic style

building and famous foyer, many times invoked in Coimbra´s Fado tradition.

Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, is buried here.

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SEMINÁRIO MAIOR DE COIMBRA

Seminário Maior is a more than 250 years old Seminary that includes chapels,

libraries, museums and gardens on its grounds, being both a religious

institution and a place of culture, art and beauty, with a singular presence of

Italian art in Portugal.

UNIVERSITY’S BOTANICAL GRADEN

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Planned by Marquês de Pombal to assist the studies of Biology and Botany,

it is a place of outstanding beauty and one of Coimbra´s most iconic spaces.

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ALMEDINA ARCH AND TOWER

The Almedina Arch was the main door of the wall surrounding medieval

Coimbra, and its oldest segment dates back to the 9th century. The Almedina

Tower, built over the Arch, was used to watch over and protect the city´s main

access point.

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COVILHÃ

BUCKET LIST

Have a walk in Rectory Gardens,

the most beautiful place in the

University

Visit the historical villages and

towns around Covilhã

Attend the Student’s Serenade

at the Chapel of Calvário

Have the best day of your life

and take part in the Latada

Parade

Play in the snow in Serra da

Estrela with your friends.

End the day with a dip in one

of Serra da Estrela’s rivers and

waterfalls

Visit Serra da Estrela

Participate in traditional

festivals around Covilhã

Do not miss the sunrise in

Covilhã, also known as the sea

of Covilhã

Go to the cake factory after a

party and eat a pastry

Taste Serra da Estrela cheese

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Covilhã

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

This

SERRA DA ESTRELA

is the most touristic place that you should visit! Serra da Estrela is the

second highest mountain in Portugal, and the nature there is simply unique.

Here, you have beautiful landscapes, rivers and parks that will take your

breath away. During the Winter, Serra da Estrela is full of snow, allowing

you to experiment with winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing and

playing on the snow.

WOOL MUSEUM

In this museum, you have the chance to get to know more about the primary

industry in Covilhã, textiles. It presents information about the history of this

type of industry since it was the economic pillar of the city.

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Located

MUNICIPAL SQUARE

in the heart of Covilhã, you can visit the City Hall, the Theatre,

Misericórdia Church and Santa Maria Church. There is also a monument

paying homage to the trip of Pêro da Covilhã, a diplomat and explorer of the

15th century.

PORTAS DO SOL

Here you can enjoy amazing views of the city and landscapes. You can also

check out the sundial on the ground.

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This

CARPINTEIRA BRIDGE

is one of the tallest pedestrian bridges in Europe and was nominated for

several design and architecture awards. From this place, you have a unique

view of the city and the surroundings. This bridge is illuminated at night,

creating a perfect scenario to take amazing photos.

WOOL FESTIVAL MURALS

Every year Covilhã promotes a Street Art Festival named Wool Festival. Year

after year, more and more walls are painted, making a considerable portfolio

of paintings which invites us to discover all of them.

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Here

MOUNTAIN BOTANICAL GARDEN

you can see a wide diversity of flora characteristic of Serra da Estrela

and the mountainous areas of Southern and Central Europe and North Africa.

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LEIRIA

BUCKET LIST

Attend the Door-to-door

Festival

Take a surf lesson in Peniche

Eat Brisas do Lis

Participate in the historical

reenactment “Viagem à Leiria

Moderna”

Visit Óbidos

Visit the Ervideira Lagoon

Go to the Santana Market

Visit Bacalhôa Buddha Eden

Garden in Bombarral

Ride a Mobilis around the city

Visit the Sanctuary of Fátima

IMPORTANT INFO

There is no ESN section at

this location.

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1

A

LEIRIA CASTLE

medieval castle, artistically and architectonically representative of several

construction and reconstruction phases since its construction began until the

20th Century. There were several battles to take it over, after which it had to

be rebuilt in 1190 by King D. Sancho I and in 1325 by King D. Dinis.

MIRADOURO DA NOSSA SR.ª DA ENCARNAÇÃO

This observation point, located at the summit of a steep hill climb east of the

beach, provides beautiful views over the cliffs of Cape Carvoeiro.

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The

MUSEUM OF LEIRIA

Leiria Museum is an open window to the memory of the city. It’s located

in the Convent of Santo Agostinho. Here you can see amazing views of the

city and landscapes. You can also check out the sundial on the ground.

RUA DIREITA

It’s one of the most famous streets in Leiria. The Rua Direita (Straight Street),

as it is more commonly known today, got the name of Rua Barão de Viamonte

in 1881. This crooked straight street was crossed by the writer Eça de Queiroz.

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At

SÉ DE LEIRIA

the request of D. João II to Pope Paul III, the Leiria diocese was created on

the 22nd of May, 1545. Due to the small size of the temples in Leiria at this

time, the construction of a cathedral fitting for the new status was ordered.

RIVER LIS

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Along the river Lis, you can find many parks and beautiful nature with the

possibility to observe many species of birds.

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Vale

LAPEDO VALLEY

do Lapedo is a limestone canyon where there was a find of fragments

of the skeleton of a neandertal and modern human hybrid boy dating from

24500 years ago, making it an important archaeological site. Here you can

visit the Interpretation Centre of Abrigo do Lagar Velho.

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TOMAR

BUCKET LIST

Go kayaking on the Nabão

River

Ask a local about the secret of

the Gualdim Statue

Cross the Pegões Aqueduct

Try Fatias de Tomar and Beijame

Depressa

Taste Mouchão liquor

Watch the sunset at the

Convent of Christ viewpoint

Climb the steps of the Nossa

Senhora da Piedade

Have a meal and drink Cágado

at Taverna Medieval

Try placing a tabuleiro on your

head

Kiss someone on Banco dos

Namorados

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Tomar

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

Historical

CONVENT OF CHRIST AND TOMAR CASTLE

headquarters of the Knights Templar and the Order of Christ in

Portugal. Here are several architectural styles from the History of Portugal,

including its most significant example from the Manueline style, which is

unique in Portugal: the Janela do Capítulo.

RÉPUBLICA SQUARE

Praça da República is the main square in Tomar and where the Town Hall and

the Church of Saint John the Baptist are. Both buildings were gifted to the

city by D. Manuel I, King of Portugal and Grand Master of the Order of Christ

(16th century). The statue in the centre belongs to D. Gualdim Pais, fourth

Grand Master of the Knights Templar in Portugal and founder of the city, who

ordered the construction of the castle, the Convent of the Christ and the

church of Santa Maria do Olival.

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An

FOREST OF SETE MONTES

island in the River Nabão was transformed into a recreation Park. There we

can find the iconic Wheel of Mouchão, an example of the Moorish influence

on Portuguese agriculture.

MOUCHÃO PARK

An island in the River Nabão was transformed into a recreation Park. There we

can find the iconic Wheel of Mouchão, an example of the Moorish influence

on Portuguese agriculture.

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Close

PEGÕES AQUEDUCT

to the city, it’s one of the largest aqueducts in Portugal. It is used to

supply all the water to the Convent of Christ, and it has been considered one

of the most beautiful views of Tomar.

SYNAGOGUE

The oldest synagogue in Portugal and the only surviving renaissance

example. It houses the permanent exhibition Religious Life Artifacts of the

Jewish Communities Around the World.

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Built

LEVADA MUSEUM

on an artificial island in the River Nabão, this was one of the oldest

factories in Portugal, which was transformed into a temporary exhibition

venue.

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Lisboa

Almada


“Meter o Rossio na Betesga”

“Cair o Carmo e a Trindade”

“Rés-vés Campo de Ourique! ”

LISBOA AND THE TEJO VALLEY


LISBOA

BUCKET LIST

Visit Castelo de São Jorge

Try Portuguese’s most delicious

pastry at Pasteis de Belém

Get lost in Bairro Alto and

Erasmus Corner

Discover the many viewpoints

of Lisboa

Go to a tasca and listen to

some Fado music

Learn the meaning of “Saudade”

Try surfing in Costa da Caparica

Have sardines, bifanas and

bacalhau

Go to Santos Populares and buy

a manjerico

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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Lisboa

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1

SENHORA DO MONTE VIEWPOINT

The highest viewpoint in the city of Lisboa is in the neighbourhood of Graça.

You can spot some of the most spectacular sunsets from the best viewpoint

in the city, with a beer and some guitar music as background.

BAIXA - CHIADO

Baixa means low, thus named because this group of streets stands between

Bairro Alto and Alfama hills. This area was built using a grid after an intense

seaquake and ensuing tsunami destroyed the city in 1755, and now has many

restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.

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BAIRRO ALTO

Bairro Alto, on top of a hill, is a neighbourhood filled with bars and pubs,

making it the starting point for many good nights in Lisboa.

PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO

Also, a part of the reconstruction of Lisboa after the 1755 earthquake - Praça

do Comércio, also known as Terreiro do Paço, is a majestic square facing the

river. It is connected to the Baixa area by a triumphal arch, and at its centre,

you can find the statue of King José I.

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5

ALFAMA

Alfama is the oldest and one of the most traditional neighbourhoods of

Lisboa. It encompasses the Castle of São Jorge, the flea market of Ladra and

many viewpoints. The breathtaking views and the sound of the trams are the

most distinctive characteristics of this neighbourhood that resisted the 1755

earthquake.

CAPARICA BEACH

Caparica is a 20 km long beach popular for swimmers and surfers. Located on

the other side of the river in Almada, beyond the 25 de Abril Bridge, it hosts

many summer parties and festivals.

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This

SINTRA

town, part of the Greater Lisboa area, was declared a World Heritage Site

by UNESCO in 1995. Many monuments can be found here, such as Palácio da

Pena, Palácio de Queluz or the mysterious Quinta da Regaleira.

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ALMADA

BUCKET LIST

Cross Tejo River by boat

Surf in Costa da Caparica

Attend a Festival de Tunas

Universitárias

Visit Christ the King

Watch the sunset from

Miradouro dos Capuchos

Go to Tróia by ferry boat

Take artistic pictures at Mata

dos Medos

Taste Moscatel de Setúbal

Go sightseeing in Serra da

Arrábida

Take a picture of Lisbon from

the Olho de Boi dock at night

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1

The

CHRIST THE KING

Sanctuary of Christ the King is a monument raised 215 meters above sea

level and offers a 360-degree panoramic view over both banks of the Tagus

River. Cristo Rei was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de

Janeiro in Brazil after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument.

The giant statue in cement was raised to express gratitude because the

Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II.

25TH OF APRIL BRIDGE

The 25th of April Bridge, often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San

Francisco in the USA, was inaugurated in 1966 and is the suspension bridge

connecting the city of Lisbon to Almada on the South bank of the Tagus River.

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3

The

BOCA DO VENTO ELEVATOR

Boca do Vento Elevator is situated in the urban area along the south

margin of Tagus River, along the cliffs and arriba, with a view of the city of

Lisbon along Almada Velha. Its riverfront base fronts the old city along the

harbour and river, in a garden that connects to important points along the

river bank.

THE FRAGATTE D. FERNANDO II AND GLORIA

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Dating from the 19th century, it was the last Portuguese sailing frigate to

make the “Career of India”. This museum boat is located in Cacilhas, where

visitors have the opportunity to visualize the experience aboard a frigate of

the 19th century.

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CACILHAS LIGHTHOUSE

Also called Miradouro do Farol, it was inaugurated in the 19th century.

Deactivated in 1978, it was transferred to Terceira Island in the Azores. In

2009, he returned to Cacilhas as an ex-libris. It offers an excellent panoramic

view over the Tagus River and Lisbon.

MANNOR OF THE ZAGALLOS

It is an old 18th-century farmhouse that currently hosts numerous cultural

activities. The main building, the gardens and the three chapels retain a vast

collection of tiles, covering three centuries of tile history in Portugal.

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7

Casa

CASA DA CERCA

da Cerca is Almada’s Center for Contemporary Art. An ideal place to visit

excellent exhibitions, stroll in its magnificent garden and enjoy the superb

view over the Tagus River and the city of Lisbon, thus making your view

memorable.

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Évora


“Apanha a lebre”

“Coisas do arco da velha”

“Onde o diabo perdeu as botas“

ALENTEJO


ÉVORA

BUCKET LIST

Explore the monuments and

other landmarks around the

city centre

See the sunset at Alto de São

Bento

Hold a glass with your right

hand at a dinner, and learn how

to sing “mão direita é penalti”

Spend a sunny afternoon at

Barue with your friends

Photograph a peacock at the

Public Garden

Eat a bifana and learn how to

roast a chouriço

Have a botellón at the

Cathedral and taste wine from

Alentejo

Go to an ESN party at Capítulo

8 and watch the sunrise at the

Giraldo Square

Visit the megalithic monument

Cromeleque dos Almendres

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Évora

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1

Évora’s

HISTORICAL CITY CENTER

architectural and artistic heritage is so omnipresent and impressive

that this alone guides the steps of anyone who loves strolling around with no

fixed direction: from the Roman to the Neoclassical, by way of the Gothic and

various expressions of the Manueline, the Renaissance and the Baroque, all

the epochs of History are documented.

Classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 1986.

SÃO FRANCISCO CHURCH

It’s a church from the Manueline-Mudejar and the Renaissance style. It was

built between the 15th and 16th centuries. This building replaced an earlier

Gothic temple, even though it still has remains of this style. It is in this church

that you can find the Bones Chapel.

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The

DOM MANUEL PALACE AND PUBLIC GARDEN

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Palace was built by King Afonso V in the 16th century. The Palace was

inhabited by several Portuguese monarchs, losing its use in 1895, having been

sent to destroy in 1619. The present building in the public garden is only part

of the former Palace.

UNIVERSITY OF ÉVORA

Our University is the second oldest in Portugal, having been

founded in 1559 by Cardeal D. Henrique and has a long and

troubled history. Its oldest building - Colégio do Espírito Santo, is the

epicentre of the academic tradition and houses many ceremonies.

The dove, a symbol of the Holy Spirit, is also the symbol of the University.

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5

ROMAN TEMPLE

The most important landmark of our city and one of the best preserved

Roman temples in Europe, Évora’s Roman temple was built in the 1st century

AD as a part of a roman forum honouring Emperor Augustus.

CHAPEL OF BONES

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In the basement of the church of São Francisco, you can find a chapel with

walls all lined with real human bones and skulls. It was built in the 17th

century by the action of 3 Franciscan friars to pass the message of the fragility

of human life and time itself.

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Exhibiting

CATHEDRAL OF ÉVORA

the Romanic and Gothic architectural styles, the cathedral of Évora

is a majestic building which will impress you with its size and detailed features.

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Faro


“Môce Marafado”

“Cabeça de azinho“

“Fazer meia azul”

ALGARVE


FARO

BUCKET LIST

Watch the Sunset at the Sagres

Fortress

Sign up for a surf lesson at Faro´s

Beach with our partners

Go to the top of Faro’s Cathedral

and enjoy the view

Enjoy the Santa Iria Fair in October

and eat a fartura

Party in Recepção ao Caloiro in

September and Semana Académica

in May

Go on a boat trip along the coast

of Algarve

Watch a local football game of SC

Farense

Enjoy bacalhau and arroz de

marisco

Watch the most beautiful sunset

at Marina de Faro

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Algarve

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1

It

ARCHAELOGOGICAL MUSEUM OF FARO

was the second to be created in Algarve. On February 2, 1894, it was built

to honour Infante Dom Henrique on the occasion of the 5th centenary of his

birth.

CARMO CHURCH

It is one of the most important aesthetic manifestations of the religious and

artistic heritage of the Algarve region. It was founded in 1713 by Bishop D.

António Pereira da Silva.

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It’s

ALAMEDA DE JOÃO GARDEN

the largest green area in the city. Here you can enjoy the diverse flora,

namely some century-old trees and several animals. The highlight goes to a

façade, set on a former slaughterhouse and an excellent example of the neo-

Arabic revivalism architecture that allows access to the Municipal Library.

LIGHTHOUSE BEACH

Located in the far west of Culatra Island, here you can find the Santa Maria

Cape, an important milestone for navigation. The beaches have a length of

approximately 7 kilometres to the eastern point. The restaurants on the island

are very appreciated for fresh fish and seafood, making it a small paradise.

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Also

FARO BEACH

known as Faro Island, this stretch of sand is part of the Ancão Peninsula,

which borders the Ria Formosa to the west. Here you have a great view of the

mountains and the city of Faro.

ESTÓI PALACE

Built in 1840, this magnificent palace is now converted into a hotel. Inside it,

you can find gardens with orange trees and palm trees, as well as beautiful

sculptures, paintings and walls covered in blue and white tiles.

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This

BELMAÇO PALACE

is a two-floor building, except for the tower with 3 floors. It was

commissioned in 1912 by a wealthy tradesman: Manuel de Jesus Belmarço.

The project was designed in 1912 by the architect Manuel Joaquim Norte

Júnior and is considered an interesting manifestation of Revivalist Architecture.

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Funchal

Porto Santo


“Semilha”

“O relógio da Sé é que se repete”

“Não há romaria sem cambado”

MADEIRA


FUNCHAL

BUCKET LIST

Try a new fruit at the Farmer’s

Market in Funchal

Try poncha and niquita

Dance with a group of Bailinho

da Madeira

Go on a Catamaran trip to

watch dolphins and whales

Go to Pico Ruivo and watch the

sunset and sunrise

Go to Porto Santo

Visit Dão Lourenço Point

Eat Bolo do Caco and espetadas

Do a Levada

Take a ride by cable car in Monte

Swim in the Natural Pools of

Porto Moniz and Doca das

Cavacas, in Funchal

ESNMadeira

SOCIAL MEDIA

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esnmadeira.org

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Madeira

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

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Visit

PICO RUIVO

the highest peak in Madeira island and gasp in awe with all the beauty

PORTO MONIZ NATURAL POOLS

Cool off with a swim in the natural pools formed in the lava that once flowed

down to the ocean.

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Visitors

MADEIRA CAR CABLE

can enjoy a half-day programme, riding the two tourist cable car

routes up and down the island’s south coast’s green slopes and seeing some

beautiful hidden scenery.

CABO GIRÃO VIEWPORT

It’s the highest cape in Europe, with an elevation of 580 m which is famous

for its suspended glass platform.

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Walking

LEVADAS

in reinvigorating, exciting, and highly rewarding trails named “levadas”

(man-made waterways across the mountains) of Madeira is a challenge and

unique experience.

FANAL LEISURE AREA

This area integrates a public barbecue grill, ideal for a picnic with friends,

surrounded by nature, mainly the laurissilva forest. It’s also a great starting

point for some walking trails.

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This

FARMER’S MARKET

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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Horta

Terceira

Pico

São Miguel


“gamas“

“Corisco mal amanhado“

“Quem Cassara”

AÇORES


AÇORES

BUCKET LIST

Try See a new dolphin fruit or at a whale the Farmer’s during

Market a boat trip in Funchal

Try Hike poncha Pico mountain, and niquita the highest

mountain in Portugal, and see

Dance the sunset with a group of Bailinho

da Madeira

Eat a meal cooked on vulcanic

Go soil on a Catamaran trip to

watch dolphins and whales

Catch a ferry between islands

Take a ride by cable car in Monte

Go to São Jorge and climb Pico

Swim da Esperança in the Natural or Morro Pools das of

Porto Velas Moniz and Doca das

Cavacas, in Funchal

Take a bath in geothermal pools

and springs

Go to Pico Quiosque Ruivo Tomé and watch the

sunset and sunrise

Drink Kima, a typical Azorean

Go soda to Porto Santo

Visit Sunbathe Dão Lourenço in a dark sand Pointbeach

Eat Visit Bolo Gorreana do Caco in and São espetadas Miguel,

the only tea plantation in

Do Europe a Levada

IMPORTANT SOCIAL MEDIA INFO

There is no ESN section at

this location.

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TOP PLACES TO VISIT

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This

SEVEN CITIES LAGOON

stunning lagoon, known for its two-coloured water, blue and green,

is one of the most well-known touristic spots in the São Miguel Islands.

ANGRA DO HEROÍSMO

This city is the historical capital of the Azores. The richness of its history and

cultural heritage led to the Angra do Heroísmo City Central being classified as

a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

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Furnas

FURNAS DE SÃO MIGUEL

are well known for their thermal waters and pools, and for the

Terra Nostra Hotel, which features a natural hot spring pool, and the

Terra Nostra Park. In Furnas, you can also try leavened cake (bolo lêvedo)

and a curious stew cooked underground thanks to the hot volcanic soil.

CALDEIRA VELHA IN SÃO MIGUEL

The Natural and Regional Monument of Caldeira Velha is located in Ribeira

Grande, São Miguel Island, Azores archipelago and is a biosphere reserve of

great importance for the Laurisilva forests.

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Lagoa

LAGOA DO FOGO IN SÃO MIGUEL

do Fogo is one of the largest lagoons of the Azores and the second

largest on São Miguel Island, classified as a nature reserve. It has a beach

that was recognized as one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal in the Wild Beach

category.

TERRA NOSTRA PARK

Parque Terra Nostra is a Portuguese botanical garden located in Furnas Valley,

Povoação municipality, São Miguel island, Azores archipelago. This park

houses one of the largest collections of camellias in the world, with over 600

different sons-in-law and also the largest collection in Europe of Cicas.

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Monte

MONTE BRASIL

Brasil is an extinct volcano that emerged from the sea to join Angra

do Heroísmo. It is surrounded by four peaks: Pico das Cruzinhas, Pico do

Facho, Pico da Quebrada (where the whale watcher is located) and Pico do

Zimbreiro. It is classified as a Recreational Forest Reserve.

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SOS Estudante is a cultural section from the main Student

Association of Coimbra (AAC) that aims to contribute

to the academic community’s well-being by promoting

cultural and intellectual integration among students.

In addition, we offer every day from 8 P.M. to 1 A.M. a helpline that

gives emotional support to those who feel like talking to someone

prepared to listen empathically (service only in Portuguese).

Contact us at 915 246 060 / 969 554 545 / 239 484 020


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Where is the closest PHARMACY?

www.anf.pt

8 0 8 2 4 2 4 2 4

a t e n d i m e n t o @ s n s 2 4 . g o v . p t

The first number you need

to call in any health issue.

Need to know a phone number?

Call 1820

Intoxication:

808 250 143

Victim’s Support:

21 358 79 00

Tourism information:

808 781 212

www.visitportugal.com/en

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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

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