Hey curious traveller,
As you know, Portugal has much more to offer than the big cities you have heard before. Imagine how cool it would be if you visited our oldest village. And on the same day, you could do some extreme outdoor sports. But wait, because this is just on the first day. In this trip, history mixes with coolness. Are you staying out or are you really into knowing Portugal?
Trip to Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo
Saturday & Sunday, 17th-18th of March
During the first day, we will visit a village founded in 1125. We will have a walk in this small but full of history village: Ponte de Lima. After lunch, we will start to get crazy. First let’s do some outdoor sports: Climbing, canoeing, rappel and target shooting. And this is just to get the fun started!! After this fun afternoon we’ll have an 'all you can eat and drink' dinner in Viana do Castelo. And later we are counting on you to show how we party hard. Are you sure you want to miss this opportunity?
But be careful, ‘cause in the next day we will leave the hotel at 10 am and we are going for a walk. And yes we know that’s a lot to ask after a party night but what about a walk where you can be presented with one of the best views in Portugal? In the morning walk you will enjoy the view and take a lot of pictures on the top of “Monte de Santa Luzia”. After that we will go down to the center of Viana do Castelo to have lunch and in the end let’s go for a tour to say goodbye to the city! However, before that, let’s get cultural! Because Portugal is so connected to the oceans, we also have a visit to a museum… that’s a ship: “Gil Eanes”! And we want you all aboard, so run to the office to get your tickets!
Meeting Point: 9am @Reitoria
Price: 62€ (42€ for UP students)
Saturday - Ponte de Lima
9h - Meeting point at Reitoria
10h30 – Arrival in Ponte de Lima
11h - City Center Sightseeing
13h – Free lunch time
14h30 – Outdoor Sports (Climbing, canoeing, rappel and target shooting)
18h30 – Go to the hostel in Viana do Castelo
20h30 - Dinner
00h - Party
Sunday- Viana do Castelo
10h30 – Visit to Monte de Santa Luzia and visit its highest point (Zimbório).
Note: these stairs are not indicated for people with claustrophobia, be sure to tell us if you're not feeling okay!
13h – Free lunch time
15h – Visit to the Navio-Hospital Gil Eannes (ship museum)
17h30 – City tour
19h - Time to get back to Porto
Attention: both lunches are not included, only breakfast and dinner.
Note: University of Porto will support us in this trip with the funds of the european union for the Erasmus programme. For that reason, Erasmus students studying in University of Porto will get 20€ discount (discounts limited to first 30 reservations). To get the discount just show a document that proves you are in Erasmus Studies programme in University of Porto. Other programs like "Erasmus Mundus" or “Erasmus Internship” are not covered by these funds.
Registrations: at the ESN Office. Limited places available. You can register two friends, if you know their ESNcard numbers and pay their fees at the office. Refunds are available until 1 week before the trip.
Don’t forget to bring:
- ESNcard (and the ticket for registration)
- Comfortable shoes and clothes
Your travel buddies,
- An ESNcard of this section required.