Here you will find study trips and round trips through the metropolises of Portugal
Take a study tour through Lisbon, a city that is located on the Iberian Peninsula and that lies on a bay at the mouth of the Tagus River in the extreme southwest of Europe on the Atlantic coast. Visit Lisbon’s sights on a city trip, such as the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (World Heritage Site), the São Vicente de Fora monastery, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument, the Castelo de São Jorge, the Holy Christ statue, the Vasco da Gama tower, Oceanario de Lisboa – one of the largest marine aquariums in the world, the ruins of the Convento do Carmo, the Elevador de Santa Justa, the Torre de Bélem (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the pub district – Bairro Alto, and other treasures of this city. A wonderful city trip takes you through the largest city in Portugal with the most important port.
Visit Porto or Oporto, the capital of the district of the same name in Portugal. It is located on the Douro River and is known for the port wine of the same name. On this round trip you will get to know various sights such as the Se Cathedral with the Bishop’s Palace, the Torre dos Clerigos, the Casa da Musica, the old railway bridge Maria Pia Bridge, the Dom Luis Bridge, the Palacio de Cristal, the Freedom Square and know other highlights such as museums (tram museum), theaters and buildings. Enjoy a unique city trip to Porto.
Picturesque city in the north of Portugal
Braga is a vibrant city, one of the oldest in Portugal, and teeming with young people studying at its universities. With just under 200,000 inhabitants, Braga is the country’s seventh largest city. Bom Jesus do Monte, one of the most beautiful pilgrimage churches in Portugal and the city’s most important tourist attraction, was added to the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list in 2015.
Ancient old town and modern lifestyle
Braga is a city of contrasts. Over 2000 years of existence have given it a very rich history, but at the same time it is the Portuguese city with the highest number of young people per square meter. The city offers a special atmosphere with romantic buildings, enchanting gardens – subtle surprises that become clearer with every step. The more than 30 churches gave it the nickname “Portuguese Rome” and made it one of the most important religious centers in Portugal. With a history that goes back to the Romans – who are considered to be the city’s founders and who left many marks on the region – Bracara Augusta, as it was once called, is still home to a large number of buildings that have left the scars of the Wear time.
But the main attraction is the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte at the top of the hill. This pilgrimage church is one of the most visited religious sites in Portugal, surpassed only by the Shrine of Fatima. The baroque staircase with over 500 steps and several themed fountains provides access to the neoclassical building that rewards those who dare to climb. Access can also be made with a funicular, which is located right next to the stairs.
Important fishing port and beautiful landscapes
Olhão in Portugal is a big surprise. With the largest port in the Algarve and a very lively atmosphere, the very busy fishing village is the gateway to one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region and some wonderful beaches.
Maritime flair also in gastronomy
The city itself with its 45,000 inhabitants is a colorful mixture of sights and sounds, with life clearly oriented towards the sea. Fishing has always been the main livelihood of the population and its importance is reflected everywhere, from the vibrant harbor that becomes a buzz of activity when the boats return with their catches, to the impressive variety of mussels and fish that can be found at the stalls of the fish market on the water. The fishermen of Olhão are legendary and well known for their expertise! The abundance of seafood in the region, combined with a talent for turning them into delicious dishes, have made Olhão famous as the gastronomic capital of the Algarve. Seafood restaurants across the city serve the delicious local seafood specialties. A special highlight is a visit in mid-August during the annual Shellfish Festival, a six-day outdoor party with food, drink, music and dancing when the amazing variety of mussels is available for all to enjoy.
Sights and activities
Olhão is in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, a breathtaking landscape of lagoons, canals and sandbanks separated from the Atlantic by a series of barrier islands that stretch from Faro to the village of Cacela Velha near Tavira. The fertile wetlands are a haven for plant and animal species, a breeding ground for numerous species of birds, fish and mussels, and a joy to discover. Boats departing from Olhão offer exploration trips through the labyrinth of canals, while the park’s environmental education center in Marim organizes interesting walking routes that provide detailed information on the flora and fauna of the region, visits to the Portuguese water dog breeding rooms and detailed explanations bid on the process of salt extraction.