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    Ponte de Lima – land of heritage. It is known as a world heritage, a land without borders promoter of a movement where our planet is deemed a sacred place.

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    2016-07-29 12:00:00 2016-08-07 12:00:00 Europe/Lisbon 84th F.I.C.C. International Rally - Ponte de Lima When people join together at a given time, a unique rally happens! Let us all build bridges of friendship at the 84th International F.I.C.C. Rally at Ponte de Lima, Portugal. Ponte de Lima, Portugal 84th F.I.C.C. International Rally info@ficc2016.com

    10 days of activities in Ponte de Lima, a place of abundant vegetation and fresh air where one can enjoy the wonderful landscape of northern Portugal.

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Portugal 2016 booking

Registrations can be made via the modern online registration system or the traditional registration process - see how.

Dear fellows,
The next International F.I.C.C. Rally will take place in Ponte de Lima - Portugal from 29 July to 7 August 2016. A team specialized in organising international outdoor events – nationally and internationally – is organising this Rally in order to make it a success and to allow participants to discover and enjoy unparalleled activities in Portugal’s oldest town.

So far, Portugal has organised three F.I.C.C. International Rallies: in 1975, 1985 and 1995, which took place in Lagoa de Santo André, Ericeira and Aljezur, respectively. 21 years later, the heart of Alto Minho - Ponte de Lima, will be hosting the international party of camping- the 84th International F.I.C.C. Rally – where there will be no shortage of activities for all ages.

Ponte de Lima – land of heritage. Known as a world heritage, a land without borders promoter of a movement where our planet is deemed a sacred place. At the very heart of Vale do Lima, the pure and unique beauty of Portugal’s oldest town hides deep roots and ancient legends.

We are expecting delegations from 40 countries and hundreds of participants. Therefore, we challenge you to sign in today, grab your spot in the 84th International F.I.C.C. Rally, and take the chance to not only visit one of Portugal’s most beautiful town but also to make new friendships with campers from all over the world.

We want to provide our participants many moments of happiness, physical and mental welfare, interaction with other peoples and cultures, contact with nature, unique landscapes and incomparable gastronomy. Let this be the Rally that will stay in our memories for many longs years.

Let us make this 84th Rally a great celebration of International Camping and build bridges of friendship among peoples.

We are waiting for you!

The Organising Committee

84th F.I.C.C. International Rally

Outstanding landscapes, quality of life, noble welcoming, incomparable wines, top-level environment, amazing gardens, memorable architecture, remarkable corners, exemplary cultural dynamics, sublime events, unforgettable traditions, top-class tourism - this are some of Ponte de Lima’s numerous attributes that make this town a must-see for anyone who guides their holidays, leisure or hobbies by class and excellence.

Many other attributes bring memorable fairs and events to Ponte de Lima, making the town and the municipality being sought by large national and international organisations, such as F.I.C.C.- Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et Autocaravaning, which will be carrying out its 84th International Rally in Expolima, from 29 July to 7 August 2016.

According to the organisation’s estimates, we will be welcoming thousands of participants in this 10-day event, along with lots of day and night activities, in line with organised visits to the municipality and the region, thus creating the economic, social and cultural dynamics that such meetings promote.

As Ponte de Lima’s Municipal Chamber’s President and main host, I cannot refrain from expressing my satisfaction for hosting the 84th International F.I.C.C. Rally within the geographical boundaries of such noble land, in the certainty that this event - along with many others already scheduled - will mark 2016, contributing, greatly, to our tourist and cultural projection, nationally and internationally.

For all that, I would like to welcome all participants and wish them an unforgettable stay, and ask them to become ambassadors of Ponte de Lima by spreading the word and giving rise to a greater visitor and tourist demand.

Finally, I hope that this does not end here and that you all come back to Ponte de Lima, a town that will welcome you with arms wide open.

Victor Mendes

President of the Municipal Chamber of Ponte de Lima

Dear Camping fellows,

Welcome to the 84th International F.I.C.C. Rally in Portugal

In 2016, campers, caravanners and motor caravanners will have their eyes set once again on the Iberian Peninsula to follow all signs to the F.I.C.C International Rally that will be taking place in Ponte de Lima – Portugal. The hosts and organisers of the 84th International F.I.C.C. Rally will be the Federação de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal.

So far, Portugal has organised three F.I.C.C. International Rallies: in 1975, 1985 and 1995, which took place in Lagoa de Santo André, Ericeira and Aljezur, respectively. After 21 years, it is time to go back to the most western country of Europe and enjoy our way of doing tourism in this area of mountains and natural parks. The region’s heritage is seen in its castles, such as the one in Guimarães, and in 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, Barcelos and Ponte de Lima, in the manor houses and stately halls, you will find the genuine Portuguese people, who like to share their table, their customs and traditions.

At the very heart of Vale do Lima and the world’s famous Green Wine area, the pure and unique beauty of Portugal’s most floral and oldest town - Ponte de Lima, hides deep roots and ancient legends.

The showground is located at a walking distance from the town centre and participants will be surrounded by vineyards all around. In this unique town, participants of all ages will appreciate ancient cultures, several gardens and local restaurants to enjoy the local gastronomy and will have a great time for sure.

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to the sponsors, who will be supporting this International Rally, to the organisers - the Federação de Campismo e Montanhismo de Portugal, as well as to all of those many volunteers who have prepared this very friendly Rally to us.

On behalf of the F.I.C.C. I give you all a hearty welcome to this International Rally and it is my personal belief that all camping, caravanning and motor-caravanning enthusiasts will be going back home from this beautiful venue with great memories.

I wish you all a friendly and safe stay in Portugal!

João Alves Pereira

President of F.I.C.C.

Dear friends,
It is with great joy and sense of responsibility that we embrace the opportunity of hosting another F.I.C.C. International Rally – the 84th.

This will be F.I.C.C.’s 4th Rally taking place in Portugal.

This time, a little way to the north - after the country’s centre and south have already hosted such an important event.

Located in Portugal’s northern district, in the Alto Minho, Ponte de Lima is an eight-century history town, where rural and urban ambiances blend in perfect harmony with the history’s development.

The Lima River – the blue line between green fertile fields protected by leafy mountains - has always been a source of inspiration for artists and poets.

The hosting - under the guidance of the President of the Municipal Chamber, the Engineer Victor Mendes - who we welcome and sincerely thank for his commitment in this adventure of ours - is amazing.

Bucolic landscaping, mild climate, outstanding gastronomy and a heart-warming reception - representative of the northern people - are some of the attractions we can offer you.

As organisers we did our best to be worthy of your participation - enthusiastic, we hope, for all the efforts we put into this mission of ours and for the surprises that we are preparing. Included therein are the folklore, the green wine and the so much appreciated Minho festivities.

This will be one more journey of camper companionship in brotherly harmony and respect for differences. Here old friendships are strengthened and new affections are created.

It is with this brotherly and solidarity feelings that we hope we can count on campers from all over the world to actively participate with a great sense of fellowship in the Rally’s activities. At the farewell is the certainty that missing won’t be long because our meetings will continue in further rallies.

Welcome and enjoy this ancient, friendly country that is here to embrace you with kindness and affection! At the Portuguese people’s style!

João Queiroz

President of the F.C.M.P.

Portugal 2016 Programme

The rally’s location is unique: 10 rally days and nights full of cultural, sporting and recreational activities for all ages, onshore or on the river, with the unique opportunity to meet and become friends with campers from all over the world.

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

The rally’s location is unique: 10 rally days and nights full of cultural, sporting and recreational activities for all ages, onshore or on the river, with the unique opportunity to meet and become friends with campers from all over the world.

Cultural, Dance & Disco

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

Itinerary:
Vale do Lima has dozens of fine manor houses. Here you will have the opportunity to visit two of the most important and representative houses of the city as well as the Bertiandos and São Pedro de Arcos Lagoons Protected Landscapes.

Cultural, Dance & Disco

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

Sports program (children, teenagers and adults)

Itinerary:
At the very heart of the verdant region of Minho, Braga is one of the biggest religious centres of Portugal and, as such, abounds in ancient churches, such as the church of Santa Cruz and the Sé Cathedral which has several styles, from Roman to Baroque. Braga is also proud of its fine houses, namely those from the 18th century. On the top of a hill, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary emerges as an important point of pilgrimage. Behind the sanctuary, on the top of Mount Sameiro, a colossal statue of Virgin Mary blesses the region. Gardens, parks and 18th century stately halls complete this unique picture that stands out for its singular flavour in kitchens devoted to the traditional codfish “à minhota”. Braga is Portugal’s oldest city. It has more than 2000 years of history – it was founded by the Romans under the name Bracara Augusta, sometime between 300 and 400 B.C., and it became the capital of the empire in northern Iberia. In this tour you will be visiting the city’s historic centre and its monuments as well as the Bom Jesus and Sameiro sanctuaries.

Cultural, Dance & Disco

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

Sports program (children, teenagers and adults)

Itinerary excursion 3:
Worldwide known for its green wines, here you will get to know the Alvarinho and Loureiro wines and take a walk through Valença’s and Monção historic centre (Paço do Alvarinho and taste the region’s prestigious wine). You will also be able to visit the Brejoeira.

Itinerary excursion 7:
Porto – the capital of Portugal’s northern region - offers the charms of a riverside city as it is located at Douro’s river mouth. Walking down through its historical streets, you will have the opportunity to visit the historic city centre, the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo das Carmelitas, the Clérigos Church, the Avenida dos Aliados (Allies Avenue) and the Romanesque-Gothic (12th - 13th centuries) and Baroque (17th - 18th centuries) Porto Cathedral. The interior still looks like a fortified church with battlements. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) and its famous Arab Room as well as the Ribeira of Porto. After crossing the impressive D. Luís Bridge you will reach Vila Nova de Gaia where you can take a tour through the worldwide known Port wine cellars.

(traditional campfire)

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

Itinerary excursion 4:
Located in the river mouth of the Lima River, the city of Viana do Castelo has a proud seafaring history and was one the main ports where Portuguese explorers embarked to sail the unknown world during the 15th century. Here you will be able to enjoy the elegant Praça da República, the Chafariz fountain, the Igreja da Misericórdia, a late renaissance hospice composed of impressive Roman archways and carved pillars. The city is also home to a bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Only 3 km north of the city centre, Santa Luzia hill offers spectacular panoramic views of the natural landscape.

Itinerary excursion 5:
The Quinta do Santoinho stands out for its peculiar characteristics and unquestionable singularity. This festivity hosts an average of approximately 2000 people. During this Minho festivity (barbecue, sardines, corn bread and green wine) you will be able to visit a diversified collection of farm tools and implements and the museum of old transportation vehicles. Everyone can take part in a great party while enjoying dinner to the sound of folklore ranch and regional singing.

Itinerary:
The Quinta do Santoinho stands out for its peculiar characteristics and unquestionable singularity. This festivity hosts an average of approximately 2000 people. During this Minho festivity (barbecue, sardines, corn bread and green wine) you will be able to visit a diversified collection of farm tools and implements and the museum of old transportation vehicles. Everyone can take part in a great party while enjoying dinner to the sound of folklore ranch and regional singing.

Cultural, Dance & Disco

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

Itinerary:
Vale do Lima has dozens of fine manor houses. Here you will have the opportunity to visit two of the most important and representative houses of the city as well as the Bertiandos and São Pedro de Arcos Lagoons Protected Landscapes.

Cultural, Dance & Disco

International Folk music festival (village centre)

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

Itinerary:
Guimarães was given the affectionate nickname “birthplace of the nation” because it was where Portugal’s first King D. Afonso Henriques was born in 1110. He was responsible for the launching of the Reconquest given the region was then under the Moors domain. We can still see the glorious past of the city in its medieval streets, squares and in its more than 1000-year old magnificent castle. The city is provided with so many historical monuments that UNESCO qualified its Historic Centre as World Heritage in 2001. In Barcelos historic centre you can take a walk through the old but yet well preserved medieval streets, which for this reason contribute to a unique urban landscape endowed with a distinctive identity.

Cultural, Dance & Disco

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

Itinerary excursion 3:
Worldwide known for its green wines, here you will get to know the Alvarinho and Loureiro wines and take a walk through Valença’s and Monção historic centre (Paço do Alvarinho and taste the region’s prestigious wine). You will also be able to visit the Brejoeira.

Itinerary excursion 7:
Porto – the capital of Portugal’s northern region - offers the charms of a riverside city as it is located at Douro’s river mouth. Walking down through its historical streets, you will have the opportunity to visit the historic city centre, the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo das Carmelitas, the Clérigos Church, the Avenida dos Aliados (Allies Avenue) and the Romanesque-Gothic (12th - 13th centuries) and Baroque (17th - 18th centuries) Porto Cathedral. The interior still looks like a fortified church with battlements. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) and its famous Arab Room as well as the Ribeira of Porto. After crossing the impressive D. Luís Bridge you will reach Vila Nova de Gaia where you can take a tour through the worldwide known Port wine cellars.

All nights program up to mid-night | Restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Rally site | Bar open for drinks on Rally site | Supermarket for basics on Rally site | Children’s and pet sitting on rally site for participants taking part in excursions

Portugal 2016 Useful Information

Foreign-registered vehicles – how to pay highway tolls:
Drivers travelling in highways with this sign Auto-estrada Portugal should go to the manual cabin and pay with cash or credit card.

Most important and requiring some attention: Drivers travelling in SCUTS with this sign

Auto-estrada exemplo Portugal

If you are going to Portugal in a vehicle with a foreign license plate you can choose one of the following options:
The EASYToll system is a payment solution for automatic payment of electronic tolls for tourists and immigrants with the association of a credit card (MasterCard and Visa) to the license plate of the vehicle.
The toll rates will be directly debited from the bank account associated to the card. The association of the credit card to the license plate of the vehicle is valid for 30 days. You may cancel your subscription at any time in portugaltolls.com or by phone through the Call Center: (+351) 212879555.
At the indicated borders, go to the area with the EASYToll system cabin

easytool Portugal

When you get to an EASYtoll terminal, you will just have to insert your credit card and PIN. You will receive a receipt that you should keep until all toll rates are debited from your bank account. From then on you may use the highways with electronic tolls without any problems. To sign up to EASYtoll you will have to go through one these four country entries with this logotype easytool symbol Portugal.
- A28 – Viana do Castelo service area;
- 3.5 km from Chaves/Verin border;
- A25 – Alto de Leomil (Vilar Formoso) service area;
- A22 – Vila Real de Santo António (see map of Portugal highways).

The Toll card is a prepaid card (€5, €10, €20 or €40) that you can purchase at CTT stores (Portuguese post offices), service area or at tollcard.pt. The activation and association of the credit card to the license plate is made via SMS. You may activate several cards at the same time and accumulate balance of each card. To know your balance you have to go to the website tollcard.pt or wait for an SMS informing your balance ran out.

easytool card Portugal

If you are coming to Portugal by plane and want to rent a car, ViaVerde is the best option to pay electronic tolls:

via verde Portugal

When you rent a car, ask the store a ViaVerde device that will allow you to pay the tolls when you return the vehicle. The advantage of this device is that it is valid for all the Portuguese highways. The disadvantage, however, is that you have to pay €1.50 per day (to a maximum of €18.50 per rental).

The access to the venue is restricted to participants before 29 July. Participants are only allowed to come from this date on. Therefore, we recommend you to stay in Quinta de Pentieiros Camping Park (book in advance), located 5km from Ponte de Lima for a special price.

Quinta de Pentieiros
Camping Park
4990-530 Arcos - Ponte de Lima
Phone: (+351) 258240202

Participants can also enjoy special benefits in several camping parks by showing their participation voucher (to receive in May by electronic mail or at later date if registration is made after 10.05.2016).

Emergency European Number: 112

Conde de Bertiandos Hospital
Rua Conde de Bertiandos
4990-041 Ponte de Lima
Phone: (+351)258909500

National Republican Guard (Ponte de Lima Territorial Unit)
Rua Dr. Francisco Sá Carneiro
4990-024 Arca - Ponte de Lima
Phone: (+351)258900240

Public Security Police (Ponte de Lima)
Rua Doutor Luis C. Nogueira
4990-113 Ponte de Lima
Phone: (+351)258900380

Ponte de Lima Tourist Office
Torre da Cadeia Velha
Passeio 25 de Abril
4990-058 Ponte de Lima
Phone: (+351)258240208


Other useful links:
Portuguese Camping and Mountaineering Federation website
http://www.fcmportugal.com/

The Rally’s registration fee has a 20% accrual after 10/5/2016.

Cancellation and refund:

  • Cancellation until 10.05.2016 - 100% refund
  • Cancellation until 10.06.2016 - 80% refund
  • Cancellation until 10.07.2016 – 50% refund
  • Cancellation after 10.07.2016 – 0% refund

Payments shall be made to each country’s clubs/federations.

All participants must register for the Rally and pay a participation fee according with the place where they stay

Camping Pass (for participants who will not stay in the Rally venue - hotel, hostels, B&B).

All participants shall hold a valid CCI - Camping Card International for the year 2016

Expolima
Estrada da Veiga, 869
4990-418 Ponte de Lima - Portugal

GPS coordinates:
N 41° 19' 18.88"
E 2° 1' 43.55"

Latitude: 41.7741222
Longitude: -8.57768297


Weather in Ponte de Lima:
http://www.accuweather.com/en/pt/ponte-do-lima/276248/weather-forecast/276248

By road:
- A3 from Spain | A3 direction Porto, exit Ponte de Lima – roundabout direction (follow the signs) – Expolima
- A3 from Porto | A3 direction Valença, exit Ponte de Lima - roundabout direction (follow the signs) – Expolima
- A27 from Viana do Castelo | direction A3 - exit Ponte de Lima – roundabout direction (follow the signs) – Expolima

By Train:
Take a train to Viana do Castelo and then a Bus to Ponte de Lima or take a train to Braga and then a Bus to Ponte de Lima (the bus is in the same area of the train station and in Ponte de Lima the bus station is near the Rally venue)

By plane:
Porto airport Francisco Sá Carneiro (65 km/45 min by car)

Registrations can be made via the modern online registration system in www.ficc2016.com/booking/ through a process identical to the traditional subscription. By choosing this process the participant ensures his pitch at the Rally, and thus receive more information and all the documentation in a timely manner.

The participant responsible for registration must fill in with his information the registration form and add the remaining family members, one by one, and also the number of excursions  that you are planning to participate. Registration received by the Organization will remain pending and will be sent to the Club/Federation in order to confirm that the participant is a Club/Federation member. After the Club/Federation confirms the registration, the Organization will proceed with the validation and thus the participant’s registration is confirmed. Then we will give instructions to the participant for fee payment to the Club/Federation to which he belongs. The Club/Federation must transfer payments before 10.05.2016 to the bank account to be specified by the organization.

If the participant chooses the traditional registration process through the registration form which will be sent to your club, once the registration form is received, the Club/Federation can also fill in the participant registration online or send it to the organization.

If the participant wants to attend the Rally without his own camping equipment must register using the registration form "Camping Pass" through the online registration system or the existing registration booking form. The process is identical for all participants.

Portugal 2016 Excursions

Excursions shall be booked at the time of registration.

excursão 1

Itinerary:
Vale do Lima has dozens of fine manor houses. Here you will have the opportunity to visit two of the most important and representative houses of the city as well as the Bertiandos and São Pedro de Arcos Lagoons Protected Landscapes.

Price:
Adults (+18 years old): 35,00€
Youngsters (6-17 years old): 30,00€
Children (up to 5 years old): Free

excursão 2

Itinerary:
At the very heart of the verdant region of Minho, Braga is one of the biggest religious centres of Portugal and, as such, abounds in ancient churches, such as the church of Santa Cruz and the Sé Cathedral which has several styles, from Roman to Baroque. Braga is also proud of its fine houses, namely those from the 18th century. On the top of a hill, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary emerges as an important point of pilgrimage. Behind the sanctuary, on the top of Mount Sameiro, a colossal statue of Virgin Mary blesses the region. Gardens, parks and 18th century stately halls complete this unique picture that stands out for its singular flavour in kitchens devoted to the traditional codfish “à minhota”. Braga is Portugal’s oldest city. It has more than 2000 years of history – it was founded by the Romans under the name Bracara Augusta, sometime between 300 and 400 B.C., and it became the capital of the empire in northern Iberia. In this tour you will be visiting the city’s historic centre and its monuments as well as the Bom Jesus and Sameiro sanctuaries.

Price:
Adults (+18 years old): 50,00€
Youngsters (6-17 years old): 45,00€
Children (up to 5 years old): Free

excursão 3

Itinerary:
Worldwide known for its green wines, here you will get to know the Alvarinho and Loureiro wines and take a walk through Valença’s and Monção historic centre (Paço do Alvarinho and taste the region’s prestigious wine). You will also be able to visit the Brejoeira.

Price:
Adults (+18 years old): 50,00€
Youngsters (6-17 years old): 45,00€
Children (up to 5 years old): Free

excursão 4

Itinerary:
Located in the river mouth of the Lima River, the city of Viana do Castelo has a proud seafaring history and was one the main ports where Portuguese explorers embarked to sail the unknown world during the 15th century. Here you will be able to enjoy the elegant Praça da República, the Chafariz fountain, the Igreja da Misericórdia, a late renaissance hospice composed of impressive Roman archways and carved pillars. The city is also home to a bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Only 3 km north of the city centre, Santa Luzia hill offers spectacular panoramic views of the natural landscape.

Price:
Adults (+18 years old): 20,00€
Youngsters (6-17 years old): 18,00€
Children (up to 5 years old): Free

excursão 5

Itinerary:
The Quinta do Santoinho stands out for its peculiar characteristics and unquestionable singularity. This festivity hosts an average of approximately 2000 people. During this Minho festivity (barbecue, sardines, corn bread and green wine) you will be able to visit a diversified collection of farm tools and implements and the museum of old transportation vehicles. Everyone can take part in a great party while enjoying dinner to the sound of folklore ranch and regional singing.

Price:
Adults (+18 years old): 30,00€
Youngsters (6-17 years old): 28,00€
Children (up to 5 years old): Free

excursão 4+5

Itinerary:
Visit Viana do Castelo and Santa Luzia and end your day in a true festivity of Minho where there will be plenty of food, drinks and folklore.

Price:
Adults (+18 years old): 40,00€
Youngsters (6-17 years old): 38,00€
Children (up to 5 years old): Free

excursão 6

Itinerary:
Guimarães was given the affectionate nickname “birthplace of the nation” because it was where Portugal’s first King D. Afonso Henriques was born in 1110. He was responsible for the launching of the Reconquest given the region was then under the Moors domain. We can still see the glorious past of the city in its medieval streets, squares and in its more than 1000-year old magnificent castle. The city is provided with so many historical monuments that UNESCO qualified its Historic Centre as World Heritage in 2001. In Barcelos historic centre you can take a walk through the old but yet well preserved medieval streets, which for this reason contribute to a unique urban landscape endowed with a distinctive identity.

Price:
Adults (+18 years old): 50,00€
Youngsters (6-17 years old): 45,00€
Children (up to 5 years old): Free

excursão 7

Itinerary:
Porto – the capital of Portugal’s northern region - offers the charms of a riverside city as it is located at Douro’s river mouth. Walking down through its historical streets, you will have the opportunity to visit the historic city centre, the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo das Carmelitas, the Clérigos Church, the Avenida dos Aliados (Allies Avenue) and the Romanesque-Gothic (12th - 13th centuries) and Baroque (17th - 18th centuries) Porto Cathedral. The interior still looks like a fortified church with battlements. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace) and its famous Arab Room as well as the Ribeira of Porto. After crossing the impressive D. Luís Bridge you will reach Vila Nova de Gaia where you can take a tour through the worldwide known Port wine cellars.

Price:
Adults (+18 years old): 48,00€
Youngsters (6-17 years old): 45,00€
Children (up to 5 years old): Free

Portugal 2016 where camping is a tradition

Portugal is a republic on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian peninsula. It covers an area of 92,082 sq.km.including the islands of the Azores and Madeira.

Lisbon is its capital and the official language is Portuguese. The climate in the north is mild whereas it is sub-tropical in the south. The northern city of Porto (Oporto) is the capital of the Douro district and the country’s second most important conurbation after Lisbon. It is a large port and commercial hub, manufacturing leather goods, food and textiles, not forgetting the all-important port wine industry. It also boasts a famous university. Other major towns are Faro, Funchal, Setúbal, Evora, the university town of Coimbra and Braga.

A national constitution was introduced following the liberal revolution of 1820.

Portugal is a founding member of the United Nations and the OECD (in 1949). It is a member of NATO, joined the European Free Trade Association in 1960 and the European Union in 1986.

The climate in the north is generally warm and wet, though hot in summer and very dry inland. Flora and fauna are similar to Spain’s. The northern landscape is mountainous, very green in summer with forests of oak and chestnut. The south is dominated by evergreen shrubs, cork trees, various species of oak and olive groves.

Portugal has an interesting and very varied history. It is famous for its art, literature, music (“fado“ made famous by the incomparable Amalia Rodriguez) and its Romance language thanks to its Latin origins. The country was settled by the Celts who gave rise to the Lusitanians among others and were incorporated into the Roman Republic. The south was influenced by Arab-Berber immigrants, whereas the north was freed or reconquered from the Moors (Reconquista).

The oldest monuments in Portugal are its Roman cathedrals and monasteries inspired by those in Spain (Santiago de Compostela). Portrait painting had a long tradition in Portugal but its importance started to diminish in the 16th century. Poetry blossomed in the 13th century. Portugal’s greatest lyric and epic poet was Luis de Camoes (epic work “The Lusiads“). Fado combines melancholic folklore elements with the current trend in popular light music. Portuguese music in the 18th century was very much influenced by Italian opera. J.D. Bomtempo established new-style Portuguese music at the beginning of the 19th century, the most famous exponent of which was J.V. da Motto (1868 - 1948).

However Portugal today is a modern advanced state and open to new ideas which is reflected in its architecture, literature, music and art. For example, Joana Vasconcelos is a much respected artist of worldwide fame whose works are on display as far afield as the Château of Versailles, Ajuda National Palace in Lisbon, Korea, Monaco, London, Sao Paulo, Venice and many other cosmopolitan cities.

Portugal has so much to offer both in the south and the north. Portuguese people are friendly, unassuming, down-to-earth, hospitable and have a sense of humour so you are bound to come away from staying in their country with many happy memories.

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