Portugal is quite an old country, and as such it is deeply religious, shrouded in mystery and old legends. You may have already visited some places, however we are sure you haven’t gone deep enough, for there are still hidden gems, hidden places of exceptional beauty, waiting for you to unearth them.
As the starting point of our trip, we would like to take you to Tomar, considered World Heritage by UNESCO. There, the imposing Convent of Christ stands, former stronghold of one of the most powerful orders of knights in Christendom, the Knights Templar! For those into old history, we have a special treat prepared for you, as you explore this ancient place of might and valor.
After the visit to the convent, we are taking you into the depths of the earth, where no sunlight penetrates: the caves of Mira de Aire. This cave system in the biggest in Portugal, reaching 600 meters in depth. Hope you are feeling adventurous.
Saving the best for last, we conclude our trip with a visit to Fátima, the most religious place in Portugal. There you will get the chance to see one of the most magnificent and awe-inspiring shrines in Christendom, blessed by none other than Pope John Paul II. It is told that in 1916, the blessed Virgin Mary chose to appear before three children! The shrine was later built as a tribute to our lady.
So, if you’re feeling adventurous, run to the office to buy your ticket and come with us, let’s unravel all these old mysteries and legends!
07:00 - Meeting point in Reitoria
10:30 - Arrival in Tomar and visit to the Convent of Christ
12:30 - Lunch
13:45 - Meeting point to leave towards the caves
15:00 - Visit to the caves of Mira de Aire
17:00 - Visit to Fátima
18:50 - Departure to Porto
21:00 - Arrival to Porto
Meeting Point: Reitoria (map here) at 7:00
When: Saturday 30th November
Price: 20€ (the first 20 University of Porto students have a 5€ discount)
- Entrance the Convent of Christ, Caves of Mira de Aire, and the Shrine of FátimaWhat to bring:
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Your ESNcard
- Some tasty snacks in case you might get hungry, and some water
- Some money, in case you plan on having lunch in a nearby restaurant, otherwise bring your own lunch
Note: Refunds are available until 1 week before the event. For a refund, you need to send an email to email@example.com.
Your spot is only secured after you have paid for it at the ESN Office! Please register online before making your payment at the office.
Your fellow travelers,