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From cosmopolitan Lisbon to the stunning beaches of the Azores, Portugal has something for everyone. The Portuguese are proud of their history and their language, which has spread far beyond this small country’s shores. Be sure to visit a local coffeehouse to experience Fado, a passionate musical style first sung by Portuguese sailors longing for home.

During the year, Portugal hosts numerous celebrations, fairs, religious pilgrimages and festivals. The year starts with New Year’s parties, followed by Carnival, Easter, summer musical festivals and Christmas. Each region, even the smallest village, keeps its particular traditions alive through colourful decorations, food and drinks, dances and songs. The Portuguese are open, friendly and hospitable to people of other nations. The local cuisine relies heavily on the sea, and you’ll find that the Portuguese prepare fish in hundreds of different ways.

Sun and sea, radical sports, natural parks, festivals and concerts – there’s a bit of everything in Portugal for a great exchange. The white sandy beaches are full of possibilities for fun-filled days, with calm or rough seas and countless activities to indulge in; or for sunbathing, being with friends and dancing the night away.

Inland, there are mountains and valleys to explore, observing nature or taking part in radical sports. There are also villages here that will take you back in time, where you can breathe clean air and discover ancient customs. Big cities such as Lisbon, Amadora, Porto and Braga also have many monuments and museums to visit, as well as a busy, exciting nightlife. If you’re looking for a truly different cultural experience, Portugal is the place to be!

Eligibility Requirements

You must be 16, 17 or 18
Enrolled in a NZ school
Getting ‘achieved’ or more in your school work