By joining our Erasmus Training Courses in Porto teachers and education staff will have the possibility to discover the historic charm and vibrant culture of Portugal’s second largest city, with its picturesque landscapes and its cobbled streets. In this page you will learn more about Porto and about the Erasmus Training Courses taking place in Porto in which teachers and education staff can participate receiving and Erasmus+ grant covering all of the costs
Why choosing Porto?
Porto, unlike other popular city trip destinations, is not merely a collection of touristic spots and landmarks but is a truly breathtaking experience for whoever wants to immerse themselves in the heart of Portugal. It doesn’t come as a surprise that this city, located in the north-western side of Portugal, has been awarded the title of Europe’s Leading City Destination for two consecutive years (2022 and 2023) during the World Travel Awards. The city offers the perfect mix between historical charm and modern urban vibes. Porto’s enchantment lies in its winding, cobbled streets adorned with colourful buildings, revealing a tapestry of centuries-old stories. Moreover, Porto is the perfect starting point to explore nearby cities such as Coimbra, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, or Aveiro, the so-called “Venice of Portugal” thanks to its characteristic canals.
Erasmus Teacher Trainings in Porto
If you decide to join our Erasmus teacher training courses in Porto you will have the chance to live a 360 degree Portuguese experience. Immerse yourself in the city’s architectural wonders such as the iconic Ribeira district along the Douro River, a UNESCO heritage site, or the bridge Dom Luís I designed by Gustave Eiffel. Move around the city centre thanks to the traditional yellow tramways and, while you are there, don’t miss a visit to the mesmerizing Livraria Lello bookshop, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Make sure you try some typical Portuguese food in Mercado do Bolhão, especially Porto’s favourite, the Francesinha, consisting of layers of toasted bread and assorted meats, cheese and a fried egg, served with fries and a secret sauce! The perfect way to end your night is by sipping a glass of Port wine while you enjoy the city lights by the river or by giving in to a sweet treat such as a pastel de nata!
Erasmus Learning Academy in Porto
Porto is Portugal’s second largest city and the capital of the Porto District. Located along the Douro River estuary in northern Portugal, its city centre is one of the oldest in Europe, and in 1996 it was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is well connected to many popular destinations, either by train or bus, such as Lisbon (2.5 hours), Coimbra (1 hour), Aveiro (1 hour) and Braga (45 minutes).
ELA - Erasmus Learning Academy organises teacher training courses for KA121 and KA122 Erasmus plus projects in a residential format: you will be provided with catering and accommodation in the same hotel where the course takes place, enjoying the maximum comfort possible and spending time with fellow teachers and educators from all over Europe. Sit back, relax and enjoy: we will take care of everything, from course activities to a cultural program tailored to your needs.
Top 10 things to do and see in Porto
1. Ribeira District
Wander through the charming Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with narrow cobbled streets, vibrant houses, and numerous cafes and restaurants. The district offers a blend of historic architecture and a lively waterfront atmosphere, making it a must-visit for both locals and tourists.
3. Livaria Lello
Immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere of Livraria Lello, often referred to as one of the most beautiful bookstores globally. Admire the neo-Gothic architecture, intricate wooden carvings, and the iconic red staircase. This bookstore has a rich history and has been frequented by famous writers like J.K. Rowling.
5. Port Wine Cellar Tour
Delve into Porto's rich wine culture by embarking on a tour of one of the many Port wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia. Learn about the wine-making process, explore the cellars filled with aging barrels, and savor a variety of Port wines during a guided tasting session.
8. Mercado do Bolhão
Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Porto's culinary and cultural scene at Mercado do Bolhão. This bustling marketplace, dating back to the 19th century, is a treasure trove of sights, sounds, and flavors. As you wander through its historic halls, sample local specialties like the famed Francesinha sandwich or pick up some Portuguese cheese and wine for a picnic. Mercado do Bolhão provides a genuine and immersive experience, making it a must-visit for those looking to connect with the heart of Porto's culinary and cultural identity.
9. Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral):
Step back in time at the Porto Cathedral, a significant religious monument with a mix of architectural styles, including Romanesque and Gothic. Explore the cloisters and the cathedral's interior, where historical artifacts and religious art provide insight into Porto's cultural heritage.
2. Dom Luís I Bridge
The iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, designed by Gustave Eiffel, connects Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. Stroll across the upper deck for stunning panoramic views of Porto's skyline, the Douro River, and the historic Ribeira district. For a unique experience, take a river cruise passing under the bridge.
4. Serralves Museum and Park
Explore contemporary art at the Serralves Museum, surrounded by the expansive Serralves Park. The museum's striking architecture houses impressive exhibitions, while the park provides a peaceful retreat with its gardens, lakes, and sculptures, creating a perfect blend of nature and culture.
6. Clerigos Tower and Church
Ascend the Clerigos Tower for breathtaking panoramic views of Porto. Afterward, visit the adjacent Clerigos Church, an architectural gem designed by Nicolau Nasoni. Marvel at the Baroque styling and the intricate woodwork inside this historical church.
7. Fado Show
Immerse yourself in the melancholic and soulful melodies of Fado, a traditional Portuguese music genre that captures the essence of the country's emotions and history. Attend a live Fado performance in one of Porto's intimate venues, accompanied by heartfelt vocals and the haunting tones of Portuguese guitars.
10. Palácio da Bolsa:
Discover the opulence of Palácio da Bolsa, a 19th-century stock exchange building with stunning interiors. The Arabian Room, in particular, showcases intricate Moorish-inspired design and serves as a testament to Porto's historical significance in international trade and commerce. Guided tours provide in-depth insights into the building's history and architecture.