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Here is some activities that you can do in your vacations. Just tell us your wishes and we take care.



Location: Spots - Praia da Aguda, Praia de Espinho or Matosinhos


  • 1 person 27,5 euros
  • 2 persons 22 euros
  • 3 + 16.5 euros


  • Transportation to the beach
  • All material (board, apparel and accessories)
  • Classes heating (specific stretches for surfing)
  • Surf lessons specific to foreign tourists, an instructor fluent in Spanish, French and
  • English.
  • The duration of the class is approximately 3 hours

Reservation and times:

  • All days. Schedules are dependent on the tides.
  • The reservation is made by paying 10% of the total.


Location: Miramar Golf Course


  • 1 person 38.5 euros
  • 2 persons 27.5 euros
  • 3 or + 22 euros


  • Transportation to the Golf
  •  Form of access to training camp
  • Equipment (bats, balls and accessories)
  • Licensed instructor by the Portuguese Golf Federation, fluent in Spanish, French and English
  • The duration of the lesson is 2 hours.

Reservation and times:

  • From 9h to 19h - every day.
  • The reservation is made by paying 10% of the total.




Sports, Education and Environment have a different meaning, but their interaction becomes essential to any society with solid and grounding future perspectives.Portuguese population exodus to the seaside has turned us in a divided and unsustainable nation, generating economical, social and environmental costs.

Knowing this realities, it’s our intention to give a contribute to an higher social quality, decreasing social asymmetries, showing Portugal’s good aspects, associating to this new style of life the Sports, Education and Environment, fundamental holders of a sustainable and constructive society.

Contact Us for better planning or set of activities and dates depending on your availability.

Enjoy sports! Know Portugal! Both deserve it…

Nicho Verde


SURF CAMP - ESMORIZ (10 Kms from Roses Village)



Esmoriz is known as the best surf spot triangle of the North of Portugal, with a peaceful and friendly crowd, where portuguese traditions are still alive, lots of party and it's a place where you can enjoy the pure feeling of surf. OPORTO surf school, camp and guesthouse for youe kids.


Surf school and Surfaris

Oporto surf school is for young and adult people who want to learn or develop their surfing techniques as a sport, culture and life-style. All instructors have the appropriate credentials (by the Portuguese Surfing Federation) and a wide knowledge and experience in surfing on educational and competition level. With over 20 years experience in surfing, Oporto surf school instructors can advise/teach according each student needs from beginners to advanced surfers.

Surf spots

 North of Portugal has a consistent swell all year around. Along a coastline of 15km you can find already more then 20 beach breaks with waves for all surf levels. The most famous and consistent wave is Espinho, host of several surf events, it's known for its long and barreling right-hander. For intermediate surfers the best wave is Cagalhotos, a long and easy right, perfect for you to develop your surf maneuvers. In front of the camp there is a fast and fun left-hander. South of the camp you can find the multiple peaks of the natural beaches inserted on Maceda Natural Park where surf becomes completely in touch with nature on its purest form. For beginners the beachbreaks are ideal to learn to surf and the north has still many uncrowded beaches so you can really focus on the surf.

SURF CAMP MIRAMAR - (2 Kms from Roses Village)


Miramar is situated on the Atlantic coast, between Oporto and Aveiro. In this whole area, about 60 km of beautiful beaches, you can find all kinds of waves for all types of surfers.
There are huge piers with point breaks, there are sandy beaches with amazing waves and also waves in rocky spots. There are also several options where you can find a good place to surf alone.

Popular Parties and Celebrations

Great Popular Parties Near Roses Village

AGUDA - Partie of Easter - 12 Abril

OPORTO - Partie of S.João -Night of 23 of June

AGUDA -Partie of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré - End of August

VIANA DO CASTELO - Romaria da N. Sra. Agonia - 20/24 August

Some Interest Places to visit Near Roses Village


Church of São Francisco (10,7 km)
Monastere of Serra do Pilar (10,7 km)
Paláce of Bolsa (10,7 km)
bridge Dom Luís I (10,8 km)
great wall of Oporto Castel (11,0 km)
Oporto Cathedral (11,0 km)
church of Santa Clara (11,0 km)

Praia Mar e Sol (1,0 km)
Praia da Granja (1,7 km)
Praia de Miramar (2,0 km)

Espinho (4,6 km)
Cais de Gaia (10,3 km)
Vila Nova de Gaia (10,3 km)

Beach of Miramar - The chapel of the Lord's Stone

The festival dedicated to Lord's Stone, Miramar, in Vila Nova de Gaia, deserves a special feature, both the place where it arises, as the great devotion of which have been in the past.

The site of the festival is a plant hexagonal chapel built on a rock hit the sea on the beach of Miramar. The chapel that date there is now more or less at the time of King John V (1689-17509, but the place where it stands was subject to remote pagan beliefs. Before the chapel stands, is to admit that other temples, pagans and Christians, have existed in rock.

Only the very fact that a upbear chapel is a place so close to the sea, without it being destroyed by this in the days of greater duration, already seems a miracle. No wonder therefore that she has been the center of a fervent cult.

The importance the pilgrimage to the Lord's Stone had in the past is witnessed by the existence within a radius of several kilometers around, the festival of songs that it are dedicated. In this celebrations of the Lord of the Stone many pilgrims coming from far away, which formed ranching and raids and would walk the road outside, singing, dancing and playing bombs, triangle, cavaquinhos, concertinas, fiddle, violas ramaldeiras and braguesas and so on.

Today it remains a highly symbolic place it deserves a visit or perhaps an unforgettable wedding!


About Oporto


Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Its settlement dates back several centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire. Its Latin name, Portus Cale,[7] has been referred to as the origin for the name "Portugal," based on transliteration and oral evolution from Latin. In Portuguese the city is spelled with a definite article as "o Porto" (English: the port). Consequently, its English name evolved from a misinterpretation of the oral pronunciation and referred to as "Oporto" in modern literature and by many speakers.

One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, port wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the adegas of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine.[8]

Early history

Porto CathedralThe history of Porto dates back to the 4th century, to the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Celtic and Proto-Celtic ruins have been discovered in several areas, and their occupation has been dated to about 275 BC. During the Roman occupation, the city developed as an important commercial port, primarily in the trade between Olissipona (the modern Lisbon) and Bracara Augusta (the modern Braga).

Porto fell under the control of the Moors during the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in AD 711. In 868, Vímara Peres, a Christian warlord from Gallaecia, and a vassal of the King of Asturias, Léon and Galicia, Alfonso III, was sent to reconquer and secure the lands from the Moors. This included the area from the Minho to the Douro River: the settlement of Portus Cale and the area that is today known as Vila Nova de Gaia. Portus Cale, later referred to as Portucale, was the origin for the modern name of Portugal. In 868 Count Vímara Peres established the First County of Portugal, or (Portuguese: Condado de Portucale), usually known as Condado Portucalense after reconquering the region north of Douro.

In 1387, Porto was the site of the marriage of John I of Portugal and Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt; this symbolized a long-standing military alliance between Portugal and England. The Portuguese-English alliance,(see the Treaty of Windsor (1386)) is the world's oldest recorded military alliance.

In the 14th and the 15th centuries, Porto's shipyards contributed to the development of Portuguese shipbuilding. It was also from the port of Porto that, in 1415, Prince Henry the Navigator (son of John I of Portugal) embarked on the conquest of the Moorish port of Ceuta, in northern Morocco. This expedition by the King and his fleet, which counted amongst others Prince Henry, was followed by navigation and exploration along the western coast of Africa, initiating the Portuguese Age of Discovery. The nickname given to the people of Porto began in those days; Portuenses are to this day, colloquially, referred to as tripeiros (English: tripe peoples), referring to this period of history, when higher-quality cuts of meat were shipped from Porto with their sailors, while off-cuts and by-products, such as tripe, were left behind for the citizens of Porto: tripe remains a culturally important dish in modern day Porto.

18th century

Avenida dos Aliados
View from the Clerics Tower
Palácio da BolsaWine, produced in the Douro valley, was already in the 13th century transported to Porto in barcos rabelos (flat sailing vessels). In 1703 the Methuen Treaty established the trade relations between Portugal and England. In 1717, a first English trading post was established in Porto. The production of port wine then gradually passed into the hands of a few English firms. To counter this English dominance, Prime Minister Marquis of Pombal established a Portuguese firm receiving the monopoly of the wines from the Douro valley. He demarcated the region for production of port, to ensure the wine's quality; this was the first attempt to control wine quality and production in Europe. The small winegrowers revolted against his strict policies on Shrove Tuesday, burning down the buildings of this firm. The revolt was called Revolta dos Borrachos (revolt of the drunks).

Between 1732 and 1763, Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni designed a baroque church with a tower that would become its architectural and visual icon: the Torre dos Clérigos (English: Clerics Tower). During the 18th and 19th centuries the city became an important industrial centre and saw its size and population increase.

19th century

The invasion of the Napoleonic troops in Portugal under Marshal Soult also brought war to the city of Porto. On 29 March 1809, as the population fled from the advancing troops and tried to cross the river Douro over the Ponte das Barcas (a pontoon bridge), the bridge collapsed under the weight. This event is still remembered by a plate at the Ponte D. Luis I. The French army was rooted out of Porto by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, when his troops crossed the Douro river from the Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar (a former convent) in a brilliant daylight coup de main. In August 1820, Porto rebelled against the English presence. A Civil War took place in early 20's between those supporting Constitutionalism and a change of regime, and those opposed to this change, keen on near-absolutism and led by D.Miguel. In 1822, a liberal constitution was accepted, partly through the efforts of the liberal assembly of Porto (Junta do Porto). When Miguel of Portugal took the Portuguese throne in 1828, he rejected this constitution and reigned as an absolutist monarch. Porto rebelled again and had to undergo a siege of eighteen months between 1832 and 1833 by the absolutist army. Porto is also called "Cidade Invicta" (English: Unvanquished City) after resisting the Miguelist siege. After the abdication of King Miguel, the liberal constitution was re-established.

Known as the city of bridges, Porto built its first permanent bridge, the Ponte das Barcas (a pontoon bridge), in 1806. Three years later it was sabotaged. It was replaced by the Ponte D. Maria II, popularised under the name Ponte Pênsil (suspended bridge) and built between 1841-43; only its supporting pylons have remained.

The Ponte D. Maria, a railway bridge, was inaugurated the 4th of November of that same year; it was considered a feat of wrought iron engineering and was designed by Gustave Eiffel, notable for his Parisian tower. The later Ponte Dom Luís I replaced the aforementioned Ponte Pênsil. This last bridge was made by Teophile Seyrig, a former partner of Eiffel. Seyrig won a governmental competition that took place in 1879. Building began in 1881 and the bridge was opened to the public on 31 October 1886

Unrest by Republicans led to a revolt in Porto on 31 January 1891. This would result ultimately in the creation of the Portuguese Republic in 1910.

A higher learning institution in nautical sciences (Aula de Náutica, 1762) and a stock exchange (Bolsa do Porto, 1834) were established in the city, but would be discontinued later.

20th century 

In 1958 and 1960, Porto's streets hosted the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix.

The historic centre of Porto was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The World Heritage site is defined in two concentric zones; the "Protected area", and within it the "Classified area". The Classified area comprises the medieval borough located inside the 14th-century Romanesque wall. [9]


Historical part of Porto and the Douro riverIn recent years, UNESCO recognised its historic centre as a World Heritage Site. Among the architectural highlights of the city, Oporto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis), the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the city in the elaborate gilt work interior decoration of the churches of St. Francis and St. Claire (Santa Clara), the churches of Mercy (Misericórida) and of the Clerics (Igreja dos Clérigos), the Episcopal Palace of Porto, and others. The neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries also added interesting monuments to the landscape of the city, like the magnificent Stock Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa), the Hospital of Saint Anthony, the Municipality, the buildings in the Liberdade Square and theAvenida dos Aliados, the tile-adorned São Bento Train Station and the gardens of the Crystal Palace (Palácio de Cristal). A guided visit to the Palácio da Bolsa, and in particular the Arab Room, is a major tourist attraction.

Many of the city's oldest houses are at risk of collapsing. The population in Porto municipality dropped by nearly 100,000 since the 1980s, but the number of permanent residents in the outskirts and satellite towns has grown strongly.[10]

Porto is ranked number 3 in the Portuguese most livable cities survey of living conditions published yearly by Expresso.[11]

Porto City Hall in the Avenida dos Aliados
Ribeira of PortoAdministratively, the historic city of Porto is divided into 15 civil parishes:


Porto features the cool-summer Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification Csb). As a result, its climate shares many characteristics with the coastal south: warm, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Unlike the south, however, cool and rainy interludes can interrupt the dry season and the season's average length is usually shorter.

Summers are typically sunny with average temperatures between 15 °C (59 °F) and 25 °C (77 °F) but can rise to as high as 35 °C (95 °F) during occasional heat waves. During such heat waves the humidity remains quite low but nearby forest fires can add haze and ash to the air making breathing somewhat uncomfortable, especially at night. Nearby beaches are often windy and usually cooler than the urban areas. In contrast, occasional summer rainy periods may last a few days and are characterised by showers and cool temperatures of around 20 °C (68 °F) in the afternoon.

Winter temperatures typically range between 5 °C (41 °F) during morning and 15 °C (59 °F) in the afternoon but rarely drop below 0 °C (32 °F) at night. The weather is often rainy for long stretches although prolonged sunny periods do occur.


Sculpture of Ângelo de Sousa at Avenida da Boavista, a services avenueIn 2001, Porto shared the designation European Culture Capital. In the scope of these events, the construction of the major concert hall space Casa da Música, designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, was initiated and finished in 2005.

The first Portuguese moving pictures were taken in Porto by Aurélio da Paz dos Reis and shown there on 12 November 1896 in Teatro do Príncipe Real do Porto, less than a year after the first public presentation by Auguste and Louis Lumière. The country's first movie studios Invicta Filmes was also erected in Porto in 1917 and was open from 1918 to 1927 in the area of Carvalhido. Manoel de Oliveira, a Portuguese film director and the oldest director in the world who is still active, is from Porto. Fantasporto is an internationalfilm festival organized in Porto every year.

Many renowned Portuguese music artists and cult bands such as GNR, Rui Veloso, Sérgio Godinho, Clã, Plutoand Ornatos Violeta are from the city or its metropolitan area. Porto has several museums, concert halls, theaters, cinemas, art galleries, libraries and book shops. The best-known museums of Oporto are the National Museum Soares dos Reis (Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis), which is dedicated especially to the Portuguese artistic movements from the 16th to the 20th century, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Serralves Foundation (Museu de Arte Contemporânea).

The city has concert halls of a rare beauty and elegance such as the Coliseu do Porto by the Portuguese architect Cassiano Branco; an exquisite example of the Portuguesedecorative arts. Other notable venues include the historical São João National Theatre, the Rivoli theatre, the Batalha cinema and the recentCasa da Música. The city has a magnificent, and beautiful bookshop, "Lello", that was featured in third place in The Guardian's list of world's top bookshops.[22] From the three top bookshops, Lello was the only one that was originally built to be a bookshop, as the other ones were, respectively, a church and a theatre.


Casa da Música a Rem Koolhaas's concert hallPorto's most popular event is St. John (São João Festival) on the night of 23-24 June.[23] In this season it's a tradition to have a vase with bush basil decorated with a small poem. During the dinner of the great day people usually eat sardines and boiled potatoes together with red wine.

Another major event is Queima das Fitas, that starts in the first Sunday of May and ends in the second Sunday of the month. Basically, before the beginning of the study period preceding the school year's last exams, academia tries to have as much fun as possible. The week comprehends 12 events, starting with the Monumental Serenata on Sunday, reaching its peak with the Cortejo Académico on Tuesday, when about 50,000 students of the city's higher education institutions march through the downtown streets till they reach the city hall. During every night of the week a series of concerts takes place on the Queimódromo, next to the city's park; here it's also a tradition for the students in the second last year to erect small tents where alcoholic beverages are sold in order to finance the trip that takes place during the last year of their course; an average of 50 000 students attend these shows.[24]


On the waterfront, She Changes sculpture by artist Janet Echelman is the city's graphic symbolIn 2005, the municipality funded a public sculpture to be built in the Waterfront Plaza of Matosinhos. The resulting sculpture is entitled She Changes[25] by American artist, Janet Echelman, and spans the height of 50 × 150 × 150 meters.


Porto is home to a number of dishes from traditional Portuguese cuisine.

A typical dish from this city is Tripas à Moda do Porto (Tripes Porto style), which still can be found everywhere in the city today.

Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá (Gomes de Sá Bacalhau) is another typical codfish dish born in Porto and popular in Portugal.

The Francesinha - literally Frenchy, or more accurately little French (female) - is the most famous popular native snack food in Porto. It is a kind of sandwich with several meats covered with cheese and a special sauce made with beer and other ingredients.

Port wine, an internationally renowned wine, is widely accepted as the city's dessert wine, especially being that the wine is made along the Douro River which runs through the city.