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Portugal is the perfect destination for college men’s and women’s teams. Portugal is a more mature location, and we would recommend Italy or Spain for younger teams looking for sun, sand, and soccer. We use Lisbon and Porto as bases to explore all Portugal has to offer, as these two cities offer the best local teams for your games as well as great history to explore. Portugal has a great combination of soccer, sightseeing, beaches and nightlife that appeals to the talents and interests for many college teams.
Lisbon is the capital of and the largest city in Portugal, built on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean where the river Tagus intersects it. Lisbon is a stunning mix of ancient sites and modern wonders. While in Lisbon, make sure to visit the Sporting Soccer Club and Stadium Complex at Lisbon, home of the Sporting Clube de Portugal or Estádio da Luz, home of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Also, in Bairro Alto, in the upper quarter of Lisbon, you can find lots of shopping and entertainment, as it is the heart of Lisbon’s youth and of the Portuguese capital’s nightlife.
Sights to see in Lisbon:
- Torre de Belem
- Lisbon Cathedral
- Estadio da Luz
- São Roque Church
- Rooftops of Alfama
- Sporting Soccer Club and Stadium Complex
- Santa Justa Elevator
- St. George’s Castle
- Campo Pequeno Bullring
- Bairro Alto and much more!
“My team’s spring break trip to Portugal was amazing. It was a first-class operation as soon as we got off the plane in Lisbon. Everything was well coordinated with hotels and meals, bus transportation, and sightseeing with Filipe, our full-time tour guide. There were so many great things to do in close proximity to each other, plus the quality of women’s soccer over there was very good. My girls thoroughly enjoyed the training and gained valuable experience playing against three very talented clubs.”
– JP Sousa, Head Coach, Catholic University Women’s Soccer
Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centers. Its Latin name, Portus Cale, has been referred to as the origin for the name Portugal. Also, 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. While in Porto, visit Estádio do Dragão, home of FC Porto (one of the Big Three).
Sights to see in Porto:
- Porto Cathedral
- Estádio do Dragão
- Avenida dos Aliados
- Palacio da Bolsa,
- Crystal Palace Gardens and much more!
“This trip was so great. On the coaching end, we progressed everyday as a team. The competition allowed them to see where they need to be individually and where the USA needs to be at the youth level. I honestly feel the major part of our progression was the players actually seeing the difference of play.”
– Megan Schmidt, Coach, MSYSA