Football Tours To Portugal

Tournament entry for Boys and Girls teams

October sees the kick off of the 3rd Lisbon Football Youth Cup, it’s a great time to visit the birthplace of Portugal’s best footballing talent. It hosted the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final, at the home stadium of Benfica, Estádio da Luz, which was rebuilt in 2003 to host five matches of UEFA Euro 2004, including the final. The Portuguese capital also hosted the 2005 UEFA Cup Final at the Estádio José Alvalade, home of Benfica’s local rivals Sporting CP.

There is lots to do and see in this historical city, famous for its hospitality and the family-like way it welcomes visitors, where you feel safe wandering around day or night, and where you can have the most memorable football experience of your life.

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Alfama: Wander down (to save your legs) through Alfama's steep, narrow, cobblestoned streets and catch a glimpse of the more traditional side of Lisbon before it too is gentrified. Linger in a backstreet cafe along the way and experience some local bonhomie without the tourist gloss.

As far back as the 5th century, the Alfama was inhabited by the Visigoths, and remnants of a Visigothic town wall remain. But it was the Moors who gave the district its shape and atmosphere. In Moorish times this was an upper-class residential area. After earthquakes brought down many of its mansions it reverted to a working-class, fisher-folk quarter. It was one of the few districts to ride out the 1755 earthquake.
With narrow lanes of residential houses and grocery stores, it has a distinct village atmosphere; you can quickly feel like an intruder if you take a wrong turn into someone's backyard.

Viewpoint in Alfama, Castelo & Graça: This original Moorish gateway affords stunning angles over Alfama’s jumble of red rooftops and pastel-coloured houses, underscored by the true blue Tejo.
Castelo de São Jorge. castle in Alfama, Castelo & Graça: Towering dramatically above Lisbon, the mid-11th-century hilltop fortifications of Castelo de São Jorge sneak into almost every snapshot. Roam its snaking ramparts and pine-shaded courtyards for superlative views over the city’s red rooftops to the river.
Three guided tours daily (Portuguese, English and Spanish) at 1pm and 5pm are included in the admission price. These smooth cobbles have seen it all – Visigoths in the 5th century, Moors in the 9th century, Christians in the 12th century, royals from the 14th to 16th centuries, and convicts in every century. Inside the Ulysses Tower, a camera obscura offers a unique 360-degree angle on Lisbon, with demos every 20 minutes. There are also a few galleries displaying relics from past centuries, including traces of the Moorish neighbourhood dating from the 11th century at the Archaeological Site. But the standout attraction is the view – as well as the anachronous feeling of stepping back in time amid fortified courtyards and towering walls. There are a few cafes and restaurants to while away time in as well. Bus 737 from Sé or Praça da Figueira goes right to the gate. Tram 28 also passes nearby. An escalator traversing the hill from Praça Martim Moniz is in operation from 2017.

Torre de Belém: Jutting out onto the Rio Tejo, this Unesco World Heritage–listed fortress epitomises the Age of Discoveries.
You'll need to breathe in to climb the narrow spiral staircase to the tower, which affords sublime views over Belém and the river. Francisco de Arruda designed the pearly-grey chess piece in 1515 to defend Lisbon’s harbour and nowhere else is the lure of the Atlantic more powerful.
The Manueline show-off flaunts filigree stonework, meringue-like cupolas and – just below the western tower – a stone rhinoceros. The ungulate depicts the one Manuel I sent Pope Leo X in 1515, which inspired Dürer’s famous woodcut. Crowds can be intense on weekends (especially Sunday) – a warning to claustrophobes.

Our Football Tours to Portugal

 

Tournament

Location

Dates

Age Groups

Price

Lisbon Football Youth Cup

Lisbon, Portugal

26-29th Oct 2019

Boys 11-a-side U15 and U13

Boys 7-a-side U11

Girls 11-a-side U19 and U15

From £220.00 plus flight costs per person