Summer University 2016


North-Iberian stream: from Atlantic to Cantabric

Organized by AEGEE-Valladolid, AEGEE-Porto & AEGEE-Bilbao

North-Iberian stream: from Atlantic to Cantabric Profile Picture
Would you dare to taste spectacular flavors? Would you like to discover the amazing history of Portuguese cellars, Castillan castles and Basque mythology? The NORTH-IBERIAN STREAM will take you from the Atlantic winteries in Porto to the Cantabrian cliffs in Bilbao across the Castillan plain. In our journey you will have the chance to go back to the old times, visit medieval cities and their fortresses, hear 3 different languages, and learn how to cook typical regional dishes from the three regions. And of course, you will also be able to taste our parties! AEGEE-Porto, AEGEE-Valladolid and AEGEE-Bilbao will guide you in the vicinity of those three historical regions, rich in gastronomy, architecture, culture and tradition. If you want to live the Spanish and Portuguese summer by dancing and having fun with a wonderful team you are invited! We will show you how to drink and enjoy our unique gastronomy (francesinha, tortilla de patatas, pintxos…). Prepare for delightful and enjoyable nights driven by the thirst for our traditional “sangria”!! And this is not all! We have prepared an amazing program full of activities for you to experience the true culture of our regions. You will also be able to surf in Porto´s beach, to visit the super nice cities of Segovia and Peñafiel, practise open-air sports in touch with the environment and participate in the funniest cultural workshops we have planned for you, while at the same time, enjoying the true north Iberian weather. Besides, if you are looking for an Iberian girl/boy, then this is also your event! Our teachers will show some tricks to flirt in Portuguese, Spanish and Basque ;) We are not even finished yet! You’ll be able to win a michellin star after our fantastic local food workshops, or being the boss at parties with our secret formula of true “sangría”. Are you in one of those moments when you are stuck at home thinking of what a perfect summer would look like? the darkness. You feel sad, you feel depressed...anxiety takes over you. You need to run away, meet new people, new faces, you need to breathe fresh air, feel the sun rays on your skin. You need to taste the Iberian way of life!

General Information:

From: Saturday, July 16th
To: Monday, August 1st
Starts in: Porto
Ends in: Bilbao
Type: Travelling Summer University info_outline
Thematic categories: History and Local Culture / Leisure
Fee: 224€ info_outline
25 Friends
Accomodation: Gym
Confirmation: Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Optional fee: 40€
Used for: Surfing and visiting Segovia
Language: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Euskara
Special equipment needed: sleeping bag & air mattress, swimming suit, sneakers.
Suited for disabled people: No


Get into three different cultures and taste their flavours


Phone: +34 608 38 59 32

Our ideal participant:

    If you are an active, curious and smiling person genuinely interested in different Cultures and Gastronomy, eager to learn in general, playful, full of energy and able to focus during the day after a wild party! this is your number 1 choice. Although the SU is in Portugal and Spain punctuality it is also a requirement! Are you looking for a true cultural experience, we can show you three of them with the nicest multi-cultural organisation crew?


  • Incoming and Icebreaking games
  • Visit to Porto
  • Visit to wine cellars
  • Visit to Valladolid
  • Sport Activities in the River’s beach of Valladolid.
  • Workshop about AEGEE
  • Workshops about dances and how to prepare customs and mask
  • Thematic party with the material of the workshops
  • Surf
  • Visit Segovia
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Basque language and culture workshops
  • Typical Spanish Portuguese and Basque night
  • Compulsory Thematic sessions
  • Swimming pool
  • Visit to Bilbao
  • Pintxos competition
  • Instagram contest

Course Information:

Course level: Beginner
Course given by: Bruna Fernandes, Raquel Pérez,. Jorge Miguel, Asier Rodríguez
Supported by University: No

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On the western edge of Europe, where the land meets the ocean, resides a country of friendly and warm people and a rich historical heritage where time appears to have stopped. Portugal, A country of constant sunshine, grand rivers, green natural parks and beaches washed by the Atlantic. Walk in cities with ancient and contemporary attractions, pitoresque medieval villages and ancient castles surounded by enchanted forests. Visit Porto, an atmospheric port city, home of the world-famous Port wine as well as Minho, a province known for its lush river valleys, forested hillsides, trailing vines and well-preserved ancient towns.


Valladolid is the biggest city of the autonomous region of Castile and León in north-western Spain. It has three winegrowing regions: Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Cigales.

The Catholic Monarchs, Isabel I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, established Valladolid as the capital of the Kingdom of Castile and later of united Spain. Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid in 1506, while authors Francisco de Quevedo and Miguel de Cervantes lived and worked in the city. It was also a cultural centre in the Spanish Renaissance, although a fire in 1561 forced Phillip II to move the capital to Madrid.

Valladolid's Old Town preserves a set composed of historic houses, palaces, churches, plazas, avenues and parks, along with a heritage museum which features the National Museum of Sculpture.


Peñafiel is a small village with a lot of history. It has passed through decens of centuries which have left unforgettable footprints like the castle, Plaza del Coso (Main Square and bull fighting arena!) or Torre del Reloj (Clock tower). Every corner in this land has been strongly recorded by the inhabitants, and if Peñafiel is wonderful now, is because of them.


Segovia is Spain at its best-twisting alleyways, the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe, pedestrian streets where no cars are allowed, the aroma of roast suckling pig around every corner - all surrounded by the city's medieval wall which itself is bordered by two rivers and an extensive green-belt park with miles of shaded walks. On the northwest extreme of the wall is the famous Alcázar castle, source of inspiration to Walt Disney, and where Queen Isabel promised Columbus the financial backing he needed to discover America. On the south-east extreme is the world renowned Roman Aqueduct, the largest and best preserved of its kind anywhere, which served as the mintmark on all coins struck in the city from 1455 to 1864. The tallest building in Segovia is still the 16th-century Cathedral, a prominent landmark


Bilbao is the biggest city of the Basque Country, region located at the north side of Spain. It has 350000 inhabitants and has been able to adapt from a dark past to the brightest of the futures. Therefore, it is considered a city with a great quality of life.

Bilbao was founded in 1300 by Don Diego López de Haro and and has been for centuries the most important commercial and economic hub in the northern Spain due to the industrialisation developed during the XVIII. and XIX. century. The port of Bilbao made it the perfect path into the Kingdom of Spain and the iron mines the second most important industrial city in Spain after Barcelona.

Since the mid-1990s, Bilbao has been in a process of deindustrialization and transition to a service economy, supported by investment in infrastructure and urban renewal, starting with the opening of the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and continuing with the Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall, the metro network by Norman Foster and the Iberdrola Tower among others.

Despite all this modern architecture, the basque spirit in the old city is still really visible. The Santiago Cathedral, the Arriaga Theater, the Plaza Nueva with lots of typical basque bars full of “pintxos” essential part of the basque culture.