Social programme overview

During the social programme of SHARING CULTURES 2017 in Barcelos you will be provided with:


Day 1
September 6
Day 2
September 7
Day 3
September 8

Social Dinner at

TECHNICAL VISIT: Guided visit to Barcelos historical city centre
On the first day of Sharing Cultures 2017 we will take you to a guided visit in the city centre of Barcelos, showing the main sights of the city (Mother Church, Medieval Bridge, the Pillory, Palace of the Counts of Barcelos and Barcelos Archaeological Museum, the City Hall, Tower of Porta Nova, Church of Senhor Bom Jesus da Cruz, among other interesting spots) and telling you its history and legends.

OPTIONAL VISIT: a path of the Portuguese Way to Santiago
Hundreds of thousands of people walk the Route of Santiago de Compostela every year. Despite different reasons for which people do it, it is an amazing experience for all. Barcelos is on the Portuguese Way to Santiago, so that during SHARING CULTURES 2017 you will have the possibility to try this out by your own feet.

This is an optional visit, so for the ones who want to join us in this walking experience, please pay attention to the following notes:
      - The path will be from Barcelos to Abade de Neiva (circa 4km long);
      - It will start at the last point of the guided visit to Barcelos city centre*;
      - A bus will bring you back to the conference venue from the end of the path (at circa 7 pm);
      - Please wear very comfortable walking shoes and clothes;
      - Please bring sunscreen and a hat;
      - Do not carry too much weight with you;
      - We will provided water, please don't worry.

* We will let you know when the city visit ends and the path begins; it will be the right moment to stay in Barcelos if you don't want to walk for circa 1 hour and a half more.

Get to know more about the Way to St. James here.

TECHNICAL VISIT: Fair of Barcelos
Every Thursday, the Fair of Barcelos located in the Market Square undoubtedly deserves a visit. Participants of Sharing Cultures 2017 will be divided into small groups to be guided till the crafts area of the fair. After this, you will be free to explore around by yourself.

This is one of the most appreciated fairs in Portugal, due to its colour and great size, the variety of products, as well as the rich handicrafts. Visitors can browse amongst the market's vast range of Portuguese pottery, most of which is handmade in small cottages and factories in the surrounding countryside.

Some local craftsmen will join us at the Pottery Museum and teach you how to create those clay pieces with your own hands.


The Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried.

Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. The most popular route is the Camino Francés which stretches 780 km (nearly 500 miles) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port in France to Santiago. Other Spanish routes are the Camino Inglés from Ferrol & A Coruña, the Via de la Plata from Seville and Salamanca, and the Camino Portugues or the Portuguese Way from Porto.

During the middle ages, people walked out of their front doors and started off to Santiago, which was how the network grew up. Nowadays, good transport networks has given many the opportunity to travel to their starting point, and often to do different sections in successive years. Some people set out on the Camino for spiritual reasons; many others find spiritual reasons along the Way as they meet other pilgrims, attend pilgrim masses in churches and monasteries and cathedrals, and see the large infrastructure of buildings provided for pilgrims over many centuries; many others walk the Way to Santiago as a personal and physical challenge or for the beauty of its nature and diversity.

The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back at the beginning of the 9th century (year 814) moment of the discovery of the tomb of the evangelical apostle of the Iberian Peninsula. Since this discovery, Santiago de Compostela becomes a peregrination point of the entire European continent.

The Way was defined then by the net of Roman routes that joined the neuralgic points of the Peninsula. The impressive human flow that from very soon went towards Galicia made quickly appear lots of hospitals, churches, monasteries, abbeys and towns around the route. During the 14th century the pilgrimage began to decay, fact brought by the wars, the epidemics and the natural catastrophes.

The recovery of the route begins at the end of the 19th century, but it is during the last quarter of the 20th century when the authentic contemporary resurge of the peregrination takes place.