Teenagers and Leisure Time

Find out about the leisure schemes and discount cards available to young adults in Portugal...

The IPJ supports a number of schemes for teenagers, from holiday camps to voluntary work.

To find out more about any of these schemes, or to register:

  • See the IPJ website (in Portuguese)
  • Tel: 210 470 000

International Work Camps (Campos de Trabalho Internacionais): An international exchange programme for 18 to 30 year-olds. The camps take place between June and September and last for two weeks each. Participants work on varied projects, ranging from archaeology and the environment to community service and heritage preservation.

Holidays in Movement Holiday Camps (Programas Férias em Movimento): Residential and day camps with varied activities organised throughout the Easter and summer holidays. Aimed at 10 to 17 year-olds, the programmes include sport, environmental protection, historical and cultural heritage, multimedia and other areas. The scheme runs from mid-July to mid-September.

OTL Programme (Programa Ocupação de Tempos Livres): A summer holiday programme aimed at developing useful community projects.  All 12 to 25 year-olds who are resident in Portugal and are enrolled in full time education or training may participate.

Youth Hostels (Pousadas de Juventude)

There is an extensive network of youth hostels throughout Portugal, offering basic accommodation at a very good rate.

To use a hostel, a Hosteller's Card (Cartão do Alberguista) is needed. This can be obtained at the following places:

The card gives access to the International Network of Youth Hostels worldwide (5,000 in total).

Discount Cards

Through the Movijovem initiative, there are a number of cards available to Portuguese youth, offering discounts on travel, sports, cinema and other services.

Both of the cards below come in two versions: the Classic (Clássica) offers discounts only, while the Banking (Multibanco) card provides discounts plus banking and travel insurance services.

European Youth Card (Cartão Jovem)

The Cartão Jovem (European Youth Card)  is open to people from the ages of 12 to 29, the card offers discounts, exclusive services and exemption from certain fees in the following areas:

  • Mobility: discounts on transport (trains, coaches, flights, car rental) and accommodation (youth hostels)
  • Culture and Communication: discounts in theatres, museums, cinemas, bookshops, etc.
  • Sport: discounts and specially priced tickets for sporting fixtures (football, basketball and handball games, amongst others)
  • Europe: discounts in 30 countries across Europe

A Youth Card App is also available

Further Information