Welcome Words – POF President

Welcome to the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2019!

Portugal, the Portuguese Orienteering Federation and the portuguese orienteering community is pleased to invite you to participate in the WTOC 2019 that will be held in Idanha-a-Nova. It’s a great honour to face the challenge to plan and give our best to provide you with seven days of extremely challenging Trail Orienteering. All of you will enjoy amazing terrains we found suitable to a competition which awards the title of World Champion. This event’s trademark will be picking controls close to some granite formations bigger than your own houses. Imagine this scenario and you will be mentally prepared.
Dear competitors, team leaders, officials and guests, no words can replace the indispensable visit to Idanha-a-Nova and other villages and places in the municipality or close vicinity. You should take some spare time for sightseeing.
The village of Monsanto has been voted the ‘most Portuguese village in Portugal’ in 1938 and has developed itself around impressive and miraculously balanced boulders.
From the top of the mountain you can appreciate an astounding landscape, and some minutes away you can be amazed with the cliffs of Penha Garcia, where you may overlook or even swim in a natural pool.
For some relaxing moments, you can visit Termas de Monfortinho, a thermal place for spa and health benefits. Finally there is a mandatory stop to admire or walk along the monumental walls of Idanha-a-Velha.
Furthermore, and most important than all places, you will be in a territory with people who welcome those who visit Idanha-a-Nova. You will be guests of a friendly community; you will feel at home while having a taste of a rich and vast local gastronomy.
Are you ready for WTOC 2019? Plan this event in your agenda, fight to represent your nation and be here with us.
Feel free to contact us if you need some information.

Welcome! It is a great pleasure to host you.

Marco Alpande Póvoa

Marco Póvoa

Portuguese Orienteering Federation President

"This event’s trademark will be picking controls close to some granite formations bigger than your own houses."


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