IBERGRID Conference. Porto (Portugal). May 12 - 14, 2008

City Information:

About the city of Porto and its region 

Porto is the largest city of Northern Portugal. The Historic Center of Porto, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, is one of the most attractive entertainment venues for visitors, providing a rich variety of monuments and ordinary dwelling, from different periods stretching back as far as the 14th century. In 2001, Porto has been an European Capital of Culture.

The city of Porto and its river, Douro, cannot be dissociated. The Douro valley, with its lovely terraces of vineyards clinging to the hillsides, is the kingdom of the famous Port Wine and offers visitors spectacular views.

The Metropolitan Area of Porto is the main center of the northern region, which in turn occupies a top ranking position in the European regions, concerning employment. In this region are located the headquarters of many important industries, like jewellery, textile industry, shoe industry, furniture industry, automotive parts industry, chemical and steel industries, among others.

From the science point of view, the Metropolitan Area of Porto has various Universities (the University of Porto is the largest of Portugal), Polytechnics, R&D and Professional Institutes that cover all areas of study.

How to get to Porto
The city of Porto is easily accessible from abroad. Several airlines offer service to Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, situated about 12 Km from the City Center. Please contact the Abreu travel agency if you need help to get to Porto.

From the airport to the hotels, you can take a taxi, use the bus service, or the Metro.

There are taxis available just outside the airport terminal. Taxi fares to the City Center costs near 15€. 

The bus service nº 602, just outside airport runs every 15 minutes. The journey to the City Center costs about 1,35€ and takes about 1 hour. 

If you choose the Metro, you have several options, depending on your final destination.  If your destination station is Casa da Música the trip time is around 22 minutes. If you choose the city downtown Trindade  the trip time is near 28 minutes. The single travel ticket costs 1,35 €.

If you arrive at Porto by train (Campanhã Railway Station) it is better to take a taxi.The cost is about 8€.

If you drive from Lisbon to Porto, there is the A1 motorway. The distance between the two cities is 310km. Choose the signs ”ARRÁBIDA” to cross the Arrábida bridge and leave the motorway to “Porto Campo Alegre” direction. You come to a junction with traffic lights after a few hundred meters. Almost all the recommended hotels are nearby.

If you come from the northern frontier, Valença you can follow the route presented below.

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Bus Lines

Buses of the 601, ZA, 602 and 604 Line link various parts of the city to the airport.
Ticket: 1.35€ (VAT included)

Information about bus transportations can be found online at http://www.stcp.pt/en/

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