Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities. It was born and developed from the right bank of this river during the Middle Ages. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996. When discovering Porto, you will find many surprises. Besides its welcoming and conservative environment, Porto is also contemporary and artistic. This is shown not only in the streets, architecture, monuments and museums but also in the terraces, restaurants and leisure and shopping areas.
TRAVELLING TO PORTO BY TRAIN
There are three international connections daily to Paris via Madrid and several trains daily to Lisbon.
For more information please visit CP website.
You can use the highway “A28” between Vigo (Spain) and Porto or the highway “A1” between Lisbon and Porto.
TRAVELLING IN PORTO
Transport from / to airport:
The surface Subway (Metro) line is a quick connection between the airport, the city centre and the mains hotels in Porto, with services every 20 minutes. Don't lose a minute. The service defined for Line E (Violet), Airport – Estádio do Dragão, assures a direct (without any overflow) and very fast link (trip times around 25 minutes) to the Oporto city centre. The last connection is at 0h35.
In the Andante shop located in the arrivals zone of the Airport you can also buy the Andante Tour, an unlimited and intermodal title valid for 1 or 3 days.
For more information please visit the Metro do Porto website.
A taxi to the centre costs approximately 25 €. However, taxis charge an additional 20% from 22.00 to 06.00.An additional surcharge of 1.60 € may also be applied for extra luggage, although wheelchairs and other equipment required by physically handicapped people are transported free of charge. The price is the same, regardless of the number of people sharing a taxi (maximum 4 per taxi).
The phone number of the taxi call centre in Porto is +351 225 073 900.
Taxi ranks can be found at various locations in the city centre. Almost all the conference hotels have a taxi rank located at a distance of no more than 150m.
CAR RENTAL AND PARKING
To rent a car you can contact Skyros-
Street parking usually costs about 0.50 € per hour in the city centre.
The local time in Portugal is the Greenwich the same as in London. GMT + 1 Hour (Western Europe Daylight/Summer Time)
PASSPORT & VISA REQUIREMENTS
In general, the climate is excellent and there are no extreme temperatures, but there are marked differences between various areas, with warmer, drier weather on the southern slopes of the Sintra Mountains than elsewhere. The Local Climate is Atlantic and therefore mild all year round. The average temperature is 18ºC in spring, with few rainy days and nearly 2.500 hours of sunshine per year. In January the average temperature is 10ºC / 61ºF.
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