Porto city

The conference will take place at the School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, at Porto. Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1996. It is the second-largest city in Portugal, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe and the capital of second major great urban area in Portugal. Its administrative limits include a population of 250,000 inhabitants distributed within 15 civil parishes. The Porto Metropolitan Area includes approximately 1.7 million people. It is recognized as a Gamma- level global city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Study Group, being one of five cities on the Iberian Peninsula with global city status. One of Portugal's internationally famous exports, Port Wine, is named for Porto, since the metropolitan area, and in particular the adegas of Vila Nova de Gaia, were responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine.

Porto is one of Europe’s oldest tourist destinations. Its wealth of monumental and artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city.

Porto’s Historical Centre has been a World Cultural Heritage Site since 1996. The city unfolds along the river bank and the sea shore, to reveal charming vistas, inviting esplanades and all the pleasures of the outdoors, framed by its green spaces.

Setting out to discover Porto means bumping into surprise after surprise. Whilst maintaining its welcoming and conservative nature, the city is, at the same time, contemporary and creative. This can be seen in its streets, its architectures and its monuments, its museums, its leisure spaces, its esplanades and its shopping areas which run from the traditional to the modern and exclusive.

Icons such as “Torre dos Clérigos“, “Serralves“ and “Casa da Música“ stand witness to a mature urban space, but one that is in constant movement. Events enliven the annual cultural and sporting calendars, culminating in “S?o Jo?o“, the city’s very own Feast. At night, Porto turns into a new and different city, with entertainment and leisure opportunities that cater to all tastes and excitement that bubbles up to fill the streets with energy and cheerfulness.

The city is well located geographically and is able to count on a modern transport and communications network.

Getting to know Porto might mean letting yourself be taken round by someone who knows the city and suggests a visit, or venturing out to discover everything that this guide proposes plus everything else that your trip surprises you with.

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The listed hotels are strategically located close to the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto or the city center. The D subway line connects directly the city center with ISEP (Pólo Universitário) in about 15 min.

Intercontinental Porto Palácio Cardosas *****
The Hotel, is located in Oporto’s main city square the Praça da Liberdade and is at a walking distance from all the major cultural highlights, the Bolhão Market, the Ribeira District and the Clérigos Church. The Palacio das Cardosas compromises 105 spacious rooms an suites, The Astoria Restaurant, The Bar das Cardosas and a Wellness Centre by Pevonia.

Hotel Infante Sagres *****
Set in a 1950s building, the Hotel Infante de Sagres a Small Luxury Hotels of the World has 70 soundproofed rooms, including 29 superior rooms, 4 deluxe rooms, 3 junior suites, 1 executive suite and 2 presidential suites. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, heating, direct dial telephone, Internet, satellite TV, radio and mini-bar. This boutique hotel features the exquisite "Boca do Lobo" restaurant. Also note the room service, the laundry and dry cleaning service, Wireless Internet in public areas, business centre and the public garage 50 m away from the hotel.

Hotel Tiara Park Atlantic Porto *****
Located on the Avenida da Boavista, in the heart of the city’s business and cultural district, this modern 5-star hotel exudes pure luxury and comfort. Enjoy magnificent views from the comfort of your spacious room or venture out into the city. All public and privates spaces are elegantly furnished, radiating a warm and cosy atmosphere. The helpful reception staff is at your service 24 hours a day and will do its best to ensure you have a relaxing and memorable stay. Sample delicious local specialities at the restaurant or take a walk in the hotel garden.

Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira ****
Situated in Porto’s Ribeira district, this 4-star hotel is situated in a refurbished, historic building overlooking the Douro River. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi. It also has an elevator. Rooms at Carris include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Wooden floors and a mix of dark and light colours are part of the modern décor. A rich buffet-style breakfast is served daily and á la carte meals are available in the evening. Room service, including breakfast, is also available. Guests can work out in the gym or discover Porto by bike. São Bento Station is just a 5-minute walk from Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira. Porto Airport is a 20-minute drive away.

Eurostars Oporto Hotel ****
The Eurostars Oporto Hotel is a modern, newly-built hotel boasting an optimal, strategic location very near the main entrances to the city and just 15 minutes from the airport. The Hospital São João, the most important universities, are just a few minutes away from the Oporto hotel. The modern, attractive building houses a highly functional hotel in Oporto with 64 apartments, ideal for longer stays, along with 6 meeting rooms, a restaurant, bar, television room, business centre and two parking zones (one indoor and one outdoor). Because of its location, features and comfort, it is a great option for both business and pleasure travel. The hotel is also perfectly equipped for hosting all kinds of events from working meetings to conventions or banquets thanks to its numerous meeting rooms and their functionality.

Axis Porto Business & SPA Hotel ****
The Axis Port Business & SPA Hotel, is a 4-star hotel of the Axis Group, located in the university center, in the areas of better access to "Invicta", with the ring and access to the highway A3, near the Hospital S. John.
This modern hotel has 145 rooms - which include 16 junior suites, 4 Senior Suites and 1 Presidential Suite - soundproofed and comfortably equipped with LCD's with several TV channels and Video On Demand, and terrace, where rest is word order. The 'Business Center' offers 4 meeting rooms with capacity up to 150 people, fully equipped with the necessary conditions for successful meetings or social events.

Hotel Beta Porto ****
Hotel Beta Porto located at 3 minutes from Aliados (Porto city centre), 20 minutes from Porto international airport, and 5 minutes from Dragão Football Stadium. A hotel in Porto offering quality accommodation at low prices, 120 rooms and 6 suites, 24H front desk, concierge service, daily newspapers, reading room, free parking, free private indoor parking, health club, restaurant and bar.

Hotel da Bolsa ***
Hotel da Bolsa is nestled within Porto’s historic Ribeira district, just 330 ft from the neoclassical Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace). It offers breakfast and rooms with free Wi-Fi. Many of Porto’s historic highlights are within short walk from the hotel, such as the Sé Do Porto Cathedral and the double-decked Dom Luis arch bridge spanning the Douro River. Da Bolsa’s rooms are all soundproofed and equipped with a private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer. Each is equipped with satellite TV, safe and air conditioning. Allergy-free rooms are also available.

HF Tuela Porto ***
A magnificent contemporary 3 star hotel, located in the centre of Oporto, near Avenida da Boavista. Around the hotel, you can find an important business centre and a renowned shopping area, and the Bom Sucesso market recently reopen. Palácio de Cristal and the banks of the Douro, two of the main tourist attractions of Oporto, are less than a 10 minute walk. The metro and bus are very close to the hotel, if you prefer using these means of transport. The rooms are very comfortable and they are all equipped with a pleasant working area. The superior rooms also feature an exclusive terrace. The hotel lobby is wide and pleasant and it includes a bar where you can relax. You can benefit from the breakfast service of the hotel, and the restaurant also serves traditional Portuguese meals. The hotel has laundry and babysitting services. This last service is available upon request. The parking has easy access and it is available for a daily rate. In all common areas and rooms, you have access to free Wi-Fi Internet.

ibis Porto São João **
The ibis Porto São João hotel is located in Porto city center, in the university district, close to São João Hospital. This entirely non-smoking hotel offers easy access to the historic quarter of Porto and to the Exponor and Europarque business centers .Relax in one of our 100 comfortable rooms and enjoy our services, including 24-hour snack bar, free outdoor car park and Wi-Fi Internet access. The hotel has 4 fully equipped meeting rooms to accommodate your events.

Hotel B&B Porto Centro **
The new B&B Hotel in Oporto city is the perfect blend between an historical exterior architecture and a contemporary interior design. The old cinema Águia d’ouro, which first opened in 1839 as “Café Águia d’Ouro”, is the place chosen for this first new B&B Hotel in Oporto downtown historical area near “São João National Theatre” and the art galleries’s area. The B&B Hotels’s unique privilege is that it has become accessible, thanks to a revolutionary econochic® concept: B&B Hotels offers a low cost quality service, to guarantee the maximum relaxation at an affordable price. Because nowadays the true luxury is a price you can afford!

Travelling to Porto


Airport Transfer

If travelling by plane, there are several ways to get to the city centre (hotel or ISEP). See links below for additional or updated info.

Subway (Metro)

The easiest way to get from Porto Airport to the city center is to take the metro. Line E (Violet) connects Airport Station to "Estádio do Dragão" Station, and, naturally, to all metro’s network (Trindade station).The access to the Station from the interior of the Airport is extremely simple and practical, being fully signalled.
The occasional Andante title required for travelling between the Airport Station and Oporto city centre is a Z4. 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. The journey to the city centre takes about 30 minutes and a single fare is €1.80.


There are regular bus connections to the city centre (buses 601, 602, 604 and 3M serve the airport). A single fare is also €1.80 (Buses and Metro share the Andante system).


Taxis are available 24 hours a day from outside Arrivals. A 20% surcharge is payable at weekends, on public holidays and between 21:00 and 06:00.Taxi service to the Porto centre should cost about 20 euros and take between 20 and 30 minutes. Large size baggage may inccur on additional cost (about 2EUR).


There is a low cost shuttle service between the airport and the Porto hotels. You must book in advance in 100RUMOS.


Getting to ISEP

The Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto is located in the main university area of Porto, 10 minutes away from the city centre by subway. Easily accessible by public transportation, the campus is just across the IPO subway station (yellow) line and is also served by the 300, 301, 603, 803 buses. If you are driving, use the map for directions. The entrance to our campus parking is located on Rua de S. Tomé.



41º10'43'' N
8º36'22' W


Latitude: 41,17878
Longitude: -8,60622


4558659 N
533037 E

Useful links


Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport

Subway (Metro do Porto)

Linha amarela/Yellow Line (D)
Estação/Station IPO

Railway (CP)

Bus (STCP)