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About Porto

Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996, Porto is known for its spectacular architecture and medieval alleyways, and it is also compact, allowing visitors to easily explore the central city on foot. Porto is on the Douro River and also near the Atlantic Ocean. It is famous for its port wine from the inland Portuguese wine region along the Douro River valley.

Here is a map marking some relevant landmarks in Porto:
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Flickr.com photos of Porto can be found at this link.

During free time, ISDT attendees may explore the sidewalk café culture on Santa Catarina Street, a nearby pedestrian shopping area, or walk across the Dom Luís I Bridge spanning the Douro River to the promenade, restaurants, and port houses in Vila Nova de Gaia, directly opposite central Porto. Short river cruises may be taken in barcos rabelos, flat-bottomed boats traditionally used to ferry shipments of port wine.

While Porto is famous for its ancient Roman ramparts and Gothic churches, it is also home to the Casa da Música concert hall, a superb example of modern architecture, finished in 2005, that has become an icon of the city. The Serralves Museum is a major cultural institution which hosts rotating exhibitions of contemporary art and which features a world-class garden.

In the late evenings, Porto hosts a thriving clubbing culture, and the city’s nightspots attract DJs from around the world.

How do I get to Porto from the airport?

A taxi from the airport to the city center may cost around 20 euros.

On weekends, holidays, and later at night, a surcharge of 20% is automatically added to the fare on the taximeter.

A less expensive way to enter the city is the metro. The metro’s violet line connects the airport to the city; arriving visitors can take the violet line to the Trindade stop—about 25 minutes—and then take a taxi the remaining one kilometer to the hotel. The metro stop is in front of the arrivals zone of the airport. This site has additional information on taking the metro from the airport.

For participants considering a longer stay in Porto, here are some ideas for inexpensive lodging:

Useful links about visiting Porto and Portugal: