Porto is an attractive city and we are proud of its reputation for hospitality. It is Portugal’s second largest city, and offers a wide variety of tourist attractions. Besides its worldwide reputation for hospitality, for its breath-taking landscapes, and for its renowned architecture, the city is famous for culture, shopping, food and the worldwide famous Port. The Port wine cellars will certainly attract the interest of many participants, but Porto was the European Capital of Culture in 2001, and as a consequence regained its place among the cultural capitals of Europe. It currently has several theatres, museums and art galleries.
Casa da Música
The Casa da Música, part of a network of cultural facilities, opened to the public in 2005, and is the first new building in Portugal to be entirely dedicated to music. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to attend one of the many concerts organised at the venue. The city is also culturally known for the Serralves contemporary art museum, which has one of the biggest collections of contemporary art in Portugal and magnificent gardens. Art lovers will also be surprised at the number of art galleries, big and small. The city’s cultural life is complemented by a throbbing nightlife, thanks to its small cafés, countless pubs and restaurants that keep the streets lively until morning. The city restaurants will allow delegates to taste the best Portuguese traditional cuisine, although the delegates can also easily find good quality restaurants serving international cuisine at affordable prices. Some of the best Portuguese fish restaurants, in Matosinhos (by the seaport), are just a 20-minute bus or light rail (metro) journey from the city centre. Nevertheless, Porto is also a commercial city par excellence, thanks to its traditional markets, street shops and shopping centres.
Castelo de Guimarães
Although participants will have plenty to see in Porto, there are other attractions nearby. Guimarães, ‘the city where Portugal was born’, which was the European Capital of Culture in 2012, is just a 40-minute train journey from Porto. The gothic city of Braga and the historical city of Aveiro are a 45-minute train journey away.