Porto is one of the most ancient European cities but also one of the most vibrant and eclectic European destinations. Three times considered as the Best European Destination, last time in 2017, the city has options for all tastes.
The beauty of its historic centre, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in combination with the modern buildings designed by acclaimed names in architecture like Siza Vieira, Souto Moura and Rem Koolhaas grants special enchantment on the city of Oporto. The agreeable atmosphere, excellent cuisine, and range of culture and leisure activities at competitive prices, make it one of Europe’s preferred destinations and recipient of praise from such international publications as the Lonely Planet guide and the New York Times.
The north of Portugal, considered by many the driver of the Portuguese economy, is also a region that has many places to be visited and admired. The wineries of Alto Douro and the cities of Braga, Guimarães, Caminha, are just a few of these sites. Entrepreneurship and technology are also highlights of this road map. Porto is becoming one of the main hubs of start-ups in Europe and more and more technology companies choose Porto to base their headquarters.
Climate The climate is temperate oceanic, with mild and rainy winters, and pleasantly warm and sunny summers; July is the hottest month in Porto with an average temperature of 20°C (67°F) and the coldest is January at 10°C (50°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in July. The wettest month is December with an average of 180mm of rain.
Currency Euro is the official currency of Portugal. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops and restaurants. Traveler’s cheques and currency can be changed at hotels, banks or currency exchange bureaus. ATMs linked to international networks are also widely available.
Electricity The local current is 220 AC and the connection is made by a two-pin plug. Travelers from the U.S.A. will require a voltage converter. Travelers from the U.K. will require a plug adapter; it is best to bring this from the U.K. as they are hard to find in Porto.
Language The national language is Portuguese, although English and Spanish are widely spoken. The official language of the conference is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
Time Zone Mainland Portugal is 1 hour behind European Standard Time [CET].
Tipping Unlike some countries, tipping is strictly optional and, if given, is typically no more than 5%.