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Set aside the Douro River, Porto – Portugal's second city – is one of the most eclectic destinations in Europe. With its Medieval architecture, it's defining Dom Luis I Bridge (designed by the engineer and disciple of Gustave Eiffel, Teófilo Seyrig) and Art Nouveau cafes, there's something for everyone.
History buffs will fall for it charm – check out the Lello Bookshop with its amazing Neo-Gothic interiors, or head to the São Bento railway station to see the 20,000 tiles that decorate its walls. Foodies will be in their element – from the Mercado do Bolhão food market to the many port wine lodges (on the Gaia side of the river) – this city just keeps giving to those with a serious appetite for culinary finds.
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The XIV European Glial Meeting will take place in the Alfândega Congress Centre which is located in the historic city centre. The Alfândega Congress Centre is a historical building full of charme (it has been built as a custom house in 1869) and is one of Europe's best meeting & conference centres (awarded in 2014, 2015 and 2017).
Centro de Congressos da Alfândega do Porto
Please find detailed information on how to reach the congress centre here.
From the Alfândega Congress Centre it is only a few minutes walk to the world-famous bridge Ponte Dom Luís I and the historic city centre with its numerous shops, restaurants, museums and hotels.
How to get there | Public transportation and travel
Accessibility from Porto Airport to the city centre/venue
Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, or Porto Airport in short, is located approximately 11 km north of Porto City Center. The airport is well served by an elaborate transport network. The easiest way to get to the venue is by metro or taxi.
Travel ticket: Z4
Catch the metro “Line E”, Destination “Estádio do Dragão”.
Exit at “Trindade” (duration: 24 min.)
At “Trindade” change to “Line D” – Destination “Santo Ovidio”
and exit at “São Bento” (duration: 4 min.)
Exit the metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the “500” bus – Destination “Matosinhos (Mercado)” –
Exit at “Alfândega” bus stop. (duration: 4 minutes)
Taxis generally take about 25 minutes.
Accessibility from train stations to the city centre/venue
To travel to the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre by train, there are two possible train stations:
Campanhã Train Station
Travel ticket: Z2
Catch the train/metro to “São Bento” (duration: 4 min.)
Exit the train/metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the “500” bus – Destination “Matosinhos (Mercado)” – Exit at “Alfândega” bus stop. (duration: 5 min.)
Catch the Metro “Line A, B, C, E or F” at “Campanhã” and exit at “Trindade”. (duration: 6 min.)
Change to “Line D”, destination “Santo Ovideo” and exit at “São Bento” (duration: 4 min.)
S. Bento Train Station
Travel ticket: Z2
Exit the train/metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the “500” bus – Destination “Matosinhos (Mercado)”- Exit at “Alfândega” bus stop. (duration: 5 min.)