Agile Portugal 2016 will be held at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), right in the outskirts of Porto’s city centre (check ISEP exact location here).
It is said that the name ‘Portugal’ has its roots in the name of the city ‘Porto’, which dates back from Roman times. Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is Portugal’s second largest city, one of the most ancient European cities, classified as World-Heritage by UNESCO.
Beyond its welcoming environment and the world-famous “Vinho do Porto” (Port wine), Porto’s historical centre and landscape combines harmony with the urban structure, and presents a frame of rare beauty.
From the airport: The best way to get from the airport to the conference site is using the Metro. The average waiting time is 25 minutes. The ticket is a Z4 (Zone 4), costing aprox. 2.0 EUR. The trip takes about 35 minutes. You travel in line E (violet), in the direction of Estádio do Dragão, changing at “Trindade” station to the yellow line (“Linha D”), in the direction of Hospital S.João. Then you get out at the “IPO” station, and you are about 500 meters from the conference site (check the map here). Alternatively, you can always pick up a taxi and ask for “ISEP / Rua de São Tomé” (this will leave you right in the Reception entrance of ISEP for the Agile Portugal 2016 conference). It is the fastest alternative (about 20 minutes) and should cost around 15 to 20 EUR.
Flight information: the Porto Airport (Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport) has direct regular connections to more than 80 airports and two-hop flights to hundreds of destinations.
From Campanhã Train Station (the most used train station): Take the metro (you will need a Z2 ticket, aprox. 1.50 EUR) to “Trindade” subway station and change to the yellow line (“Linha D”) in direction of “Hospital São João” and follow the “metro” instructions above. The trip takes less than 30 minutes including waiting time. If travelling by train – São Bento Station, the yellow line (“Linha D”) metro station is just across the street. Go in direction of “Hospital São João” and follow the instructions for the Metro above (you will need a Z2 ticket , aprox. 1.50 EUR). The trip takes less than 20 minutes including waiting time.
Moving around: Besides the Metro, you also have STCP buses and CP trains. There are two main train stations within the city: S.Bento and Campanhã at your disposal to plan any visit or trip within the city or to the outskirts.
Where to stay
If you’d like to stay near ISEP, then you can choose between Eurostars Oporto and Ibis Porto São João hotels. Otherwise, you can check here a wide variety of Hotels, Inns and Hostels that better suite your purposes.
Where to eat
Porto is rich and diverse in gastronomy highlights. From the quick snack to a full-blown meal, there are numerous “places of replenishment and pasture”, where one can try all the local delicacies.
The two most typical local dishes are: Francesinha and Tripas à Moda do Porto. This last one is considered the traditional food of the city. Historically, the locals became often known as “tripeiros” or tripe eaters.
Campus S. João Shopping Center
This mall is located 500 meters from the conference site, where you can find several (from “fast” to “less fast”) food parlours, restaurants and coffee shops. It is next to the Ibis Hotel and the IPO Metro Station. Very handy when at ISEP.
Besides the several Shopping Centers (see map below), there are a many areas in the city where you can find several eating options. Due to its location and diversity of offer we recommend Ribeira and Cais de Gaia.
On the Porto side of the river Douro, also know as “Ribeira” there are several restaurants often recommended by “tourism guides” where you can try out all the typical local dishes.
Cais de Gaia
On the Gaia side of the river Douro, and along the bank, there is an assortment of several typical restaurants from “haute cuisine” to typical local food establishment, overlooking the river and “hiding” the Port Wine Cellars behind them.
There is always a stream of cultural events throughout the year. Please see the agenda for the full details.