The City of Porto

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Porto: European Best Destinations 2017

Known as the Unvanquished City, Porto gave its name to Portugal. It is located on the right bank of the River Douro and is the second largest city in the country, with around 214 thousand inhabitants, in an area of 41.66 km².

The city is known internationally for its wine, including the most famous nectar in the world – Port Wine, as well as for its bridges, its contemporary and ancient architecture, its historic centre and for its gastronomy, such as the famous ‘francesinha’.

The historic centre has been UNESCO World Heritage since 1996. In 1998, it hosted the 7th Ibero-American Summit, it was European Capital of Culture in 2001, and Best European Destination in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

Considered a global city, with excellent land, sea and air transport infrastructures, it is home to some of the best medical research and treatment centres.

It is also a centre of excellence for teaching and research and boasts the largest university in the country (in numbers of courses and students), with a particular emphasis on technological and scientific innovation, attracting students from around the country and abroad. The University of Porto is one of the largest Portuguese scientific research institutions, and includes research, development and innovation (RD&I) groups from various areas of expertise; it features in the top 100 in Europe, and is the best classified Portuguese university at global level (227th on the list). The district of Porto is also home to some of the main economic groups in the country, making it the Portuguese region with the highest number of exports.

Porto is therefore a place of teaching and of work, of creativity and investment, a place that drives citizenship and solidarity, cultural fruition and entertainment, a place of democratic participation, of knowledge and science ready for new generations.


The city is easy to get to by air, car, ship, train or bus.

AirportPorto Airport (Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport) is located 12.2 km from the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa, about 13 to 20 minutes by car. The city can be reached through an efficient transport network, ensuring you reach your destination quickly and comfortably: Metro, Bus, Train, Taxi. You can plan your arrival here.

Porto is served by a modern communications network, enabling you to get to the city easily and to travel from there to any other destination. Like other cities in the world, traffic is heavier in the morning (08.30-10.00) and in the early evening (17.00-19.00). 

The Cruise Liner Terminal at the Port of Leixões /APDL is just a few kilometres from Porto city centre and it welcomes cruise ships from various parts of the world.

Porto has two train stations: Porto Campanhã and Porto São Bento. Regional, Intercity and Alfa Pendular trains come into Porto Campanhã. There is a connection with almost every point in the country from here. Porto São Bento is the point of arrival for the Urban trains of Porto, which have connections with Braga, Guimarães, Caíde and Aveiro. The station of São Bento is also one of Porto’s most emblematic monuments. Please see the CP website for further information.There are three daily connections to Paris, via Madrid, and several to Lisbon and the rest of the country, from the Railway Station of Campanhã. 

Bus Service
There are buses from all over the country to Porto. The most important terminal is located at Campo 24 de Agosto, next to the Campo de 24 de Agosto Metro station.

You can get around the city using public transport, in your own or rented vehicle, by tourist transport, tram, funicular, bicycle or on foot.

Public Transport
To use this form of transport, passengers must have a duly charged up Andante card. The Intermodal Andante Network combines several public transport operators, Metro, bus and train, as well as several private road transport operators, covering the entire city and outskirts. The card is charged with single trips/occasional trips or for 24 hours and allows you to use all the public transport in Porto after you have validated the card in the machine at the entrance to the Metro stops and on the buses. The price of the trip depends on the number of zones you travel through. Find out more





Porto is served by six Metro lines, which go through 7 municipalities. The service operates from 06.00 to 01.00 every day.

The closest Metro station to the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa is Francos, which is a 10-minute walk. The Casa da Música Metro station is 20 minutes away on foot.



Porto has several bus companies which circulate around the city, the most important and significant being STCP. There are buses that connect the entire city, and several buses run along Avenida da Boavista (201, 203, 502, 503), next to the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa. All the STCP buses have a free Wi-Fi service.





Currency | Euro (EUR)

Time Zone| GMT (0) Winter | (+1) Summer

Voltage | 220V

National emergency number | 112 

Country Code | +351



Porto Tourism Association:

Portugal tourist guide:

About the climate

The city of Porto enjoys a Mediterranean climate with oceanic influences: it rains regularly, but the average temperature is usually mild. Winter is damp, while summer is pleasantly warm and sunny.

In October, the average minimum temperature is 12 ºC, the average maximum temperature is 21 ºC, and average rainfall 104 mm. The mornings are usually cloudy, the afternoons bright and sunny and the nights are cold.


Prices in Porto

In general, the prices in Porto are lower than in other large European cities, especially at restaurants and monuments.


Other Contacts:

Hospital São João: (+351) 225 512 100
Hospital de Santo António: (+351) 222 077 500


PSP- Polícia de Segurança Pública:

GNR- Guarda Nacional Republicana:

Contactos em caso de emergência:
Número nacional de emergência: 112 
Hospital São João: (+351) 225 512 100
Hospital de Santo António: (+351) 222 077 500
PSP- Polícia de Segurança Pública:
GNR- Guarda Nacional Republicana:

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