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ABOUT THE CITY

  Known as the capital of the north, Porto is Portugal's second largest city and a thriving industrial centre, successfully blending commercial efficiency with an atmosphere of unpretentious charm. Rich from centuries of trade, modern Porto is as much a cosmopolitan centre as it is a city steeped in the historical events of the past. Magnificently situated on the great gorge of the River Douro, which spills into the Atlantic after its scenic 927 km journey from Spain, the 'granite city' is best known for its striking bridges and the much celebrated Port wine, which is stored and savoured by wine lovers all over the world. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1996, the ancient Ribeira riverside district is a warren of narrow, twisting streets and shadowy arches. The ongoing restoration of this lively quarter is attracting a growing number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Crossing the spectacular two tiered Dom Luís bridge brings you to Vila Nova da Gaia, the true home of Port wine. Here, visitors can tour the world famous cellars, which bear such familiar household names as Taylor's, Grahams, Cockburns and Sandeman.
The neighbour fishing towns of Matosinhos and Leça da Palmeira to the north of the city boast some of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Portugal.

 


THE WEATHER

  The weather in Porto is typical of Atlantic regions: damp but temperate, with colder nights. In Winter, it may rain quite a lot, but it never snows, as the temperatures never fall below 0 ºC. In Summer, temperatures rise and the warmest months are June, July and August, when temperatures vary between 20 ºC and 35 ºC. September, October, April and May are intermediate, with periods of atmospheric instability: quite frequently foggy mornings are replaced by sunny afternoons, or rain showers alternate with periods of bright sunshine. You are therefore advised to bring some warm clothes for the colder days.

 

 

ESTIMATED MONTHLY LIVING COSTS FOR STUDENTS

For each week you reside in Porto you should allow yourself the following sums of money to cover your expenses:

Basic Living Costs per Month

Private Accomodation

Single room

200-250 €

Double room

175-200 €

One-room Appartment

500 €

Lunches
at ISCAP’s Cafetaria

Weekdays only

40-50 €

Transports

Public transports –
Andante Z2 monthly pass

20.50 €

 

 

TRANSPORT NETWORK

Metropolian Railway System (Metro)
The subway system now provides a 4-line service to the heart of the Metropolitan Area, interconnecting the cities of Porto, Matosinhos, Maia and Vila Nova de Gaia.
The Yellow Line (line D) connects the centre to Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP) and Hospital de S. João, close to ISCAP.
The Violet (Line E) connects the Airport Station to Estádio do Dragão Station and therefore is also connected to the rest of the metro network.
The only passenger ticket valid for travel on the Metro rail network is the Andante. The ticket must remain in the passenger’s possession from the moment it is purchased because it may be used as often as required, as long as it is appropriately recharged and validated. The Andante ticket can be purchased and recharged in Andante kiosks or shops, at the ticket offices of some CP train stations, at the terminals of private bus operators and in the Loja de Mobilidade [Mobility Shop]. The personalisation of passes is only possible at these locations, when the pass is initially purchased. Tickets can also be purchased and recharged at the automatic ticket machines located in all Metro do Porto stations and surface shelters.

 

Public Transports (Buses) – STCP

The city's municipal bus operator is STCP (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto), whose web site is an excellent resource for the visitor. Its network covers the whole city and works quite well. For visitors a good option is the Euro ticket. The card costs one Euro and can then be charged up for various amounts. The ticket can be bought at Metro and STCP offices. The tickets must be validated for each journey inside the bus.
The new Andante ticket is valid for the Metro and also for the STCP bus services.

Places to visit
Porto has one of the richest artistic, cultural and historical heritages in Portugal internationally recognised by the UNESCO, which classified the ancient part of the city as World Heritage.
Porto was also chosen as a European Capital of Culture in 2001 and is proud of its large number of churches, monuments and museums that stand for one of the most important stages in the historical development of the city and even of the country.

 


PLACES TO VISIT

 
 

Porto has one of the richest artistic, cultural and historical heritages in Portugal internationally recognised by the UNESCO, which classified the ancient part of the city as World Heritage.
Porto was also chosen as a European Capital of Culture in 2001 and is proud of its large number of churches, monuments and museums that stand for one of the most important stages in the historical development of the city and even of the country.
Here are some places worth visiting:



 

MAIN CITY EVENTS

    EVENT DESCRIPTION
 

Fantasporto

 

February/March

Porto International Film Festival - Considered by the professional international magazine "Variety" as one of the 60 top film festivals of the world, and the best as far as the fantasy genre is considered, Fantasporto has become the most talked about film and culture event in Portugal.
       
 

“Queima das Fitas”
(Academic Week)

(symbolic burning of the faculty ribbons)

 

May (first week)

It is an event with the participation of more than 450 000 students and lots of music, drinking and merry-making through the streets and in the “Queimódromo” (where the concerts and parties take place).
       
 

Festivities of Saint John
June 24 is Porto’s largest annual festival, celebrating the city patron Saint, São João, (Saint John).

 

June

Although other great festivals in honour of Saint John are held in many other towns, it is in Porto that the festivities are most colourful. They are held in the city at least from the XIV century, showing a great expansion since the XIX century. Nowadays, during the night from 23 to 24 June, at every corner of the city there are "cascatas" (arrangements of religious motifs), bonfires and groups of merry-makers singing and dancing all night (and tending to whack each other in the head with leeks). Most events are held at the great amusement fair of Fontainhas.
       
 

“Francesinha” Festival
(a speciality made with slices of bread, cheese, meat and a special sauce which is its real secret)

July

It is organised by the Central de Cervejas beer company together with the City Council and the parish of Lordelo do Ouro.