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Venue & Travel

In 2024, the Congress comes to sunny Porto for the first time! Situated on a steep hill along the estuary of the Douro River, the city of Porto is rich in history, cultural heritage and vibrant city life, providing an exciting and dynamic backdrop for this year’s Congress.

Congress Venue

Europarque (Rua Interior do Europarque, Apartado 160, 4520-153, Santa Maria da Feira)

Around a 30-minute drive (or a €20 Uber) from central Porto, the Europarque is a purpose-built event venue that allows us to innovate and grow the Covered Bond Congress for 2024 to make it the best yet.  

Located in the Porto Metropolitan Area region, in the city of Santa Maria da Feira, Europarque has more than 20 years of experience in hosting and organizing multidisciplinary events. 

Pre-Congress Party Venue

The Baron's Hall & Gallery

All delegates to the Covered Bond Congress are automatically registered to attend the pre-congress party. 


Getting to Porto

Porto Airport (IATA: OPO, ICAO: LPPR), also known as Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, is the second largest airport in Portugal. It is located 8 miles (13 km) to the north of Porto.  

Porto Airport has non-stop passenger flights scheduled to 75 destinations.  

 Direct flights to Porto are available from various destinations across Europe, including major cities such as London, Paris, Brussels, Munich, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Rome, as well as international cities such as Toronto, New York and Rio de Janeiro. 

A full list of routes can be found here

Getting to Porto from Lisbon 

By air 
Porto is approximately a one-hour flight from Lisbon. Several airlines operate frequent flights between Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) and Porto Airport (OPO). 

By train 
There is a high-speed train from Lisbon to Porto which approximately 3 hours. Trains are operated by Comboios de Portugal. 

From Porto airport to city centre 

Public transport 
There's a direct metro route from Porto Airport to Porto city centre (Trindade Station). The metro station is a 5 minute walk from the arrivals terminal. Take the E (purple line). The journey takes around 40 min and the ticket price is EUR 2 (zone Z4) plus the one time fee for the Metro Card (Andante)  €0,60. Trains work with 30 minute gap between the routes. 

Ubers are frequent and easy to get in Porto. The airport is approximately a 20 – 30 minute drive from the city centre, depending on traffic. Typical fares range from €20 to €30. 

Trusted airport transfer company: Porto Airport Transfers (OPO) | Transfer Transfeero 

From Porto city centre to Europarque 

Uber is widely used in Porto. Europarque is approximately a 25 – 35 minute drive from Porto city centre, depending on traffic. 

Bus shuttle service 
Shuttle information here 

Porto weather in September



In September, Porto experiences mild and pleasant weather as summer transitions into autumn. The average high temperature during the day ranges from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius (68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), while the average low temperature at night ranges from 13 to 17 degrees Celsius (55 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit).

Restaurant recommendations 

  • DOP - Chef Rui Paula

    Fine dining (££££ - Michelin)
  • The Yeatman

    Fine dining (££££ - Michelin)
  • Cantinho do Avillez

    Fine dining (££££ - Michelin)
  • Cafeína

    Fine dining (££££ - Michelin)
  • Taberna dos Mercadores

    Hidden gems (££)
  • Puro 4050

    Hidden gems (££)
  • Adega São Nicolau

    Hidden gems (££)
  • Fava Tonka

  • Musa

    Bar recommendations
  • Meridians & Parallels

    Bar recommendations
  • Capela Incomum

    Bar recommendations
  • Terraplana

    Bar recommendations

Porto, Portugal is a beautiful city with a rich history and vibrant culture.

Here are four top things to do in Porto:

Explore the Historic Center

Start by visiting the Ribeira district, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander through the narrow streets lined with colorful buildings, and soak in the atmosphere of this charming neighborhood. Don't miss the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, which offers stunning views of the city and the Douro River. Visit the São Bento Train Station to admire its magnificent azulejo tilework, depicting scenes from Portuguese history.

Take a Port Wine Tour

Porto is famous for its port wine, and a visit to the city is incomplete without a wine tour. Head to the Vila Nova de Gaia district, located across the river from Porto, where you'll find numerous port wine cellars. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of port wine production and enjoy tastings of different varieties. Some popular cellars to visit include Graham's, Sandeman, and Taylor's.

Visit Livraria Lello

Book lovers should not miss Livraria Lello, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. This historic bookstore, known for its stunning Art Nouveau architecture, served as an inspiration for J.K. Rowling when she was writing the Harry Potter series. Admire the intricate wooden staircase, browse through the extensive collection of books, and immerse yourself in the magical ambiance of this unique place.

Climb the Clérigos Tower

The Clérigos Tower is one of Porto's most iconic landmarks and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Climb the 240 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy the stunning vistas of Porto's rooftops, the Douro River, and beyond. While you're there, you can also visit the adjacent Clérigos Church, an impressive Baroque masterpiece.