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.
Porto’s international airport (Francisco Sá Carneiro) is well served by scheduled international flights and discount air carriers, making it readily and economically accessible.
From the airport to the conference siteThe 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 costing € 1.4. The trip takes about 35 minutes. You travel in line E (violet), in the direction of Estádio do Dragão, changing at station Trindade to line D (yellow), in the direction of Hospital S.João. Then you leave at station IPO, and you are 500 meters from the conference site (see map below).
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
Porto has a wide range of Hotels, Inns and Hostels suited for all accommodation needs. From those, we have selected some considering their proximity to the venue, and price/quality category. More details in the accommodation page.
Where to eatPorto 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 FEUP.
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 .
There are also a number of interesting technical events that will take place around the days of Agile Portugal, and that you may want to check out.
São João Festival
São João is a popular festival that plays tribute to Saint John the Baptist. It has both sacred and profane origins, and has been held in the city of Porto for more than six centuries. The 24th of June is the day of Saint John, but the festivities take place on the night of June 23 and are considered to be the city’s most important celebration.
Several traditions surround this festival, among which, the releasing of illuminated flame-propelled balloons, plastic hammers with which passers (gently) hit each other on the heads, the leeks, and jumping over the bonfires lit across the city. The fireworks by the Douro river and by the Dom Luís I bridge are one of the highlights of the night.
SEPG Europe 2010
Taking place from the 28th of June to the 1st of July, SEPG Europe is an annual meeting where Europe’s process community comes together to learn, network, and develop their skills in process improvement. SEPG Europe is organized by Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute, and the 2010 edition has the collaboration of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, that will host the event.
Certified Scrum Master Course
On the 21st and 22nd of June, Mitch Lacey will be at Porto, instructing a ScrumMaster course supported by the Scrum Alliance, in which participants will be able to learn the essentials of working as a ScrumMaster or Scrum team member. The course will be at the Sheraton Porto Hotel.
Agile Coaching Workshop
Rachel Davies, author of the book Agile Coaching and an expert in agile methods, will conduct a two day workshop on Agile Coaching. The workshop will take place on the 17th and 18th of June in Lisbon, three hours south to the city of Porto.