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Porto, with an area of 45km2 and population of about 240 thousand, is the second biggest city in the country. It is known as the capital of the North and its Historic Centre of has been classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Temperate maritime climate, with a mild summer and temperatures from 15 ºC to 25 ºC, occasionally reaching 35 ºC between July and September. Autumn and winter are typically windy, rainy and cool, with temperatures from 5 ºC to 14 ºC.

Owing to the extensive access network, you can get to the city easily by plane, bus, car, boat, train or metro and, once there, get around the city using public transport, by your own car or rental car.

The city benefits from having the airport situated 11km from the centre, with direct access via metro. It has won awards for its modern infrastructure and is equipped to accommodate the large influx of those travelling through the airports. The airport has 76 destinations and works together regularly with 21 airline companies. Porto’s Airport has been considered to be the 3rd Best European Airport in 2015, by the ACI – Airport Council International, repeating the position it held in 2013.In 2014 it holds the 6th position on the SKYRAX - World Airport Awards as Best Airport serving 5 to 10 million passengers,and as Best Airport in Southern Europe

Porto´s geographic location is superb and is complemented by a modern communication network, which enables those coming from Galicia, the Algarve, Lisbon, Coimbra or other places to easily reach the city and move on to the destinations listed. You can travel to Porto from Galicia in about 2 hours by car and arrive at Lisbon in 3 hours and at the Algarve in approximately 5 hours.

The Leixões port is located just a few kilometres from the city and plays a key role in Porto region´s economy and rest of the north of the country. It represents 25% of Portugal´s external trade by sea, transporting loads of 17,2 million tons each year and around 3 thousand ships pass through the Leixões port each year, carrying all kinds of cargo. The major export destinations are Angola, UK, Morocco, Algeria and the USA. The year of 2013 closed with good results: 67 scales of passenger cruise ships, corresponding to 46.620 passengers and 24.000 crew members.

The city provides international, intercity, inter-regional, regional and urban trains (Alfa Pendular), allowing you to easily reach destinations around and outside Portugal. The urban CP trains call at surrounding cities such as Vila Nova de Gaia, Espinho (beach), Guimarães (European Capital of Culture 2012), Braga, Viana do Castelo and Aveiro.

Porto´s metro service has 6 lines, which link the suburbs to the city centre and run from 06:00 until 01:00 every day. The bus network (STCP) is also widely used in the city and neighbouring towns and is a good method of travel.

Published 20-02-2015