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10 reasons why Porto is perfect for your international meeting

If you’re wondering whether Porto is a good fit for your international meeting or event, you’ve come to the right place to find the answer.

In fact, we present you a list of 10 reasons why Porto is perfect – and we’ll give you one more, as a bonus: Meet Porto.

With a community of qualified event experts, suppliers and tools, Meet Porto is an effective peer-to-peer communication channel that will help you successfully plan and execute your event in the beautiful city of Porto.

That said, here are the 10 reasons that position Porto as an important destination for meetings and events:

  1. Differentiating Venues
    Porto and the North of Portugal have a huge variety of venues available, from the most obvious to more unlikely ones, such as castles, manor houses, palaces, restaurants, casinos, museums and many other options

  2. A Wide Range of Airlines
    Porto has 150 air connections at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, located 12 km from the city center.

  3. High Quality Hotels
    Porto has an excellent offer of accommodation, including charming, design or trendy hotels belonging to international hotel chains.

  4. An Award-Winning Congress Centre
    Located next to the Douro River, Alfândega has been awarded several prizes in recent years, including Best Meeting and Conference Centre in Europe. It has 36.000 sq metres of flexible area, 22 multifunctional spaces and 400 parking spots and it can accommodate up to 3,000 people in congresses and exhibitions covering 10,000 square meters.

  5. Great Food
    Porto’s varied and rich gastronomy is widely appreciated, with a mix of exquisite signature dishes from renowned chefs, traditional Portuguese cuisine from Michelin-starred restaurants and modest regional tascas.

  6. Nice Weather
    The average temperature range in Porto varies between 11°C in winter and 25°C in summer. The average annual temperature is 17°C. The city’s location in the northern part of Portugal, along the Atlantic coast, means that Porto enjoys good weather in all four seasons.

  7. Welcoming People
    The people of Porto – the Portuenses – are known for being extremely friendly and welcoming. Like the city, they inspire and welcome anyone who visits, whether for leisure or business.

  8. Fun is Guaranteed
    Porto residents like to have fun and every excuse is good to get together with colleagues and friends and go downtown in the evening, where there’s always a new bar or restaurant to try. There are also endless social programmes that can be offered as part of a congress or event in the city.

  9. Corporate Environment
    More and more multinational companies are investing in Porto. The quality of life and working conditions, the innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem and the wide availability of young talent are some of the reasons given by these companies for settling in the city. The corporate environment in the city is increasingly international.

  10. Safe City
    Porto is a safe city to live and work. Portugal ranks seventh among the most peaceful countries in the world, according to the 2023 Global Peace Index. 

It’s always good to remember that Porto and Northern Portugal are in the world’s top 20 destinations for hosting events and congresses, according to the International Congress and Convention Association’s ranking.

Of course, we’re a bit biased when it comes to commenting on this, but for us, Porto’s unique and particular conditions make it an attractive and pleasant city for all those who visit us for an event or meeting.