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Hotels and Travelling in Porto

Hotels

Hospitality

Porto boasts of a wide range of hotels, small and big, luxurious and simple. Design hotels, artistic hotels, big chains, one of a kind places… The city has them all. The latest official numbers, from 2021, state that there are 520 hotels and similar establishments in Porto, but every week there is some news of a new one opening or being built.

International hotel chains like Sheraton, Hilton, Renaissance, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, NH, Eurostars, Mercure or Ibis are all present, accompanied by national ones, like Pestana, Vila Galé, Editory or Porto Bay.

The North region has a total of 488 hotels, with over 26.000 rooms and a capacity for around 50.000 people. There are 33 five star units and 164 four star establishments. Porto alone houses 140 hotels.

The years to come will bring an increase in this capacity, with five more hotels predicted to open. Roughly half of these are five star units.

Hotels

Vital
Infrastructure

The city’s hotels are a vital infrastructure for events, providing not only accommodation, but also a variety of spaces for all sorts of events, congresses and incentives. Hotel staff are also an important point of contact between attendees and the city’s attractions, restaurants and transport.

Porto houses a good number of Airbns and similar establishments that can also host event attendees, with more of a homely wish.

Awarded Hotels. Porto’s hotels have been awarded with several prizes in the last years, including in the luxury hotel and congress centre categories. The prestigious World Travel Awards have distinguished some of Porto´s hotels and this is a story still being written. The next years will surely bring more prizes.

Sustainability. One of the biggest commitments of Porto’s hotels is sustainability, with several initiatives to make the hospitality sector more green and environmentally friendly.

Accessibility. Accessibility for people with special needs is another plus for hotels in the city, including measures to make sure everyone can get around comfortably.

TRAVELLING

Flying to Porto

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, which serves Porto, has increased its capacity in recent years, facing a growing demand from passengers all around the world.

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Currently, it has around 30 airlines, including Lufthansa, United Airlines, Turkish Airlines, KLM, Iberia or TAP. And all of the best low cost airlines operating in Europe. These companies serve over 100 destinations, like major international hubs, such as Paris, London, Brussels, Madrid, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and New York, but also Lisbon, Faro and the Portuguese islands of Azores and Madeira.

Awarded Airport. A comfortable and modern infrastructure, the Porto airport has won several Best European Airport Awards, given by the Airport Council International (ACI).

12,6 million passengers in 2022. In 2022, the airport welcomed 12,6 million passengers and it has a capacity to welcome much more.

Regional Gateway. Porto is an ideal gateway, to seek and discover the natural beauty, cultural diversity and heritage of the north and centre of the country.

TRAVELLING

Connected
to the world

Easily accessible by public transport, the airport can be quickly reached from the city centre by metro or bus. There are also taxis and other car services available, taking advantage of the good roads. Business tourists can hire a local transport service, with cars and buses to take delegates and attendees where they have to be. You can also choose to welcome your guests at the airport or host an event in one of the meeting rooms.

Getting around couldn't be easier. A great road network connects the city with peculiar villages along the coast and inland. In a less than 2 hours drive, one can easily reach the heart of the wine producing country, the National Park of Gerês, and several UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, such as Guimarães, the Côa Valley Archaeological Park, Alto Douro Wine Region and the University of Coimbra.

There are also frequent trains and buses travelling within Portugal and abroad. The railway connection allows visitors to travel through all of continental Portugal, including Lisbon and Faro, and also to Spain, namely Vigo and Madrid.

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