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Porto Airport Description

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is located in the heart of the industrial north of the country, 11km from the city of Oporto, making it a privileged access point to this valuable commercial area.

Having undergone intense renovation work, the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport now receives passengers and other users in the greatest of comfort, taking up the role of primary travel hub for the north-western corner of the Iberian Peninsula.

The airport terminal offers visitors a wide selection of services including cafeterias and shops.

Come discover this capital of the north with all its splendid traditions and in the company of friendly, outgoing locals. Along the banks of the River Douro lies the area where footwear, furniture and clothing companies have long been operating, bringing economic life to the country.

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Porto Airport Facilities

Coffee Shops
Snack Bars
Baggage Protection
Banking and Insurance
Currency Exchange
Internet Access
Massage Service
Photo Machine
Post Office
Vending Machines

Porto Airport Accesses

If you plan on arriving at the airport using your own vehicle you may use on of the following motorways, depending on your point of origin.

> Nacional Highway 107

> IC 24 (Secondary Road)

Assistance for Passengers with Reduced Mobility

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport has lifts/elevators and toilet facilities that are wheelchair accessible.

Discover Porto

The principal urban centre of northern Portugal and the country’s second largest city, Oporto is well-known for its exquisite cultural heritage. On a daily basis, more than a million people make this bustling “capital of the north” their workplace, which adds a very special vitality and energy to the city.

After its year of being designated European Capital of Culture, the city of Oporto continues to attract international tourists thanks to its architectural jewel, the Casa da Música, a unique and magnificent concert hall which is part of that privileged circuit of distinguished cultural landmarks that cannot be missed.

The brainchild of Rem Koolhaas and erected in the Boavista neighbourhood of the city, this astounding and exceptional modern building is reminiscent of a diamond in the rough, with its large irregular sides and smooth surfaces. Without question, the Casa da Música has become a must for any visitor to the north of Portugal.

Porto Airport Contacts

Oporto Airport
Pedras Rubras
4470 Maia
Telephone (+351) 229 432 400

Places to Visit in Porto

IShould you have some time and wish to acquaint yourself with what Porto has to offer, we suggest a one day tour through the Historical Centre.

Begin in the shopping area whose hallmark is the Rua de Santa Catarina (street). In this area you will find a large and varied selection of shops, some of which are of Art Nouveau architectural style. Of these, be sure to appreciate the greatest achievement of this artistic movement; the Café Magestic. Here you can drink a "cimbalino", the name given a traditional coffee, and taste the city's confectionery.

Descend the Avenida dos Aliados (avenue) where you should not miss the Câmara Municipal (Municipal Council Hall) of an architectural style dating from the beginning of the 20thC.

Pass by the Igreja dos Congregados (a church of the end of the 17thC and beginning of the 18thC) and make a stop at the Estação de São Bento (railway station) to appreciate the historical blue glazed tile panels.

Follow Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques and climb up to the Sé (cathedral). Nearby are the Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro (house-museum) and the Igreja de São Lourenço or otherwise named Grilos church of mannerist style.

Descend towards the Ribeira (riverbank) by the Escadas das Verdades (The Steps of the Truths) from which you can observe a notable view of the Ponte Dom Luís (bridge). Then walk through the Barredo quarter.

The Casa do Infante, an archaeological centre and museum in a building with mediaeval foundations, is an obligatory stop. It was where the great impeller of the Portuguese Discoveries, Prince Henry the Navigator, was born in 1394. In the Centro Regional de Artes Tradicionais (Regional Centre of Traditional Arts) in the very heart of the Ribeira, you can acquaint yourself with the handicrafts of the north. Then climb up to the Praça Infante Dom Henrique (square) to visit the Igreja de São Francisco (church) and the Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace).

In Rua Ferreira Borges (street) you will find the old market building, now an exhibition hall whose ironwork architecture is worthy of admiration.

Continue to climb up to the Igreja dos Clérigos, a baroque monument finished in 1773 and a city hallmark.

End your tour by climbing the 240 steps of the Torre dos Clérigos, one of the viewing points that provides one with a global view of the mediaeval city.

Our publication - "Your Guide" - distributed free of charge at Porto Airport contains other suggestions of tours you can do in and around the city.

> Buses and Trams

Journeying by bus or tram is the best way to get to know the city. Chose one, or all, of the four suggestions bellow:
Tram 1E: Along the river until the sea. Circuit: Marginal, Foz, Castelo do Queijo e Boavista (30 minutes)
Bus 78: Through the city. Circuit: Castelo do Queijo, Foz, Boavista, Baixa, Antas e Hospital de S. João (70 minutes)
Bus 88: Next to the river. Circuit: Hospital S. João, Circunvalação, Marginal, Ribeira e Alfândega (35 minutes)
Bus 20: Through downtown. Circuit: Praça da Liberdade, Palácio, Boavista, Constituição e Marquês (45 minutes)

> Cruises on the River Douro

Enjoy the fine landscapes of the Douro riverbanks from a river cruise. There are a choice of cruises to suit every pocket, with itineraries varying from a few hours to several days in length. Between Régua and Porto there are various points of interest, especially the slopes grown with vines and the different Port wine lodges.

River cruises companies:
Barca Douro - Tel: (+351) 222 008 882
Douro Acima - Tel: (+351) 222 080 677
Douro Azul - Tel: (+351) 223 402 500
Endouro - Tel: (+351) 222 084 161
Rent Douro - Tel: (+351) 224 646 352
Rota do Douro - Tel: (+351) 223 759 043
Tomáz do Douro - Tel: (+351) 222 082 286
Turis Douro - Tel: (+351) 223 708 429
Via D'Ouro - Tel: (+351) 222 081 935

> Monuments: the Basics

Casa do Infante (Prince's House)
Place where tradition believes Prince Henry was born. A former costumes house of Porto it is presently the municipal Historical Archives.
Rua da Alfândega

Igreja e Torre dos Clérigos (Cleric's Church and Tower)
One of the most significant monuments of the city. Church and tower were built between 1732 and 1750 in a baroque-style. The imposing structure of 75,6 m high, make Clérigos Tower one of the best belvederes in town.
Rua São Filipe Néry

Igreja do Convento de S. Francisco (Church of the Convent of St. Francis)
Gothic church was begun at the end of the 14thC. The 15thC mural paintings and baroque altarpiece of the 18thC are especially interesting.
Rua do Infante D. Henrique

Palácio da Bolsa (The Stock Exchange)
A building in neo-classical style built in the middle of the 19thC. Of particular interest inside are: the metallic, windowed and covered atrium and the famous Arab Hall.
Rua Ferreira Borges

Sé Catedral (Cathedral)
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Cathedral treasury displays ritual accessories, vestments, silverware and books of the most interest.
Terreiro da Sé

> Museums

Casa-Museu Fundação Eng.º António de Almeida (António de Almeida Foundation Museum)
Diversified collection of items collected by the founder: furniture, jewellery, textiles, porcelain, paintings, timepieces, and an important numismatic collection of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, French and Portuguese coins.
Rua Tenente Valadim 237

Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro (Guerra Junqueiro House Museum)
Installed in a 18thChouse, the museum presents a collection of art brought together by the founder. Includes; furniture, silverware, statues and low reliefs in stone, wood and alabaster, Portuguese and foreign ceramics and faience.
Rua D. Hugo 32

Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves (Serralves Contemporary Art Museum)
National and international contemporary art, as well as a permanent collection of works from the late sixties to the present day.
Rua D. João de Castro 210

Museu do Carro Eléctrico (Tram Museum)
Exhibition of vehicles, machinery, photographs and tickets from the end of the 19thC to the present day.
Avenida Basílio Teles

Museu Romântico (Romantic Museum)
Installed in the interior of an affluent dwelling of 19thC, the museum reconstructs and displays the different decorative arts of the period.
Rua Entre Quintas, 220

Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis (Soares dos Reis National Museum)
Installed in the Carrancas mansion (1795-1800). Collections of Portuguese paintings (16th to 20thC), foreign paintings (16th to 19thC) and Portuguese Sculpture (16th to 20thC).
Rua D. Manuel II

Museu dos Transportes e Comunicações (Transport and Communications Museum)
Situated in the historic centre. Permanent exhibitions are: "The automobile in space and time" and "Communication of knowledge and the imagination". Cultural events are organised periodically.
Rua Nova da Alfândega, Edifício da Alfândega

> Gardens

The city possesses excellent green areas. Amongst the diverse parks and gardens are the Serralves Foundation Park and the City Park in the western area; the São Roque Park in the eastern; and the Palácio Garden in the centre. In these places one can discover the wealth of the region's natural heritage and the charms of reconstituted surroundings of the past.

Jardim da Cordoaria (Cordoaria Gardens)
Campo Mártires da Pátria

Jardim do Passeio Alegre (Passeio Alegre Gardens)
Foz do Douro

Jardim Quinta da Macieirinha (Quinta da Macieirinha Gardens)
Rua Entre Quintas, 220

Parque da Fundação de Serralves (Serralves Foundation Park)
Rua D. João de Castro, 210

Other Airports in Portugal

Lisbon Airport (South & Centre) / Faro Airport (Algarve)


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