The visum summer school will take place in Porto Design Factory, Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 537, 4200-072 Porto.
In order to access to Porto Design Factory from city centre, the easiest way is by metro (tram-underground).
About Porto Design Factory
Porto Design Factory is an experimental learning platform of co-creation for interdisciplinary education, innovation and acceleration of new ideas, products and business. It is also the catalyst for an experimental educational culture based on “passion-based learning”, aiming to promote better results in learning, enhance employability and improve the interface with companies.
Porto Design Factory’s model was developed to work directly with undergraduate, master or post-graduate students, through an integrated path designed to empower them to become the new generation of global innovators. During this path, students can work on three different stages: education, innovation and acceleration. These stages focus on helping the students to learn different transversal skills and competences, that respond to the new challenges and demands of the market and add value to the technical and specialized education they acquired at P. PORTO or other universities.
Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe. Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres, and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996.
Porto has beautiful and attractive places to see. Among the architectural highlights of the city, Oporto Cathedral is the oldest surviving structure, together with the small romanesque Church of Cedofeita, the gothic Church of Saint Francis, the remnants of the city walls and a few 15th-century houses. The baroque style is well represented in the city with some monuments such as the churches of Mercy and of the Clerics, the Episcopal Palace of Porto, and others. The neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries are also expressed for instance in the Stock Exchange Palace, the tile-adorned São Bento Train Station and the gardens of the Crystal Palace.
Porto is also known for its fantastic port wine that is produced in the Douro valley and transported to Porto in barcos rabelos (flat sailing vessels). Port wine cellars are located in Vila Nova de Gaia and everyone can visit.
Porto features the Mediterranean climate, so the weather usually is warm with dry summers and mild and rainy winters. Mean annual precipitation is very high and Porto is one of the wettest cities of Europe. Summers are typically sunny with average temperatures between 15 °C and 25 °C but can rise to as high as 35 °C during occasional heat waves.
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We encourage our participants to stay at hotels in the city center or Ribeira (riverside) in order to enjoy our vibrant city. Here are some booking suggestions.
Porto’s main railway station is situated in Campanhã, located in the eastern part of the city. From here, both light rail and suburban rail services connect to the city centre. The main central station is São Bento Station. The Porto Metro has 60 km (37 mi) using 68 stations, being the biggest metro system in the country. The city has an extensive bus network run by the STCP.
Porto is served by Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport which is located in Pedras Rubras, Municipality of Maia, around 15 km to the north-west of the city centre. There is a subway connection from the airport to the downtown city (Porto Metro). Take the subway on the airport (violet line – E) until Trindade.