The city of Porto

HOUSING 2016 will be held at Porto, the second most important city in Portugal and it located along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary.

It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle. It became within the last century one of the major urban areas in the Iberian Peninsula and its historical center was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996. Although Porto is one of the oldest European centers, this city is nowadays a busy industrial and commercial center.

The city itself isn't very populous but the Porto metropolitan area ranks some 1.500.000 inhabitants in a 50 km radius, with cities such as Gaia, Matosinhos, Maia, Gondomar and Espinho.

The center of Porto tends towards the baroque and it is granitic and monumental. This can be seen mainly in the core of the downtown area: Avenida dos Aliados. The area shows us that Porto has always been a mercantile city.

Porto's geography is known as hard on the feet, but pleasant to the eye because the city is extremely hilly, with many buildings built into a cliff face that overlooks the river. Porto presents a wide range of interesting museums and monuments for people to see such as “Casa da Música” and Clérigos Tower.

Near the river there is the “Ribeira” (in English “riverside”) where there are a lot of bars, restaurants and places to relax and look up to the Douro river. On the other side of the river, in the suburb of Gaia, are located the warehouses of notable companies dealing with Port Wine.

The city is officially styled “the very noble, always faithful, and invincible city of Porto” and its citizens, while definitely Portuguese, hold themselves apart culturally from the rest of the country, as is expressed in the often heard phrase "o Porto é uma nação" (Porto is a nation).

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The University Lusíada

The University Lusíada had its foundation on June 28 1986, and its owned by Fundação Minerva - Cultura - Ensino e Investigação Científica. The University has 3 campus in Portugal (Lisbon, Porto and famalicão) and also campus in Angola and Republic of S. Tomé and Prince.

Nowadays, more than 25 years of existence, the University Lusíada has a national and international dimension, due to its scientific and academic prestige and quality of its curriculums and courses.

More than 25000 students had completed their university degrees, having an important role in the development of the country.

Rua Dr. Lopo de Carvalho
4369-006 Porto

+351 225 570 800

Public transports:
Metro - Nau Vitória (F line)
Bus - 305, 805

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