Workshop on Space Technologies &
Synergies with Technological Poles
May is a very pleasant month in Portugal, with temperature usually ranging the 20-25 degrees.
Aveiro is located in a lagoon closer to the sea. Traditionally, Aveiro is known for its canals that flow trough the city, for its characteristic boats, the
Moliceiros, for its salt-pans and for its sweet delicacies.
Aveiro is an old city, albeit most of its center is Arts Nouveau located in the estuary of River Vouga. It is known by the long, colorful boats "moliceiros" of the Mediterranean type whose form dates back to Phoenicians and were until recently used to harvest algae as fertilizers to the fields. Its beaches are known for the very fine, white sand (it is the closest beach to Madrid!) and a rich variety of seafood. Besides this postcard image, on arriving in Aveiro, any visitor will also take in the youth, vigour and dynamism that Aveiro exhibits.
Despite its considerable growth in recent years, the city of Aveiro has been able to preserve its quality of life and offer access to the infra-structures and services of any modern urban center. Today, Aveiro is an industrial city, a hub for technology development, of commerce and services and also a center for culture and leisure, with a burgeoning offer in various forms; cinema, theatre, art exhibitions, music, dance, the plastic arts, science, water sports, night-life... you name it!
10 things you really must do in Aveiro:
From the north - using the A1 motorway or from the east using the A25: Take the A1 motorway in the direction of Lisbon. Exit the A1 in the direction of Aveiro and take the A25. From the A25 there are two exits to the city, first "Aveiro-Norte" and then some kilometers later there is "Aveiro".
From the south - using the A1 motorway: Take the A1 motorway in the direction of Porto. Exit the motorway at "Aveiro-Sul/Águeda" (exit 15) and follow the EN235 road directly to city centre.
The closest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro international airport in Porto, located some 80 km to the north of Aveiro. Portela International airport in Lisbon is located 250 km to the south of Aveiro. If missing air connection from Lisbon to Porto, train travel from Lisbon to Aveiro with Alfa trains is possible (train every hour, 2h trip duration) from Lisboa Oriente Station (10 min by taxi from airport, cost~€15) for ~€25, fare depending on the train departure time. More information on train prices and timetables are available at the Portuguese railroad company CP .
By train from Porto Airport:
The train is the most practical means of making the journey to Aveiro. The trip between the airport and the railway station (called Porto-Campanhã), which has direct rail connections to Aveiro, can be made by taxi for around 15€ and takes around 15-20 minutes. A less expensive alternative to reach the train station is to use Metro. At the airport you have the metro called "E line" (purple line) that you can use to get to the railway station (metro stop: Campanhã) (see map). Metro trains depart from airport every 20 minutes. More information on subway prices and timetables are available at metrodoporto.pt . The train journey from Porto-Campanhã to Aveiro using the faster "Alfa" and "Intercidades" trains takes around 30 minutes and costs between 9€ and 13€. There is (at least) one train every hour from 6.00AM to 8.30PM. The train journey can also be made using the suburban trains and takes around 55 minutes and costs 2.15€. There are (at least) one train every hour from 5.00AM to 1.00AM (next day). More information on train prices and timetables are available at the Portuguese railroad company CP . Aveiro railway station is located in the centre of the city about 15 minutes walking distance or 5-minute taxi ride from the conference venue and 5 minutes from any hotels listed here.
By car from Porto Airport:
There are various car-hire agencies at the airport. From the airport, follow the signs for the A1 motorway in the direction of Porto. Follow the signs for the A1 (accepts cards) or A29 (electronic toll only) motorway in the direction of Lisbon (there is a toll charge of around 3.5€, and can be paid in cash or with a credit/debit card in A1 only). Leave the A1 at the exit for Aveiro and take the A25. Leave the motorway at "Aveiro-Sul/Águeda" (exit 15) and take the EN235 directly to the city center.
By train from Lisbon airport:
The simplest way of transportation to Aveiro is by train. From the airport to Lisboa-Oriente railway station, the taxi ride takes about 10 minutes and costs around 10€. Alternatively there are buses (lines 5 and 44). The ticket can be bought on the bus for around 1€. Given the distance between Lisbon and Aveiro, it is best to use the fast train services (Alfa or Intercidades). The journey will take around 2h30 and a single ticket costs up to about 25€. There are (at least) one train every hour from 6.00AM to 9.30PM. Information on train prices and timetables are available at www.cp.pt.
By car from Lisbon Airport:
There are various car-hire agencies at the airport. From the airport, follow the signs for the A1 motorway in the direction of Porto. Leave the A1 at the exit for Aveiro and take the A25.Leave the motorway at "Aveiro-Sul/Águeda" (exit 15) and take the EN235 directly to the city center. The toll charge for use of the motorway is around 15€ and can be paid in cash or with a debit card.
By bus from Lisbon Airport:
The express bus station, called Terminal Rodoviário de Sete Rios, is on São Domingos de Benfica 1500 Lisboa, tel: 213 581 460;
metro stop: Zoo/Sete Rios; Timetables and prices can be consulted at rede-expressos.pt.