About Porto

Welcome to Porto Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal along the Douro river estuary. The 900 year old city of Porto, which won the title of best European destination in 2017 (as well as in 2012 and 2014), is one of the oldest European centres. Its historical core (Ribeira) was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire.

The famous Port wine, one of the most significant export goods of Portugal, is named after the city, since the metropolitan area is responsible for the packaging, transport and export of these fortified wines.

Porto is also known as the ‚Äėcity of bridges‚Äô. The most famous is the 72 m-high Luis I bridge, completed in 1886. The Infante bridge, with a 280 m-span, is the world‚Äôs largest single span concrete bridge. Further east is Gustave Eiffel‚Äôs Dona Maria Pia bridge, an iron railway bridge which was used up until 1991 when it was replaced by the adjacent S√£o Jo√£o bridge with its three concrete arches.

History buffs will fall for Porto’s charm Рcheck out the Lello Bookshop with its amazing neo-gothic interiors, or head to the São Bento railway station to see the 20,000 tiles that decorate its walls. Foodies will be in their element Рfrom Mercado do Bolhão food market to the many port wine lodges (on the other side of the river РVila Nova de Gaia).

Be inspired how to spend your days in Porto with the help of this recent article in the United Airlines magazine (April 2019).

Find out more about the beautiful city of Porto and the north of Portugal.

Important Dates

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ESB 2021 Abstract Submission:
Extended Deadline: 12 April 2021

Late Poster Abstract Submission:
Start: 20 April 2021
Deadline: 16 May, 2021

ESB 2021 Acceptance Mail:
End of May, 2021

SIBB 2021 Abstract Submission for Biomechanics:
Deadline:  15 June, 2021 (no extension!)

SIBB 2021 Biomechanics Acceptance Mail:
End of June, 2021

ESB 2021
5‚Äď9 September 2021
Porto, Portugal

Biomechanics part:
9 Sept 2021

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