About Porto

For the 8th edition of our I-COM Global Summit we are whisking you away to the enchanting, historic city of Porto in northern Portugal. 

Dubbed as a European “hotspot” by a raft of international press, from Vogue to the Wall Street Journal, Porto is definitely having its moment in the sun.

Porto is a cosmopolitan city, an eclectic mix of all things ancient and modern.   A UNESCO World Heritage site teeming with medieval townhouses, gothic palaces and baroque churches adorned with exquisitely handcrafted “Azulejos” tiles, it also boasts some of Europe’s most talked about contemporary architecture - including the Rem Koolhaas designed Casa da Musica, and the many architectural triumphs of award-winning Porto-natives Eduardo Souto de Moura and Alvaro Siza, such as The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

From inspiring J.K. Rowling to create Harry Potter, to legendary seafood and culture in abundance – picture-postcard Porto is probably most famous for being the city that lends its name to the world-renowned fortified wine: Port.

Its dramatic geographical location between the mouth of the Rio Douro (River of Gold) and the Atlantic Ocean – Porto is served by a contemporary airport (less than 20 minutes from the city center) – with daily direct flights to and from most major European cities and a whole host of regular connections from the Americas, Asia and beyond.  With a modern Metro system, excellent road and rail network – superb 5 star hotels, shops and restaurants, and state-of-the-art conference facilities – we could not think of a better place to gather for the 8th Edition of the I-COM Global Summit in 2017.

Insightful presentations, innovative projects plus a dose of quality culture and good fun await us in Porto, Portugal. Make sure you submit your registration request for the 8th edition of the I-COM Global Summit to join us in Porto, Portugal, April 24-27, 2017.

Ideas For Exploring Porto

Porto: City that Inspired Harry Potter


Majestic Café | Location: Rua Santa Catarina 112, 4050 Porto

JK Rowling sat at a regular table here, crafting the characters of Harry Potter.



Lello Bookstore | Location: Rua das Carmelitas 144, 4050 Porto 

One of Porto’s oldest book stores, made famous by providing JK Rowling inspiration for her Harry Potter books.

Entry fees: €3 (if you make a purchase Lello discount your entry fee from the total)

Views of Porto

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Clerigos Tower | Location: Rua de São Filipe de Nery

At the top of the hill from the Intercontinental Hotel you will find the Clerigos Clock Tower.  Climb the tower staircase - 240 steps (so not for the faint hearted) to be rewarded with far reaching views over the city. 


Terrace of the Yeatman Hotel | Location: Rua do Choupelo (Vila Nova de Gaia)

Enjoy a drink at the Hotel while taking in the best views of Porto.

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Palacio Cristal & Gardens | Location: Rua de Dom Manuel II

Enjoy a peaceful walk around the ‘romantic gardens’.  The Palacio Cristal as one of the highest natural points on Porto riverside and affords a unique view back towards Porto and out towards the Atlantic Ocean.

Museums and Architecture of Porto


Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art | Rua Dom João de Castro 210

Opening times:
Tue – Fri : 10h – 19h
Weekend : 10h – 20h (closed Mondays)

Entry fees: €10 (Museum & Park Gardens), under 12s Free


Casa da MusicaAvenida da Boavista, 604-610

Tours in English: Daily 11am & 4pm

Tour cost: €7.50 per person | Free admission for children under 12 years old when accompanied by an adult with ticket

How to get there:  nearest subway/metro station @Casa da Musica

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