Accommodation information and hotels

Important: Porto can become a very busy city with a large affluence of tourists, especially in the sunny summer. Because of this, we recommend that you book your stay as early as possible, to ensure you find the accommodation of your preference.

Porto Palace Hotel (Conference Venue: special prices for ESCAN participants) [5 stars]

Executive Room (single 110€, double 125€), Deluxe Room (single 140€, double 155€). Includes bed & breakfast, wi-fi, health club. More details are present in this form. Reservations will have to be made directly with the hotel. Please send the registration form attached to (E-mail subject: ESCAN 2016 Accommodation).
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Tuela Porto Hotel [3 stars]

About 20 minutes walking from the Conference venue. View map

Sheraton Hotel [5 stars]

About 5 minutes walking from the Conference venue View map

BessaHotel [4 stars]

About 15 minutes walking from the Conference venue. View map

HF Group – Hotels [4 stars]

About 25 minutes walking from the Conference venue.
Fénix Porto HF Hotel, View map
Ipanema Porto HF Hotel, View map
Ipanema Parque HF Hotel, View map

The city of Porto

Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities. It was born and developed from the northern bank of this river during the Middle Ages. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996.

When discovering Porto, you will find many surprises. Besides its welcoming and conservative environment, Porto is also contemporary and artistic. This is shown not only in the streets, architecture, monuments and museums but also in the terraces, restaurants, leisure and shopping areas.

Festa de São João do Porto

Festa de São João do Porto (Festival of St John of Porto in English) is a festival that happens every year during Midsummer, on the night of 23 June (St John's Eve). The festivities have been held in the city for more than six centuries, yet it was during the 19th century that Saint John's day became impregnated in the city's culture and assumed the status of the city's most important festival. An interesting tradition among the people of Porto during the 'Festa de São João', with roots in pagan courtship rituals, is to hit each other either with garlic flowers or soft plastic hammers.

The party starts early in the afternoon of 23 June and usually lasts until the morning of 24 June. The traditional attractions of the night include street concerts, popular dancing parties, jumping over flames, eating barbecued sardines, Caldo verde and meat, drinking wine and releasing illuminated flame-propelled balloons over Porto's summer sky. At midnight, the partygoers make a short break to look at the sky at Saint John's firework spectacle. The show is increasingly sophisticated with the fireworks being associated with themes and multimedia shows.

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Travel information

Porto is a major infrastructural hub of north Portugal, which is why it can be easily reached by a variety of means of transport.

By plane:

The closest airport is Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport, located about 11 kilometers north of the center of the city. It is serviced by some 20 airline companies which operate both business class and low cost flights. These airline companies establish connections between Porto and several national and international destinations. Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport is accessible by both public means of transport (buses and metros) and private means (rented cars and taxis).

For more information visit the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport website.

By train:

Getting to Porto by train is a reliable alternative. Porto is serviced by two main train stations: Sao Bento Train Station, located in central Porto, in Praça Almeida Garrett, and Campanha Train Station. In order to learn more about the railway routes between Porto and sundry other national and international destinations, train schedules and ticket prices, please visit Comboios de Portugal.

By car:

Porto can be reached from virtually all corners of the country. Estradas de Portugal offers complete information on the motorway and national road networks of Portugal.


For more general information about accommodation in Porto you can also consult the following link:

TAP Portugal has agreed with the FPCEUP in the scope of the “3rd International Conference of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience – ESCAN” to be held in Porto, Portugal, from the 23rd to the 26th of June 2016, to offer a discount to the participants who make their flight booking and buy their ticket exclusively through TAP Portugal’s website.

The discounts offered are the following:
- 10% in economy class
- 20% in business class

The code IT16TPCG34 has been given to this event and must be mentioned when making the booking in order to benefit from the discount:
To make the booking, the participant should follow these steps:
- enter the website
- select flights and dates
- insert the event code in the Promotion/Congress Code Box, located on the left side of the webpage


In case of questions, please contact TAP Portugal by the following email:

Important Information

The discount applicable to this event is only valid for online bookings made through TAP Portugal’s website and with payment by credit card. The ticket will always be an electronic ticket.

Bookings made previously by travel agencies or at our desks are not eligible for this discount.

The final price shown at the end of the booking is the final fare, including the discount and all related taxes. The discount is applicable only over the fare, excluding all taxes related to the voyage.

The discount only applies to TAP operated flights. Bookings on or which include code-share flights operated by other airlines or on other airlines do not benefit from the discount. Code-share flights are identified on online bookings with the message “OAL” or | |

The discount is not accumulative with fares for resident / student / child / infant /senior, etc.

The discount applies only for travel to the event. It is valid for round trip journeys from any TAP destination to Porto or Lisbon.

The booking can be made at any time. The travel dates must be comprehended in the period of 10 days before / 10 days after the event dates. The dates of the event must be comprehended in the period of travel.

The discount is also extended to the participants accompanying persons (adults).

The conditions and restrictions regarding changes and refunds are those of the applicable fare. Please check the fare details before ending your booking