• AAL Forum 2017

  • 2-4 October, 2017
  • Coimbra, Portugal
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The Venue

The AAL Forum 2017 is taking place at the impressive Congress Events venue at Convento de São Francisco. Situated beside Mondego River, this historical facility is close to major hotels and services and easy to reach by public transport and on foot.

The perfect venue for lively, interactive discussion and debate, the venue also boasts a substantial exhibition space, where more than 40 cutting edge active ageing solutions will be on display and available to test.

Address: Convento de São Francisco, Av. da Guarda Inglesa 3, 3040-270 Coimbra - PORTUGAL

HOW TO GET TO COIMBRA

From Porto : 121 km, travelling from the north.  
From Lisbon (capital): 208 Km, travelling from the south. 

Train Station in Coimbra city: Coimbra B. 

USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION 

Travelling from Lisbon’s international airport

Once you arrive at Lisbon international airport you may choose the following methods to get to Coimbra: 

By train: You can take a taxi or the Lisbon Metro (opens at 06h30 and closes at 01h00) from the airport to the “Oriente” train station. The trip should take around 10 minutes, but for the taxi it may vary depending on traffic conditions. “Oriente” trains to Coimbra are frequent (your destination will be Coimbra-b station). You should choose one of the following type of trains: the IC, Inter Cidades, that makes a few stops in major cities before Coimbra or the AP, Alfa Pendular, faster and more comfortable than the first one. You can see the train schedule and other information on the following site: http://www.cp.pt/

By bus: The easiest way is to take a taxi from the airport to the bus station (Terminal Rodoviário de Sete Rios). The trip should take around 30 minutes, but it may vary depending on the traffic conditions. Busses to Coimbra are frequent. You can see the bus schedule and other information on the following sites:  http://www.rede-expressos.pt/ or http://www.rodonorte.pt.

When you get to Coimbra by train or bus, there you can take a taxi. 

Travelling From Porto’s international airport:

Once you arrive at Porto international airport you may choose among the following means of transportation to Coimbra: 

By train: You can take a taxi or the Metro to the Porto metro from the airport to the “Campanhã” train station. The trip should take around 30 minutes, but for the taxi it may vary depending on traffic conditions. Trains to Coimbra are frequent (your destination will be Coimbra-b station). You could choose the IC, Inter Cidades, that makes a few stops in major cities before Coimbra or the AP, Alpha Pendular, faster and more comfortable than the first one. You can see the train schedule and other information on the following site: http://www.cp.pt/

By bus: The easy way is to take a taxi from the airport to the bus station (Garagem Atlântico – rede-expressos). The trip should take around 30 minutes, considering normal traffic flow conditions. Busses to Coimbra are frequent. You can see the bus schedule and other information on the following site: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/

When you get to Coimbra by train or bus, there you can take a taxi. 

Travelling by car 

If you prefer renting a car, the trip should take you about 1H30 from Porto and 2H from Lisbon. Please refer to the end of this document to find renta-car options.

ABOUT CONVENTO DE SÃO FRANCISCO 

Assuming as strategic axes Tourism, Culture and Business, São Francisco Convent is an operational and multifunctional space that combines economy, culture, knowledge and innovation in the service of the development of the city and region of Coimbra, through three core values:

Welcome center

Starting from the San Francisco Convent, the visitor gathers all the necessary information to discover the University and Alta, Baixa and Sofia, as well as other places of interest outside the World Heritage circuit, namely on the left bank of the Mondego. In this sense, São Francisco Convent have an agenda that is differentiated by cultural originality, combining historical and patrimonial elements with other traditional and popular knowledge appreciated by their singularity. 

Cultural Center

In the valence of Cultural Center, corresponds to the scope of support to the creation, namely through artistic residences, and the promotion of a cultural program of excellence that contributes to the cultural affirmation of the city. This program is also oriented towards the complementarity of the cultural offer existing in the city and in the region, and organizes the program mainly according to the dynamics of Festivals/anchor events and thematic cycles, promoting a regular programming metric, with different intensities, and in which the CCEC Convento S. Francisco assumes a role of main promoter and, in other cases, of partner. 

Congress Center

As a congress center, the São Francisco Convent is part of the international business tourism circuit (MICE: Meeting, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions), representing a huge opportunity for the sustainability of the equipment, and for the promotion and diversification of the economy.