The count down for the MG European Event Of The Year 2017 is starting now.
Please do reserve the dates 3rd to 6th August 2017, or more days if you may feel challenged to find more about PORTO and North of Portugal.
We’ll try to help…
Portugal was born 900 years ago ( more ! ) host the first capital in the north of the country. Why PORTO has been chosen as the base for the EEOTY2017 ? The sunny days, the living culture, gastronomy of excellency fantastic table wines and, of course the Port Wine, medieval streets and monuments, the cathedral, means SÉ and RIBEIRA ( world heritage by UNESCO) , modernity well represented by the CASA DA MÚSICA and the CRUISE TERMINAL at Leixões harbour.
Lodge at two five star hotels , side by side, at the modern region of the town, just at less than 4,5 klm of the City Park and the Atlantic ocean, where you may relax biking or jogging. Also less than 10 minutes driving to the old part of town to vist symbolic places like LIVRARIA LELLO one of the 5 more beautiful bookshops of the world, the CAFÉ MAGESTIC, or even walking through the renovated RUA DAS FLORES finishing the trip at RIBEIRA for a glass of wine or a typical Portuguese “tapas” facing the Port Wine cellars on the other bank of river Douro.
dear EEOTY2017 participant, let’s talk about the program we have planned for you,
First we’ll have a desk assistance in both hotels upon your arrival. Reception of participants officialy starts on 3rd August 2017 at EXPONOR CONGRESS CENTER which stays at north surroundings of the town. Here participants will get the Event documentation and may ask assistance to enjoy one of the 4 road-books to drive out of Porto at their own convenience, in this case to have one more chance of driving around.
The Welcome drink with the briefing for details and answer your questions regarding following days will take place in the evening, followed by Dinner at same premises (Exponor Congress Center) and you will drive back to the hotels.
Those participants who need to park trailers or trucks can do it at EXPONOR specific reserved place. The next day it will be a full day out of town, friday 4th of August, going up to the Douro Valley, also a world heritage by UNESCO, watching the vineyards, either on a cruise and return by train with lunch on board, either driving your MG through the national roads, including part of the famous EN222 with lunch at a wine farm, and these options at your choice. Evening free to allow you to enjoy Porto by night, relaxing or a little more “shaking” at Porto area of “la movida” at GALERIA DE PARIS-CLÉRIGOS.
On Saturday the 5th of August we have prepared several trips out of Porto driving your MG and giving you the opportunity to get acquainted with the country side, the Portuguese hospitality and gastronomy, trips assisted by our volunteers (lunch included).
We have prepared 3 Rallye-tours, being Rallye 1 to enjoy Vinho Verde region, not far from Porto, driving across vineyards, Rallye 2, driving south of Porto close to the coast, still on Costa Verde region to turn around at Aveiro city where you will find typical boats crossing the town. The Rallye 3, being at the “PORTOeNORTE. “ touristic region you should visit Guimarães the city where Portugal was born, and Braga also called in very ancient times bracara augusta.
You also may take advantage of these road-books either for pre or after Event, specifically on Thursday, at your descritionary time table and meals, which are not included. But… we want you back soon in town for a Port Wine Cellars guided visit and be ready for the Gala Dinner…
The Gala Dinner will take place at EXPONOR CONGRESS HALL, with live music, the usual announcements by the MGCC(Uk), officials from the EEOTY2018, and invited people to do it. Relax… we’ll pick you up at hotels by bus to EXPONOR and back, safely.