ECCWS Practical Information

Registered participants will receive specific joining instructions two weeks before the conference. In the meantime, we hope you find the following, more general, ECCWS 2018 Practical Information helpful.

Conference Location

Department of Informatics Engineering
University of Coimbra - Campus 2 (Polo II)
3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal


Conference Location

University Information

Established in 1290, University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the Western World. It has been the only university in Portugal for centuries, playing a key role in many ancient and recent events of the Portuguese history.

The old university campus is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List and attracts over 500,000 paying visitors per year, with its core monuments and museums – which include for instance the Palace of Schools, a one-of-a-kind Baroque Library, an outstanding Natural History Museum and a unique collection of physics instruments from the 17th and 18th Century.

The University of Coimbra is also a modern university with around 25,000 students, that hosts one of the largest communities of international students in Portugal, arguably being the most cosmopolitan Portuguese university: more than 15% of its students are foreigners, originating from over 80 different nationalities.

About Coimbra

Coimbra is a charming University town in the center of Portugal, halfway between Lisbon and Porto and less than 30 minutes from the Atlantic coast. It has a unique cultural heritage, including a specific variant of the traditional Fado music, long-lasting university traditions,
Roman and Moorish influences, and being one of the earliest capitals of Portugal.

Besides the old University campus, there are many tourist attractions in Coimbra, in line with its position as the capital of Portugal’s center region for centuries. Moreover, there is a wide range of tourist attractions less than one hour from Coimbra, including great Atlantic beaches and surf spots such as Figueira da Foz, Nazaré and Peniche, the world renowned Fátima Sanctuary, the “Dão” and “Bairrada” Wine Routes, Thermal SPAs (Luso, Curia), Templar Castles and several medieval towns worth visiting (e.g. Tomar, Óbidos, Batalha, Alcobaça).

Getting to ECCWS

Reaching Coimbra from Abroad

The recommended entry airports are Lisbon or Porto. Both have direct flights from most European airports, many South America cities and major US East Coast hubs, as well as one-hop routes from most African and Asian connections.

Airport transfer to Coimbra can be made by long-distance train (usually around 2 hours total, independently of the entry airport) or door-to-door airport shuttle minibus (prior reservation required). Since Coimbra is a relatively car-friendly town, compared to larger cities, you may also consider the option of renting a car at the entry airport and self-driving to Coimbra, in order to better explore the Atlantic west coast and other nearby attractions. Directly driving from any of these two airports to your Hotel should take less than two hours, using the A1 highway.

More detailed airport transfer instructions will be provided later on.

Conference Accommodation

Most Coimbra Hotels are located downtown, at the “Baixa” historical area. These hotels are close to a wide range of shops and restaurants, and less than 15 minutes walking distance from most tourist attractions. They are also a short drive (5 to 10 minutes, depending on traffic) from the Conference venue (University of Coimbra “Campus 2”). Taxi transfers to the Conference venue should cost between 5 and 10 Euro, and cheaper (but slower) public bus transportation is also available.

Suggested local hotels can be seen in the table below. The designated Conference Hotel for ECCWS is Tre BV OLY Hotel. This is usually where pre-conference drinks are held and where any transportation required for the conference dinner will leave from.  We do not currently have any special arrangements with local hotels, however, competitive prices can be found online with booking agents such as

Since late June is high-season in Coimbra, we recommend you book your accommodation in advance.

Key locations on Google Maps

Key locations for the 18th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security ECCWS 2019 Coimbra, Portugal are shown on this google map:

VISA Requirements

Portugal is part of the European Schengen area, and Schengen rules apply to passport and Visa requirements for foreigner visitants. Visitors from a large number of nationalities are exempt of Visa requirements. For a complete list of rules and nationalities that do need a Visa please check this website.