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Porto Best Beaches | Beach Guide
Most people visiting Porto probably won't have a trip to the beach on their itinerary. After all, the city did not achieve its World Heritage status for its beaches and there is more than a weeks worth of exploring to be done in and around Porto itself.
That said, Porto is on the coast, the Costa Verde to be precise. Not well known outside of Portugal this often scenic stretch of Atlantic coastline is home to many glorious sandy beaches that seemingly stretch on forever. Whilst Porto may not be home to any of the very best of these beaches there are a few good options just a tram ride away from the city centre. Probably the most easy to access are the string of rock and sand beaches in Foz where you will be spoilt for choice of beachfront cafe. However, for the real beachgoer there is only one choice - Matosinhos beach with its wide stretch of fine golden sand and consistently good surf.
A little further afield there are some truly great beaches in the resort towns of Espinho, Esposende, Vila do Conde and the Aveiro area, all of which can be visited as a day trip from Porto.
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Praia do Carneiro is the closest of Porto's beaches to the mouth of the River Douro. In fact the old breakwater and lighthouse (Farol de Felgueiras) here mark the southern end of the beach and the entrance to the...Porto
Praia dos Ingleses is a largely sandy beach with rocky outcrops around the shore line. Located in the upmarket Foz do Douro district of Porto this is cafe and promenading central. The cafes here stay open until late...Porto
Praia do Molhe is another of Porto's beaches along the Foz district of the city. Like neighbouring beaches, Molhe is a mixture of coarse sand and rocks with its own beachfront cafe. Perhaps the most distinguishing...Porto
Praia Castelo do Queijo translates to "Cheese castle beach"! The name actually comes from the Fort of São Francisco Xavier which overlooks the beach. It is said that the fort was built on a rock that resembled an...Porto
Matosinhos is Porto's main beach. A long stretch of fine sand backed by apartment blocks, an esplanade and any number of small cafes it is pleasant enough. In the summer there's always some sort of activity on the...Porto
The beach at Leça da Palmeira is located on the northern edge of the city of Porto, just across the harbour from Matosinhos. It is a similar mix of the industrial, historic and residential.
The beach here is a...Porto
Just 10 kilometres south of Porto, Miramar is a small seaside town famous for the Capela do Senhora Pedra, a 17th century chapel strikingly situated on a rocky, wave-...Espinho
Just along from the beach of Leça da Palmeira, past the Piscina das Marés tidal swimming pool is another stretch of sand - Praia de Fuzelhas.
Whilst much of the shoreline here is rocky, above the tide line is...Porto
Although Praia da Granja is often described as being in Vila Nova de Gaia it is actually right next door to Espinho, in the town of São Félix da Marinha. From Porto it is about 45 minutes drive to Praia da Granja....Espinho
With the name Espinho translating to 'thorn', it is perhaps no surprise that this crumbling beach resort less than 20km south of Porto features the ubiquitous ugly high-rise buildings and polluted...Espinho