Portugal is a country settled by the sea and according to this privileged location, there are loads of beaches for all tastes and preferences…the sea temperature in the north of Portugal is a little lower than in the south of the country (Algarve is the region with the warmest sea temperatures due to the sea currents of the Mediterranean sea). But the north also hosts some of the best beaches of the country!

Within Porto area, there are three beaches that we highlight:

  • Matosinhos Beach: it is about 8 km from Porto city centre and this beach has a really large white sandy area, perfect for people that cannot stay a long time on their towels as they can walk along deserted beaches together with the sea breeze. Around the beach there are numerous cafes and snack bars to enjoy when you get hungry during the day. Also it is a perfect spot for surf with several surf schools along the coast. You can reach Matosinhos beach by taking the metro’s blue line, so it is a parking hassle free one!

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  • Foz Beach: located in one of the most sophisticated areas of Porto with many seafood restaurants and some of them considered to be the best of the city, Foz beach is always a great beach option within Porto area. Its long white sandy area make it perfect for sport practice or just to chill out. If you are traveling with kids and a full day at the beach is just too long, you can always visit Sea Life Aquarium nearby, with over 5600 sea species.


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  • Vila do Conde Beach: a little further from Porto, about 30km north, you can find the Vila do Conde beaches. They are also nested in long white sandy areas where you can walk along, always within the same beach. If you have any physical disability, these beaches are fully adapted and are accessible from the bathrooms, to the bars until the sea line.

While in Porto do not miss the surrounding beaches and indulge in one of the most privileged benefits of being in Portugal: its seaside location!

Are you looking for an hotel in Porto? We recommend 1872 River House, a small charming bed and breakfast just by the Douro River!