A fisherman’s village turned surf spot is why Matosinhos one of Porto’s most coveted seaside neighborhoods. The residents pride themselves on their delicious (and fresh) fish and their down to earth hospitality.
Matosinhos is well connected to the rest of the city by the Blue Metro Line and a host of buses, including the 500, 501, 502, 506, 507.
Highlights: To see
- Casa da Arquitectura: Learn about the history of architecture in Portugal
- “She Changes”: Check out this public art installation that takes the form of a sea anemone floating above the city
- Leixões Porto Cruise Terminal: Visit and photograph this unique building that won best public building in 2017
Highlights: To experience
- Rua Heróis de França: Get a local meal at one of the many marisqueiras (seafood restaurants)
- Mercado de Matosinhos: Buy the freshest seafood in town
- Praia de Matosinhos: Take a surf lesson at one of the many surf schools
- The month of May for the Festas de Senhor de Matosinhos: Celebrate the patron saint of the city regional food stands, carnival rides and games, and local products
- Piscina das Marés: Swim in an award-winning tidal pool, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, and enjoy the sea in a totally different way