In addition to the excellent conditions for playing sports, framed by breathtaking landscapes, you'll be surprised by the unique cultural heritage of northern Portugal and the harmonious marriage between tradition and modernity.
Surrender yourself to nature, to the outdoors, and enjoy this country's temperate climate. The coast line has excellent beaches, a cuisine focused on fish dishes, fishing communities of genuine people, beach houses and lively Summers.
It has lots to do, from a simple walk along the beach to the sports that bring out the adrenaline. In the north of Portugal, there are beaches for all tastes and almost everyone, because the sea water - we must warn - is colder than that of the rest of the territory, for wave lovers and for those who like to float gracefully with the tide. A few days at the beach will be a great family program.
If you don't intend to leave the Porto Metropolitan Area, you can find good beaches in the capital of the north, specially in the south of the Douro river. With over 15 kilometers of clean beaches, the Atlantic coast of Vila Nova de Gaia is an example of successful redevelopment and one of the most popular areas among local people to go swimming.
Beaches ranging from urban, to semi-urban, isolated, with waves, ideal for surf lovers, with calm waters, nudist, wild or with natural pools, there are many beaches along the entire coast of Porto that you can find - and many possibilities. Know the best beaches in the area.
In Porto, very near the sea, is the City Park. If you prefer the green of the grass instead of the blue of the sea, this is a place where you can enjoy a pleasant day. The Porto City Park is the place of excellence for all these activities. Designed by landscape architect Sidónio Pardal, the first phase of the park was inaugurated in 1993. With 83 hectares of green areas, this is the lung of the city and the largest park of the "Invicta" city, with walking routes and several sport equipments, where you will certainly find activities that will please the young as well as the older ones.
To finish the day, enjoy a "francesinha" in the Transparent Building, see the local surfers, or stop by at the Matosinhos fish market to eat grilled fish or grilled seafood. Contact us.
In Northern Portugal
Also further north you will find beaches with unique landscapes. Are you a surf fan? If so, beaches such as Afife, Arda and Moledo in Viana do Castelo and Caminha are the ideal places for you. But there's more! There are several places to practice various water sports. The north of Portugal is known to have a wilder sea with deep-sea fishing, surfing, body boarding and kite surfing as its exponents.
If you are not a fan of extreme sports, another nice suggestion is to take a leisure stroll along the beach. Under the redevelopment of the coastline, and taking into account the environmental sensitivity of the area, protections for the dunes and kilometers of walkways were built along the Portuguese coastline, allowing access to the beaches, as well as long walks by the sea.
The river beaches of the North of Portugal are places that you can not miss out on either. Soak in the sun and river right by Caminha, at Mata National de Camarido - the planting of whose pine forest was ordered by Dom Dinis. If you prefer salt water, just follow the walk along the water's edge to find the Atlantic.
At the Azibo bay you'll find the river beach of Ribeira that, in addition to being accessible to people with reduced mobility, it also has a large multipurpose lawn, playground and playing fields where sometimes beach volleyball championships are organized.
Have a beach vacation in Porto and the North of Portugal, where you will find a mild climate in the Summer and breathtaking landscapes and conditions for both the practice of sports as well as for long walks and total relaxation. Find the best places to stay and contact us for a holiday plan prepared for your utmost convenience and focused solely on your comfort.