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Best beaches in Porto

The Portugal coast boasts some of the best beaches you could ever dream of. Whether it's for sunbathing, enjoying sports or taking long walks, Porto's beaches are an essential stop if you're in the city.

In this article, we show you the best beaches in Porto, with their unique charm, wonderful views of the Atlantic, and the perfect conditions for surfing. Read on to find out more!

 

Must-visit beaches in Porto and surroundings

Praia do Homem do Leme

Located in the famous Foz area of Porto, this beach is named after a bronze statue that pays homage to the fishermen. This beach is a small, picturesque retreat offering stunning views of the coastline, and the ideal place to relax and sunbathe.

One of its main attractions is Pérgola da Foz, a stunning viewpoint with panoramic views of the ocean. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to relax or just want to enjoy a good time by the sea, Praia do Homem do Leme is one of the best beaches in Porto.

Praia de Gondarem

A stone's throw from the hustle and bustle of Porto are the golden sands of Praia de Gondarem. This 115-metre-long beach is a slice of paradise that has been awarded the Blue Flag. It's the perfect place to unwind after exploring Porto, relax and recharge your batteries for the next adventure.

Praia do Matosinhos

Matosinhos beach is one of the most popular and extensive beaches near Porto. This beach is a surfer's paradise due to its strong waves, making it an ideal spot for beginners and experienced surfers looking for adventure. The beach is surrounded by a beautiful promenade, perfect for strolling or cycling. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the sea breeze while watching the surfers ride the waves.

And when it comes to food, you won't be disappointed. There are several excellent restaurants in the area specialising in seafood dishes. This is the ideal place to sample the best of Portuguese cuisine.

Praia da Leça da Palmeira

Located in the suburb of Leça da Palmeira, this beach offers excellent conditions for surfing, bodyboarding, and kitesurfing. The northern end of the beach is particularly popular among young people and sports enthusiasts. Praia da Leça is also known for its vibrant nightlife. There are numerous bars and clubs nearby that keep the area buzzing with activity.

For those who prefer calmer waters, there's another fantastic option: Piscina de Marés. This beautiful saltwater pool was designed by renowned architect Siza Vieira and provides a quiet alternative to the beach.

Praia da Azurara

This beach boasts fine, white sands that stretch for several kilometers, providing ample space for beachgoers to spread out and enjoy their day.

What makes Praia da Azurara truly unique is its preserved dunes carefully protected by wooden walkways. These paths allow visitors to access the beach without causing any harm to the environment.

Praia do Senhor da Pedra

Nestled in the heart of Vilanova da Gaia, Praia do Senhor da Pedra is famous for the 1686 chapel - Capilla del Senhor da Pedra - which stands majestically in the middle of the sand.

The beach itself is easily accessible by train from Porto, making it an ideal spot for a blissful day at sea. Visitors are greeted with well-maintained facilities and an inviting atmosphere, making your stay comfortable and hassle-free. Whether you're sunbathing on the golden sands or dipping your toes into the cool waters.

Praia de Espinho

Praia de Espinho is often considered one of the best beaches near Porto. Just a short train ride from the city center, this beach is part of a sprawling 17-km sandy stretch, ensuring there's always plenty of space for sunbathers to spread out.

The fine, clean sand here provides excellent conditions for various sports activities. Volleyball is particularly popular at this bathing spot. The expansive sandy area also makes it perfect for long relaxing walks.

 

Stay near Porto’s beaches

After a day at the beach in Porto, there's no better place to kick back and relax than at the chic&basic Gravity. Nestled in the heart of the city, this modern, minimalist hotel is the epitome of comfort.

Stay in a hotel in the centre of Porto with a unique, contemporary design and essential services for a convenient stay in the Baixa district. Its prime location also makes it the best base for your visit to Porto’s beaches. You are also close to the best sights in the city including the Porto museums.

Book your stay at the chic&basic Gravity hotel!

 

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