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Beaches in Porto

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  • Steve_of_N21
    London, UK1,907 contributions
    This Trip Advisor entry is technically for the beach of Praia da Luz, but most people post reviews of the bar and restaurant of the same name which has a commanding position overlooking the beach. We utilised both so I will comment on both.
    The bar / restaurant is reached from a tree lined path from the road above. It has an internal restaurant section but the best spots are the tables under umbrellas fronting the beach. We cannot comment on the food as we only used it as a bar for coffees mid morning and then something stronger in the afternoon. The service levels did tend to suffer when it got busy but as long as you have a table fronting the sea with its superb views of the setting sun, then you can put up with this.
    As for the beach it’s a nice stretch of sand but like all the beaches here is quite rocky and faces out to the Atlantic, which tends to be quite wavy, even on a fairly flat day, so it’s not ideal for swimming. There are no beach facilities so bring your own towels to sit on and umbrellas for shade, as you have to get here quite early to beat the locals who tend to sit by the few rocks that do afford shade.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA13,111 contributions
    This is a long stretch of beach along the Atlantic. We enjoyed our stroll here, but were surprised at the lack of beachfront development here, Really very few places to eat and drink nearby. Get here by bus from the city.
    Written May 2, 2022
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  • Steve_of_N21
    London, UK1,907 contributions
    This is probably the biggest of the five or six beaches along the coastal stretch of Foz do Douro. It’s a nice stretch of sand but like all the beaches here is quite rocky and faces out to the Atlantic, which tends to be quite wavy, even on a fairly flat day, so it’s not ideal for swimming. There are no beach facilities so bring your own towels to sit on and umbrellas for shade, as you have to get here quite early to beat the locals who tend to sit by the few rocks that do afford shade.
    No toilets but the Praia dos Ingleses bar and restaurant overlooks the beach.
    Like all the beaches on this stretch it is west facing so ideal in the late afternoon and evening to enjoy the setting sun.
    Written May 13, 2022
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  • Steve T
    Preston, UK19,926 contributions
    This is the beach that is found after the lighthouse on the left hand side and stretches out for quite a way !

    Lots of eateries / Bars dotted about - a real place to rest and contemplate.
    Written June 6, 2019
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  • belgianguy1
    Bruges, Belgium11,159 contributions
    Beautiful beach, not crowded at all...if you get tired of sunbathing, there's a great path/boardwalk connecting the various beaches on this stretch of the coastline
    Written September 18, 2020
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  • The_Loup_Garou
    Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
    On a bright September day, and the second day of our trip to Oporto, we had a car and driver/guide, to give us an extensive overview of the area. Early on a Monday morning, we parked at Praia do Castelo do Queijo – the Beach at the Cheese Castle. The Cheese Castle is really Forte de São Francisco Xavier a defensive fort was commissioned by King John IV in the mid-1600's, and it still stands “guard” over the beach, bearing it’s more common name Praia do Castelo do Queijo.

    The beach is very rocky in many places, but there is also quite a bit of sand. However, one should probably put on shoes, when crossing the rocky sections, as there were some sharp edges.

    One neat aspect of our visit was that our guide stopped a couple of clam-diggers, to show us their “catch” of Donax Clams (Conquilhas). They seemed to be in abundance around the rocky outcrops, at the water’s edge.

    It was lovely staring our at the vast Atlantic Ocean, and imagining what Portugese navigators thought, as they cast off, on journeys to uncharted territories.

    While not busy on this day, we were told that it can get quite crowded, and especially on warm weekends. Other than the clam-diggers, there were few other folk around.
    Written May 2, 2019
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  • Tito T
    232 contributions
    A very good beach and located in a very nice place, between Boavista Avenue and the city centre. Perfect to spend the last ours of sunlight!
    Written September 11, 2018
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  • thetravellingmanUk
    uk9,668 contributions
    We had a pleasant walk along the promenade in the Foz area, and this is one of many smaller beaches on this stretch of sand and rock which all virtually run into one another.
    Heading north, in the direction of Matosinhos, from Felgueiras Lighthouse, Ourigo Beach is the second one that you will come to after Carneiros Beach.
    An all round very pleasant area.
    Written October 15, 2018
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