You can’t visit Porto without exploring Foz, one of the most intriguing areas in Porto’s bounds where the Douro river enters the Atlantic Ocean. The area is famous for having gorgeous beaches, good restaurants and diverse architecture.So grab your favourite sun hat and let’s head out to the beach!
If you want to know what to do in Foz, read on!
Ride the tram
Rua do Infante D. Henrique | Mon – Sun: 9am – 8pm
Ride the Hop On Hop Off Bus
Visit the Felgueiras lighthouse
Avenida de D. Carlos
Have some cookies at A Bolacheira
Rua do Carvalho, 102-A | Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 7:30pm | Sat: 12pm – 8pm | Sun: Closed
Get lost in Foz Velha
Largo da Igreja
Discover Foz beaches
We’ve written a guide to the best beaches in Porto and I would like to go over my favourite to guide you through what to do in Foz:You can find a beach called Praia dos Ingleses. It is one of the beaches in Foz where many people lay down for a nice tan. It has a good-sized sand area and it has some beautiful rocks where people like to climb and take pictures. This beach also features a bar/restaurant with the same name. It offers gins (€6.50 – €10), cocktails (€5.50 – €7) lemonades (€2.20). They also have a lunch menu (€12/person) and a dinner menu (€22/person with drinks).How to get there: take bus 204 and stop at Foz bus stop. The Ingleses beach is a 2 minutes walking distance. With rocky shore and a location right next to the Felgueiras lighthouse, Praia das Pastoras has won me over. This beach is in the point where the Atlantic Ocean waters mix with the Douro River. Praia das Pastoras is a good place to sunbathe while avoiding the winds thanks to the two piers on each side. The beach is also close to Passeio Alegre garden where there’s a cool mini-course golf.How to get there: take the tram Line 1 to Passeio Alegre. The Pastoras beach is a 6 minutes walking distance
Ride a bike
Rua Coronel Raúl Peres, 100 | Wed – Fri: 10:30am – 1pm, 3pm – 6:30pm | Sat: 10:30am – 1pm | Sun- Tue: Closed
Drink beer at Foz terraces
It’s like a tradition to go to the beach and drink beer with friends when the weather allows it. So, if you’re thirsty, hungry and don’t have a clue what to do in Foz, here are a few of my favourite Foz terraces you can check out:I really enjoy sitting at Bocca (Rua do Passeio Alegre, 3). They have a cool outdoor area and they serve tasty pizza. Besides, their prices are not that bad. You can get a Margherita pizza for about €9. And for €2.20, you can enjoy a 20cl beer or a panaché.How to get there: take the tram Line 1 to D. Leonor stop. The restaurant is close to the shore. For a delicious and fresh caipirinha, you must head out to CaipiCompany. They serve one of the best caipirinhas in Porto. For about €3, you get to choose your cocktail flavor (mango, pineapple, watermelon…etc). They also serve a variety of sandwiches ( €3 – €6).How to get there: take bus 500 and get off at Molhe bus stop. The bar is a 2 minutes walking distance.I like iBar (Avenida de Montevideu, 516) because it’s sheltered from the wind and it has a beautiful view of the ocean. Truly, its outdoor area is like no other. At iBar, you can get a beer, a glass of wine or a sangria for €2.50 and if you’re hungry, they have some light Portuguese food like a ham sandwich (€2), ham & cheese (€2.50) or a crab stick sandwich (€4).How to get there: take bus 502 and stop at Malaca bus stop. The bar should be a 7 minutes walking distance.
Walk on Pérgola da Foz
Avenida do Brasil, 694
Take surf lessons
Avenida do Brasil, 816
Try Portuguese pastries at Tavi
Rua da Senhora da Luz, 363 | Mon – Sun: 8:30am – 8pm
Do some shopping
Along the seaside, there are really cool shops, some expensive and some more affordable. You can even find unique items from Portuguese designers. Here are three shops you can visit if you don’t know what to do in Foz:
Avenida do Brasil, 607 | Mon – Fri: 10:15am – 8pm | Sun: 11:30am – 7:15pm
One cool store is the Fashion Lovers Boutique. It has many Portuguese fashion brands like Sahoco (casual artsy) and Glüen (urban chic). The store also carries Italian brands including Kocca (sophisticated casual) and Koralline (relaxed casual).How to get there: take bus 202 and get off at Jacinto Nunes bus stop. Fashion Lovers Boutique should be a 2 minutes walking distance.You can find cute heel sandals, comfy boyfriend jeans and flowy dresses at P&M Fashion Loft (Rua do Faial, 40). The urban chic store carries clothing items with unique and interesting patterns that you won’t see anywhere else.How to get there: take bus 204 and stop at Foz bus stop. The store should be a 4 minutes walking distance.For men, you can find a preppy-style store called Nuno Miranda Pronto a Vestir (Rua do Farol, 11). They carry brands like the Portuguese Mike Davis (casual sport), Meyer-Hosen (professional trousers) and Green Coast (nautical fashion).How to get there: take bus 204 and stop at Foz bus stop. The store should be a 1 minute walking distance.
Avenida do Brasil, 843
If you’re a fan of nightlife and not sure what to do in Foz, Industria Club is your best bet. They have a handful of national and international DJs playing house, tech house, deep house, alternative dance and more. They are normally open on Fridays and Saturdays, but make sure you check their event page on Facebook to see what acts are performing and at what time.How to get there: take bus 202 and stop at Molhe. Industria Club should be a 4 minutes walking distance from the bus stop. You can also take an Uber!
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