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Beaches in Porto

To the north and south of the Douro River, Porto is blessed with a wealth of long, clean, sandy beaches. 

Beach

 

Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the river from Porto, is known for its diverse natural landscape, in particular close to the river and seafront. If you begin to explore, one can find many picturesque green areas, ranging from woods, meadows and fields, to beautiful gardens with impressive, stately manor houses. Many are protected areas with some belonging to nature reserves.
 
Vila Nova de Gaia is also known for its extensive coastline, with large sandy beaches, some with famous coastal sand dunes. The beach landscape is particularly unspoiled and boasts 15kms of coastline with the largest number of Blue Flag beaches in Portugal. There has also been considerable investment in creating a wooden walkway that runs the full stretch of Gaia’s coastline, providing a sea view along the entire route.
 
Madalena, Lavadores, Salgueiros and Miramar are all examples of excellent beaches in Gaia, ideal for providing the family with some stress-free fun.
 
The beaches often have esplanades and protected green spaces and are the ideal spot for some beach exercise, with a late afternoon run, long walk or bicycle ride.
 
Gaia has built a new Marina where you will find a variety of luxury boats. The path from the marina to the beaches provides a good walk, passing by the nature reserve of the Douro estuary, a protected area where you can do some bird watching or contemplate the magnificent, natural scenery. Visit the adjacent picturesque fishing village of Afurada with its narrow cross streets and traditional cafés and fish restaurants.
 
In Vila Nova de Gaia, we recommend the following beaches:

Lavadores Beach

The beach at Lavadores, in Vila Nova de Gaia is one of the closest beaches to The Yeatman hotel and is characterised by approximately 1km of sandy beach, wooden esplanades and surrounding green areas. There are a many cafés and restaurants along the beach front (some on the beach itself), at which to enjoy a stunning view of the Atlantic.

More Information:

  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Free car parking
  • No animals allowed (May to October)
  • Sun shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to low
  • Activities : Surfing, fishing, water sports
  • Services : Beach bars & restaurants

Distance from The Yeatman: Approx. 6km (12 minutes by car)

Salgueiros Beach

Characterised by its large sandy area and a considerable area of natural vegetation, the Salgueiros beach is one of the prettiest beaches in Vila Nova de Gaia. The beach also offers good access for walks and bicycle rides and is surrounded by various restaurants, cafés and a few shops. At one end, there is a small outcrop of rocks, which create a natural sea break and a calmer sea, perfect for swimming. 

More Information:

  • Distance from The Yeatman: Approx 7km (13 minutes by car)Showers
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Wheelchair access
  • Free car parking
  • No animals allowed (May to October)
  • Restaurant
  • Sun shades for hire
  • Lifeguard (during summer months)
  • Sun shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Activities : fishing
  • Services : Beach bar, WC, First Aid available


Madalena Beach

The beach at Madalena is interdespersed by several rocky areas that characterise this beach. The dunes are protected by wooden walkways that beg for long beach walks to appreciate the landscape.

More information:

  • Showers
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Free car parking
  • No animals allowed  (May to October)
  • Sun shades for hire
  • Lifeguard (during summer months)
  • Sun shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Activities : Volleyball, Football, Surfing, fishing
  • Services : Beach bar, WC,

Distance from The Yeatman: Approx: 6km (12 minutes by car)


Miramar Beach

The beach at Madalena is interdespersed by several rocky areas that characterise this beach. The dunes are protected by wooden walkways that beg for long beach walks to appreciate the landscape.

More information:

  • Showers
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Free car parking
  • No animals allowed  (May to October)
  • Sun shades for hire
  • Lifeguard (during summer months)
  • Sun shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Activities : Volleyball, Football, Surfing, fishing
  • Services : Beach bar, WC,

Distance from The Yeatman: Approx: 6km (12 minutes by car)



Foz

Praia da Luz, Praia do Molhe, and Praia de Gondarém are all examples of beaches in Foz, situated on the Avenida Brasil, on the mouth of the River Douro. These beaches can be considered to be in town, as Foz is a sophisticated part of Porto and a sought after residential area. The beaches are smaller than those in Gaia, however are ideal for enjoying a beautiful sunset, cocktail or ice cream, on one of the many trendy esplanades which characterize this beach area.
 
In Foz, you will be able to promenade up and down with the locals, or take a bike ride, with the beach and seaside for scenery.
For our younger customers, we recommend a visit to Sea Life, Porto’s oceanarium. With 30 aquariums and more than 5600 marine creatures, the little ones are bound to enjoy the entertainment!
 
The Foz beaches are lined with attractive and sophisticated shops together with some of the town’s best restaurants and bars, offering delicious fresh fish and other local delights. Foz has an old part and a new part and wherever you go exploring, you are sure to enjoy the different areas and some of the things you see along the way.

In Foz, we recommend the following beach:

'Praia da Luz' Beach

Situated in the Foz area of Porto, the beach at Praia da Luz offers a large rocky beach that is very popular in the summer months. There are several very pleasant surrounding esplanades that are very inviting for relaxing and enjoying the sunset. In addition, Foz offers a vibrant nightlife and some of the best bars, restaurants and nightclubs in town.

More information :

  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Wheelchair access
  • Restaurant
  • No animals allowed  (May to October)
  • Rocky swimming
  • Sun shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Activities : fishing
  • Services : Beach bars, WC

Distance from The Yeatman: Approx 8km (15 minutes by car)


Matosinhos

Matosinhos beaches are for a younger, sportier crowd, set within the context of a typical fishing area of Porto, but also an upcoming residential area.
 
The beaches are lined with cafés and sun terraces and you will find several beach sports to hand from volleyball to surfing, not to forget fishing.
 
There’s also an area with beach huts and it’s common on these beaches to use parasols; in fact, the Matosinhos beaches can get quite busy in the summer. They offer several pastimes such as surf school and bars and cafés. The beaches begin at Edifício Transparente, in front of Parque da Cidade (Porto’s natural and very large city park). Edifício Transparente gets its name from its structure: a large glass building in front of the sea offering a mix of more trendy cafés and restaurants, with some culture and sport. Discover the Matosinhos beaches, explore the area and tie it in with a walk or jog in the park.
 
In Matosinhos, we recommend the following beaches:

Matosinhos Beach

The Matosinhos beach is characterised by fine white sand and clean water and is a stone's throw from the hundreds of seafood restaurants for which Matosinhos is renowned. During the summer it is very popular with very easy access and lifeguard protection. Surf board lessons and hire are available here as well as bicycle rental.

More Information:

  • Showers
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Wheelchair access
  • Free car parking
  • No animals allowed  (May to October)
  • Sun shades for hire
  • Lifeguard (during summer months)
  • Sun shaded area
  • Rocky swimming
  • Surf School
  • Sun shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Activities : Volleyball, Surf, fishing
  • Services : Beach bar, WC, First Aid available

Distance from The Yeatman: Aprox. 14km (22 minutes by car)

Senhora da Boa Nova Beach

The chapel of Boa Nova gave its name to this small beach where the famous "Tea House” and Boa Nova Restuarant were built by the renowned Portuguese architect architect Siza Vieira.

More information:

  • Showers
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Free car parking
  • No animals allowed  (May to October)
  • Sun shades for hire
  • Lifeguard (during summer months)
  • Rocky swimming
  • Sun shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Actividades: fishing
  • Services: Bar, WC

Distance from The Yeatman: Approx 14km (22 minutes by car)


Leça da Palmeira

Leça da Palmeira offers sandy beaches and good infrastructure.
 
The sea is known to be quite choppy in Leça, although perfect if you wish to try your skills at bodyboard and surfing.
The "piscinas das marés” or "Tidal” swimming pools are another of Leça’s attractions and are right next to the beach promenade. The pools are filled with salt water and were designed by the famous Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. They fit harmoniously into the surrounding, rocky landscape where you will be mesmerized by the breaking waves.
 
Leça da Palmeira provides a good stretch of cafés, terraces, esplanades and shops where you can find light meals and drinks during the day; and karaoke and live music at night. Perfect for enjoying a cocktail or having dinner on a warm summer’s night.
 
In Leça da Palmeira, we recommend using the following beach:

Leça da Palmeira Beach

The beach at Leça da Palmeira, offers a very long sandy stretch and good amenities. Characterised by rough sea, it is ideal for lovers of surfing and body boarding.

More information:

  • Showers
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Wheelchair access
  • Free car parking
  • Restaurante
  • No animals allowed  (May to October)
  • Sun shades for hire
  • Lifeguard (during summer months)
  • Rocky areas in the water
  • Shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Activities: Surfing and fishing
  • Services: Bar, WC, First Aid available

Distance from The Yeatman: Aprox 14km (22 minutes by car)


Vila do Conde

Vila do Conde beaches are extremely sought after in the summer with wide stretches of sand and a demarcated fishing area. The beach offers excellent infrastructure and provides long walks along the parallel promenade, either on foot or bicycle. The sand is notoriously grainy and the beaches are attractive and popular.
 
Vila do Conde, Mindelo and Póvoa de Varzim are all traditional bathing zones and can get quite busy in the summer months. They all have a wide offering of restaurants and cafés with traditional Portuguese cuisine, sandwiches or salads, or fresh fish (often from the local catch since Vila do Conde and Póvoa have long been well known fishing towns in Portugal).
 
There are well known Handicraft and Gourmet fairs held in Vila do Conde during the summer months, usually in July and August and there’s an excellent camping ground in neighbouring Árvore.

In Vila do Conde, we recommend the following beaches:

Vila do Conde Beach

The beach at Vila do Conde is very sought after in the summer, having a large sandy beach ideal for sunbathing and a special fishing zone. The beach has excellent amenities and offers pleasant walkways (both pedestrian and bicycle) alongside the beach. Towards the mouth of the River Ave, there is the São João Fort, which dates back to the 17th Century.

More information:

  • Showers
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Wheelchair access
  • Free car parking
  • Restaurante
  • No animals allowed  (May to October)
  • Sun shades for hire
  • Lifeguard (during summer months)
  • Rocky areas in the water
  • Shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Services: Bar, WC, First Aid available
  • Activities: fishing

Distance from The Yeatman: Aprox 38km (36 minutes by car)


Mindelo Beach

The beach at Mindelo is excellently situated and is also much sought after in the summer months. It offers an excellent sandy beach.

More information:
  • Easy pedestrian access
  • Wheelchair access
  • Free car parking
  • No animals allowed  (May to October)
  • Sun shades for hire
  • Lifeguard (during summer months)
  • Rocky areas in the water
  • Shaded area
  • Popularity : medium to high
  • Activities: Fishing
  • Services: Bar, WC, First Aid available
Distance from The Yeatman: Aprox. 29km (32 minutes by car)
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