Foz is the most sophisticated district of Oporto, with a multitude of ocean-front bars, cafés, clubs and restaurants.
You may begin a walk by the waterfront at Jardim do Passeio Alegre on Avenida D. Carlos I. This is an elegant garden entered through two 19th century obelisks and surrounded by palm trees, various sculptures, two mini-golf courses, and a bandstand that hosts philharmonic concerts during the summer.
This area retains a village-like feel, but eventually when the waterfront avenue becomes Avenida do Brasil, the wide open spaces, big attractive houses, beaches, and cafés give it the look of a resort.
The beachfront cafés remain open and popular during the winter, and locals come here to jog, ride a bike, skate, or socialize especially on Sunday mornings. The café Praia da Luz is a favorite and also recommend for a drink at night.
Most of the beaches here are dotted with outcrops of rocks, so they are not recommended for swimming. But they’re a great escape in the city, allowing you to lie on the sand and get your feet wet in the warmer summer months.
After the 3km (just under 2 miles) of beach, you reach Castelo do Queijo, a fortress dating from 1661. It is reached by a drawbridge, and cannon inside point towards the sea.
From the fortress you can walk to the enormous Parque da Cidade, the biggest park in Oporto. It has a variety of landscapes, with parts looking like a forest with lakes. Many locals come here to exercise and use its shady spots to picnic.
To reach Foz take bus number 1 from the center of the city (there is a stop next to São Bento Station) or numbers 21 or 24 from the Boavista roundabout by Casa da Musica.
How to Visit
Location: Western Oporto
Getting there: Bus #1 from outside São Bento Station