Foz is the most sophisticated district of Porto, 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.
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's 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.
Location: Western Oporto
Getting there: Tram 1 from outside São Francisco Church
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