Spontaneous and original like the swing that defines a jazz tune, the Foz (Douro mouth) is the perfect place to get into a different, calmer rhythm. Explore the beaches at Foz and have a cup of coffee while taking in a nice ocean breeze.
What to visit
The tram line that takes us from the Alfândega to the Passeio Alegre is one of the prettiest sights in the city. Jump on the tram and enjoy the shade of the centennial trees and the Douro river just before its run ends at the Atlantic.
The staircase, the terraces and the yellow pergola are the hallmarks of the Molhe beach. The beach is marked by rock formations which, locals say, only add to its charm.
The Fort of Saint Francisco Xavier do Queijo – or Queijo Castle (literally: Cheese Castle), as it’s known – was restored and is now home to a military museum. Sometimes, it also hosts cultural events that are open to the public.
In Rua de Diu, the Foz market is one of the few local markets still active in Porto. In the last few years it has been rejuvenated thanks to new stores opening up.
Where to eat
Rua da Senhora da Luz, 368. Brunch with ocean view and sweets made in-house. One of the traditional cafés in Foz. $-$$
Rua do Padrão, 152. Huevos rancheros, Chili tacos, ceviche or alheira rolls with chutney? Casa Vasco seems almost projected for culinary explorers, but it is a safe harbour for food-lovers in Foz. $$
Rua do Padrão, 100. Fusion food, contemporary ambiance. $$$
Rua e Corte Real, 289. Italian restaurant and pizzeria, considered one of the best in the city. $$
The Serralves museum is one of the best contemporary musems in the world and it’s exhibited world-class works such as Andy Warhol and Joan Miró. The surrounding gardens are also deserving of a visit. Museum and garden 10€ (5€ with youth card).
Bus (STCP) 202, 203, 204, 207, 500, 502.