Introduction

Popular with Portuguese holidaymakers for over a century, the beach resort of Figueira da Foz (fi-guy-ra da fosh; Figueira) continues to attract big summer crowds – including Spaniards lured by easy motorway access, and surfers drawn to championship-calibre waves at Cabedelo. For most visitors, the star attractions are Figueira’s outlandishly wide beach and a casino featuring big-name acts on summer evenings. The local sands are so vast that it takes a five-minute walk across creaky boardwalks simply to reach the sea. Out of season the place has a more tranquil charm, but thanks to the increasing number of sophisticated eateries and bars it's not a lonely experience. In summer it's another matter: sizzling bodies and candy-striped beach huts fill every square inch of beach and evenings are upbeat.