Praia do Cabedelo do Douro


Nothing blows away the city cobwebs like a wander along this beach, fringed by the protected dunes of the Douro Estuary Nature Reserve. The stiff sea breezes draw kitesurfers here, but it's also a relaxed spot to kick back on the sand and watch the gentle rise and fall of the Atlantic – especially as sunset pinkens the sky.

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1. Jardim do Passeio Alegre


A joy for the aimless ambler, this 19th-century garden is flanked by graceful old buildings and dotted with willowy palms, sculptures, fountains and a…

2. Farol de Felgueiras

0.71 MILES

One of Foz do Douro's most visible icons, this lighthouse stands on an esplanade, bearing the full brunt of the swells and storms of the Atlantic. Take a…

3. Douro Marina

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Architects Barbosa & Guimarães have left their imprint on this contemporary marina complex in Afurada. With forms that mirror the shape of boat masts and…

4. Lavadouro Público

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5. Serralves

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This fabulous cultural institution combines a museum, a mansion and extensive gardens. Cutting-edge exhibitions, along with a fine permanent collection…

6. Ponte da Arrábida

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Arcing 270m in a single swoop over the Douro River and linking Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, this mighty bridge is visible from afar. Designed by prominent…

7. Jardim Botânico do Porto

1.61 MILES

Run by the Faculty of Sciences of Porto University, this jigsaw of botanical gardens is a cool escape on hot summer days. Dotted with lakes and…

8. Museu do Carro Eléctrico

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Housed in an antiquated switching-house, this museum is a tram-spotter's delight. It displays dozens of beautifully restored old trams – from early 1870s…