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Matosinhos Beach Tours

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Matosinhos Beach
On Portugal’s Atlantic coast, Matosinhos Beach (Praia de Matosinhos) is the city of Porto’s closest strand. With broad sands and a scenic promenade lined with fish restaurants, it’s a lively destination and a favorite among local families, as well as a notable surf spot. 

The Basics
As well as swimming and sunbathing, Matosinhos is the go-to beach for surfing and water sports like stand-up paddleboarding, kite-surfing, and sea kayaking. The gentle waves and consistent surf make it ideal for beginning surfers, and the Matosinhos surf school hosts private and group lessons for those who want to learn. It’s also possible to explore the beach as part of a Porto hop-on hop-off tour, which links Matosinhos with central attractions like Porto Cathedral, Clérigos Tower, and Gaia. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lifeguards are on patrol daily throughout July and August, and surfing is restricted to dedicated surf zones.
  • No umbrellas are available at the beach, so be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  
  • A number of bars, seafood restaurants, shops, and surf rental outlets line the beachside promenade.

How to Get There
Matosinhos Beach is a 15-minute metro ride from Porto city; take the blue line to Matosinhos Sul, then walk five minutes to the beach. Otherwise, bus No. 500 runs from Praça da Liberdade in the city center to the beach. 

When to Get There
The beach is at its busiest in summer (July and August), when you’ll want to arrive before midday to secure a good spot. Summer is also the best time for swimming, with lifeguards on duty, but it’s possible to surf all year-round, weather depending. 

The Beaches of Northern Portugal
Matosinhos Beach is convenient to Porto, but those willing to travel a bit have much better options. Around an hour up the coast from Porto, Cabedelo Beach is a Blue Flag beach with ample facilities and beautiful walks through the sand dunes. Farther north in Viana do Castelo, the windswept shores of Moledo Beach and Afife Beach are great for water sports, while closer to Porto, Ofir Beach is perfect for swimming and can be combined with a stop at neighboring Apúlia Beach. 
Address: Avenida Norton de Matos, Matosinhos, Greater Porto 4450-208, Portugal
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29 Tours and Activities to Experience Matosinhos Beach

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3-Hour Porto Bike Tour

3-Hour Porto Bike Tour

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Cover more ground in less time on this active and informative 3-hour bike tour of Porto. Ideal for families, this tour covers the beaches, historic quarter, and port-side splendor of Porto at a leisurely pace suitable for all fitness and skill levels. Tick off top attractions such as São Francisco Church, Ponte de Don Luis I, and the Ribeira District, and pedal along a safe, pedestrianized route to the Porto wine cellars and the beaches of Foz. This small-group tour is limited to 8 people. 
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.29
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Porto Vintage Hop on Hop off

Porto Vintage Hop on Hop off

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Rather than following a set sightseeing schedule, create you own itinerary on a Porto sightseeing tour by hop-on hop-off bus. Your travel ticket, which lasts for either 24 or 48 hours, grants you access to two tour routes and gives you the freedom to disembark whenever an attraction captures your attention. Plus, on-board commentary means you'll be party to historical and cultural information that you're unlikely to find in the guide book. 
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  • 2 hours
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$16.97
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Porto and Matosinhos Small Group Tour with Douro Cruise, Lunch and Wine Tasting

Porto and Matosinhos Small Group Tour with Douro Cruise, Lunch and Wine Tasting

The most complete one day tour to the cities of Oporto and Matosinhos. A professional guide and new comfortable vehicle equipped with air-conditioning will accompany you on a journey you will never forget. You will get to know the most emblematic places, and understand the whole history that surrounds this city. Portuguese gastronomy is appreciated worldwide. Therefore, lunch will take place at a typical restaurant. We will visit the Porto wine cellars of one of the widely respected producers on a global scale.There you will have a tasting of 2 different varieties of port. Being next to the Douro River you will then take a boat trip across the 6 bridges. You will experience the tasting of the most important and renowned traditional Portuguese sweet, Nata. Leaving the historical center behind we will head to Matosinhos, a city that borders north with Porto known for the beauty of its beaches, connection to the sea, and by the famous acronym WBF - World's Best Fish.
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  • 9 hours
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The Sunset Porto Bike Tour

The Sunset Porto Bike Tour

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Make the most of your time in Porto on this Sunset Porto Bike Tour. Traveling by bike means you’ll be able to see more places than a walking tour, and access areas that can’t be reached by car or bus. With bike hire included, you can travel light, and you’ll be in a small group tour, so you won’t lose your group. Highlights include Alfândega do Porto, Passeio Alegre Garden, and much more. 
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  • 3 hours
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The Surf 'N' Food Porto Bike Tour

The Surf 'N' Food Porto Bike Tour

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Experience Porto with this bicycle and surf combo adventure. Begin with a two-wheeled tour along the picturesque Douro River and cruise past shops, cafes, and lovely neighborhoods. Swap your bike for a board at the beach, sharpen your surf skills with a lesson, and paddle into the Atlantic’s mellow waves. Finish with a delicious lunch and a beer or lemonade at City Park—it’s included in the tour price. 
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  • 5 hours
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Private Surf Lesson in Matosinhos Beach

Private Surf Lesson in Matosinhos Beach

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Get your adrenaline pumping and learn how to hang ten with this 1.5-hour private surf lesson for two on Matosinhos Beach. With classes taught by qualified instructors in four different languages, the Surf School is the best spot to try surfing for the first time or brush up on your existing skills. Gorgeous  Matosinhos Beach has a long strip of sand and safe wave conditions, making this the perfect place for beginners. We’ll provide all the necessary gear, all you need to do is show up ready to learn.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Half Day Porto and Wine Small-Group Tour with Tastings

Half Day Porto and Wine Small-Group Tour with Tastings

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See the city of Porto from Ribeira to Foz on this half-day tour. Visit the city’s key landmarks and learn about the history, culture, and traditions of this northern Portuguese city. Sample the world-famous pastel de nata dessert and take a tour of the Port wine cellars followed by a tasting of this famous drink.
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  • 4 hours
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Porto Surf Lesson

Porto Surf Lesson

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Our school has been operating in Praia de matosinhos for 14 years. We have qualified and certified teachers who will accompany you throughout the entire class. Our motto is to provide quality and safety education. Our surf lessons are with small groups of students with a maximum of 4 people per coach, so teaching is more effective. Come learn to surf with the best school in Porto
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$30.88
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Private surf lesson

Private surf lesson

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This outdoor activity is intended for 1 or 2 people maximum, in this way the learning will be individualized and with a success rate of 100%.
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takeu'around

takeu'around

Hello my name is Mario and I am a university student but I like to make known the city in my free time. Take sightseeing tours of what you would like to know in my 1979 convertible renault 4l. A beautiful and simple ride. I speak fluent English, Spanish and the basics of French. They will not regret
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Learn Surf with a Pro

Learn Surf with a Pro

My name is Bruno Rodrigues, I'm the head surf instructor in Surfivor Surf School. I have been teaching surf lessons for over 15 years. To this day teaching and surfing remain my passions. I grew up in the ocean and I still love surfing everyday. I have surfed and competed all around the world but for me the Portuguese Coastline is one of the best places to surf and to teach. With my passion for teaching, love for surfing, experience and focus on safety you can count on me! Surfing is one of the best experience you can have in Portugal and I guarantee this will be an unforgettable experience! Looking forward to surfing with you, Bruno Rodrigues Professional Surf Coach by Portuguese Surf Federation Level 1
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  • 7 hours
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Porto Private Tour During 3 hours

Porto Private Tour During 3 hours

If you are in a business trip, or if you don't have so much time to know the city of Porto, this is the perfect tour to get an overview in 3 hours! On this tour we included several services such as the pickup, the drop off, the private car, the guide services and also a bottled water.
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  • 3 hours
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Underground Restaurant Experience

Underground Restaurant Experience

This is a unique emotional experience and entering into a secret spot of a friend for 3 hours to eat dinner, talk and learn a little more of our local culture. The interaction that may arise enhances understanding between cultures. The idea born with the aim of sharing with us, our passion for Portuguese cuisine with people who appreciate an alternative dining experience. Immerse yourself in local food and culture and enjoy fascinating stories behind the food which are sure to entertain and delight.
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  • 3 hours
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3-Hour Electric Porto Bike Tour

3-Hour Electric Porto Bike Tour

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YOU CAN´T BUY HAPPINESS, BUT YOU CAN TAKE AN e-BIKE TOUR! An adventurous electric bike ride by the leaning streets of Porto through famous and hidden places of the city. The “You must do” in town at 3 Hours. Get to know Porto and its origins in a relaxed way. A guided, Electric Porto Bike Tour is the easiest and most attractive way to discover this wonderful city in just a few hours. From the Douro riverside to the natural City Park, this tour will be an experience you will not soon forget. Choosing the e-bike as mean of transportation allows you to access hidden, quaint places that other transports cannot reach.
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  • 3 hours
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Stand-up Paddle

Stand-up Paddle

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We will meet you at our Surf School in Matosinhos Beach, which is one of the best spots in Portugal and the most adapted for surfing lessons. It is also characterized by consistent swells, fine white sand and faces westwards out to the Atlantic Ocean. Sup Lessons in the Ocean or Douro River Tours have a duration of 2 hours, starting with an introductory briefing, followed by specifying warm-up before going to the water. We work with a maximum of 7 surfers per instructor, to provide more safety and personalized aproach.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Underground Wine Experience

Underground Wine Experience

In this wine flight unpretentious we will cheerfully guide you through Wine & Food. We'll take you off the beaten path and give the opportunity of tasting diferent wines and food from Portugal. Unknown wines, local finger food, cheese and a big learning experience. This isn't your average wine visit.
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  • 4 hours
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$175.97
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Porto Douro River & Sea: Self-Drive Private City Tour

Porto Douro River & Sea: Self-Drive Private City Tour

This Tour is for those who want to know the city of Porto along the Douro River until Foz and still take a dip in the beaches of Matosinhos.  You will be able to stop at the Passeio Alegre garden and take some beautiful photos along its well-kept avenue full of palm trees. A little further ahead you will be able to take incredible photos at the emblematic lighthouse of Felgueiras.  You will not be able to miss the famous São Salvador city square, where you will be able to find a unique sculpture by the North American Janet Echelman, in the form of anemone, made with a large net and dedicated to local fishermen  AUTONOMY - You can customize your tour route PRIVACY - Just your group. No more people SAFETY (Covid-19) - We comply with all the safety measures of Portuguese Gov and EU TECHNOLOGY - Free Wi-Fi; GPS Audio-Guide; Live streaming & Tour recording SUSTAINABILITY - Our cars are 100% electric and we've a green policy in all that concerns our activity Share Your Experience
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.61
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Porto All Day: Self-Drive Private City Tour in E-Cars

Porto All Day: Self-Drive Private City Tour in E-Cars

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This tour starts in the city center, and takes you for a walk along Foz do Rio Douro to Matosinhos. You will be able to see the beach, the famous Felgueiras Lighthouse, and if you wish you can have lunch at one of the many fish and seafood restaurants next to the beach You will be able to walk along Avenida da Boavista with its luxury houses and the famous Casa da Música. Visit Serralves and its iconic gardens that resemble Versailles. From here you will go to the historic center, where you will explore the emblematic landmarks as the Clérigos Tower, Lello Bookstore, Porto Cathedral and cross the Dom Luís I Bridge. AUTONOMY - You can customize your tour route PRIVACY - Just your group. No more people SAFETY (Covid-19) - We comply with all the safety measures of Portuguese Gov and EU TECHNOLOGY - Free Wi-Fi; GPS Audio-Guide; Live streaming & Tour recording SUSTAINABILITY - Our cars are 100% electric and we've a green policy in all that concerns our activity Share Your Experience
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$61.14
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$61.14
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Douro Tour

Douro Tour

Come get to know the Douro river along the beautiful riverside of Porto in a different way, going back to the beginning of the XX century, in the back of a replica of a Ford T! Pass by some monuments and learn their history and marvel at the wonderful view of the river all the way to Matosinhos city.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.52
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$33.52

Porto All Day: Self-Drive and Private City Tour (Delivery Included)

Porto All Day: Self-Drive and Private City Tour (Delivery Included)

This tour starts in the city center, and takes you for a walk along Foz do Rio Douro to Matosinhos. You will be able to see the beach, the famous Felgueiras Lighthouse, and if you wish you can have lunch at one of the many fish and seafood restaurants next to the beach You will be able to walk along Avenida da Boavista with its luxury houses and the famous Casa da Música. Visit Serralves and its iconic gardens that resemble Versailles. From here you will go to the historic center, where you will explore the emblematic landmarks as the Clérigos Tower, Lello Bookstore, Porto Cathedral and cross the Dom Luís I Bridge. AUTONOMY - You can customize your tour route PRIVACY - Just your group. No more people SAFETY (Covid-19) - We comply with all safety measures of Portuguese Gov and EU TECHNOLOGY - Free Wi-Fi; GPS Guide; Live streaming & Tour recording SUSTAINABILITY - Our cars are 100% electric and we've a green policy in all that concerns our activity Share Your Experience
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.32
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$67.32
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Seafood Festival Experience

Seafood Festival Experience

This is an emotional experience the idea is to fell like you are at the sea and feel and eat fresh portuguese fish and seafood. Our country and Matosinhos area (near porto) have one of the best fish and seafood in the world and the goal is to show this and have fun at same time. This is not a menu of 2 dishes plus dessert is an all fish and seafood included with wines or beer. Normally is a big plate with more than 10 diferent clams, fish, seafood, etc.
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  • 3 hours
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$314.23
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$314.23
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Root Castro de São Paio

Root Castro de São Paio

Riding our classic vehicles, our guide provides a unique way to discover the city center but also its perepheries. Our goal is to work with local people, original crafts, real customs, traditions and most importantly, the best authentic Portuguese food! Simultaneously, we are particularly motivated to unite the historical interest of our city, to the good conviviality and the intercultural exchange of our rides. We have a young, passionate and multilingual team who is looking forward to showing you their true portuguese “roots”!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$127.38
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$127.38
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Surfing Class with World Surf League partners

Surfing Class with World Surf League partners

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Our school, Onda Pura, was established in 1994 and is one of the first surf schools to be implemented in Portugal. We are located in Praia de Matosinhos, considered one of the best beaches in the country with perfect conditions for surfing. Our partnerships like Deeply and WSL (World Surf League) guarantee our veracity. At Onda Pura we have the right space, all the material necessary to practice surfing and an excellent team of professionals trained and certified by the FPS (Portuguese Surfing Federation). We are waiting for you!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$31.68
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$31.68
Price varies by group size
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Porto Douro River & Sea: Self-Drive Private Tour (Delivery Included)

Porto Douro River & Sea: Self-Drive Private Tour (Delivery Included)

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This Tour is for those who want to know the city of Porto along the Douro River until Foz and still take a dip in the beaches of Matosinhos.  You will be able to stop at the Passeio Alegre garden and take some beautiful photos along its well-kept avenue full of palm trees. A little further ahead you will be able to take incredible photos at the emblematic lighthouse of Felgueiras.  You will not be able to miss the famous São Salvador city square, where you will be able to find a unique sculpture by the North American Janet Echelman, in the form of anemone, made with a large net and dedicated to local fishermen  AUTONOMY - You can customize your tour route PRIVACY - Just your group. No more people SAFETY (Covid-19) - We comply with all safety measures of Portuguese Gov and EU TECHNOLOGY - Free Wi-Fi; GPS Guide; Live streaming & Tour recording SUSTAINABILITY - Our cars are 100% electric and we've a green policy in all that concerns our activity Share Your Experience
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.79
Price varies by group size
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$48.79
Price varies by group size
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