Best Beaches near Porto

With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year and a stunning coastline, it’s no surprise that Portugal is home to some of Europe’s best beaches. In the country’s northwest lies Porto, home to not only the world-renowned Port wine but to some incredible sandy shores. From the picturesque half-moon-shaped Praia Cabedelo do Douro to family-friendly Blue Flag-rated spots further afield, there’s a spot for everyone. Read on to discover the best beaches near Porto.

Praia das Sereias

Translated as ‘Mermaid Beach,’ Praia das Sereias is a family-friendly destination, attracting both families and groups of friends (unfortunately, however, there are no mermaids here). Sheltered from the wind near a massive boulder, this beach offers tranquillity at its peak. For a serene experience, climb to the top of the rock, where the crowds thin out. Praia das Sereias is also a favoured spot for surfing enthusiasts. Here you’ll find loungers and umbrellas, changing rooms, showers, and toilets, as well as cosy beach restaurants, such as Bar da Sereia and Ar d’Mar. During the high season the beach line is supervised by a lifeguard.

Praia Cabedelo do Douro

Surrounded by dunes and a pine forest, which includes two campsites, this picturesque half-moon-shaped beach is one of the most popular beaches in Porto. The beach is a great place for some peace and quiet, with plenty of space for all. However, there are no amenities here so you’ll want to bring your own picnic and beach supplies. 

Praia Cabedelo do Douro in Porto

Praia do Homem do Leme

Named after the bronze statue honouring fishermen, Praia do Homem do Leme (which translates to Helmsman’s Beach) boasts Golden Beach status for accessibility and it was the first in Porto to receive Blue Flag status. The sandy shores, adorned with two playgrounds and laid-back cafes, make it an ideal spot for families to unwind.

Praia do Homem do Leme in Porto

Praia de Matosinhos

Located in the major port and fishing town of Matosinhos, this beach, the largest in the region, is just a 15-minute drive from Porto’s centre. While not the most picturesque, Praia de Matosinhos offers golden sands and surf-worthy waves. There are several surfing schools on the beach, where you can rent everything you need including a wetsuit, which you’ll need as the Atlantic waters are fairly cold even in summer. The area surrounding the beach offers plenty of options for enjoying a drink at the end of the day, making it a good spot for watching the sunset. There’s also a delicious ice cream shop nearby to help you cool off in the summer heat. Despite its popularity, visitors should be aware that it can get extremely crowded during the summer months. 

Praia de Matosinhos in Porto

Praia do Carneiro

Situated near the entrance to the River Douro, Praia do Carneiro is a windswept beach with a breakwater and the Farol de Felgueiras lighthouse. The 16th-century fortress, Fortaleza de São João da Foz, was built to defend the mouth of the Douro and now hosts regular exhibitions, adding a historical charm to the beach.  The beach also makes an excellent starting point for a scenic walk along Porto’s seafront.

Praia do Carneiro in Porto

Praia do Molhe

The Pérgola da Foz is one of the city’s most iconic attractions – a golden, neoclassical-style pergola that sits on the promenade above Praia do Molhe and dates back to the 1930s. The beach is accessed via a staircase built into the cliffside and designed in the same style as the pergola. The beach itself features a stone jetty that protects the swimming area from the strong northerly swells – making it a pleasant spot to take a dip – and the sand is dotted with dramatic sculptural rock formations.

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Praia de Lavadores

Situated in Vila Nova de Gaia, just south of Porto, Praia de Lavadores offers an uninterrupted stretch of sand perfect for coastal walks. Enjoy sweet treats at Cremosi, a beachside cafe and gelateria, while taking in panoramic views from the expansive outdoor deck.

Senhor da Pedra Beach

Named one of Europe’s prettiest beaches in 2015, Senhor da Pedra Beach is celebrated for its iconic Senhor da Pedra (Lord of the Rock) chapel and child-friendly amenities. With a dedicated play area, expansive sandy shores, and a delightful café-bar, it’s an ideal destination for families.

Senhor da Pedra Beach in Porto Portugal

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