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Piscina das Marés
©DR Piscina das Marés, Matosinhos

Top 10 things to do in Matosinhos

Cool vibes, stereo sounds and amazing waves. We’ve found the top 10 things to do in Matosinhos

By Time Out Lisbon editors

Looking for some summer vibes? Look no further – Matosinhos is the answer. Chase the waves, breathe in the sea breeze or eat the best fish in town. Get to know the best places to enjoy this cool neighbourhood while you get your tan on. 

Top 10 things to do in Matosinhos

Try these ice creams

Restaurants Ice-cream parlours Matosinhos

The ice creams at Modì – Gelateria Italiana are made daily by hand and are the best way to end a great day at the beach. The flavours vary but if they have the pistachio or watermelon in stock, there’s no need to consider any of the others.

Farol de Leça
© João Saramago

Climb the Farol de Leça

Attractions Historic buildings and sites Leça da Palmeira

Wednesday is the day to venture up the 46-metre lighthouse at Leça, also known as Farol da Boa Nova. It’s free and offers the best view of the area.


Get on to a surfboard

Grab a wetsuit and your board and make waves off Praia de Matosinhos. If you didn’t bring any supplies don’t worry, you can rent equipment as well as take lessons at the likes of SurfAventura, Onda Pura and Surf’in Monkeys – all of which are in the vicinity of this beach.

Mercado de Matosinhos - Sushi
©João Saramago

Check out the Mercado de Matosinhos

Restaurants Portuguese Matosinhos

Still a working market, but also now a place for great prepared food – from sushi to veggie dishes, cakes and speciality coffees – and a design incubator. 

Antonio Mezzero
Fotografia: Marco Duarte

Try a real Neapolitan pizza

Restaurants Italian Matosinhos

Antonio Mezzero, a master pizzaiolo from Naples and ambassador of Neapolitan pizza in Portugal, is the mentor at Pulcinella, a restaurant where regulars wait patiently to be seated. That’s because the pizzas are made in a wood-fired oven in real Neapolitan style, with thin crusts, thick edges and fresh ingredients, some of which are imported straight from Italy.

Casa da Arquitetura

Casa da Arquitetura

Museums Art and design Matosinhos

Raising the profile of architecture in a city that is home to Álvaro Siza Vieira, the first Portuguese to win the Pritzker Prize, is the mission of the House of Architecture. Whether you’re a specialist in the field or not, it’s worth visiting this building, which once belonged to Siza’s family.

Porto Terminal de Cruzeiros - Leixões

Cruise Terminal of The Port of Leixões

Attractions Ships and boats Matosinhos

Named Building of the Year 2017 in the Public Architecture category by the highly respected ArchDaily online magazine, the Leixões Porto Cruise Terminal is a great building to photograph, thanks to its spiral shape and shiny white exterior (using tiles made by Portuguese company Vista Alegre). The terminal is also home to the Sea Center of the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park, an important maritime research unit.

piscina das marés
© DR

Dive into the Piscina das Marés

Things to do Leça da Palmeira

Designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, the Pool of the Tides is made up of a collection of saltwater pools – one just for children – that became a listed national monument in 2006. During the summer it’s a real hit.

Mercado das Angeiras

Mercado de Angeiras

Things to do Markets and fairs Greater Porto

It is at this fresh produce market where many of Porto’s top chefs stock up on fresh fish and shellfish. Even if you don’t take anything home, it’s a great place to take photos, explore the Lavra neighbourhood, and work up an appetite for lunch.

Restaurante, Terminal 4450, Steakhouse, Black Angus
Fotografia: João Saramago

Terminal 4450

Restaurants Steakhouse Leça da Palmeira

It’s a restaurant called Terminal 4450, it’s in Leça and the concept revolves around, well, an airport terminal. There are suitcases at the end of a long corridor, check-in boards and a menu like a passport. Meat is the speciality here, so dig in.


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