Portugal’s Northern Coast

Portugal’s Northern Coast

Portuguese beaches ought to be considered national treasures. They are precious and sensitive. And if surfing is the new golf, the government and local authorities should ensure their natural coastal gems are cleaned all year round, and not only when tourists visit the country for their summer holidays.

As you cross Portugal’s second largest artificial seaport – Porto de Leixoes – you enter the country’s one and only surf city. Porto and Matosinhos share a large urban beach which offers more than 300 days of surfing per year.
Porto-Matosinhos is the only Portuguese beach that is accessible by subway. And with thousands of visiting European students on exchange programs, the spot is truly an international surf nation. You’ll hear English, German, Spanish, French, and Scandinavian languages as you paddle for the incoming wave. On a Saturday morning, you’ll easily count more than 500 surfers in the wide lineup.

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