Porto, Portugal

Foz to Matosinhos Beachside Run

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This is another opportunity in Porto to do a beach/oceanside run. It’s a pleasant 4 km one-way run between Foz and the seaside town of Matosinhos. The straightforward route follows the main road along the water, with great ocean views. There’s a wide pedestrian/bike path nearly the whole way. This is also one of the more runnable beaches in Porto, with firm sand.

A good starting point is the Fort in Foz. Head north. At the 2.4 km point is the Castelo do Queijo, a turreted 17th-century fort sitting on a prominent rock overlooking the beach. Just to the east of there is City Park, which is a great spot to add-on to your run. The run ends in Matosinhos. If you prefer a one-way, there are metro stops that can take you back to Porto.

Add-Ons: In Matosinhos, can continue over the Movel Bridge, and run even further along the beach, Leça da Palmeira, on a dedicated path paralleling Av. Liberdade. There are other numerous routes in our Porto guide that are near or intersect this one: City Park, Douro River in Foz, Av. Boavista, and more (see overview map)

Note: Not a lot of shade, so use caution on hot days.

Essentials
  • 4.2 km (2.6 miles) one-way; 8.4 km (5.2 miles) out and back
  • Flat
  • Fortaleza de São João in Foz, or other points
  • Metro (A Line) in Matosinhos can return to Porto