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. The best section of beach for running is north of Castelo, to Matosinhos. It’s rocky south of there.

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