Things to do in
Matosinhos

Our most recommended things to do in Matosinhos

Porto Airport: Private Transfer to Porto

1. Porto Airport: Private Transfer to Porto

Avoid the unreliable taxis on landing at Porto Airport (OPO) and get a meet and greet from a personal driver upon arrival. Make your way to the arrivals hall, where your driver will be holding a sign board with your name written on it for ease of contact. Then, sit back and relax on the drive to the city center as you get information about the city to help you during your stay.  Benefit from a generous luggage allowance and avail of a service that is safe, punctual and reliable. Get dropped off directly at your hotel or other city center location on request. 

Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Optional Cruise & Wine Cellar

2. Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Optional Cruise & Wine Cellar

Explore the districts of Porto at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Learn about the sights you see with an included audio guide. Upgrade to include an optional river cruise ticket and/or a visit to port wine cellars. Visit the perfect combination of historic landscapes, River Douro, and learn the highlights of the port wine tradition. With this ticket, you can visit the cities of Porto, Gaia, and Matosinhos via sightseeing buses or a heritage sightseeing cruise. Also, learn about the historical and cultural significance of producing port wine along with a free wine tasting if you choose the optional upgrade to wine cellars. 

Matosinhos: Surfing Lesson with Equipment

3. Matosinhos: Surfing Lesson with Equipment

In small groups of 8 or fewer, get some hands-on experience on a surfboard, with the attentive assistance of an instructor who's been surfing for 25 years. Perfect for beginners, the course begins with a briefing on the experience and some safety regulations.   Get warmed up on the sand: learn techniques for standing on the board and paddling before moving into the water. Your experienced teacher will help you every step of the way, explaining everything you need to know. With high-quality equipment and your instructor catering to the specific needs and levels of each class, this is the best way to begin your surfing career in Matosinhos.

Porto: Small Group Surf Lesson with Transportation

4. Porto: Small Group Surf Lesson with Transportation

Chill with the serene waves of Porto during a small-group surfing lesson with pickup from the city. Find the best beach for the weather conditions on the day and get to grip with the basics of surfing. Jump into the water and catch your first wave to the shore. Make your way to the bus stop by Aliados to meet your friendly group for the day. Let your guide assess the weather conditions and start driving to the beach with the best waves. Feel the warm sand under your feet as you listen to a quick introduction to surfing. Follow the instructions of your guide for the basic techniques like paddling and standing up on your board. Now's the time to crash into the water and go with the flow. Paddle out to where the water breaks and feel the adrenaline as you ride the swell back to the shore.

Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

5. Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

See the sights of Porto by bike on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city's memorable monuments. Access areas that other vehicles can't reach and go further than you could on foot. Discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical mouth of the Douro River. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle), get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro.

Charming Sailboat Sunset

6. Charming Sailboat Sunset

Sailboat trip lasting two hours, up to 8 people, shared. From the natural reserve area of the Douro estuary to Ribeira do Porto and back. Discover the particularities of the banks of Porto and Gaia in a different way, its houses, monuments and secrets. If the weather and sea conditions allow, optionally, the tour can be carried out along the coastal area from Foz Do Douro to Matosinhos and back. If it's summer and it's hot, you must take a dive. On board you will have the possibility to taste some of the best wines from the oldest demarcated region in the world, the Douro, different types of cheeses and charcuterie, raisins, crackers with olive oil and rosemary and grissinis while enjoying the sunset.

Matosinhos: Conservas Pinhais Factory Tour

7. Matosinhos: Conservas Pinhais Factory Tour

This is a story of strong commitment and great resilience. It is also a story of unique values and living tradition. But, foremost, it is a story of many individuals that have been making the company what it is today. Be part of our centenary tradition and discover a unique process, using the freshest fish and the best ingredients. Finish your tour with a delightful tasting of our traditional flavours. Visits from Monday to Friday: tour includes the visit through our centenary building's historical areas, audiovisual contents, the visit to our production floor in plain activity where its possible to learn the unique steps of our artisanal process made by the hands of our experienced workers, the old factory workshop, the wrapping experience for all the guests, the tasting of our famous fish preserves and a glass of wine at the Can-Tin Café and the visit to our iconic Shop. Visits on Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays and after-hours visits: tour includes the visit through our centenary building's historical areas, audiovisual contents, the visit to our production floor (during the workers weekly break, when it’s possible to explore some of the factory's most exclusive areas and be part of this traditional method, feeling it with your own hands), the old factory workshop, the wrapping experience for all the guests, the tasting of our famous fish preserves and a glass of wine at the Can-Tin Café and the visit to our iconic Shop.

Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

8. Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Experience an easy guided electric bike tour through the wonderful city of Porto - discovering its main sights and hidden gems in just a few hours. From the Douro Riverside to the natural City Park, choosing the e-bike will allow you to access hidden, quaint places that other modes of transport cannot reach. First, discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Then, cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical mouth of the Douro River. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Next, visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle). Finally, get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro, before returning to the starting point where your tour concludes. Upgrade your tour to a private experience - ideal for families or groups of friends - by picking the relevant option upon checkout.

Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Cruise, Lunch & 2 Wineries

9. Porto: Douro Valley Tour with Cruise, Lunch & 2 Wineries

Your hotel in Porto city center (optional) is the meeting point for a trip to the Douro Valley with a small group. Relax during the trip, in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle, with a guide who will be happy to tell you all about the region. You'll have the chance to visit the Douro's most emblematic viewpoints, take some photos and remember an incredible experience. Discover a century-old family winery that still produces its wines in the traditional way, with tastings of quality wines (Port and Doc). Enjoy a fabulous lunch on a family farm, with typical local dishes and breathtaking views over the vineyards. Take the opportunity to taste the wines that the estate still produces(DOC, Port, Moscatel and água Ardente. Enjoy the charm of Pinhão and relax on a premium cruise, with a guide and a small group, full of snacks and drinks on board. Travel between Pinhão and Peso da Régua on the N222, considered one of the most beautiful roads in the world. Return to your accommodation in Porto city center with unforgettable memories.

From Leixões: Private Porto Historic Center Tuk Tuk Tour

10. From Leixões: Private Porto Historic Center Tuk Tuk Tour

Discover the historic center of Porto and the surrounding area on a private tuk tuk tour from Matosinhos. Walk through Cordoaria's Garden, see the tallest granitic tower in the city, and admire the architecture of churches. Celebrate your trip with a glass of Porto wine by the Douro River. Starting your trip in Matosinhos at Leixões Port, a fishing area with golden sand beaches where you can regularly find local surfers. Spot the largest urban park in the country, Parque da Cidade before continuing along the coast to Foz. Ride along the right side of the Douro riverbank, passing under the Arrábida Bridge towards the center of Porto. Once at the city center, stop at the Cordoaria’s Garden, one of the green spaces in town, located behind Porto University. In the proximity of the garden, see the Portuguese Center of Photography, the Justice Palace, and the Santo António Hospital, then head to the Torre dos Clérigos, built in the 18th century. Climb 225 steps to take in a 360-degree perspective of the city center and surroundings. Next, make a brief stop at Livraria Lello. Built in 1906, it's a mandatory stopping point for anyone visiting Porto. Cross the Praça dos Leões, see the beautiful Carmo and Carmelitas Churches, then continue along the narrow alleys of the oldest and most iconic neighborhoods, Miragaia and Vitória. Head to the city center and pass by the most emblematic square in Porto, Praça da Liberdade, flanked by Avenida dos Aliados. Visit the most commercial area of Porto, the Bolhão area, and discover a traditional market with local products and shops of all types and for all tastes. Arrive at the busiest street in town, Rua de Santa Catarina, where you’ll find the most luxurious café in Porto, Café Majestic. Stop at the Sé do Porto Cathedral, a 12th-century building with a mix of architectural styles, dating back to the city's origins. At Sé do Porto Cathedral, see some of the historic Sé neighborhood that surrounds the cathedral. This area is the oldest in the city and remains faithful to Porto's traditions and customs. Next, visit São Bento Train Station, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Here you can appreciate the approximately 20,000 hand-painted tiles that line the interior and illustrate part of the history of Portugal. Passing by Praça do Infante, which houses the Palácio da Bolsa, the São Francisco Church, and the old Ferreira Borges Market, land in Ribeira, the last neighborhood of the 4 oldest in Porto that you’ll visit. Cross the Dom Luis I Bridge to make a brief stop at the Serra do Pilar Monastery. Round off your adventure by enjoying a glass of Port wine as you contemplate the Douro River and the City of Porto on the other bank. Experience one of the most beautiful views in Portugal before returning back to Matosinhos to end the tour.

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My wife and I enjoyed the sunset tour with the oporto sailing. They took us down the river and showed us the sights while giving us food to snack on.The weather was nice and we had a great view of the city. Five stars.

Eduardo took us all around the coastline of Porto, through some amazing parks and exhilarating city streets. He was knowledgeable and friendly. We had an excellent time!

Perfect for visiting the city without difficulty and at your own pace, with the cruise and very interesting cellar tour options. 2 full days in Porto!

The driver was waiting for us as planned at the arrivals exit with our name on his phone. It was perfect! We recommend it

Coach is so nice and they are very helpful overall i had the best experience. Thank you