Already looking for the best sun spots in Porto during your study abroad? The Invicta is a beautiful city, and looks even better in summer and spring, whether you prefer going to the beach for some surfing or staying in a café reading in the sun. Here are some places to keep in mind:
Foz do Douro
This is a great place to go walk or practise sports. You can lie on the sand, watch the sea, or even ride a bicycle with friends. The lighthouse is famous in Foz and is a good place to visit; just walk around and you’ll find it.
Praia de Matosinhos
If you’re into surfing, you can’t miss this spot. It’s very good for learning and also meeting Erasmus students. You just have to walk a few minutes from Foz do Douro to get here. After enjoying a surfing lesson, you have nice nearby restaurants and bars where you can eat a good Portuguese fish dish, Japanese or even Italian food.
Parque da Cidade
If you’re the kind of person who enjoys lying in a park reading a book, practising yoga, or listening music, you must check this spot. It’s also very recognised by its music festival, NOS Primavera Sound, which is coming up soon!
This place joins nature with art. You can visit the gardens, the museum, and also Casa Serralves. Students have a discount, and on every first Sunday of the month the entrance is free from 10am to 1pm. The gardens are big and you need time to check every nook and cranny here.
Casa da Música
Projected by Rem Koolhaas, Casa da Música has a peculiar architecture. Inside there are several rooms, and outside you can find Café Casa da Música, as well as some bars to have a drink and catch some sun with friends. Also worth mentioning: this place is one of the most famous skating spots in Porto.
Palácio de Cristal
When walking near downtown, spend a few minutes to cross Reitoria and Hospital de Santo António to get to Palácio de Cristal. Here you can study in Almeida Garrett library or even attend hotspot events in spring and summer, such as music concerts, exhibitions, fairs or even movie nights. The gardens are beautiful and you get an overview of the river, Gaia and Foz.
Passeio das Virtudes
Passeio das Virtudes is very well-hidden, especially if you’re not from Porto. Here you can find possibly the largest Ginkgo Biloba in Portugal and also listen to music and have a great view of the river. It’s a good place to be while watching the sunset.
Jardim Botânico do Porto
The Botanical Garden is right beside Faculdade de Ciências, and if you want to hide from the tourist crowds in the centre, this is a good place to be. There’s a greenhouse area with tropical and subtropical plants and also lakes with aquatic plants.
Near the river you can find a lot of good restaurants and bars. This is definitely one of the best spots to be if you’re looking for the sun. You can find traditional fairs here, and also a lot of tourists who wish to try the Portuguese food and wine!
Miradouro da Serra do Pilar
Take time to cross the bridge and walk through Jardim do Morro. From the miradouro you can get nice photos and a general view of Porto. In Jardim do Morro you can also take the line cable car to get to Cais de Gaia.
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