The new, 340 meter long pier, was inaugurated on April of 2011, allowing some of the biggest cruise ships to layover, being now able to accommodate the bulk of cruise ships from today’s worldwide fleet.
TERMINAL DE CRUZEIROS
The Porto de Leixões is the biggest harbour infrastructure in the north of Portugal and one of the most importante, countrywide. With 5 kilometers of pier, 55 acres of embankments and 120 acres of wet area, Leixões boasts several types of access, be it by rail, road, or sea, as well as boasting modern equipment and advanced ship management systems.
PORTO DE LEIXÕES
Its construction began in 1542 by the initiative of Universidade de Coimbra. The facade, very big and composed by pilasters and strong entablatures riddled with lines and curves, oscillates between structural balance and the exuberant baroque decoration. The side chapels host gold plated baroque altar pieces, executed on the midst of the 18th century.
IGREJA DO BOM JESUS
The Casa da Arquitectura, built in 2007, which has been standing out in the universe of content creation and programming for the national and international diffusion and affirmation of Architecture by society.
CASA DA ARQUITECTURA
The Municipal Library of Florbela Espanca, in honor of one of the most distinguished Portuguese writers, having lived their final years in Matosinhos. The library itself was inaugurated on the 9th of May of 2005, being designed by Architect Alcino Soutinho.
BIBLIOTECA FLORBELA ESPANCA
The EXPONOR – Oporto’s International Fair is Portugal’s biggest venue for fairs and congresses with around 60.000 square feet of covered area, located in Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos, in Grande Porto.
After the restauration of independence in 1640 and needing defences alongside our coast, due to the attacks of the Spanish and from corsairs, a number of fortresses were erected by the sea. It was in Leça da Palmeira that the fortress of Nossa Senhora das Neves was built, and alongside the ones from S. João da Foz and S. Francisco Xavier (Castelo do Queijo), integrated the city of Oporto’s line of defence.
FORTE DE NOSSA SENHORA DAS NEVES
The Piscinas das Marés is a set of saltwater pools located in the beach in Leça da Palmeira. Built in the 60’s and inaugurated in 1966, it was designed by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira, the most prestiged and awarded contemporary architect in Portugal. The saltwater pool is an alternative to the various beaches that stretch along the municipality.
PISCINAS DAS MARÉS
Built on top of the rocks, and held above the water by only two meters, with the sea crashing beneath it, the Casa de Chá da Boa Nova is one of the most sought after locations be it by architecture lovers, bon vivants of good cuisine and, most of all, by those who adore gazing upon the sea. The Casa de Chá da Boa Nova is a project from the city’s own Álvaro Siza Vieira. Proof of how it’s possible to build anew without taking away from its places and identity.
CASA DE CHÁ DA BOA NOVA
Oporto’s own SEA LIFE is an oceanarium with over 3000 fascinating creatures. Here, you may walk along the first underwater tunnel of the country and go through five hundred thousand litres of water. SEA LIFE house the biggest collection of cow-faced stingrays of the country and a enormous collection of peculiar animals, that deserve a more discerning look. In the SOS Oceanos area, you may get to know better the risks that the sea world faces, and be an active voice in its preservation.
The City's Park is the largest urban park of the country, with a surface area of 83 acres that stretch into the Atlantic Ocean, a particularity rarely seen worldwide. It was designed by the landscaping architect Sidônio Pardal, having been inaugurated in 1993 (1st phase) and finished in 2002.
PARQUE DA CIDADE
Designed and built by the north-american artist Janet Echelman in 2005, the Anémona is dedicated to the fishermen of Matosinhos, land of the sea. Held by three metallic poles, this 42 meter wide net moves with the wind, imitating the movement of anemones.
The Quinta da Conceição is a public park located in Leça da Palmeira. With the extinction of religious orders, the clergy folk abandoned the Convent, having been sold in public sale in 1837, for six contos, to Manuel Guimarães. The Quinta da Conceição is one of the most relaxing locations in the municipality, a green lung in the city, filled with tradition, heritage and idyllic nooks and cranny’s.
QUINTA DA CONCEIÇÃO
The museum, inserted in a historic building, finished in 1896, was built as a residence to the Santiago de Carvalho e Sousa family, designed by Italian architect Nicola Bigaglia. The space in Quinta de Santiago contains three buildings: the Museum itself, the Irene Vilar Space and the Casa do Bosque. In the ample garden that surrounds the Museum, the visitors may encounter sculptures of Siza Vieira, Rui Anahory and Lagoa Henriques.
MUSEU QUINTA DE SANTIAGO
Is and oceanic beach located in the coast of Portugal, in the municipality of Matosinhos. The Praia de Matosinhos presents a very long and ample sandbank. It is bordered in the North by the pier in Porto de Leixões and in the South by the well known Rotunda da Anémona. It is the most sought after beach in the municipality, being located in a zone filled with restaurants and such.
PRAIA DE MATOSINHOS
The Praia do Aterro, has an enveloping of natural vegetation that borders the entire sandbank, making it a unique location. The beauty of the rocky area that we spot between tides, also gives it that special characteristic. But beyond all evidence, the Praia do Aterro, offers the necessary conditions to all but the most demanding of summer-enjoyers.
PRAIA DO ATERRO
With a long sandbank, bathed by a strong waved sea, the Praia de Leça da Palmeira offers excellent conditions for the practice of surf, bodyboard and kitesurf, specially on its northernmost point, where it joins with the Praia do Aterro. Highly used by youngsters, this area registers heavy animation, that last well into the night inside the bars and clubs in the vicinity.
PRAIA DE LEÇA DA PALMEIRA
The edification of his design “4 Casas em Matosinhos”, when he was but a student in the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes, opened doors to controversy, due to his audacity and innovative characteristics for the time. He went on to be one of the most talented architects that ever graduated from the Escola de Belas-Artes. The houses are located 7 meters from Sea Porto Hotel