Come visit our city
Figueria da Foz brings you to a world full of culture, adventure, rides, gastronomy and night life. Take a look below and plan your vacation with the best of what the city has to offer.
Sun and beaches
During Summer time the beaches are filled with family with children, couples and singles who want to enjoy the sun by the ocean at a beautiful beach, with smooth white sand and the possibility to go into the sea for a swim or just to stay there and relax. Others that are a little more adventurous can enjoy the waves and surf.
Still unknown to many, Figueira da Foz is not only the widest european urban beach, but it’s also earning its status as a sunny, welcoming and very affordable surf destination. Did you know that Figueira da Foz is famous for its mile-long hand breaks?
This long (up to several hundred metres) high quality right point break is mostly more of a carving wave, but there are some steep tubular sections. Actually, there are at least 3 point breaks that can connect with the right swell and form a really long wave.
The Buarcos wave is considered Europe’s longest right point break.
This is one of Europe’s widest beaches with easy waves.
The jetty generates fast hollow waves, the beachbreak too, but not as consistent. It only takes around 10 minutes to get to Buarcos from Cabedelo.
The city with its natural conditions invites you also to practice a lot of diferent water sports like: bodyboard, kayaksurf, paddlesurf, windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing.
The beauty of the city encloses in itself the adrenaline of the waves of the sea and the tranquility of relaxing walks in the largest Portuguese river – the Mondego.
There are several schools of the different modalities, in which you can subscribe.
Figueira da Foz is filled with good local Restaurants and bars, they offer a big variety of regional food, sea food, pastry, pasta and others. Most of them are located along the coast where it is possible to have a very good meal while looking at the beautiful ocean.
Cultural and Landscape Tour
Figueira da Foz introduce you to a little bit of the Portuguese History. You can find a lot of different types of cultural venues in the city. So bring your hat, a bottle of water and comfortable shoes to enjoy everything that the city has to offer.
Museu Municipal Santos da Rocha
It is located on Parque das Abadias, in the immediate vicinity of the Centro de Artes e Espectáculos, built in 2002. It has three main buildings: a Library (Biblioteca Municipal Pedro Fernandes Tomás), a photo archive (Arquivo Fotografico Municipal), a congress center with an Auditorium (Auditorio Municipal) for 226 people and various exhibition spaces.
It also has a permanent exhibition with archaeological findings from the region, ceramics, furniture and folk art from overseas, in particular from the Portuguese trade relations with India (focus on furniture), Africa (focus on sculptures) and Far East (focus on ceramics). There is also a collection of contemporary sculpture, a numismatic collection, religious art and historical weapons. In addition to these permanent exhibits, the museum organizes temporary exhibitions on archaeological of art historical topics.
Casa do Paço
Casa do Paco has one of the largest collections of Dutch tiles of an isolated figure in situ (the largest in Europe)
Palácio Sotto Mayor
The bourgeois villa complex was commissioned at the end of the 19th century by the Portuguese businessman Joaquim Sotto Mayor. This was originally from Valpaços and had come to Brazil in wealth. During a visit to the city of Figueira, he decided to build a house here, where he subsequently lived for a long time. The building was designed by French architect Gaston Landeck and lasted for 20 years. The design of the interior was commissioned by famous artists of the time, among them the painters Antonio Ramalho and Dórdio Gomes. In addition to the main building in French style, another building was built, with a characteristic clock tower, whose design was inspired by the Torre de Belém. The buildings are surrounded by a landscaped garden. An observation tower is the third building at the end of the garden.
Forte de Santa Catarina
The Forte de Santa Catarina is located in the city and parish of São Julião da Figueira da Foz.
Cooperated with the Fortress of Buarcos and Fortim de Palheiros in defense of the port and the bay of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos.
Fortaleza de Buarcos
It integrated, along with Fortim de Palheiros and Fort Santa Catarina in Figueira da Foz, the defensive system of this part of the coast, namely the old maritime port of the town
There are countless churches with their golden carvings and archaeological remains dating back to the Jurassic period. All of this make Figueira da Foz a destination with a unique historical heritage.