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Figueira da Foz

Sun and sea with abundance. Figueira da Foz, the city at the mouth of the Mondego River, located at 40 kilometers from Coimbra, with extensive beaches of soft white sand which invite for a relaxing holiday.

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Discover a unique blend between a real fishing port and the cosmopolitanism inherited from the Belle Époque when the seaside resort of Figueira da Foz was the most visited in Portugal.

At night

Figueira da Foz is more than just beach days. The seashore is the city’s ex-libris, but there is another milestone which is just as popular: the Figueira da Foz Casino. It was inaugurated in the final years of the 19th century with the name Theatro-Circo Saraiva de Carvalho, and it added a cosmopolitan touch to Figueira which still lives on until today. Nowadays, it has daily shows, game rooms, bars and traditional Portuguese food restaurants and is still one the greatest entertainment centres in Figueira da Foz at night, along with its wide variety of bars, clubs and terraces. If you prefer a quiet night, you should try a stroll along the seashore.

Figueira da Foz beaches

Claridade beach

With unique brightness, Claridade Beach became famous during the 19th century when the extraordinary development of Figueira da Foz and the natural conditions of the landscape attracted bathers from all over the country. The beaches of Figueira, made famous by Ramalho Ortigão who wrote that bathing was “a general rendezvous for all the seaside population” which demanded certain “apparatus and toilette”, were definitely included in the summer map of Portuguese bathers.

Nowadays, garment demands are not so strict but the beach is still a meeting place where unforgettable days are spent among terraces, awnings and parasols. Whether you are looking for a sweet far niente or want to try surf, windsurf, sailing or rowing, Figueira da Foz is still the “Queen of Portuguese Beaches”.

Buarcos

This long (up to several 100 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.

Cabedelo

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.

Figueira da Foz does have great waves, including an unbelievable mile-long right hand break. There are even Aussie and Californian surfers that travel across the world to ride it! Just like worldwide surf legend Kelly Slater said: “Surf is a mafia. Once you’re in, you’re in”!

Bairro Novo

If you are strolling through Figueira, you should visit the block which was built during the 1860s and, inspired by some French resorts, faces the sea. The “Bairro Novo” (New Block) was the city’s reaction to the increasing number of summer visitors who would come to Figueira da Foz and some of the most beautiful houses of the turn of the century, with many Art Noveau and Art Deco elements, were built there.

History and Culture

Admiring Figueira da Foz historical heritage is also a reason to discover the city. You can start by visiting Dr. Santos Rocha Municipal Museum where you will be able to admire great archaeology, African and Oriental ethnography, numismatic, painting, sculpture, ceramic and furniture collections. You can then visit Casa do Paço which will inspire you with its tile collection. You can then take a tour through the local churches, admire the Saint Antony Convent paintings or the 15th century stone retable at Saint Julian Church, the oldest in the city. You can still visit the Sea Museum which keeps the memory of local fishing communities, the Maiorca Palace or the Saint Catherine Fountain and its little chapel which are mandatory sights in the city paths. And, if you really want to discover Figueira da Foz, you should also visit:

  • Silva Guimarães Terrace facing Claridade Beach

  • The Quiaios, Bom Sucesso and Tocha fresh water lagoons

  • The Clock Tower

  • The Figueira da Foz Art and Spectacles Centre

  • Abadias Park

  • The Misericórdia Church and the Buarcos Fortress

  • The Benedict Monastery of Seiça

Figueira da Foz is located 201 Km away from the Lisbon airport.
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Figueira da Foz is located 154 Km away from the Oporto airport.
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Figueira da Foz is located 556 Km away from Madrid (Spain).
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Tourism Office in Figueira da Foz

Posto Municipal de Turismo da Avenida
Avenida 25 de Abril
3080-501 Figueira da Foz
+351 233 422 610
geral@turismodocentro.pt
www.turismodocentro.pt
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