A festival next to the best surf spots in the city


August 13, 2018

Alongside some of the best and most popular surf spots, coming to NOS Primavera Sound is the perfect opportunity to score your first lesson.


Porto-Matosinhos is the only Portuguese beach that is accessible by subway. And with thousands of visiting European students on exchange programs, the spot is truly an international surf nation. You'll hear English, German, Spanish, French, and Scandinavian languages as you paddle for the incoming wave. On a Saturday morning, you'll easily count more than 500 surfers in the wide lineup. - Surfer Today


Increasingly popular among travelers from all over the world, Porto is an attraction for surfers with Matosinhos to be an unforgettable experience during their stay in the city.

The rough and rugged coast of Northern Portugal already has a huge community of surfers who live and breathe the sport. Although the landscape is different from the one traditionally found in surf postcards, it is no longer surprising that the north has as many or more surfers as the best-known beaches in the downtown area.

With a coast that starts near the Spanish border, in Modelo and ends 113 km further south, in Espinho, it is possible to know the best beaches of the North of Portugal through the connection between these two cities. And there are many pearls hidden along this path, which allows you to discover from deserted beaches to coral reefs, heavier waters and unforgettable moments at sunset.


In the area of Matosinhos, there are several beaches that can be enjoyed all year round, with Matosinhos beach being the most surfed spot in Porto.

Firstly, due to the accessibility, since you can easily reach the beach of Matosinhos, both by metro and bus. Secondly, because Matosinhos offers a high consistency to the practice of surfing, mainly from October to June.

Unlike the beaches towards Foz, there are no rocks everywhere and the harbor wall at the north end can provide shelter against the wind. Slightly sloping sand here draws power to the surf, making the beach a suitable place for all levels of surfers.


And after experiencing the sport, Matosinhos also offers the opportunity to taste the best fish and fresh seafood in a traditional fishing restaurant near the market.

In Matosinhos, family, friends or two, it is possible to enjoy surfing, in harmony with the local lifestyle and excellent gastronomy, its allies to the architectural and historical heritage of the city.

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