Matosinhos / Gaia / Piscina das Marés
To the North and South of the Douro river, Porto is blessed with a wealth of long, clean, sandy beaches. Whilst naturally busier in the summer months the beaches of Porto always offer plenty of space to sunbathe and relax in peace and quiet.
Piscinas das Marés is a swimming facility on the beach of Leça da Palmeira which is located North of the city of Matosinhos. The structures consisting of two natural pools filled with fresh sea water were designed and built from 1959 to 1973 by portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.
The beaches often have esplanades and protected green spaces and are the ideal spot for some beach exercise, with a late afternoon run, long walk or bicycle ride.
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