Attractions and Places to Visit in Matosinhos
The Castle of Mastosinhos, a massive, star-shaped fort also known as the Fort of Leça da Palmeira is a must-see for anyone keen on past civilizations. It was built in the 17th century for military purposes and took nearly a century to construct. Castelo do Queijo, or Castle of Cheese, is yet another fort constructed in this area built around the same time. Visitors will also want to cast eyes, and probably take a photo of She Changes, a captivating sculpture by Janet Echelman, an American artist. It is found on the waterfront of Mastosinhos.
Whether you’re a specialist in the field or not, it’s worth visiting the Casa da Arquitetura building, which once belonged to Siza’s family. The Leixões Porto Cruise Terminal is a great building to photograph. The terminal is also home to the Sea Center of the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park, an important maritime research unit.
Check out the Mercado de Matosinhos which is still a working market, but also now a place for great prepared food – from sushi to veggie dishes, cakes and speciality coffees – and a design incubator. The ice creams at Modì – Gelateria Italiana are made daily by hand and are the best way to end a great day at the beach. The flavours vary but if they have the pistachio or watermelon in stock, there’s no need to consider any of the others.