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.

Casa-Museu Abel Salazar

Casa-Museu Abel Salazar

The noted 20th-century Portuguese scientist, artist and social thinker Abel Salazar spent 30 years of his life in Matosinhos, and the home he lived in has been turned into a museum.
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Matosinhos Beach

Matosinhos Beach

Matosinhos is Porto's main beach. A long stretch of fine sand backed by apartment blocks, an esplanade and any number of small cafes it is pleasant enough. In the summer there's always some sort of...
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Mosteiro de Leca do Balio

Mosteiro de Leça do Balio

There has been a church on this patch by the Leça River since the 900s. And there may even have been a Roman temple here before that as it is on the old Roman road that connected Porto...
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Porto Cruise Terminal

Porto Cruise Terminal

Suspended above the roundabout behind the beach is an arresting piece of public sculpture. This is the work of the American Janet Echelman and made in 2005. It was Echelman’s first permanent...
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She Changes

She Changes

The Porto Cruise Terminal (South Cruise Terminal) is the largest project ever for the opening of the Port of Leixões to the city and an important gateway of the region. It is situated at the South...
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The Church of Bom Jesus de Matosinhos

The Church of Bom Jesus

Its Baroque 18C facade is studded with pinnacles and four torches, and decorated with coats of arms. Inside there is magnificent wainscoting. At the main altar there is a very old wooden statue...
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