After surfing all day well deserved a coffee to regain our strength. This small restaurant next to the beach has exceptional views of the sea, you need to go down almost to the beach, so leave the car in the upland area and walk down.
The Miramar beach, 250 meters long, is situated near the beach of do Senhor da Pedra and the chapel of the same name. Part of the coast of Vila Nova de Gaia and it runs the nearly 18 miles of beaches in the Portuguese town. In the vicinity there are plenty of places to park for free, and there is a train station nearby.
It is a beautiful place. Portugal is a place you should discover from end to end ... Esposende is a quiet beach town. The water is is a little cold but that isn't so important when the site is cool ... I recommend it.
Ofir Beach in the town of the same name is located very close to Esposende which is a tourist resort in the north of Portugal. It's a huge beach, the kind that invite you to travel from one side to the other doing sports or simply admiring its landscapes. As one of the most famous beaches of the north nothing was missing from it. There were showers, emergency service, shifters, bars and I was most struck by the scene of several entertainers playing music, the aerobics classes, etc. All of this is great. Normally in portugal nobody goes topless. Is recommended to wear a windbreaker, the air here is incredible. They are sold in small shops in the area for 5 euros.
Moledo Beach is a great beach in every way. There's plenty of white sand and it boasts a terrific location in the Portuguese town of Camina and Vila Praia de Ancora. This beach is often frequented by a lot of Galicians who like to go windsurfing. But it goes without saying that this sport is not exclusive of the summer, but it is practiced at any time of the year where the wind and waves are "in charge". In Moledo can see, not far away, Mount Santa Tecla (O Tegra) to La Guardia (Pontevedra) forming a large triangle. There are a lot of bars and restaurants on the beach here.
The main attraction of the small fishing town of Apulia is its wide beach, which is award the blue flag standard for its quality and cleanliness. Along its coast, before even entering the town, you come across kilometers of fine golden sand washed up by the cold waters of the Atlantic. In the sea you will see small fishing boats dotted around. However, along the shore there are many rocks that can be uncomfortable or dangerous to swimmers. There are a variety of seaweeds that are collected by the "sargaceiros", this activity being one of the main industries of the local people.
The beach consists of a large sandy area which calls the attention of a large number of "stalls" composed of wooden structures covered by tarpaulins of different colors, whose function is to protect people from the strong winds that are in the area. Given that it is a very windy beach, THhe presence of windmills is no surprise, although it creates a peculiar ethnographic landscape.
Next to the recreation area of [poi = 84139] Parque das Taipas [/ poi], on the banks of the river Ave, is the "beach of Guimaraes". It's a beautiful, natural environment with walking trails, a picnic area with tables and stone benches, and a beach bar. The waters are very calm and completely transparent, and it has a white sandy shore, which must have been brought from the coast. It was very busy the day we visited, but I was surprised to see that no one was swimming. The people were just spending a day in the countryside. Along the river, there is a sign indicating the different types of fish, plus you could see ducks swimming placidly along. The Roman bridge spanning the river is a National Monument. It's 50 meters from the beach.
Next to the Parque das Taipas recreation area, and on the banks of the river Ave is the beach of Guimaraes. Located in a beautiful natural environment, with walking trails, a picnic area with tables (great for groups), stone benches and a beach bar. The water is very calm and completely transparent. On the banks there is white sand, I imagine brought from the coast by the current of the river. It was very busy, however, and I was surprised that there was no swimming, just people coming to spend a day in the countryside. Along the river there is a sign that tells visitors about the types of fish that live in the river, and ducks can be seen swimming placidly on its surface. Located just 50m from the beach is a Roman bridge, that crosses the Ave River and is a National Monument.
The Aguda beach,which is 420 meters long, is one of the most visited beaches of the coastal area of Vila Nova de Gaia. Besides walking, you can reach it walking along the pedestrian walk that passes through the nearly 18 miles of beaches in Vila Nova de Gaia. We came walking from the Capela do Senhor da Pedra and we had a drink at one of the beachside bars. Next to the beach you can visit the Aguda Dunes Park.
Cedóvem, the beach is located a little outside the historic center of Apulia, when going towards the north. It begins near the windmills and extends for several kilometers. It has great sand, but there a lot of rocks, so bathing is not very pleasant and swimming can be dangerous because it is an unsupervised beach, where high winds are very common. It is a nice quiet place for swimming, especially if you are with children, I recommend it as the best urban beach in Apulia.
At the mouth of the Douro there's a beach called Praia do Titan, it's in Matosinhos and can be easily reached by metro. The beach is very nice and well maintained, if dirty. Besides the beach and the dam, there's a walkway that runs along the beach, almost to the Porto aquarium - it's a very nice place to visit.
It is a lovely long beach (about 3 or 4 km) in the bird sanctuary do Mindelo, surrounded by dunes so there are areas without access. Another attraction is the low influx of people, and its golden sand. I recommend you go prepared for wind because in this zone it is quite windy. It offers the following services: disabled access, library, bar, restaurant, showers, sanitary facilities and lifeguards. In the restaurant "The Areal" one can eat for a more than a fair price, and the staff is very nice and it has lovely ocean views and the beach.
Following Redonda beach is Salgueira beach, only separated by the Esplanada do Carvalhido. As I said though, the beaches have different names, but are identical. In short, Blue Flag, long stretch of golden sand, windy summer frequent fogs and rocks in the water. Idyllic to behold, but uncomfortable to enjoy.
Soft Sea Beach is across from Fort of San Juan Bautista and the Cávado estuary. It's Blue Flag and is integrated within the Natural Park of the North Coast. It's an extensive beach of fine golden sand and crystal blue waters, though not much swell as it's protected by the Cávado estuary. It's a very windy area so it's ideal for windsurfers/kite surfing, but not for those who simply want to lie back and enjoy the sun. Next to the beach there's a restaurant-cafe, ice cream kiosk, beach library (open summer only) and recreational area.