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Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

1. Matosinhos: 1.5-Hour Surfing Experience

In small groups of 6 or fewer, get some hands-on experience on a surfboard, with the attentive assistance of an instructor who's been surfing for 25 years. Perfect for beginners, the course begins with a briefing on the experience and some safety regulations.   Get warmed up on the sand: learn techniques for standing on the board and paddling before moving into the water. Your experienced teacher will help you every step of the way, explaining everything you need to know. With high-quality equipment and your instructor catering to the specific needs and levels of each class, this is the best way to begin your surfing career in Matosinhos.

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Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram & Funicular Ticket

2. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram & Funicular Ticket

Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture, and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 2 days with one hop-on hop-off bus, tramcar, and cable car ticket. Discover the history of the city from its old monuments such as the Cathedral and Carmo Church, to cultural offerings such as Serralves and Casa da Música. With your cable car ticket, travel to the top of Guidais or Virtudes and enjoy panoramic views of the entire city. You could hop off at any of the city's best dining spots and try the famous Francesinha in Ribeira or seafood specialties in Matosinhos. On the bus, learn all about Porto's history and culture from the built-in audio guide system. Your ticket also includes entry to Quinta da Boeira where you can enjoy a port wine tasting and learn all about the history of Porto's wine culture.

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Porto: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

3. Porto: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 2 days, with 1 convenient hop-on, hop-off ticket. Easily reach the historical center of town, and visit popular spots like the Torre dos Clérigos, Fundação Serralves contemporary art foundation and gardens, the Casa da Música and the dining and entertainment options along the Cais de Gaia esplanade. Simply jump on board the Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tour buses with your 2-day ticket. The bus ticket includes the Historical Porto Tour and the Porto Castle Tour. Head out to the Foz do Douro or Matosinhos beaches and the Gaia Riverside area, or visit to the Tramcar Museum. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine when visiting one of the numerous cellars at Gais Port as well. With this hop-on, hop-off ticket, you'll be able to access the many fascinating destinations of Porto. Porto Castles Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Praça da República• Casa da Música/Rot. Da Boavista • Av. Boavista Hotéis • Fundação de Serralves • Castelo do Queijo/Sea Life Porto • Anémona• Matosinhos Restaurants • Tourism Office/Cruises Terminal • Matosinhos Beaches • Anémona • Passeio Alegre • Fluvial• Tramcar Museum • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars Historical Porto Tour • Cathedral/S. Bento Station• Sé Catedral/Cathedral• Praça da Batalha • Alfândega• Cordoaria/Clérigos • Carmo Church • Ribeira/River Cruise/Palácio Bolsa/Cálem Wine Cellars • Gaia Quay Caves Cálem • Porto viewpoint/Yeatman/Cálem Wine Cellars • Largo dos Aviadores • El Corte Inglês • City Hall • Jardim do Morro • Praça da Batalha

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Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

4. Porto: 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Experience an easy guided electric bike tour through the wonderful city of Porto - discovering its main sights and hidden gems in just a few hours. From the Douro Riverside to the natural City Park, choosing the e-bike will allow you to access hidden, quaint places that other modes of transport cannot reach. First, discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Cross the Douro River by boat and discover the port wine cellars of Gaia. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Then, cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Next, visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle). Finally, get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro, before returning to the starting point where your tour concludes. Upgrade your tour to a private experience - ideal for families or groups of friends - by picking the relevant option upon checkout.

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Porto: Surf Lesson on Azurara Beach with Optional Pickup

5. Porto: Surf Lesson on Azurara Beach with Optional Pickup

Enjoy a surf lesson that will teach you the essential techniques to start your surfing career while having fun. Whether you just want to try it once or really want to become a surfer, this activity is for you. Anyone can learn to surf with the right instructor and environment. The lessons take place at the beach of Azurara, one of the best surfing spots in the North of Portugal. The area is also a nature reserve, with sand dunes and clean water. The surf school is certified by the Portuguese Surfing Federation (FPS), has lessons year round for all levels. The lesson includes a certified surf instructor and all surfing equipment. You have the option to be picked up from central Porto and taken to the beach, or if you are already in Azurara, you can head straight to the surf school.

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Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

6. Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

See the sights of Porto by bike on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city's memorable monuments. Access areas that other vehicles can't reach and go further than you could on foot. Discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Cross the Douro River by boat and discover the port wine cellars of Gaia. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical fishing village of São Pedro da Afurada. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle), get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro.

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Porto: Sail the Douro River Private 3-Hour Cruise

7. Porto: Sail the Douro River Private 3-Hour Cruise

Experience the pleasure of sailing on the Atlantic sea with fabulous views of Porto on board the "Diva", a fantastic Beneteau First 35s5 boat designed by Jean Berret and the famous Philippe Stark. Discover Porto in a new way with this tour, and the opportunity to become part of the crew by helping to trim the sails and helm the boat. Start your private tour at Marina Porto Atlântico, in Leça da Palmeira. Then, pass Matosinhos beach and cross the Porto seafront to enter the Douro River. Continue up the river until you reach Ribeira, where you will be able to take in the magnificent views of Porto and Gaia. Enjoy soft drinks, beer, and local wine as you admire the scenic views.

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Porto Sunset Bike Tour

8. Porto Sunset Bike Tour

Discover the charms of Porto on a 3-hour sunset bike tour. Ride from the Douro River to the Porto City Park. Enjoy access to quaint and hidden places in the city that cannot be reached by other means of transportation. Also, see much more of the city than would be possible on a walking tour. Ride a new bike with your guide from the Old Town to the beaches of Porto, cross through the City Park and continue along the Gaia waterfront. The carefully chosen route mostly follows cycle paths through parks and other pedestrian areas. It is a safe and comfortable ride for anyone who is able to ride a bike.

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Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

9. Porto: Private 8-Hour City Highlights Tour

After being collected from your Porto accommodation, you will travel with your guide to the House of Music, which was inaugurated in 2005. From there you will travel to Clerigos Tower, which offers some of the best views over the city. Its doors opened on January 13, 1906, and haven't closed for 112 years. Following the tower, you will travel to the Lello Bookstore, which continues to satisfy everyone from literature lovers, to architecture students, to Harry Potter fans. You will next travel to Porto's historical center and Sao Bento Train Station. There you will discover the Porto Baixa (downtown), which is laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies), the city's focal point. This is where everything happens, and it is on this thoroughfare that you will find the imposing Oporto Municipal Council building. Afterwards, you will discover the Cathedral of Oporto, which is a church of Roman-Gothic structure. The next stage of your tour will lead you to "Palacio da Bolsa" and the San Francisco Church. The Palácio da Bolsa was built in the 19th century in a Neo-classical style, and has since been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Church of San Francisco was built in the 12th century, and was initially of Romanesque architecture before being transformed into Gothic style, then later into that of Baroque. The Cathedral of Oporto (or Porto Cathedral) is a church with a Roman-Gothic structure which began being built in the 12th century, later receiving several renovations in the 17th and 18th centuries. Inside it stands the medieval rosacea of the 12th century, and from outside you can enjoy the lateral galilee, a work of Nicolau Nasoni in 1736 which is decorated with tiles. Crossing the D. Luis Bridge, you will arrive in Gaia (the city on the opposing river bank). This is the spot where Port wine has been aged in hundreds of different cellars, and whilst there you will be able to visit one of those cellars. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your accommodation in Porto.

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Porto: Open Water Swimming

10. Porto: Open Water Swimming

Enjoy the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure on this open-water swimming tour in Porto. Meet your tour guide at Praia de Matosinhos Beach for a quick safety briefing and introduction. Next, enjoy a brief warm-up then jump into the sea for an acclimatisation swim nearby before beginning your adventure along the Porto coast. Enjoy an hour of exhilarating swimming time. In the company of your qualified guide, admire the panoramic views of Matosinhos. Your guide will also provide you with feedback throughout the tour and will take photos and videos which you can use to improve your technique. At the end of your ocean swimming experience, warm up with a hot mug of tea.

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What people are saying about Matosinhos

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 88 reviews

Fantastic trip! Saw some beautiful parts of Porto we never would never have got to on foot, a great experience to get to know the history and culture of Porto! Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, would highly recommend!!

Enjoyable experience surfing for the first time, was definitely tougher than expected. Accommodated our last minute plan changes, so can't complain.

Excellent experience, lots of patience with beginners like us, very friendly. Would certainly recommend!

Ivan was a good surfing teacher, we had a lit of fun, really recommend it for this price

Everything worked out great. Good on-site education. Would book again.