The toponym Matosinhos is mentioned in the 11th century in reference to the village of Matesinus, which belonged to the monastery of Bouças. The history of the county has, in fact, always been linked to the history of this Monastery. It is believed that this building was constructed before the year of 944. In 1853 the town of Matosinhos was created and, after a short-lived rise as a county in 1867, which only lasted 20 days, the county was definitely created in 1909. Its elevation to city occurred on June 28th 1984. Located close to river Douro, Matosinhos is one of the largest cities in Porto's district, possessing one of the largest ports for entry of goods: the port of Leixões. This, together with the TIR terminal of Freixieiro and Exponor (Exhibition Park and Congress Center) are essential structures for the development and economy of the county. Contemporary architecture is a big bet in the city, most notably the works of Álvaro Siza Vieira, born in Matosinhos, as the Piscina das Marés and Casa de Chá da Boa Nova. But this is not all. Also names like Souto Moura, Fernando Távora and Alcino Soutinho have amazing works here. Its gastronomy benefits from the proximity of the sea, being the county known as the "dining room" of Porto district. In fact, the restaurants proliferate in Matosinhos, especially on the waterfront, where the bet in the fish and seafood is notorious.
What to do in Matosinhos
Mosteiro de Leça do Balio
The Monastery of Leça do Balio, that already existed in the 10th century, was profoundly altered during the 14th century according to plans by Estêvão Vasques Pimentel. During the 16th century it also underwent several interventions by Diogo Pires, o "Moço" (young lad). The monastery's church, restored in 1930, is one of the most important examples of gothic arquitecture in …
Forte Nossa Senhora das Neves / Castelo de Matosinhos
This construction of the 1600s is shaped like a 4 points star, each of them protected by sentry-boxes. The vestiges of this dfensive fortress may be viewed in the Dr. Antunes Guimarães avenue, the Rampa do Castelo and the Santa Catarina street.
Piscina das Marés
The "Piscina das Marés" (Tidal wave swimming pool) was created by the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Its construction started in 1961 and it was inaugurated in 1966.
Mercado de Matosinhos
Neste mercado encontra de tudo um pouco, desde as tradicionais bancas de venda de peixe e produtos hortícolas até uma variedade de restaurantes e cafés com oferta diferenciada e de qualidade.
Zona Marginal de Matosinhos
The marginal zone of Matosinhos is well harnessed, being a great space for a stroll on a hot summer day, having several cafes with terraces inviting to take a drink while watching the sea.
Museu da Quinta de Santiago
Built by João Santiago de Carvalho e Sousa at the end of the 19th century, according to a plan by the Italian architect Nicola Bigaglia. In 1968, the Town Hall of Matosinhos acquired the building and the surrounding garden and …
Igreja do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos
A Renaissance building of the 16th century, that underwent remodellation works in the 18th century according to plans by Nicolau Nasoni. Inside the temple, a special note to some of the most important golden carvings by baroque artists in the …
Quinta da Conceição
A magnificent green area, with leafy woods, ideal for strolling and for practising sports. A special note to the remnants of a manuelin door, part of a collection of various epochs and styles, the waterspouts and thee fountain of São …
Casa Museu Abel Salazar
After Abel Salazar passed away, in 1946, the Abel Salazar Foundation was created and it promoted the opening to the public of this House-Museum, with the exhibition of art works by the master. This is the place to enjoy small …
Casa da Arquitectura
Created in 2007, Casa da Arquitectura is a non-profit cultural entity that has been affirming itself in the field of content creation and programming for the national and international dissemination and affirmation of architecture in society. Its action involves not …
Farol de Leça
The Boa Nova Lighthouse began functioning in 1926 and housed the Lighthouse School until 1962. It is the second biggest lighthouse in the country with a tower 46 metres tall. Between 2003 and 2004 it underwent works which led to …
Zona Marginal da Boa Nova
The marginal zone of the newly restored good news resulted from a project of Álvaro Siza Vieira and António Madureira. Start your walk on the beach of the landfill, now with walkways through the dunes and passing by a Surf …
Padrão do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos
An 18th century monument composed of a granite crucifix covered by tiles and by a dome, with a square plan. The apostles are represented in the interior corners.
Praia Pedras do Corgo
A pleasant beach that is rather attended by young people.It has conditions for practising surf and windsurf. It has a pleasant terrace.
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Where to eat in Matosinhos
Contemporary, Portuguese, Vegetarian
“Ammar" o que fazemos, e ter o privilégio de o fazer à beira Mar, é simplesmente mágico. O conceito…
A restaurant that serves regional dishes and has a wide variety of fish and shellfish. Among the me…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A história reza que esta marisqueira, junto à praia de Matosinhos, já serve refeições desde 1957, s…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A well known restaurant in Matosinhos, with quality fish and shellfish. Effective service and pleas…
O restaurante S. Valentim, em Matosinhos, é um espaço requintado mas descontraído, com decoração a …
Author, Contemporary, Vegetarian
Num ambiente contemporâneo e intimista, a Esquina do Avesso - outrora Taberna da Esquina - nasceu …
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A refined restaurant located in a manor, with two dining rooms and a bar where the hors d'oeuvres a…
Exquisite space and well-attended, located near the beach of Leça da Palmeira, near the Castle. Res…
Author, Healthy Food, Vegetarian
Localizado em Leça da Palmeira, este restaurante de cozinha sazonal e orgânica com matriz vegetaria…
O restaurante Boa Nova, aposta do chef Rui Paula, traz o mar e o céu à mesa. Num cenário de rara be…
Where to sleep in Matosinhos
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