Oporto: Castelo da Foz

This post is part of  Matosinhos – Oporto following the Atlantic Ocean and Douro River, please check the Index page for the other posts following the same tour.

Castelo da Foz


“Castelo da Foz” is also known as “John the Baptist Fort”. It was built in the end of the 16th century for the defense of the Atlantic coast and the entrance to the Douro River. The building of the castle absorbed the Church (in renaissance style) that was previously in the same place.

There is no ticket required to visit the castle but the place is not crowded at all, there was only one other tourist when I visited, no one else!

Art Exposition inside

There was a painting/art exhibition in a large room inside, the only person there was the artist himself. He confirmed me that one can explore the Castle at his own will but there are some rooms off-limits where apparently there are some administrative offices.

From the balcony outside it is visible that some parts of the Castle have suffered the passage of time. There’s a good view of the mouth of the Douro River.

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3 Responses to “Oporto: Castelo da Foz”

  1. Tina Says:

    I would like to see the paintings, what´s the painters name? Is it someone local or someone more famous? Very interesting blog you have! Thank you! for stopping by my blog

    • thelocalguide Says:

      I should had taken more photos of the paintings, I’m sorry about that 😦 was too focused on the Castle itself.

      The name of the painter was Joana Coda if I remember it right and I think she’s a local. If you want I can find more information but don’t think I’ll have a chance of photographing the paintings again.

  2. sachristensen Says:


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