Not so much time to blog nowadays. Here are some nice photos from Portugal. Don’t forget to check my other posts or categories for more.
Posts Tagged ‘beach’
Today while checking the internet at work (sorry boss) I came across 2 nice videos with views from Portuguese beaches.
This is not from any destination I have covered in this blog and the creator of the video is just testing his new camera but i think the beauty of the images is worth it.
It’s winter in Portugal of course but snow is not common in Portugal. Especially not compared to the temperatures in central Europe, our January here had snow in some mountain districts but in the north coast the temperatures were always around 10ºC (50F) and we had some sunny days too.
In sunny days there was a considerable amount of people walking along the beach. The surfers also enjoy this days for some practice since, except some occasional brave person, they are the only ones in the water.
For more information about Matosinhos please check my other posts in this Category.
Photos were taken in January 2011.
More photos from Madeira Island:
Matosinhos – Oporto following the Atlantic Ocean and Douro River (map)
Please check the path I followed in this post: HERE
Matosinhos is a city in the metropolitan area of Oporto. It’s located northwest of Oporto near the Atlantic Ocean. This location made the city a reference in fishing and sea transport industries but it is being converted into a tourism destination in the last years. It houses the biggest artificial port in Portugal: “Leixões” which was built in the end of the 19th century and continuously improved until present day.
It is a regular destination for people from nearby Oporto city for jogging or biking along the coast line; for surfing; for drinks at the bars at the weekend; and because of the restaurants.
This connection between Matosinhos and the ocean lead to the creation of multiple restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood dishes.
Leaving from “Matosinhos Sul” metro station and following the avenue towards West you’ll reach Matosinhos beach. During winter the sand is usually empty except for the surfers getting their daily fix from the sea (photos taken a few days ago… December). On the northern side of the beach there is a group of statues dedicated to the suffering of the wives and daughters who remain at land waiting for their men to return from the sea in times of storm.
“Praça da Cidade do Salvador”
Also known as “Fisherman’s roundabout” has a giant hanging net in its center dedicated to the fisherman from Matosinhos. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as “Anemone roundabout” because of the shape of the net.
Note: Photos taken 1st – 12th December, 2009