Top 10 Things to do in Figueira da Foz, Portugal

October 25, 2017 Alida England

Figueira da Foz (Portuguese pronunciation: [fiˈɣɐjɾɐ ðɐ ˈfɔʃ]), also known as Figueira for short, is a city and a municipality in the Coimbra District, in Portugal. Practically at the midpoint of Iberian Peninsula's western coast, it is located at the mouth of the Mondego River, 40 km west of Coimbra, and sheltered by hills (Serra da Boa Viagem). The population in 2011 was 62,125, in an area of 379.05 km². The city of Figueira da Foz proper has a population of 46,600. It is the second largest city in the district of Coimbra.
Restaurants in Figueira da Foz

1. Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach)

Figueira da Foz, 3080 | Zona Centro de Portugal, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
Excellent
35%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
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4 based on 620 reviews

Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach)

Reviewed By Kawakwa - Vernon, Canada

We visited a early October...water was a bit chilly to swim but nice walking on the sand or the beautiful board walks... walks include a cycling lane as well... numerous small cafes and bars.. some closed for the season but lots to service the small numbers of visitors... I suspect that this crazy busy in July and August...

2. Nucleo Museologico do Sal

Armazens de Lavos - Lavos, Figueira da Foz, Portugal +351 966 344 488
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 89 reviews

Nucleo Museologico do Sal

Reviewed By Curfew156 - Melbourne, Australia

You will need a car to get to this location. Drive over the bridge and follow the signs. On the other side of the bridge you turn left at the roundabout then drive a further 2-3 kms, then turn right at some shops (signed) and drive out a little dirt road for about 1km.
We arrived
about 1pm and there wa s already a tour underway. The next tour was not till 2.30. However the lady gave us heaps of information about the process to make salt. I don't think that should would normally do this, but she said we were from so far away (Australia) that she wanted to tell us about it. She spoke excellent English.

3. Mondego River

Estrada Serra da Boa Viagem, Figueira da Foz 3080-008, Portugal
Excellent
36%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 50 reviews

Mondego River

Reviewed By Rui S - Coimbra, Portugal

Take a trip on the Basofias boat, its worth it and you can admire both sides of the city. Its takes about an hour and you pay like 6 euros or something so, not that expensive. You have also a small bar on the boat .

4. Santa Catarina Fortress

Figueira da Foz, Portugal
Excellent
15%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 77 reviews

Santa Catarina Fortress

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

After our visit to the castle of Montemor-o-Velho, we hit the road again in the direction of “Figueira-da-Foz” who is about 18 km further on the same road.
When you arrive you will have to drive until the gasoline station and turn than right, follow this street with on your left the see and small harbour, after about, 1,2 km you will see on your left a parking place, and on your right you will see what is left over from the “Fortress of Santa Catarina”.
Park the car (for free in September) and doing so you can walk around to see the fortress which is closed for public.
It has being built in the 15th century. This in order to protect the entrance from boats (Corsairs) coming from the sea into the “Mondego river”.
It had about 15 pieces of artillery from different calibre.
It has also a “Lighthouse”, they stopped to use this in 1991.
For the rest it is nothing special but worth to have a small stop and to take some pictures.

5. Cabo Mondego Viewpoint

Serra da Boa Viagem, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
Excellent
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4 based on 35 reviews

Cabo Mondego Viewpoint

Reviewed By vitorbabrazil - Salvador, Brazil

I failed to understand why the Beaches of Figueira were so highly recommended, they have absolutely nothing of unique!
Therefore, the comparison with Copacabana is just laughable, to say the least!
This viewpoint is not that bad but you overlook nothing special, so...
One must be very careful with kids there, it's always very windy anyway.
I would neither go back to Figueira, let alone drive all the way up to that viewpoint!

6. Palacio Sotto Maior

Rua Joaquim Sotto Mayor | 3080-209, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
Excellent
28%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 45 reviews

Palacio Sotto Maior

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

So after the casino we went to visit the “Palaçio Sotto Mayor” situated almost in the middle of Figueira da Foz, it is a palace which is built by Joaquim Sotto Mayor in the 20th century in the French construction style, by a project of Gaston Landeck.
This “Palace” was made to have weddings and has on his interior divided over 5 floors very nice saloons and fine pieces of furniture and is decorated with works of different Portuguese artists from that time.
So the Portuguese people describe it as the most divine place for having his wedding, civil ceremonials or religious ones, cocktails and receptions all of this mixed with a splendid view over the beach.
It is normally closed for tourists, so you only can see it from the outside, but anyhow it is a place worth to see during your visit.

7. Nucleo Museologico do Mar

Rua Governador Soares Nogueira, 32, Figueira da Foz 3080-296, Portugal +351 233 413 490
Excellent
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Good
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4 based on 15 reviews

Nucleo Museologico do Mar

Reviewed By Damien M - Ipswich, United Kingdom

Located in Buarcos adjacent to Figueira da Foz this small museum offers a fascinating insight into local maritime history, focusing principally on the fishing industry. The endurance, resilience and sacrifices of local fishermen and their families are clearly presented, together with information and displays of...MoreThanks!

8. Santos Rocha Municipal Museum

Rua Calouste Gulbenkian, Figueira da Foz 3080-084, Portugal +351 233 402 840
Excellent
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Good
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4 based on 20 reviews

Santos Rocha Municipal Museum

Reviewed By Paweł C

The place has a great collection to see. Visiting it could be a great history lesson. Personally, I really enjoyed military collection.

9. Coliseu Figueirense na Figueira da Foz

Largo do Coliseu, Figueira da Foz 3080-171, Portugal
Excellent
12%
Good
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Satisfactory
31%
Poor
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Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 41 reviews

Coliseu Figueirense na Figueira da Foz

Reviewed By Eli B - Sydney, Australia

Lively and cosmopolitan,this is one popular resort town that has a marina,casino and a wide curving beach with real breakers for surfers. this is a place that exudes jolity. its got les hedonistic attractions in the municipal museum with its eclectic archeological displays of music,photos,carpets,furniture,etc.
but for sheer amazement,the interior of the Casa do Paco is a magnet,not to be missed with its cache of 8000 Delfi tiles taken from a shipwreck. the fortress makes for a good climb before lunch,the choice being generous and if seafood rocks your taste buds,you are in good territory.

10. Praia da Murtinheira

Rua Manuel Bento, Figueira da Foz, Portugal
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Praia da Murtinheira

Reviewed By Klaus S - Sankt Polten, Austria

If you would like to have a lonely beach at the Atlantic coast with some basic amenities, take this one. It is definitely worth driving the way down to this place, it is simply perfect, super waves, only a few people, but still some technical infrastructure. Can not be better!

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