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Matosinhos, Portugal

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What is this?

From Porto to Angeiras and Matosinhos, this day-long excursion offers unique insight into the enduring traditions of Portuguese fishing. Did you know that more than 60% of the national sardine catch is consumed fresh in Portugal? That is how much the locals love their fish. You will uncover layers of maritime heritage rarely seen by outsiders. From watching the day's catch come ashore to participating in the lively fish market, each step of this tour is infused with authenticity and flavor. You'll witness the valor of local fishermen, engage in the lively atmosphere of a fish market, and savor the flavors of freshly caught seafood. Begin your day witnessing Porto's fishermen bring ashore their catch. Experience the lively fish market's energy, then visit a centuries-old Matosinhos canning factory, and see the art of preserving fish. Choose your own fresh fish at the Matosinhos Fish Market and indulge in a gourmet seafood lunch, including a special sardine-tasting with wine.

What makes this unique?

This tour is a celebration of Portugal's oceanic heritage, offering a window into the soul of its fishing communities and the rich flavors that define its culinary identity. It offers rare insights into Portugal's long-term love of the sea and seafood. It's a journey that weaves through the daily lives of local fishermen, showcasing their unwavering spirit and the traditional practices that have sustained generations. Known for its robust "World's Best Fish" brand, Matosinhos stands as a testament to Portugal's culinary excellence. Experience the city's rich history and vibrant culture. Witness the vibrancy of Matosinhos' fish market, the camaraderie of Angeiras' fishermen, and the rich history of a centuries-old sardine factory. The hands-on experiences, from assisting fishermen to personalizing your own sardine can, make this more than a tour—it helps you understand the heart of Portuguese heritage.

What is the profile of the host?

Guided by local experts with deep ties to the fishing community, this tour is led by individuals who share a passion for the sea and its traditions. Their knowledge and personal stories enrich the experience, bridging the gap between visitor and local.

What to bring?

Comfortable walking shoes and camera to capture the vibrant fishing culture. Appetite for fresh seafood and local flavors. Hat and sunscreen for protection along the coast. Curiosity and readiness for a hands-on experience.

How do we get there?

A private vehicle and an experienced guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Angeiras Beach.
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EUR 240
per person

Private experience

6 hours
This experience is exclusive and accommodates a minimum and maximum of 2 participants - to manage base costs and logistics. Included are: Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel in Porto. Guided tour through Porto, Angeiras, and Matosinhos. Interactive experiences with local fishermen. Visit to a historic canning factory with sardine tasting. Gourmet seafood lunch at the Matosinhos Fish Market. Personalized sardine can souvenir.
Offered in English, Portuguese, Spanish

Private experience

6 hours
This experience is exclusive and accommodates a minimum and maximum of 2 participants - to manage base costs and logistics. Included are: Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel in Porto. Guided tour through Porto, Angeiras, and Matosinhos. Interactive experiences with local fishermen. Visit to a historic canning factory with sardine tasting. Gourmet seafood lunch at the Matosinhos Fish Market. Personalized sardine can souvenir.
Offered in English, Portuguese, Spanish
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EUR 240
per person

Private experience

6 hours
This experience is exclusive and accommodates a minimum and maximum of 2 participants - to manage base costs and logistics. Included are: Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel in Porto. Guided tour through Porto, Angeiras, and Matosinhos. Interactive experiences with local fishermen. Visit to a historic canning factory with sardine tasting. Gourmet seafood lunch at the Matosinhos Fish Market. Personalized sardine can souvenir.
Offered in English, Portuguese, Spanish

Private experience

6 hours
This experience is exclusive and accommodates a minimum and maximum of 2 participants - to manage base costs and logistics. Included are: Pick-up and drop-off to your hotel in Porto. Guided tour through Porto, Angeiras, and Matosinhos. Interactive experiences with local fishermen. Visit to a historic canning factory with sardine tasting. Gourmet seafood lunch at the Matosinhos Fish Market. Personalized sardine can souvenir.
Offered in English, Portuguese, Spanish