Figueira da Foz
Figueira da Foz is the second most populous municipality in the Coimbra district after Coimbra itself. While ostensibly a resort, its port is also of major significance to trade and several major industries are located within the municipality, including large paper, glass and cement factories.
Figueira da Foz is the terminus of a side railway line extending from Coimbra. The only trains serving Figueira are the urbanos from Coimbra, taking a little over an hour to traverse the line and stopping at numerous towns along the way. The journey requires crossing all five fare zones and incurs a base fare of EUR 2,65 one way. Alternatively, some trains from Lisbon reach Alfarelos or Veride on said line, from where it takes just 30 minutes to get to Figueira on an urbano.
Travelling from Coimbra, Lisbon or Porto directly by car is actually up to two times quicker than taking the trains, due to numerous stops along the way.
Torre do RelógioThe modernist clock tower stands on the waterfront promenade, built between 1942 and 1947 to the design by architect João António de Aguiar.
Cabo MondegoThe cape extending into the Atlantic north of Figueira, featuring a histori lighthouse (faro)
Serra da Boa ViagemA green hill rising above Figueira to its north, it overlooks the Atlantic coast and the Cabo Mondego, and thus sees the departing boats on their way - hence the name, referring to the traditional greetings extended to travellers.
Palacio Sotto MayorThis opulent residence of a gentleman named Joaquim Sotto Mayor was built in late 19th century and comprises multiple buildings in a fenced garden. Today, it serves as a congress centre.
phone: +351 962401089Surf courses for beginners of all ages. Will guide advanced surfers to the spots around Figueira da Foz.
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ibis Figueira da FozA standard, if slightly dated, ibis, skillfully hidden in a historic building in charming side street off the waterfront.
Mercure Figueira da FozThe erstwhile Grand Hotel is a beachfront property of a listed status due to its modernist architecture and continued operation. Inside you will find a mixture of heritage design features and modern comforts, if a bit in a need for an update.
Eurostars Oasis PlazaThe spectacular oyster-shaped design of the glazed tower hosting the hotel stands out on the waterfront, and the service and standard earn it top notes from guests.
- An obvious destination along the way to Figueira da Foz, Coimbra is a beautiful historic city of much significance