Foz do Douro is situated in the western part of Porto where the Douro River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Foz is in a privileged location and is a very sophisticated neighbourhood with stunning mansions. It is one of the most expensive parts of the city to live in.
Foz houses numerous landmarks including two forts. The Fortress São João Baptista da Foz is a stronghold constructed in the late sixteenth century to safeguard the mouth of the Douro.
If you want to visit the Fortress, we suggest walking down the promenade on the Douro’s riverbank in direction of Matosinhos. It is not too far away and you’ll enjoy the stunning views over the waterway.
After exploring São João Baptista da Foz, keep walking down the promenade (the Ocean should be on your left) and you’ll come to another fortification. Fort of São Francisco do Queijo, also called Castle of the Cheese, dates back to the fifteenth century and although it is small, it offers a beautiful view of the angry waves crashing against the rocks.