Monumento Tragedia no Mar, Leca da Palmeira

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From the earliest times to the utmost state-of-the-art projects, Matosinhos offers, unforgettably, unique travel and experiences to shape up your life.

Matosinhos captivates by what it has to offer and, above all, for what makes it happen.

One has to consider its history, heritage and tradition, and its future planning, never forgetting, of course, the unique flavor of sardines on bread.

It is culture, art; it’s a design district, leisure, technology, a sign of modern times.

But Matosinhos is much more than this, it is street life, night scene, animation, light, color and sound, it is life and is, after all, where everything happens.

Matosinhos is, inevitably, sea, beach, surfing, diving and snorkeling, sport and movement, offering a wide and unique coastline where the green gets lost in the blue.

Matosinhos is also faith, pilgrimage and tradition, not only as a waypoint on the Camino de Santiago, but also in the feasts and festivals, with special emphasis on the “Senhor de Matosinhos” festivities, whose main church of the city, the Igreja do Bom Jesus worthy of a mandatory visit.

Proudly assuming itself as the dining-room area of the region, you cannot miss the sardines, the fresh shellfish and the stories of the people who got lost at sea, to bring you it at your table.

Additionally, Matosinhos is pen, sketch ... it is work! From the vast architectural heritage, there are many of Álvaro Siza's testimony here, his homeland, emphasizing the Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, a luxury dream like restaurant and the Piscina das Marés, a saltwater pool built between the maritime landscapes, both classified as "National Monuments".

Whichever way you choose to come by, whether on foot, by car, bike, bus, boat or by plane ...

When you fall in love with Matosinhos, it will be forever.
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  • This sculpture right on the beach is a must-see. The history behind it is explained and when you see how the artist has depicted the suffering you will be amazed. Incredible!  more »
  • Loved this sculpture but wasnt quick enough to get a photo of it. It shows a cross section of family members beseeching the sea to return their loved ones. It is a memorial to the local fishermen who....  more »
  • Very sad 😥 "tragedy of the sea" on 2 December 1947 off the coast of Port leixoes. fishing boats sank with the loss of 152 crew.
  • Quite a sad sculpture. You can read about the disaster in English and Portugese on a plaque.

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