Fodor's Expert Review Praia de Miramar
It may lack Lisbon’s sunshine, but the Porto coast still has picture-perfect beaches. Just 6 miles south of the city is the pretty seaside town of Miramar, where 17th-century chapel Capela do Senhora Pedra sits proudly amid the waves on a rocky headland that juts out from the sandy beach. Still pleasantly uncrowded, Praia de Miramar is good for swimming in the summer, while the wind whips up surfer-pleasing waves in the chilly winter. Amenities: parking (no fee); food and drink; water sports. Best for: surfing; swimming; walking.