Leixoes is a major seaport in Portugal and known as the gateway to Porto. It's located near the estuary of the Douro River. This relatively small city is located in the Matosinhos districts on the outskirts of Porto.
Most cruise passengers leave Leixoes behind for an excursion to Porto, but on a sunny day Leixoes has more to offer than you would expect on first sight. Near the port area you can find several small bars and restaurants serving delicious fresh grilled sardines at their terrace. At the vast sandy beach you can take a nice walk or enjoy the view. It's a popular spot for locals and Porto citizens. You can also find some old fortifications.
A visit of the port city of Leixoes doesn't take too much time. You can easily explore the area on foot in a few hours time. You can also choose to pay a quick visit on your way back from your shore excursion to Porto.
Popular ports for an excursion to Leixoes (Porto) are: