Jogging across the city by “runporto”
Almost 20 years after taking their first steps, Jorge Teixeira and the Runporto community have become one of the leading jogging communities in the north of the country. They now organise over 20 events a year. Inspired by Rui Veloso and Carlos Tê, they suggest jogging routes based on the popular local song “Porto Sentido”.
“Quem vem e atravessa o rio/ Junto à serra do Pilar” – When someone crosses the river / Under Serra do Pilar”
Jog along this typical fishermen’s territory. Run from D. Luís I bridge, all along Vila Nova de Gaia’s riverside and past the Cais de Gaia until you reach Afurada. You’ll enjoy the most beautiful views of Oporto.
“Quem te vê ao vir da ponte” – Who sees you crossing the bridge
Keeping close to the Douro River, after the Cais de Gaia you’ll pass by the Port Cellars, the Arrábida Bridge and, finally, rest in the Douro estuary’s local nature reserve, in the sandy stretches of Cabedelo.
“Por ruelas e calçadas/ Da Ribeira até à Foz” – “Down alleys and backstreets / From Ribeira down to Foz”
Start at the D. Luis I Bridge, designed by engineer Théophile Seyrig, who was a disciple of Gustave Eiffel. You can recognize it by its wrought iron arch. If you jog along the top deck, you’ll arrive at the Garden of Morro, in Vila Nova de Gaia.
“E esse teu ar grave e sério” – And that sombre, serious look of yours
A typical jogging route for locals is to follow Montevideo Avenue to Matosinhos Beach, stopping at the famous Anémona sculpture. It’s the work of Janet Echelman and honors the fishing community.
“Ver-te assim abandonado” – Seeing you so deserted
Contrary to the lyrics of the song, it is rare to find the city’s main park empty. Nonetheless, from the Anémona to Castelo do Queijo, there are 83 hectares of green space, and there’s always a secluded path to find.
“E é sempre a primeira vez” – And it’s always like a first time
Returning to Vila Nova de Gaia, the final suggestion is to jog along the natural treasures that are the beaches of the Atlantic coast south of the Douro River. It is 18 km of pure Porto Sentido.
Where to skate by “Porto Longboard”
In 2013, there was such a boom of longboarding fans that João Pinto and Sandro Marques felt the need to create a community that supports skaters and pushes for better conditions.
Casa da Música – Avenida da Boavista 604
An icon of the city, this building by architect Rem Koolhaas is the ideal spot to find company on a four-wheeled board. The weekly meeting, Longboarding Night Shred, takes place every Wednesday at 9:30 pm.
Avenida Dona Maria II
In Matosinhos, the Biquinha neighborhood is a training spot for downhill skaters, with the understanding of the local population. It’s a unique one-way downhill road.
Edifício Transparente – Via do Castelo do Queijo 395
In general, the seaside of Oporto allows practicing longboard skating. The large, glass Edifício Transparente, designed by Catalan Solà-Morales, is a particularly good place to do it.
Praça Guilherme Pinto
Inaugurated this year, this new square in Matosinhos is big news for the city’s skaters. It’s a spot with a smooth surface that’s ideal to practice Freestyle and Dancing.
Chaminé – Rua das Fábricas
In Canidelo, in Vila Nova de Gaia, the start of the downhill has a perfect spot: the Chaminé. You’ll find several possible circuits nearby, very little traffic and a sublime slope to start learning downhill skating.
FUTURO – the project that aims for 100,000 new trees to be planted in the Greater Oporto area and it’s associated movement FUN Porto (Native Urban Forests) are supported by the Municipality of Oporto. These educational initiatives for Sustainable Development seek to vastly expand native green areas in the city.
Jardim de São Lázaro – Passeio de São Lázaro 33
Inaugurated in 1834, the city’s first Municipal Garden was designed by João José Gomes. Highlights include the unusual chinaberry, native to Asia and Oceania, and the set of twelve magnificent large-flowered magnolias.
Jardim Botânico do Porto – Rua do Campo Alegre 1191
Here are the nooks, trees and splendid fauna that inspired a part of Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen’s writings. It has been open to the public since 1951.
Jardim da Casa Allen – Rua de António Cardoso 175
This garden surrounds a typically bourgeois 1920s palace. You’ll find some of the city’s greatest botanical treasures here, such as the charming Virginia tulip tree, the elegant red-leafed beech tree and the group of ancient pendulous linden trees.
Parque de S. Roque – Rua São Roque da Lameira 2040
A park with characteristic Romantic elements, from sculptures to lakes, caves and a boxwood maze. Inside the park there is an Environmental Education Center.