Figueira da Foz

Figueira da Foz is a seaside resort on the Beira Litoral in Central Portugal, situated at the mouth of the Mondego River west of Coimbra. It boasts a long waterfront promenade, Europe's widest urban beach and one of Portugal's few casinos.

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Mercure Figueira da Foz

The erstwhile Grand Hotel is a beachfront property of a listed status due to its modernist architecture and continued operation. Inside you will find a mixture of heritage design features and modern comforts, if a bit in a need for an update.

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Serra da Boa Viagem

A green hill rising above Figueira to its north, it overlooks the Atlantic coast and the Cabo Mondego, and thus sees the departing boats on their way - hence the name, referring to the traditional greetings extended to travellers.

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Palacio Sotto Mayor

This opulent residence of a gentleman named Joaquim Sotto Mayor was built in late 19th century and comprises multiple buildings in a fenced garden. Today, it serves as a congress centre.

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Eurostars Oasis Plaza

The spectacular oyster-shaped design of the glazed tower hosting the hotel stands out on the waterfront, and the service and standard earn it top notes from guests.

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Torre do Relógio

The modernist clock tower stands on the waterfront promenade, built between 1942 and 1947 to the design by architect João António de Aguiar.

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ibis Figueira da Foz

A standard, if slightly dated, ibis, skillfully hidden in a historic building in charming side street off the waterfront.

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Careca Surf Camp

Surf courses for beginners of all ages. Will guide advanced surfers to the spots around Figueira da Foz.

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Cabo Mondego

The cape extending into the Atlantic north of Figueira, featuring a histori lighthouse (''faro'')

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Figueira Surf Centre

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About Figueira da Foz

The name of the city is most probably derived from disused Latin and proto-Portuguese terminology referring to its location on the mouth of the river Mondego, whose name itself refers to it entering the Atlantic ocean. The favourable location led to humans settling in the area early on, although the city appears in record only in the 10th century. It has seen tremendous development thanks to advances in seafaring and later industrial revolution, and it was not until late 19th century that is became a seaside resort and underwent yet another transformation since then. Figueira da Foz is the second most populous municipality in the Coimbra district after Coimbra itself. While ostensibly a resort, its port is also of major significance to trade and several major industries are located within the municipality, including large paper, glass and cement factories.

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