Leca Do Balio Vacations

Leca Do Balio is a popular place for visitors to explore while in Porto, Portugal, a city of 250,000 people. The area sits 3 miles (5 kilometers) to the southeast of Dr. Francisco de Sa Carneiro Airport, and only 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the city's central business district area.

Leca Do Balio is within easy reach of many of Porto’s attractions. Two of the most interesting places to see are the fabulous MAR Shopping and the incredible Porto International Fair. And if your schedule allows, be sure to visit Matosinhos Beach and the Leixoes Sea Port.

Vacationers in Leca Do Balio, looking for something a little out of the ordinary, will appreciate the nearby cultural attractions. Explore, learn and discover in the most popular museums such as the Stock Exchange Palace, the Museum of Port Wine and the Center for Portuguese Photography. The area is a great place for lovers of art. Make sure you see the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. To catch home-grown and touring acts, spend an evening at the Casa da Musica, one of the region’s best-loved performing arts venues.

When it’s time to escape the bustling streets of Porto, head to the nearby outdoor areas. Inhale the salty air, play catch with the kids and catch some sunshine at nearby the Leca da Palmeira Beach in Matosinhos.

Holiday makers visiting Porto should not miss out on Porto Cathedral, the Crystal Palace Gardens and Ribeira Square. Whatever your religious background, you’ll be moved by the serene atmosphere at Leca Do Balio’s holy places like the Church of Sao Francisco, Clerigos Church and Carmelitas Church.

If you like to grab a bargain, explore Norte Shopping and the Ferreira Borges Market.

Those who are traveling without kids will enjoy an hour or two at Sandeman Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, Rozes Cellars and the Cockburn Smithes Cellars.

Nearby Bessa Stadium is a great place cheer along with fellow lovers of soccer, and to see local legends, the Boavista F.C., in action. On match days the stadium is filled with black and white, as crowds join together to cheer on their home-grown heroes.

Finding somewhere handy to stay in the Leca Do Balio area is easy. The Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira, the Mercure Porto Centro Hotel and the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa are just three of the best places to stay while you are enjoying this special area.

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