Foz Velha

An Oporto village by the sea

Foz Velha, or "Old Foz" was once a village on a hillside above the mouth of the Douro river, near Porto, Portugal. In the 19th century, it was incorporated into Foz do Douro, and is now part of the city. From the Aquaduct of Montebelo, tiny cobbled streets amble down to the river, past traditional Portuguese fishermen's houses jostling for space with modern construction. A sunny-day stroll through Foz Velha is time travel without tour buses or clamor, just a few seagulls for company.

The Douro meets the sea at Foz Velha.

The older homes in Foz Velha sport tiled facades, jalousied windows and clay roof tiles. Bougainvillea erupts over thick garden walls. Everywhere are splashes of Portuguese color.

St. John the Baptist Church in Foz Velha celebrates its 800th birthday in 2016! The current building was consecrated in 1763. In contrast to the church's somber exterior, it side chapels feature several gilded altarpieces.

At Rua do Passeio Alegre, there are cafes and a Sunday crafts market in the shade of ancient trees-a glorious summertime ramble!

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