Traditional pubs are rare in Porto, so Bonaparte’s, in Foz, is a popular location for British expats (although the pub’s own website describes itself as typically Irish). Neither Irish nor English, it is wonderfully historic and attractive pub.

The upstairs bar is the most popular with its open play layout and big screen, but it is the downstairs bar, with its old-fashioned booths, that you get an authentic pub feel.

Here you will bump into expats from a number of countries, and a lively atmosphere. However, this being Portugal, it doesn’t really get going until late, whereas UK pubs are busier early in the evening.

Founded in 1977, the wooden decor is dominated by an eclectic and diverse collection of items that adorn every nook and cranny. Bottles, games, gadgets, sports equipment, household items – it’s like sitting in an antique store, and the service is always friendly and relaxed.

What else is near Bonaparte pub in Foz

Foz do Douro (commonly referred to as Foz) is where the Rio Douro meets the Atlantic Ocean. Formerly a port for fishermen, Foz do Douro is an affluent suburb with some pleasant beaches of geological interest, though the water remains cold for swimming.

At the southern end of is the chapel lighthouse of Farol de São Miguel.

Stroll along the many bars and restaurants by the seafront on Avenida do Brasil and Avenida do Montevideo.  The walk (or cycle ride) between Castelo de São João and the Castelo do Queijo (Cheese Castle) is a pleasant thing to do, and you can watch the waves splashing over the jagged rocks on the narrow beaches.

There is also a small military museum inside Castelo do Queijo, which is formally called Forte de Sao Francisco Xavier.

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