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Murtosa is a town and municipality in Beira Litoral, Portugal.


Praia do Monte Branco beach.

Murtosa (moor-TOH-zuh, /muɾ.ˈto.zɐ/) municipality has 10,488 residents (2021 preliminary), with about 3,700 living in the town. The municipality is split in two by the Ria de Aveiro, a lagoon. The town of Torreira lies on the Atlantic Ocean, while Murtosa itself is inland on the lagoon.

Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

The nearest train station is at Estarreja. Auto Viação da Murtosa[dead link] provides bus connections into town.

The nearest motorways are the A1 (Autoestrada do Norte) from Porto and Lisbon, the A29 (Autoestrada da Costa da Prata) from Vila Nova de Gaia and Albergaria-a-Velha, and the A25 (Autoestrada das Beiras Litoral e Alta) from Viseu and Guarda.

Get around[edit]

Murtosa has Portugal's highest rate of bicycle usage, with 17% of the population using one to get to work or school. During the summer, free bike rentals are available at three locations. There are five bike and walking paths in the municipality.



The Ria de Aveiro in Torreira.
  • 1 Praia do Bico (Bico Beach). Sandy beach inland on Aveiro Lagoon.
  • 2 Praia do Monte Branco (Monte Branco Beach). Sandy Beach on Aveiro Lagoon, popular with families.
  • 3 Praia da Torreira (Torreira Beach). Popular sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean reachable via bicycle paths. Praia da Torreira (Q25420286) on Wikidata
  • 4 Ria de Aveiro (Aveiro Lagoon). The lagoon is a special protection area where birdwatchers can spot many species. Aveiro Lagoon (Q379557) on Wikidata Ria de Aveiro on Wikipedia





  • 1 Beach House Babylon. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Three-room guest house with free Wi-Fi and free parking. €45-62.
  • 2 Camping Torreira, Rua da Saudade, Torreira, +351 234 838 397, . Campground and bungalows. Rate list.
  • 3 Casa da Noquinhas, Rua dos Passadouros 36, Bunheiro, +351 964 917 037. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. Bed and breakfast with outdoor pool, sun terrace, solarium, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. Breakfast features vegetarian options. €42-65.
  • 4 Pousada Ria, Aveiro (Pousada da Torreira Murtosa, Ria de Aveiro), Bico do Muranzel, Torreira, +351 234 860 180, . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 11:00. Three-star, 20-room pousada. In the isthmus that connects Murtosa to the beaches of São Jacinto, the inn is set in a preserved area with a unique natural beauty. Surrounded by water, this is the ideal spot for fishing, water sports or going to the beautiful beaches which are near the Costa Nova's typical colourful houses. The 1960s building was constructed on pillars on the water. Amenities include outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, in-room balconies, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. €75-165. Pousada da Ria (Q10352197) on Wikidata Pousada da Ria on Wikipedia


  • Zonas Free Wi-Fi (Municipal Wi-Fi). Residents and visitors can connect to free Wi-Fi at nine locations throughout the municipality. Free.

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