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Conservas Pinhais

100+ years perfecting the art of canning fish by hand
 

Where else in the world could you visit an artisanal fish canning factory in action? At Conservas Pinhais, every step from purchasing fish fresh from the local market to cleaning, cooking, marinating, canning and wrapping them in beautiful prints is done by the hands of 120+ proud neighborhood workers. Exchange smiles with them, ask questions and absorb information from your friendly guide as you tour, not a fancy showroom, but a buzzing factory.

As part of what used to be Matosinhos’ booming, 54-factory-fueled fish cannery industry in the early 1900s, Pinhais is one of the last two that survived WW2, Portugal’s petrol and oil crises, dictatorship, 2010 financial crisis and, now, also COVID19. Its worn floors, tiled walls, work benches and winding, wooden staircase are all original, as are its secret tomato sauce and other marinades made with fresh ingredients from small, local purveyors.

Of course, this authentic, delicious and memorable experience through Portugal’s only non-mechanized fish cannery, teeming in modest national savoir-faire, unparalleled quality and international success, ends with a taste of sardines on fresh bread with a glass of wine and visit to the gift shop.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THEIR CONSERVAS PINHAIS FACTORY VISIT!

“I couldn't believe how close you could get to all aspects of the the production! And the fact that it is all done by hand really make the visit super special and educational."
- Neal H., Napa, CA

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FARAH'S PARTNER FAQs

What is the CONSERVAS PINHAIS FACTORY most known for?

Canned sardines, mackerel, horse mackerel, sardine eggs, in olive oil, spicy oil, tomato sauce and other marinades as well as fish patés.

Are reservations required for the FACTORY VISIT?

Yes, book your visit here.

How difficult is it to get there?

Not difficult at all! 20 min by taxi or Uber, or an easy 45 min trip from Porto on public transport; find the nearest metro serving line A towards Senhor do Matosinhos or bus stop serving line 507 toward Mar Shopping.

Is the FACTORY family friendly?

Yes, it is!

Are there other activities or places to visit near the FacTOry?

There are a lot of fun activities and places to see in the area: Take a walk or rent a bike check out the nearby Parque de Ciudad; jump in the Atlantic Ocean or sign up for a surf lesson; peruse the stalls of seasonal produce and feast on fresh seafood at Matosinhos Market; sit down for a more formal, traditional seafood dining experience at 5 Océanos; check out nearby Leça de Palmeiras public ocean baths carved out of the cliffs by the famous Porutguese architect Siza Vieira.

Have more questions? Reach out directly to Conservas Pinhais to learn more.

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