Gafanha da Nazaré

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  • Feb20

    Museum or Beach? The Beach Won.

    February 20, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Ten kilometres, or 6 miles, away from the city of Aveiro, there is a beach area called Costa Nova. It is on a sandy spit that runs in a north-south direction from the outer, southern mouth of the Aveiro lagoon. The western side is on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular spot for surfers, while the eastern side faces the calm waters of a lagoon, making it look like a good place for kayaking, kite surfing, wind surfing and other water-based activities.

    We took a bus to the end of the line and ended up near the tourist office and in an area of colourful houses and restaurants.

    The houses are called ‘palheiros’ (haystacks) and are pretty, wooden buildings that are painted in candy stripes which create a fun, summery feeling to the area.

    Palheiros are the traditional houses built in this coastal region of Portugal. They provided shelter for groups of fishermen, as well as provided storage for the nets, machinery and animals that were used to haul the fishing boats onto the beach.

    Towards the end of the 19th century when it became fashionable to bathe in the sea, the local fishermen began to rent out their palheiros in the summer season and to paint the outside panels of these wooden houses in bright colours like the moliceiros, the boats used for harvesting seaweed in Aveiro.

    Today, the houses are mostly used as holiday homes although there are some permanent residences.

    We went into the fish market and saw at least 20 different kinds of fish, as well as shellfish, barnacles and even wiggling, black eels. Eating fresh seafood in this town can be done in the restaurant above the market as well as in numerous small restaurants on the strip.

    A ten minute walk to the other side of the sand spit took us to some grassy, sand dunes and to the wide and sandy beach. Boardwalks have been built over the dunes to ensure that people will not spoil the natural habitat. We loved walking on them and even sat on one of the many benches and enjoyed the ocean views.

    No swimmers or sunbathers but we can imagine the beach to be full of families during the hot summer months.

    After a leisurely lunch of pizza, seafood salad and sangria, we caught the next bus back to town. It was the perfect little day trip from Aveiro, on a sunny day.

    P.S. On the bus trip, we saw what looked like huge piles of snow, but When we got closer we saw that they were huge piles of sea salt.
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  • Day7

    Aveiro - Lagunen und mehr

    June 25, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Wieder geht es mit dem Zug los; dieses Mal südlich von Porto an die Lagune Ria de Aveiro in die gleichnamige Stadt.
    Unzählige Kanäle mit den bunten Barcos Moliceiros - früher zum Seetang fischen genutzt - begrüßen mich im Centro.
    Ebenso wie wunderschöne Jugendstil Häuser - viele restauriert, andere brüchig und doch auch schön.
    50 Minuten lang geht es auf den Kanälen entlang, dann ergehe ich mir die Sehenswürdigkeiten.
    In einem kleinen Lokal das nur portugiesische Produkte verwendet gibt es Tapas und Weißwein. Ich esse das beste Brot seit langem - und alles andere begeistert mich ebenfalls.
    Dann spaziere ich noch zu einer der größeren Lagunen und genieße dort die Stille.
    Wieder zurück in Porto komme ich gerade recht für das Fußballspiel Portugal gegen den Iran.
    Welch eine Stimmung an jeder Ecke; am großen Platz bleibe ich und fiebere mit den anderen mit.
    Das Unentschieden wird wie ein Sieg gefeiert - so soll es auch sein.
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Gafanha da Nazaré, Gafanha da Nazare

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