From Porto south to the waves of the Atlantic
An hour's train ride from Porto takes us to Aveiro, sometimes called Venice in Portugal. It is another half hour by bus from here to the original fishing village of Costa Nova on the Atlantic Ocean.
Road to Aveira
Every hour there is a train from Sao Bento Station from Sao Bento Station to Aveiro. It can also be reached on the opposite bank of the Porta in Vila Nova de Gaia. After an hour's drive, we get off at the modern train station, but right next to it we admire the original, old, covered with typical tiled decoration. Just around the corner we get on the bus in the direction of the Atlantic.
After half an hour of traveling by bus, we are there. Even before the tourist traffic arrived, there was an original fishing village. A reminder of this time are the facades of some houses with typical vertical stripes.
The village lies on a long peninsula between the bay on the one hand and the stormy waters of the Atlantic on the other. It is separated from the ocean by sand dunes, between which we move comfortably along wooden walkways.
We walk along the infinitely long beach. We are completely alone here in March: I can imagine that there can be a nice rush in the high season. In the distance rises the tallest Portuguese lighthouse Praia da Barra, 62 meters high.
We return to the village. We listen to local advice and try fresh fish to eat. So my recommendation is: Caldeirada, a stew of three kinds of fish, broth with potatoes, onions and peppers. Served for two people in a large pot, famous food. Vinho Verde, light with a pleasant acidity, goes well with such a meal. Enjoy your meal.
We end the day outside Porto in Aveiro. The water canals gave the city the nickname of Venice, Portugal. „Moliceiros“ run along the canals, narrow ships that were originally used to transport seaweed from the bay next to the Costa Nova.
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