Trip by the Coast - From Mira to Gaia. (Portugal)

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  1. Tigerswift

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    It was early autumn but summer, because it came late this year, had decided to stay for a while longer ... extreme heat is always hard to bear when traveling on a motorcycle and we were somewhat apprehensive about the temperatures. But in a turnaround, when we left the city of Coimbra on the last day of September, the temperatures were much lower and the sky covered by a dense fog ... and it would be more or less this scenario that would accompany us throughout the day, along the coast, to the surroundings of Vila Nova de Gaia.

    Less than 50 km later, we were arriving at Mira beach, still in the district of Coimbra and one of the summer destinations of choice for those who live in the center region of Portugal. The sky was cloudy and the sea was ragged. And the smell of the sea ... fabulous. True smelling of the real sea. We stopped for a moment to see the beach, with its long sandy beach and several fishing boats resting on the beach. Hundreds of seagulls, walking in the sand. Inbred with the Atlantic atmosphere, we had as next stop another beach, the beach of Vagos or Vagueira, this already in the district of Aveiro. Also here the sea shows its strength. Being uninviting at bathing temperatures, people took advantage of the walkway to exercise or simply relax.

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    We continued our journey along the called “Silver Coast” and soon we reached one of the most picturesque places in the area, the Costa Nova beach, celebrated by its "haystacks", painted with colorful stripes and that give a unique beauty to this local. These buildings, formerly used as warehouses by fishermen, were almost entirely recovered as dwelling houses. It was a party day in Costa Nova, with the right to procession and everything ... to us, spoiled the plans to stop there ... it was a sea of people and cars and we ended up fleeing to a place called Barra, where we were able to stop with no problems. We were surprised by the life of these lands, full of people on a Sunday morning, enjoying the natural resources they have. Besides the Atlantic coast and its numerous beaches, this area also offers a riverside front, the famous estuary of Aveiro, with excellent places to practice water sports.

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    Next to the beach of Barra, we were amazed by is lighthouse, the highest in Portugal and marks the union of the estuary with the sea. The lighthouse is visitable, but only by booking, which meant that we could only admire it from the outside ...

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    We moved away from the coast to visit the city of Aveiro, also known as the Portuguese Venice, because of its canals. We assumed the roll of typical tourists and went there to take a stroll on a “Moliceiro”, a typical boat of this region, which runs through the city from the newest part to the old fishing district, now revitalized and home to several cultural activities. We could not end this visit without eating one of Aveiro's typical candies, the soft shells with egg cream. The sweet guts, another typical sweet, will have to stay for the next visit ...

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    In the Forte da Barra, we took the ferry and on a very short trip, we crossed the ria to reach São Jacinto vilage, holder of a natural reserve, with about 700 hectares of fixed and mobile dunes, populated by diverse species of fauna and flora.

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    And it was with the Natural Reserve on one side and the Aveiro Lagoon on the other side, that we were continue our trip. If until now the trip had been relatively quiet, from this moment the traffic changed radically, with queues and more queues ... it seems that everyone was leaving the beaches and returning home, although the weather is not exactly nice . There we were escaping, again towards the Atlantic. The next stop, the last before we reached the goal of the day, would be at Beach of Senhor da Pedra (Sir of the Stone), in Arcozelo village. We had already seen numerous photographs of this beach, with its particular chapel, erected on a rock by the sea and surrounded by sea water in the full tide. Dating back to 1686, this chapel, one of the few facing the back to the sea, have been the scene of pagan worships before being converted to Christianity.

    It does have a mysterious aura. If it were not the dozens of people around it and the scenery would be perfect.

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    The day was coming to the end and the fog was beginning to thicken... When we finally reached our destination, the Madalena Camping Park, a light rain was falling, which would make us company for the rest of the night.

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    Hope you guys liked! J



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