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AVEIRO
CYCLE
Aveiro provides BUGAs, bicycles that can be hired for 1€ and are an excellent means of exploring the city. (234 380 560. Rua Batalhão de Caçadores, 10- Loja Buga; Winter: 10 am – 6 pm; Summer: 10 am - 7 pm)
KITESURFING, WINDSURFING AND DIVING FOR BEGINNERS
The calm, fairly shallow waters and lack of obstacles and holiday crowds make this the ideal place for learning and practising kitesurfing, windsurfing and diving.
SÃO JACINTO DUNES NATURE RESERVE
The entire region lay below sea level until the 9th. century, but from this time onwards a line of dunes began to develop, originating in the Aveiro estuary. By the 18th. century the estuary was no longer connected to the sea and in the 19th. century it was decided that a canal needed to be opened up so that the area inside the estuary could flow into the ocean once again. The 700 hectare reserve includes woods and groves of trees, as well as a 3.5 km line of dunes (the only one of its kind in Portugal) reached by a boardwalk. A good place for bird watching. Enter the reserve at the Information Centre on the N 327. The most direct way to get there is by boat, although the timetable may vary and it is best to obtain information about transport and times from the Tourist Office. Visits must be booked in advance (234 331 282 or 960 335 438. São Jacinto. Visits at 9.30 am and 2 pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays. 7 km walk, lasting 2h 30m. €2).
THE ART NOUVEAU ROUTE
In Aveiro you will find beautiful examplars of the Art Nouveau Style.
TRIP ON A MOLICEIRO BOAT ALONG THE AVEIRO ESTUARY
You will be amazed by the natural beauty of the canals in the Aveiro estuary, seen from the helm of a traditional boat. (Tickets on sale at the Tourist Office. 234 420 760. Rua João Mendonça; 10 am – 6 pm, every day; 45 min. trip, around 5€).
TRIP TO COSTA NOVA
Facing the wild Atlantic with the estuary behind it, this area of the coast contains the beaches of Costa Nova. Here there are houses, holiday homes and other more traditional residences, the so-called “palheiros”, attractive wooden buildings painted with brightly coloured vertical stripes. The area has huge beaches, marked out by floating bridges, and the dunes are dotted with grasses and creepers. Exhilarating walks can be taken along the wooden boardwalks by the beach. The mouth of the River Vouga is also visible on the coastline, where a large lighthouse (the Barra lighthouse, one of the biggest in the world) scans the ocean throughout the night.
Lying 13 km west of Aveiro, this is one of the best beach areas in Portugal for water sports.
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