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Along the coast of Centro de Portugal

Place: Figueira da Foz
Photo: Turismo Centro de Portugal
Photo: Turismo Centro de Portugal

Don't miss
  • practise sports on the sandy strip at Figueira da Foz
  • taste grilled fish on a terrace by the sea
  • go for a trip on the Ria de Aveiro in a moliceiro (a typical boat of the region)
  • watch waterbirds in the Dunas de São Jacinto Nature Reserve
  • watch the return of the fishing boats on the Mira or Vagueira Beaches
  • taste pão-de-ló from Ovar

Wide sandy beaches framed by hillsides and protected by dunes and pinewoods, with fine sand and deep blue choppy seas… such is the coast of Centro de Portugal. Images of great beauty that you can discover on a ride along the coast from Figueira da Foz to Esmoriz.

From Figueira to Mira
Lively and buoyant, Figueira da Foz is one of the main holiday resorts. Besides the long sandy strip, where you can play football, volleyball and countless activities, its casino has also been famous since the late 19th century, when the aristocracy filled its elegant halls. Today the town hosts a number of sports events, from surfing to motorboating, sailing to beach rugby, never losing its cosmopolitan feel. Cyclists and skaters are a fixture in all weathers on its promenade, which leads you to Buarcos Beach, protected from the northerly winds by the Mondego Cape.

If you take the forest road, you will get to another beach – Quiaios, an attractive village of small houses. To the north, you will find the Vela and Braças Lagoons, an area for picnics and watching waterbirds. Further along is Tocha beach. Here you can admire the ingenious construction of the old palheiros, cabins perched on pine stilts, built by fishermen using timber from the local woods. They were used to store their implements and nowadays many are holiday houses. The strip of golden sand extends to the wild, almost deserted Palheirão Beach, an untouched piece of nature surrounded by pinewoods.

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