Things to do in Ilhavo

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From Aveiro/Ilhavo: Barra, Costa Nova, and Vista Alegre Tour

1. From Aveiro/Ilhavo: Barra, Costa Nova, and Vista Alegre Tour

We’ll leave Aveiro and cross the Central Canal, arriving in the traditional salt fields and the Environmental Interpretation Centre, where we’ll attempt to spot flamingos. Next, we will visit Aveiro’s two quays - the distant-water fishing quay and the commercial quay - where we’ll learn more about the region’s natural evolution and economic history. At Praia da Barra we will gaze upon the man-made opening where the lagoon meets the sea. This structure was built in the early nineteenth century, using the stone from Aveiro’s medieval city walls. The majestic lighthouse stands out in the beautiful Atlantic landscape, accompanying us as we enjoy a short walk by the sea. We will also walk-through Costa Nova, along the typical striped wooden houses. These used to be fishermen’s abodes and are nowadays part of one of the most beautiful and original coastal landscapes in Portugal. You will also have a chance to taste our Portuguese custard tarts (Pasteis de Nata), in one of our local bakeries. We will then drive to Vista Alegre, a small settlement where the famous Vista Alegre Factory is located. Built in 1824, it’s renowned internationally for its ceramic and glassware production. We’ll then visit the museum, with the possibility of watching the artists delicately paint the ceramic pieces in the workshop (workshop closed during the weekend). Still in Vista Alegre, we’ll also have a look through the local chapel, Capela da Nossa Senhora da Penha de França, a seventeenth-century national site, decorated with Portuguese tiles (azulejos) and frescoes. Before returning to Aveiro, you’ll also have a chance to briefly visit the Factory shop and outlet.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Aveiro & Ilhavo Private Tour

2. From Lisbon: Full-Day Aveiro & Ilhavo Private Tour

Fished since the beginning of the 16th century in the cold waters of Newfoundland, and cured in Portugal with salt, codfish is one of the most important elements of the Portuguese gastronomical culture. It is always present at the table during Christmas supper or during any other festive day. The food of the poor in the past has today become the “one thousand and one ways” to cook, a status of delicacy.  See it in Ilhavo, the land of codfish fishermen, in a one-of-a-kind museum in the world with codfishes in a giant tank, and taste it in the magnificent restaurant at the Hotel Vista Alegre. After lunch, visit the Factory Museum and the Vista Alegre Shop, the most exquisite utilitarian and artistic porcelain made in Portugal. En route, you will also visit Aveiro the “Portuguese Venice“ and taste its sweet egg pastries.

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