Section 24 - Central Portugal

Praia de Mira / Aveiro

From Gafanha do Areão, set off for your next destination with the picturesque Ria de Aveiro by your side. Just 2 kilometers away, the Bird Observatory  of the Gafanha da Boa Hora Environmental Circuit invites for an exploration.

Within the parish of Gafanha da Boa Hora lies a Waterpark, offering a few hours of thrilling adrenaline and adventure.

Pressing onward, a detour leads you to the alluring Vagueira Beach, widely regarded as the most renowned in the entire region. With its expansive stretch of sandy shoreline and a charming promenade that treats you to panoramic views of the sea, this beach distinguishes itself through the practice of Arte Xávega fishing, a traditional technique.

In Gafanha do Carmo, a visit to the picnic park beckons before you cycle onward to Gafanha da Nazaré. Here, two noteworthy beaches await your exploration. First, Barra Beach, nestled adjacent to the pier that marks the entrance to the Port of Aveiro, where the Ria elegantly converges. And then, the iconic Costa Nova Beach, undeniably one of Portugal’s most visually captivating coastal gems. This beach is bedecked with its unique “Palheiros,” traditional bathing cabins adorned with vivid and contrasting stripes that add a burst of color to the landscape.

To advance from this Section to section 28, you need to cross the Ria de Aveiro via a river connection by ferry. Departing from Forte da Barra, this ferry navigates to São Jacinto, nestled within Aveiro.



Câmara Municipal de Vagos; Visit Ílhavo; Turismo Centro de Portugal

Points of Interest

Heritage: 17
  • One of the oldest churches in Aveiro, this was the headquarters of the ancient and quite sizeable brotherhood of fishermen, responsible for the first fishing trips to Newfoundland in 1501 or thereabouts.

    There are some well-preserved...

  • This small chapel, begun in 1722, is one of the most interesting monuments in Aveiro. It is composed of two parts: the octagonal nave and the rectangular chancel. Three beautiful and highly decorated portals can be seen on the outside. The pediments...

  • Convent of Jesus in Aveiro
    The current façade of the convent dates from the 18th century and includes three doorways with beautiful frontons, bearing the royal coat of arms on the central fronton. The building preserves several former convent...

  • In the mid-19th century, this became a very popular beach, largely through the influence of the tribune and politician José Estevão, who built his own palheiro here (recognisable by its blue and brown stripes). It was in this house that he met with...

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  • The initial project for the design of this church (1585) was attributed to the Italian architect Filipo Terzio, although, from this same plan, it is also known that it was only completed in 1653, under the guidance of the Portuguese master builder...

  • This church belonged to the former Carmelite convent, the cloister of which is now occupied by the police. Founded in 1657, by the 4th Duke of Aveiro, the church was only completed in 1738.

    Although there are no features of major interest...

  • This church is all that has survived from the convent founded between 1613 and 1620. In front of the churchyard is a wall decorated with baroque motifs, whilst the blazon of the Carmelite nuns can be seen above the door.

    The interior is of...

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  • New project of magnifying of the Museum, of the authorship of arquitecto Alcino Soutinho, is characterized for an architectural building modern, endowed with audience, destined room the temporary expositions, educative services, library, laboratory...

  • This unique museum provides an insight into the admirable and heroic adventure of the cod fisheries, and the remarkable ethnographic richness of the coastal populations, whose character is moulded by the rough seas to which they owe their survival....

  • This unique museum provides an insight into the admirable and heroic adventure of the cod fisheries, and the remarkable ethnographic richness of the coastal populations, whose character is moulded by the rough seas to which they owe their survival....

  • The Santo André Ship-Museum is an extension of the Ílhavo Maritime Museum. It was part of the Portuguese cod-fishing fleet and is designed to illustrate the different arts and techniques of trawling. This side trawler (used in the more...

  • Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora de Vagos
    This church was built in the founding years of Portugal as a nation. Pilgrims travelled to this Carmelite sanctuary on a daily basis from neighbouring municipalities. The church was modified in the nineteenth...

  • Nowadays, the church is the see of the Diocese of Aveiro. It was consecrated in 1464 and was formerly connected to the monastery of São Domingos. In 1834, the monastery was transformed into a military barracks and was burnt down some years...

Nature: 1 Heritage: 17 Beach: 16 Information: 1 Bike Shops: 7 Accommodation - Campsite: 5 Accommodation - Youth Hostels: 2 Transport - Boat: 2

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Section 24

Praia de Mira / Aveiro: 27

  • Elevation
  • Heritage
  • Nature
  • Beach
  • Information
  • Bike Shops
  • Accommodation - Campsite
  • Accommodation - Youth Hostels
  • Transport - Boat