Going to The Centre of Portugal – Experiencing the Aveiro Area – Costa Nova and São João da Madeira

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In this post, we’re nonetheless in the Aveiro area. The coastal, Costa Nova, and the creative São João da Madeira.
On a side note – this is my penultimate post. The final will be our final location, Porto. Thanks for following along…a week-extended press trip tends to make for a lot of adventures, and a lot of adventures = a heap of content material. I hope you are enjoying mastering about all the remarkable locations there are to learn among Lisbon and Porto, and hopefully you will take into consideration paying a stop by in the future. The expertise is absolutely worthwhile!

We left the planet of Portuguese porcelain behind and quickly we had been in Costa Nova. The time spent travelling was quite significantly identical to travelling to Salpoente the evening before…no much more than 15 minutes. We very first paid a stop by to Mercado do Peixe da Costa Nova, a renowned fish marketplace along at the commence of the boardwalk. Appear at all that fresh, glistening fish and slick slippery octopus. There had been also black eels wriggling about in a plastic box, filled with a handful of inches of murky water. One particular tiny slimy son-of-a-gun managed to sidewind his way out of the box and onto the counter. We’ll get in touch with him Maverick. Though I stood in horror (and most most likely shrieked) a vendor noticed, grabbed scrappy Maverick and actually place him back in his box. Not all heroes put on capes, you know?
I decided not to include things like the photos for apparent motives, while at the time I assume I tortured instastory viewers. If you had been one particular of these viewers, I’m sorry. There are not several points uglier in this life than an eel.
Soon after that bloodcurdling drama, I turned about and noticed the tiny guy above, absolutely bored and unamused with what had just occurred. Cats are so darn nonchalant.
Anyway, you can inform he wasn’t interested in me. He/she was of course waiting for some slippery seafood to fall on the floor, or a vendor to turn his or her back, extended adequate to swipe a fin.

We then continued along the boardwalk to take a improved appear at the renowned candy-striped houses. There are rows and rows of them, all in distinctive colours. The combinations of colour definitely add cheer to the location. The homes, recognized as palheiros, which are now rented out to holidaymakers, were initially utilized by fishermen to shop their equipment. They painted them vibrant colours to stand out against the pale tones of the sand.

Costa Nova is cute. It is clean, there’s a good beach and a handful of decent searching restaurants. It is little though…and if all the striped homes are rented out, I’d picture it gets fairly touristy. It is good to stop by for an hour or two, just like we did. The ideal location to quit for lunch or a coffee and delight in the fresh sea air.

For much more information on Costa Nova, click right here.

Subsequent quit, the inventive hub that is São João da Madeira. Pencils, footwear, museums, oh my!
Just before we get to any of that, we have to speak about meals. We arrived in São João da Madeira and the very first factor we did was consume. You know, the usual. A lot of meals, drink and entertaining. I’ve stated it in just about each and every post, the Portuguese are extremely hospitable and place on a excellent spread (as Mother dearest would say.)

We went for a late lunch at Restaurante River, on Avenida do Vale. We enjoyed fresh crusty bread with garlic butter and olive oil to commence, with tiny bowls of what I likened to Spain’s ensalada rusa (mayo, potatoes, tuna and other veg) with a chilled glass of white from the Douro area.

The key course was a hearty Portuguese stew, served this time with a glass of red, also from the Douro area. The stew was heaving with cabbage, potatoes, carrots, blood sausage and a lot of animal bits boiling to bulk it out. One particular becoming a sheep’s head. I will admit, the flavours had been a  tiny intense for me.
I attempted it, of course (!) but decided to stick with the vegetables. It is funny…I normally believed (and usually utilized to say) “I’ll consume something, I’m not fussy at all, I delight in most if not the majority of food” Properly, on this trip I discovered one thing new about myself, and also realised I necessary to refine that sentence. “I delight in meals and adore discovering new dishes. I’ll attempt something but at times I can be specific about what I delight in, and from time to time a dish definitely is not for me.”
Greater?! Possibly I’m just not an offal girl. When I’m not an awful girl, I’m OK with that. *snort*
Either way, the group at River are a good bunch of lads, some of the kindest most specialist individuals in the small business. Their menu appears superb and their ratings are really impressive.
We completed with a slice of Ovar sponge cake (Pão de Ló de Ovar) with red fruits and a piping hot coffee.

On to the town! São João da Madeira is renowned for its industrial heritage. We very first visited Viarco, the town’s pencil factory. And woah, did it renew my appreciation for the humble pencil. These little batch pencils are (mainly) hand-created, and it requires 3 months to make a batch. Crazy! But oh so fascinating to watch. Graphite, wood, ceramics and manpower. We had been provided a couple of pencils to take residence following the tour, which was a beautiful gesture. To schedule tours in Portuguese, English, Spanish or French, click right here. Above is the view from the factory window, just ahead of we completed the tour.

The above image was taken outdoors the factory, suitable ahead of we headed to our subsequent location, The Shoe Museum (Museu de Calçado.)

Footwear! Footwear! Everywhere! Behind some glass so I cannot wear….them! This museum is definitely nicely laid out. You will learn the history of footwear, beginning with the style of the really very first pairs. Components utilized, functionality and decades. All through the museum, you will learn how the shoe market has created in São João da Madeira considering that the 20th century and expertise all the new revolutionary styles of present Portuguese designers. They have all types of footwear. All the things from classic courts to crazy Lady Gaga heels on show.

The following is element of their idea which can be located on their web page –
The Shoe Museum feeds on collaborations that involve the human universe of the shoe sector, from the worker to the boss, going by way of tradespeople, shopkeepers, buyers and designers, recovering crucial person and collective memories that give structure to the becoming of communities. It is, for that reason, a space in touch with its host neighborhood, aiming to divulge its becoming and its know-how.”

We bid adieu to the planet of shoe and moved on to the Oliva Inventive Factory, significantly less than a five-minute stroll away. A vibrant and airy space with smatterings of colour and peculiarity – creativity at its most effective.

Soon after we perused all the paintings and sculptures, there was a table laid out with all types of treats for us just by the front door. Just as nicely, no one particular desires pastel de nata prints on the art.

Appear at these cute tiny cookies shaped like hats! They had been a representation of the hat museum (museu chapelaria) which we didn’t get to, but when we had been leaving we had been provided a bag with some of the really cute biscuits above (other people had been shaped like rabbits, some like footwear!) books on the area of all the factories and inventive design and style from the region and a little tiny handmade hat from the hat museum. Mine is tweed with a pink ribbon. It is on the shelf in my apartment to this really day. It appears excellent beside my books.

We enjoyed our museum reception with glasses of Dois Mundos Tawny Port. It was such an exciting and informative day, amongst some definitely passionate individuals. Speaking of port, you know exactly where we’re off to subsequent!

For much more facts on São João da Madeira, click right here.
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