10th November – 13th November
Heading out from Porto, we made our way to Aveiro, a small old fishing village known as the ‘Portuguese Venice’ thanks to its canals. The drive proved interesting, as we quickly learnt that whilst avoiding toll roads was good on the budget, it did mean encountering some pretty windy narrow roads, a large volume of crazy Portuguese drivers (apparently excessive speeding, tail gating and dangerous overtaking is the norm) and prostitutes.. Prostitutes everywhere.
Aveiro itself was a quaint town, probably not a place you needed very long to see, but we had the night none the less. It was all going well until Ian didn’t feel so well.. Sooo, the evening turned into a night at home with Ian in bed feeling very unwell thanks to a still un-identified food source.
The next day we made our way to Coimbra, and with Ian still not feeling well, we had a fairly uneventful day. We did manage a bit of exploring of the university and old town the next morning though.
With Ian feeling a whole lot better our next stop was Nazare, home of big waves. This place has a unique underwater gorge that drives water toward the shore and results in some huge waves, recorded up to a massive 30m. Whilst the 5m waves we got to see were nowhere near these record breakers, they were still incredibly large. There also happened to be a surf comp on at the time, and so plenty of surfers being towed into the churning water.