Fishing villages, big waves and man-sickness

10th November – 13th November

The O Sitio lighthouse, Nazare. This lighthouse overlooks the stretch of ocean which is home to some of the worlds largest waves. Whilst they were only a mere 5m during our visit, they have been recorded up to a massive 30m.
The O Sitio lighthouse, Nazare. This lighthouse overlooks the stretch of ocean which is home to some of the worlds largest waves. Whilst they were only a mere 5m during our visit, they have been recorded up to a massive 30m.

Heading out from Porto, we made our way to Aveiro, a small old fishing village known as the ‘Portuguese Venice’ thanks to its canals. ┬áThe 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 cute little tiled houses of Aveiro. I loved the bright colours and different tiles.
The cute little tiled houses of Aveiro. I loved the bright colours and different tiles.
An impressive piece of street art on a wall in Aveiro.
An impressive piece of street art on a wall in Aveiro.
The local speciality in Aveiro - Ovos Moles. These things were not at all to my liking. They are a sugary egg yolk centre, surrounded by a thin papery shell. It was worth a try though.
The local speciality in Aveiro – Ovos Moles. These things were not at all to my liking. They are a sugary egg yolk centre, surrounded by a thin papery shell. It was worth a try though.

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.

An old building in the centre of Coimbra, Portugal.
An old building in the centre of Coimbra, Portugal.
Coimbra, Portugal
Coimbra, Portugal

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.

The huge waves of north beach in Nazare.
The huge waves of north beach in Nazare.
View from the O Sitio lighthouse back towards Nazare.
View from the O Sitio lighthouse back towards the coastline south of Nazare.
Sunset over the beach in Nazare.
Sunset over the beach in Nazare.

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