Praia Velha

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From Aveiro: Barra Beach Lighthouse & Costa Nova Guided Tour

1. From Aveiro: Barra Beach Lighthouse & Costa Nova Guided Tour

Leaving from Aveiro city centre, know the details of the formation of the lagoon, since the 10h century, all the economy and main activities of the population, centred in the fishing and salt production. Arriving to Barra beach, where the tallest lighthouse in Portugal stands high on the landscape, witnessing more than 50 years of hard work on the 19th century to open a canal that would reunite the ocean to the lagoon! In the pause of about 20 minutes, feel the sea breeze and admire the white and thin sand of the Praia Velha! Take the the adventure to explore the whole saga of the cod fishing that made the village of Costa Nova look so special, with those traditional striped houses called Palheiros! We will have a short break of 30 minutes that leaves the oportunity to try the sweet that became famous in Costa Nova - the tripa!

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What people are saying about Praia Velha

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

I have done this tour and the moliceiro and walking tour in Aveiro with Caterina and I have to say that the tours are great to get a first idea of Aveiro and, above all, that Caterina is a wonderful and dedicated guide, generous, who gives you all the recommendations to visit, eat, live in Aveiro. All in all, a find. It's nice to find her, I highly recommend her!!!

Katarina was great. Her explanation of the salt flats and how the lagoon was formed was very elegantly communicated. She also had some great tips for dinner options and must try desserts. She added a quick trip to see the flamingos which was really cool.

Knowledgeable, fun and interactive guide. Enough time to see the spaces and great information about the history of each. I would recommend this trip.

Very good experience. Catalina explains everything in a detailed and simple way at the same time.

In the end, private tour in French, with a great guide!