Arriving in Aveiro felt like a refreshing cool breeze after a few days the city. Calm, quiet beach towns will always have my heart over crowded city life. Not to mention, this town was overflowing with azulejo buildings, some of the most fascinating I’d seen yet. Only staying one night, we found it plenty to get lost in the surroundings, fill up on goodness at Restaurante Musgo and stock up on treats from Natur Ria to take to the beach…our next destination that quickly became, one of my Portuguese favourites – Costa Nova.
Again, there was not so much to do here and that suited us…PERFECTLY. Go back a few decades to stripy beach homes surrounded by palm trees and never ending sand dunes. It felt like we’d been let in on a secret with this gem with it’s minimal tourist, locals only feels. Endless beach walks, a stop at one of the bars with a view, a none existent schedule and platters in the garden summarise our stay. The restaurant options are few and far between but getting food creative in the garden suited the scene just right. This is the kind of place that glows even on a dull day. In our short stay we only had one day of sunshine and with this being a beach destination normally, I wouldn’t usually be very impressed, but here, it didn’t seem to matter. Instead it gave the some of the prettiest views I’d witnessed in Portugal and didn’t at all stop the locals from enjoying!