Whimbrel Sailing Adventure travel blog

One of the many gannets on way to Aveiro

Many fishing boats at entrance to Aveiro estuary



Aveiro salt pans

Aveiro canal houses

A bit like Venice?

14 Oct: There must have been a fire somewhere nearby overnight because there was an acrid smell and the boat was covered in what looked like ash and bits of soot in the morning – not very pleasant but it will have to wait till we get to a marina for a good clean. Apart from seeing two pods of dolphin chasing fish about 100 metres away and a flock of about 40 gannets sat on the very calm sea as we went past, it was an uneventful journey. There was practically no wind so we had to put up with the noise of the engines for most of it. We arrived in the Aveiro estuary late afternoon and anchored by a place called Sao Jacinto. It’s well protected from wind and swell, but is a bit like Clapham Junction with the number of small fishing boats coming and going at high speed, creating lots of wash!

Next day we kayaked ashore, caught the ferry and bus into Aveiro and spent the day there. It has a Dutch feel to it, with the gabled houses, cobbled streets and bridges over the canals. A lot of the older houses have tiled exteriors, some with friezes, but there are also art nouveau buildings in the newer part. In the early 19th century the marshes around the town were drained to form salt lagoons and salt is still an important industry. Fishing and the harvesting of seaweed is on the decline and most of the traditional painted, high-prowed ‘moliceiro’ boats are now just used for tourist trips on the canal.

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