Costa Nova💈🏖, Aveiro Festival
September 22 - September 26Free
Set at the Iconic Costa Nova this 5 day event is always very popular with locals and tourists alike.
Many Top Bands, Orchestras, Fireworks, prossesions and lots of other attractions.
Costa Nova is a must see destination if you are visiting or living in Portugal. It has the fantastic, iconic striped Fishermans houses, plus a gorgeous soft sandy beach, traditional fishing boats launching through the surf and returning with their catch, some of the most expensive properties, a quaint fishing harbour on the side of the Aveiro Lagoon, a fab fish market selling the days catches, many fine quality restaurants, bars and cafe’s.
Purchase a Tripa (Pancake… I recommend the chocolate with canela dusting🤤…another tip, ask them to cook it for extra time😉) from one of the stands and take a leisurely stroll along the promenade of the lagoon, have a game of crazy golf, then have a refreshing Caipirinha(or 3) at one of the bars.
The top floor Fish restaurant Dóri, Restaurante above the fish market is top notch(best to reserve as they get very busy)
Legend of Costa Nova Fisherman and the striped Houses:-
There is a local legend that the first striped house started from a fisherman who spotted a mermaid between the lagoon and the sea, and there he built a house to see her again – On the recommendation of a witch, who told him that white would keep the evil eye away he painted it a colour intertwining it with white.
In order to see the beloved again he would have to collect the reflection that the moon made on the sea, on a night when the moon was full, and shone through his fishing nets, all this in complete silence so that the enchantment of the witch would work.
It didn’t work and the fisherman never saw the mermaid again, but the house there fixed itself, giving the preceding others the style to continue to be painted.
This is yet another proof of how the Portuguese coast, especially in the people who make the seafront their home, held onto this mythological creature, the mermaid as a source of inspiration and oral tradition passed from generation to generation.