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The Iconic 💈🐟COSTA NOVA🏖 Sardine Festival
July 14 - July 17
Come to the Famous Beach Resort of Costa Nova with its Iconic Striped “Fishermans” houses, Fresh Fish Market and gorgeous Beaches.
Taking place in a GIANT tent on the CostaNova Park, Sandwiched between the Silver sands of the Silver Coast and the breathtaking Aveiro Lagoon.
from Wednesday the 14th, until Sunday the 17th, serving the best and freshest sardines of this summer direct from the sea for lunch and dinner were an estimate 1 ton of sardines will be prepared and grilled by the the best!….The Fishing community themselves .
The Sardine Festival is a celebration where fishermen gather to share not only the best grilled sardines, but also their mesmerising stories with the public.
The Festival tent will be open for lunch (12 p.m. to 3 p.m.) and for dinner (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.).
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.