During this full-day excursion, you'll explore the beautiful town of Ílhavo, catching highlights like the Ílhavo Maritime Museum, notable bays like the Barra de Aveiro, and snacking on a lunch featuring traditional Portuguese foods.
Our first stop will be at the Ílhavo Maritime Museu, which is a true icon of contemporary architecture, twice renewed. Designed by the prestigious Portuguese architects Nuno Mateus and José Mateus, the museum was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2002, amongst other international architecture prizes. This amazing museum is one of the most visited museums in the region of Centro de Portugal.
The Ílhavo Maritime Museum tells the story of high seas fishing in Newfoundland and Greenland, as well as in the Ria de Aveiro lagoon. The Seas Room presents an interesting collection of nautical instruments, as well as miniatures of ancient boats. You'll also swing by the Codfish Aquarium, where you'll get to meet a live, precious Cod.
Once you've finished at the museums, we'll head towards the coast to check out the Barra Lighthouse. At 62 meters high, it's the tallest in Portugal and one of the world’s tallest as well. After admiring and learning about Barra Lighthouse, as well as the history of the Ria de Aveiro Lagoon history, we'll head onward to check out the colorful houses & haystacks at Costa Nova do Prado.
Next, it's time for lunch in a nice typical restaurant, featuring several local dishes.
After lunch, we will visit the Museum Ship Santo André that is moored at Jardim Oudinot. This fishing trawler is part of the Portuguese codfish fishing fleet and was built in 1948 in Holland. This 7140 m long fishing trawler was totally renewed and converted into a museum thanks to the commitment of the shipowner and the Municipality of Ílhavo.
Our last stop will be at Porto Bacalhoeiro (Codfish Harbor), a landmark of Ílhavo history and berth of Gafanha da Nazaré. In this important fishing harbor, we will have the opportunity to see some fishing vessels and learn about their great sea history.