The endless beach of Foz do Arelho in Portugal

Posted by on January 12, 2013

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Many people know Obidos, an ancient Portuguese village of beauty so well preserved that it is considered a national treasure. It is visited by many tourists who are not there just to speak to the ancient walls that surround the village but to also have a view on the lagoon of Obidos, a large rural wetland close to the sea with many birds and animals that live there. The area can be observed and is protected. A little further ahead towards the sea, there Foz do Arelho exists. That is the point where the marsh meets the ocean. The coast is very deep and sandy. The white beach widens and narrows depending on the time of day. It is a seaside resort by the wild sea where the waves break down impetuous, signs warn unwary tourists of the danger of the sea and the tides.

The Path

The Path

Nature's Tides

Nature’s Tides

Portugal Kiosk

Portugal Kiosk

Beautiful Little Lagoon

Beautiful Little Lagoon

All very wild ocean atmosphere and a way of life very different from the standard Mediterranean sea. Along the promenade which is still here and is called Avenida do Mar right at the bottom there is a marisqueria, a great seafood restaurant, Cabana do Pescador. A large tank with fish and shellfish to choose from but in general the fish is fresh and well cooked. Here I ate the proverbial sardinhas asadas cooked on the grill served with potatoes and vegetables which are typically accompanied by Portuguese vinho verde but you can also opt for the sangria served at the table prepared with white wine and full of fruit. On paper the unfailing bacalhau and cataplana, the Portuguese dish of meat and fish stew in the characteristic copper saucepan. Spending of course proportional to the fish you choose but on the average Portuguese food cost no more than 15-18 euro per person.

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfing

Foz do Arelho Portugal

Foz do Arelho Portugal

The boat

The boat

Portugal Beach

Portugal Beach

Foz do Arelho photos: Nuno Sousa, Pedro Liborio, franciscofernandes.

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