Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentacao Aveiro

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação, Aveiro

The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação in Aveiro is a pretty church in the historic center of the city.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação, Aveiro


History

The original church dates back to the early 17th century. It was begun in 1606 and completed ten years later in 1616. It is thought the church was built over a chapel originally dedicated to São Gonçalo (Gundisalvus of Amarante).

However, much of the present church including the azulejos tiles on the front of the building date from the 18th century.

Outside the church stands a statue of John the Evangelist.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação, Aveiro


Interior

The interior is noted for its magnificent gilded woodwork especially on its two altarpieces, one dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Apresentação and the other to Jesus the Saviour.

On the side walls are two more gilded shrines, one to Senhora da Luz ('Our Lady of Light') and the other to the Cruz do Senhor do Bendito ('The Cross of the Lord of the Blessed').

One statue of note is a Gothic alabaster Virgin made in Nottingham, England.

The interior of the church.


Access - Getting There

Largo da Apresentação, 3800-270 Aveiro

The main festival of the church is on February 2 and is dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Apresentação (Our Lady of the Presentation).

A church of the same name stands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentação, Aveiro

The congregation outside the church.

Other places of interest in Aveiro include the Aveiro Congress Center, housed in a former ceramics factory, the Fabrica de Ceramica de Jeronymo Periera Campos, and the superb Museu de Aveiro.

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Mercado Municipal de Lagos

Mercado Municipal de Lagos

The Mercado Municipal de Lagos (Lagos Municipal Market) in Lagos is situated right on the waterfront close to the Centro de Ciencia Viva Lagos.

Mercado Municipal de Lagos
Lagos Municipal Market

The historic building, which dates from 1924 is a fun place to shop for local produce and to soak up an authentic Algarve atmosphere.

The fish market is on the ground floor and opens very early in the morning. The market also sells local fruit and vegetables, cheese, honey, meat, wine, and olive oil.

Many of the stallholders speak good English and can help you with your purchases. There's a small cafe/bar on the premises, too.

The building's south wall is covered with tile panels by the artist Xana.

Steps leading to the museum
Interior of the Mercado Municipal with the staircase leading to the upper floors and the Ciencia Viva Lagos with tile panels by Xana
Access - Getting There

Avenida dos Descobrimentos
8600-668 Lagos
Tel: 282 767 330

Hours: daily from 7 am - 2 pm.

The building is on three floors with pedestrian access to the Centro Ciência Viva de Lagos from the top floor.

Mercado Municipal de Lagos
Lagos Municipal Market

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Portugal's Beaches Reopen Today

Portugal's Beaches Reopen Today

Portugal has a long Atlantic coastline stretching from Viana do Castelo in the north near the Spanish border to Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Algarve in the south of the country.

Portugal's beaches draw hundreds of thousands of people each year but have been recently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, today, Saturday, June 6, Portugal's beaches will reopen - but with certain social distancing and other conditions in place.

Portugal's Beaches Reopen Today


Some of these regulations are:

A physical distance of 1.5 meters between people (who are not part of the same group) must be maintained

There should be a 2 - 3 meter spacing between parasols.

Sports activities with two or more people such as beach volleyball and soccer are prohibited except nautical activities, such as surf lessons and similar sports.

Parking is prohibited outside parks and orderly parking areas.

In bars and restaurants, there must be regular cleaning of spaces (minimum: four daily cleanings).

For beach sellers, there is the mandatory use of a mask and visor.

To emphasize the point Minister of Environment, Pedro Matos Fernandes was on one of the beaches on the Costa da Caparica, south of Lisbon, where he appealed to the common sense of holidaymakers in complying with the established rules.

The minister added that the much-maligned Info Praia app should be fully functional from today.
Another app giving information on the status of crowds at Portugal's beaches is Sandspace, developed by a group of high school students from Aveiro.

Portugal's Beaches Reopen Today; Info Praia App
Info Praia App


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Museu das Termas Romanas de Chaves

Museu das Termas Romanas de Chaves

The Museu das Termas Romanas de Chaves in Chaves in northern Portugal will be when or if it finally opens, a museum dedicated to what is thought to be the remains of the largest Roman baths on the Iberian Peninsula. The medicinal Roman spa can be compared in importance and size with those in Bath in England and Vichy in France.

Museu das Termas Romanas de Chaves


The nearly 2,000-year-old complex was discovered in 2006 during the construction work for an underground car park.

Excavations have revealed a large main pool, a secondary pool, and a complex system of pipes for transporting the waters and for drainage.

The baths are thought to have been destroyed during an earthquake and lost to history until the 21st century. Chaves was founded by the Romans as Aquae Flaviae in AD78 and the 140 meter-long Ponte Trajano (Trajan Bridge) dates from the reign of Emperor Trajan in the early second century AD.

Museu das Termas Romanas de Chaves


The exterior of the museum was completed (though not without criticism by a percentage of the town's inhabitants) but the interior suffers from the problem of condensation generated by the still active thermal springs. Plans were drawn up to increase natural ventilation and use the hot water to heat the building in winter as the costs of the project and the delays mounted.

The Covid-19 pandemic also delayed proceedings but the museum is hoping to launch sometime in 2020 or maybe 2021. Watch this space.

Museu das Termas Romanas de Chaves

Access - Getting There

Rua Longras 26, 5400-355 Chaves

A recommended place to stay in Chaves is the Petrus Hotel and to eat and drink visit the Adega Faustino.

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Restaurants on Estrada de Santa Eulalia Albufeira

Restaurants on Estrada de Santa Eulalia Albufeira

Estrada de Santa Eulalia in Albufeira just north of Praia Santa Eulália is lined with restaurants, hotels and also has a branch of the local tourist office (turismo).

Happy Sumo
Happy Sumo
There's a variety of eateries to choose from including traditional Portuguese cuisine to British and Irish comfort food, authentic Indian, Japanese (read Chinese imitation), halal at Rania's and Italian pizzerias.

For a British home from home try Little Britain for English breakfast, Sunday lunch, and even veggie options. There's lots of outdoor seating, too.

Little Britain
Little Britain
Sushi Hut
Sushi Hut seems to be no longer in business
For some excellent Italian pizza and pasta try Paulu's Pizzeria. They have a good value tourist menu in the early evening, recommended pizza as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Paulu's Pizzeria
Paulu's Pizzeria
Most "Japanese" restaurants in Portugal with a few notable exceptions are in fact Chinese restaurants masquerading as Japanese. So don't expect Land of the Rising Sun authenticity at Happy Sumo. That said, you can enjoy a cheap Asian fusion experience, and all you can eat sushi.

Fuji also falls into this category. It's Chinese, not Japanese. Again the food is what Europeans who have never been to either China or Japan consider East Asian and has good reviews for its Teppanyaki and sushi. There's a large concrete torii gate outside so you can't miss the place.

Fuji
Fuji
When we were last on Estrada de Santa Eulalia we had Portuguese food at Zé do Peixe Assado. Excellent grilled sardines, boiled potatoes, tomato and onion salad, bread and a carafe of white wine. Bliss! All you can eat fish.


If you want to stay on the street try the recommended Muthu Oura Praia Hotel.

Muthu Oura Praia HotelOura Praia Hotel.
Muthu Oura Praia Hotel
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