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The harbor of Figueira is primarily a commercial harbor were cargoes are of loading timber and other commercial goods. There is also a fishing harbor and on the side remains of what was once upon a time a military base. For the leisure boats Figueira is a well-protected marina. The city is worth a stopover and it also is a good starting point to visit the city of Coimbra and Aveiro. The market of Figueira is very clean and offers plenty of vegetables and fish for sale. Another part of the city is merely a seaside resort. South of the city you also have big salt lakes that were needed to harvest salt needed for the preservation of the cod fish caught close to the Canadian coast Coimbra (29 April 2015) Only a 1 hour train ride from Figueira is Coimbra, on the banks of the Mondego river. Coimbra's main point of interest is that it is where the first Portuguese university was established in the year 1308. Today it is still one Portugal's major universities. The buildings are well preserved and dominate the city.  A visit inside the university reveals beautiful auditoriums and meeting rooms as well as a library and church. The cathedral is next to the university and most of the rest of the city is student accommodations. Some of the the house fronts are decorated with signs of protest against everything. Downhill, close to the river, is the commercial area were the bakeries offer you delicious looking meringues measuring 20cm in diameter.       Called in the tourist pamphlets the Portuguese Venice, we can without doubt say that this definition is  overdone. In fact you can only visit 2 canals on a motorized  gondola but the ride gives you a good understanding of the past economy of the city and allows you to see the beautiful houses located  along the canals. In the past, the city was very active  in the trading of salt, fish and seaweed which was used as a fertilizer. If you walk in the city you will see that nearly every house is covered  with very colorful tiles. The bakeries sell you a local specialty called “ Ovos moles” which are made by mixing 60 eggs with 1kg of sugar and then baked into a light biscuit. We are not sure that your doctor would  recommend this, but we can tell you they are delicious, if you eat just a little bit.
Figueira da Foz ( 28 April-1 May 2015)
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Aveiro (30April 2015)