Furadouro, Ovar, Portugalia
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Portugal is a land of romance. Something intangible hangs in the air that will seduce and enrapture you.
Furadouro is a quiet, friendly and welcoming beach, decorated with Blue Flag, with a gentle climate, an extensive fine sandy beach and a suitable volume for navigation. It has more than 5 kilometers of the beach, which counts many excellent places for surfing without crowds, nothing but you, the waves and a few gulls around. In less than 2 km you will be surprised by the second largest salad lagoon in Portugal (Ria de Aveiro), where you will be able to sit or walk along the shore.
Furadouro is a lively seaside village with a charming historic centre. You will find superb local restaurants that serve Portuguese and International dishes for great prices. Cosy cafés, fancy beach bars, delicious ice cream parlors and sparkling nightlife. It is all just a stone’s throw away.
If you are a fan of the typical Portuguese tiles “azulejos”, then one of the best places to go is to the city of Ovar! This Arab-origin art dates back to the second half of the 15th century. The tiles were mainly used indoors on palaces and churches. In Ovar, by the end of the 19th century semi-industrial pattern tiles were applied in the façades of most of public buildings, ornamented with balusters, pine cones and small ceramics statues. Tiles became increasingly more democratic and could be seen now on private-owned houses. These pattern tiles mostly with flowery motifs were produced in the factories of Vila Nova de Gaia and Aveiro.
The city of Ovar is also famous for its main gastronomic speciality, the “Pão de Ló” sponge cake, whose origins date back to the 18th century. Absolutely delicious!
By the coast in the northwest of the Centro region, Ovar is a natural beauty inside its boundaries. The Atlantic is a stone’s throw and you’ll come to the small resort of Furadouro, an inexpensive alternative to big getaways and cities, with wild Atlantic beaches drawing surfers to their rolling waves.
The Aveiro Lagoon is also close, and is both a precious natural reserve and somewhere to go sailing, stand-up paddle-boarding or kayaking. As for the town of Ovar, it’s a place where the traditional Portuguese tile has pride of place, coating the walls of churches, chapels and homes, and even the pavement of the central square.
What to See in Ovar:
Igreja Paroquial de Válega
In the quiet village of Válega is an 18th-century church that might be one of the prettiest in the country. This is all down to the multicoloured tiles that cover the facade and interior. These may not be antique, as they were painted in the 20th century, but they are beautiful all the same.When the evening sun catches the facade these panels radiate light.The tile panels continue inside where there’s also a sumptuous coffered ceiling from same period, and stained glass windows crafted in Madrid.
Praia do Furadouro
West of Ovar is the small resort of Furadouro, which has an expansive white sandy beach.This is backed by a dune system that you have to cross by a boardwalk and carries on for kilometres up the coast.If you want services and convenience you can stay by the south side of the beach where the bulk of the resort is found, but if you’d prefer privacy the crowds thin out the further up you go.
Igreja Matriz de Ovar
Begun in the last quarter of the 17th century, Ovar’s main church has come through a lot of changes since then but still has loads of interesting elements.One is a limestone carving of the church’s patron saint, São Cristóvão in a niche on the facade. Like Válega’s church, the facade was tiled in the 20th century, but here they have a simple but pretty blue and white geometric design.There are three barrel-vaulted naves inside, divided by Tuscan columns. You can savor the 17th-century altarpieces in the two side chapels (more on these later), and the chancel with an 18th-century gilt-wood altar and a rococo wooden ceiling.
Atelier de Conservação e Restauro do Azulejo
Glazed tiles or “azulejos” will always be associated with Portugal, and in Ovar there’s a special affinity for these ceramics.Tiles adorn many houses in the old part of the town, having a decorative function but also helping to insulate the buildings in winter and reflect the sun in summer.The ground on Ovar’s Praça da República has now even been paved with non-slip azulejos in a blue and white pattern as a nod to the town’s tile heritage.
Praia da Maceda
Continue north from the Praia do Furadouro and it merges with Praia da Maceda.At this beach there’s almost no trace of human civilisation: Aside from a single bar and lifeguard station there’s just rolling surf, a wide belt of sand and a wall of sandy bluffs topped with high maritime pines. Like Furadouro it’s a hit with surfers, but also ensures a few hours of sunny solitude for normal beachgoers.
The Museu de Ovar handles the town’s ethnography and art with traditional tools and mannequins dressed in 19th-century clothing worn by the wealthy bourgeoisie or everyday citizens.
The Museu Júlio Dinis preserves the house that this feted 19th-century author lived in during the 1860s, complete with period furniture and decoration.
Finally the Casa Museu de Arte Sacra has gathered the sacred art of the Franciscan Secular Order, with highly valuable pieces dating from the 1400s to the 1900s .
Ria de Aveiro
The northernmost channels of the Aveiro Lagoon are within walking distance of Ovar. The lagoon is more than 45 kilometres long and experts call it one of Europe’s last untouched wetland regions. The large spaces left undeveloped offer a vital haven for otters, blue turtle, eels and foxes, but also a diversity of birdlife like little egrets, red herons, kingfishers and African fish eagles. Near Ovar the lagoon is more tourist-friendly, with a couple of sandy beaches on the shore as well as a marina where you can hire a kayak, wander along the esplanade or have a meal on the terrace by the water.
Parque do Buçaquinho
In 2005 a sewage treatment plant a few kilometres north of the centre Ovar was deactivated, and over the next few years it was transformed into an award-winning sustainable park. You wouldn’t have a clue what was here before but it’s worth knowing just to appreciate the transformation. It’s been replaced by a green space with six ponds, spacious lawns and pine forest. Aromatic herbs like marjoram, lavender, rosemary, thyme and tobacco flower have been planted around the park, while all power for the lights and amenities around the park is generated by wind turbines and photovoltaic cells.
Praia da Torreira
At Furadouro begins a 25-kilometre length of unbroken beach running down to the dunes of São Jacinto where the Aveiro Lagoon joins the Atlantic. These beaches are on a narrow finger of land with the Atlantic on one side and the gentle lagoon on the other. Torreira is just this kind of place, with an epic beach and surfable waves to the west and a top-notch environment for windsurfing and sailing a couple of minutes on foot to the east. This tiny settlement is still a working fishing village and its brightly-painted wooden boats are launched into the surf from the beachfront in spectacular fashion.
Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira
Is a Portuguese castle in the municipality of Santa Maria da Feira, district of Aveiro. Emblematic of Portuguese medieval military architecture, the Castle of Santa Maria da Feira is one of the monuments that best reflects the diversity of defenses used during the Middle Ages, having been instrumental in the process of Reconquista and autonomy of the County of Portugal. It has been listed as a National monument since 1910.
Located on the first line of the sea at Furadouro Beach in Ovar, the Furadouro Beach Boutique Hotel & Spa is characterized by its relaxed atmosphere and contemporary design with spacious and bright surroundings in summer due to its close proximity to the sea. The proximity to the sea becomes unavoidable in this space that brings together the best conditions for a getaway weekend, week, few days of vacation or a quiet and restful stay in business
The reception Furadouro Beach Boutique Hotel & Spa, 24h, provides all information concerning the hotel and other services such as:
MEETING ROOM AZULEJO
Meeting room with capacity for 35/40pessoas theater-style, offers broadband Internet wireless, with audiovisual equipment support and coffee breaks with personalized service.
Private paid parking
In the restaurant Cardo, with magnificent views over the ocean, you will find a menu of Mediterranean flavours and traditional Portuguese cuisine, recreated by our chef, full of fresh regional produce, giving precedence to the season. the following times:
The bar Sal with excellent views over the Atlantic Ocean is the ideal place for a drink or a snack served in a relaxing atmosphere.
Do not miss a drink at the bar "Saal" overlooking a magnificent setting of the sun, or a tea of our vast menu, teas from various parts of the globe, accompanied by delicious dishes such as canap辿s, petit fours, various biscuits, muffins, scones, madeleine��s, mini-sandwiches.
The Furadouro Beach Boutique Hotel & Spa offers 24 double rooms and three suites, including 15 with sea view and the remaining rooms with land view. One room is adapted for people with reduced mobility.
The Furadouro Spa offers a complete experience of relaxation and well-being in an atmosphere of complete tranquility, comfort and elegance. Each treatment is an invitation to relax, revitalize and rejuvenate. The Furadouro Spa features a heated indoor pool with water games, Turkish bath, sauna, fitness room, two treatment rooms, a double VIP suite treatments and bathing rituals and a relaxation room with heated beds and color therapy.
VIP suite treatments and bathing rituals and a relaxation room with heated beds and color therapy.
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The opening hour of the Spa is from 09:00 to 20:00 daily.
Not permitted the entry of persons less than 16 years in the SPA. It is required the use of cap , slippers in the pool and shower before entrance in the swimmimg pool.
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