Photographer's Note

Aveiro is a delightful town in central Portugal, with around 60 thousand inhabitants.
This is an ancient town, that already existed even before the formation of the Portuguese nationality in the 12th century. The privileged geographic location, next to the Ria de Aveiro, the salt-pits (valuable for the conservation of foods), fishing and the maritime commerce, lead all over the centuries to the population fixation.

The privileged conditions of the population were bunged in the end of the 16th century, when the canal that links the ria to the ocean was closed, blocking the Port use and causing the waters stagnation. This last for about two centuries, leading to a big population decrease.
In the beginning of the 19th century the works orientated by the French Engineer Reinaldo Oudinot and by the Portuguese Engineer Lus Gomes de Carvalho, resolve the issue in only two months.

Ria de Aveiro is nowadays the result of the retreat of the sea, with the formation of coastal strips.

One of the Aveiros main highlight was the traditional Moliceiro Boat, an embarkation destined to the catch and transport of the molio (an algae used as dung). Nowadays these boats are used for guided tours of the Ria, providing amazing leisure moments in a divine landscape.

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