Located in the Centro region, in the sub-region of the Baixo Mondego, the municipality of Mira offers a privileged location on the coast between Lisbon and Oporto. To the north it is bordered by Vagos, to the east and to the south by Cantanhede and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The region has been inhabited since ancient times, but the main traces were left by the Arabs, who gave the name to the city, and by the Romans, who left us various traces of tegullae and domestic pottery. The municipality received the royal charter in 1514 by the hand of Dom Manuel I. One of the must-see spots in the municipality are its haystacks, a set of typical wooden buildings, some with two and three stories, based on pickets. Located in praia de Mira, they were built from the late 19th century by fishermen, who settled here only during the fishing period, between May and October. One of the most emblematic dishes in the municipality are the enguias suadas à Praia de Mira (Praia de Mira-style eel stew), served with unpeeled boiled potatoes and slices of toasted bread. Make sure to also try the sarrabulho à moda de Mira (Mira-style sarrabulho/dish made with different types of meat and blood), sardinhas na telha (sardines cooked in typical tiles), the caldeira mista com boleiros (fish stew with corn flour balls) and favas à Gandaresa (broad beans cooked with sausage). For dessert, try the Bolo da Páscoa (kind of sweet bread), the filhós de abóbora (pumpkin donuts) and the papas de abóbora (pumpkin porridge).
Where to eat in Mira
What to do in Mira
Praia do Poço da Cruz
A beach that is surrounded by sand dunes, with small fishing boats. A wide stretch of sand, attended mostly by tourists. A small beach bar by its entrance that serves light meals.
Lagoa de Mira
Also known as Lagoa de Baixo (Lagoon from down below) it has a long shape and communicates with the lagoon of Barrinha, in Mira, by the so-called Vala da Cana (Cana Pit). It is surrounded by trees, with pine woods sinc the dunes of Quiaios. There is a beach and a picnic area.
Lagoa da Barrinha
A space with trees and dunes, rich in mud, as in the Aveiro tidal stream, to which it is connected. It is also linked to the lagoon of Mira, by the Cana Valley, on the north side. The most common fish species are the mullet, the eel and the sole.
Praia de Mira
A beach in a picturesque fishing village. Wide stretch of sand, surrounded by dunes and by typical "palheiros". Attended mostly by the region's population. Very simple restaurants with delicious typical menus. It has pleasant terraces, much commerce and quite lively evenings.
Azulejos de Mira
Traditional tiles set in shades of blue and white, located at Largo do Município. Depict some typical professions, such as fishing and agriculture, and still some monuments\/parks in the municipality.
Pelourinho de Mira
This pillory stands in a circular platform. The cylindrical shaft has rings in it superior third. It shows a sword on the middle.
Igreja de São Tomé/ Igreja Matriz de Mira
It was constructed in 1690 and it underwent important transformations during the 19th century. On the inside it stands out the seventeen hundreds roof paintings and the baroque altarpieces.
Where to sleep in Mira
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