The municipality of Murtosa is located in the coastal region of Aveiro. Its geographical position kept it away from the major communication routes, being surrounded by Ria de Aveiro, the sea and the countryside. The landscape of Murtosa, markedly plane, is crossed by several channels of the so-called Ria (haff-delta) of Aveiro, specially the channel of Murtosa. The lagoon features, associated with the Atlantic influences, give it a unique landscaping with a great diversity of biotypes. The first references date back to the early 13th century, when some couples exploited marine salt under the rule of Vila Cova monastery. The county was the target of a rapid population growth from the mid-20th century, which has resulted in a great migratory flow to several countries, in particular, to Venezuela. This was mainly due to insufficient land for cultivation for such a growing population. Water plays a fundamental role in the lives of the inhabitants by providing the existence of activities which constitute the way of life of a significant part of the population, mainly dedicated to agriculture and fishing. We can still find, although in decline, methods used in the past, including harvesting of seaweed, an aquatic plant that after drought is used as a fertilizer and in the construction of typical boats – the moliceiros, the region's ex-libris. Murtosa has several monuments of patrimonial relevance, which constitute a precious booty in historical terms. The beaches are quite sought after, not only because of its intrinsic characteristics, but also due to the maintenance of an ancestral fishing gear, the forest sector (trawling). The gastronomy of the region is greatly appreciated, especially for lovers of good fish and shellfish. The caldeirada de enguias (eel stew) takes the honors.
What to do in Murtosa
Ciclovia entre Torreira e Varela
With about five miles long, this bike makes a lovely bike ride, from Ponte da Varela to Torreira (Murtosa). You can enjoy the beauty of Ria, which accompanies us along almost the entire route. Realize your tonal changes and look …
Parque de Merendas de Bico
Large park and turf with plenty of room for picnics with family or with friends.
Praia da Torreira
A very wide beach with a renewed shoreline at a holiday centre. A large part of it is attended by tourists while there is fishing on the other side. Good quality restaurants that specialize in shellfish. Bars on the sand …
Casa Museu Custódio Prato
Located in a traditional house in the region, this museum features ethnographic collections and an interesting exhibition of a few of the traditional trades.
Restaurant very well located, with a superb view to the ria de Aveiro. The menu offers delicious suggestions carefully made with care. You can indulge yourself with an eel stew with peppers or, if you prefer meat, the feijoada of …
Museu Etnográfico da Murtosa
Ths Museum is composed of three rooms with a total area of 232 m2, devoted to thre differnt themes: Earth, Home and Water, activities that relate to Murtosa. It exhibits objects linked to agriculture, fishing, food, transportations, clothings, furnitures, lighting, …
Hotel overlooking the ria, ample space lawn, an outdoor swimming pool and comfortable rooms. During the festive seasons organizes special events in its three halls (sala da ria, green room balcony and panoramic room). It is composed by a restaurant …
Porto de Recreio de Torreira
A small modern port at the entrance to the small town of Torreira. It has just a few places, hence it is usually crowded.
Where to eat in Murtosa
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Situada mesmo junto ao mar, é dele que a marisqueira Xávega Mar se serve para recolher os melhores …
Restaurant very well located, with a superb view to the ria de Aveiro. The menu offers delicious su…
A restaurant located by the riverside with delicious fish specialities.
A simple restaurant with a fine cuisine and a kind service.
O restaurante A Varina, na freguesia Murtosa, serve essencialmente grelhados no carvão, com predomi…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Where to sleep in Murtosa
The rooms on the first floor have a balcony and all are favored point of observation of the surrounding nature and, frequently, the faina to moliceiros and oth…
Hotel overlooking the ria, ample space lawn, an outdoor swimming pool and comfortable rooms. During the festive seasons organizes special events in its three h…
Aparthotel with all apartments equipped with TV, air conditioning, direct dial telephone and fully equipped kitchen. The exterior is filled with structures tha…
A charming city, Aveiro is nicknamed the Portuguese Venice. And if the "ria" is its ex-libris, the rides on the colorful "moliceiro" boats are one of…
Castelo de Paiva
Castelo de Paiva is situated in the Douro region, a river that makes these lands become fertile and make the farming become one of the main local act…
Belonging to Aveiro' district, but with Porto as the city of reference at all levels, Arouca lived and developed in its monastery's shadow. Built in …
Sever do Vouga
Located on the Bank of the river Vouga and between the mountain ranges of Do and Carved, Sever do Vouga is a predominantly rural and industrial Counc…