Located on the North Coast, the municipality of Ovar is part of the District of Aveiro. His connection with the Ria was reflected, since always, in the everyday life of the population and local economy, particularly through the exploitation of natural resources. Harvesting of moliço (natural fertilizer), fishing and the transport of goods (between Ovar, Aveiro), contributed to the growth of trade in products like salt, rice, wine, fish, among others. For many, this activity was the main source of income of families. Over time, the Ria continues to influence the dynamics of the County, but there is a new component, the coach. Proof of this are the numerous sports activities which attract many lovers of water sports, fishing or simply to enjoy the beaches and existing infrastructures. In addition to the Ria, this municipality presents other facets which give it some projection. One of them is the Ovarense basketball team and volleyball team of Esmoriz. The Carnival of Ovar, as well known nationally, attracts many tourists, greedy for fun. When we speak of local delicacies, the sponge cake is, without a doubt, the specialty of the Earth.
What to do in Ovar
Porto de Recreio do Carregal
A modern marina near Ovar, by the Aveiro tidal stream. It has many places. It has a restaurant, a bar and a pool.
Parque do Buçaquinho
A playful learning space devoted to the preservation of nature and to the environment. It is aroun 30 hectares, in a famed place of the parish concerning leisure and sports in touch with nature.
Amusement area with bowling alleys, karting tracks, snooker and table football. It also has a unique equipment in Portugal, the FootBowl, and a lounge bar.
Praia de Cortegaça
A beach located in an old fishing village, now a touristy place. Large and divided by several boardwalks. It attracts surfers, bodyboarders and those who have recreational boats. It has some simple restaurant that serv typical dishes, namely the eel …
A large and modern restaurant that stands out for its seafood's quality, always fresh and delicious. Inviting prices.
Casa Museu da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco
A museum with images used in processions, namely Our Lady of Conceição (18th century), cult objects, clothings, paintings, porcelains and religious curiosities related to the life of the Third Order of Saint Francis.
Furadouro Boutique Hotel Beach & Spa
Located on the beach of Furadouro, in Ovar, this Boutique Hotel with contemporary design, rooms soberly furnished, provides with sea views and fully equipped. Has a SPA, gym, indoor heated pool, laundry service, meeting room, bar and restaurant.
Igreja Matriz de Válega / Igreja de Santa Maria
Church decorated with multi-colored tiles figured. Beautiful colors and flashy images that make this church the parish's pride to visitors.
Praia de Esmoriz
A beach located in an urban, fishing and touristy centre. It is attended mostly by youngsters but also by more mature people. The fully renewed shoreline stands out foir its sculptures, cafes and information posts that aim to recreate the …
Modern and refined Hotel, result of the recovery of an ancient building. Careful and elegant décor, combined with excellent service. It offers an outdoor lounge, a restaurant, function rooms, meeting rooms and SPA suites.
Praia do Furadouro
A much attended beach, located at a tourism centre, with a renewed esplanade. There are several restaurants, terraces and bars with relatively high prices.
Hotel Meia Lua
Situated in the city centre of Ovar, this hotel offers 54 well-equipped rooms with balconies, providing a pleasant panoramic view. Is modern and has a relaxed atmosphere with excellent services, such as swimming pool, bar, lounge, conference rooms and private …
Where to eat in Ovar
Opened in 1991 and since then has become increasingly a reference of good table. Highlighting the t…
A restaurant that specializes in sucking pig and barbecues.
This friendly restaurant has daily live music in the summer and, in the winter, on weekends.
Where to sleep in Ovar
Located on the beach of Furadouro, in Ovar, this Boutique Hotel with contemporary design, rooms soberly furnished, provides with sea views and fully equipped. …
The Ovar dunes Motel is a hotel located in the area of Ovar. The Motel combines with excellence the primacy of service, comfort and hospitality, responding to …
The Hotel La Fontaine is located 5 km from the city of Espinho and just 1 km from the beach. Puts at the disposal of customers 31 double rooms and 3 suites ful…
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Sever do Vouga
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