A port of stilt fishing

Near Lisbon, about one and half hour by car, there are some beaches where you can still have some peace and quiet, namely Comporta, Carvalhal and Pego. You should go early if you don’t want to go nuts looking for a place to park the car, but don’t stay in front of the beach entrance, go to the right or left, it will be less crowded.

But before getting to the beach, or at sunset, visit a village called Carrasqueira. The village is located in the Natural Reserve of Sado Estuary and what is special about it, is that after crossing the village, you will arrive to a port of stilt fishing.

It was built in the 1950s and 1960s due to the need to build a dock for the fishing boats. This port consists of a labyrinth of wooden footbridges, built in a traditional way, with stakes buried in the mud and small wooden houses used for storage.

When it’s low tide, the fishermen use a stick, to push the boats along the canals; and you can see crabs walking in the mud.

On your way there, enjoy the green wide fields of rice.


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