Aparthotel Mira Villas

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Aparthotel Mira Villas
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2100-km Later, Almost Back to Lisbon2100-km Later, Almost Back to Lisbon

A Traditional 'Meia-Lua' (Half-Moon) BoatA Traditional 'Meia-Lua' (Half-Moon) Boat

Travel Tips for Praia de Mira

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by Bwana_Brown

We enjoyed our one night stop-over in Praia de Mira. It was good to be back on the ocean again after a week of mountains and castles!

We left Lamego just before noon and were on the beach about 4 hours later, after bypassing Aveiro. However, the N109 highway south from Aveiro is very slow and congested. Based on that knowledge, the next morning when we left, we continued straight across the N109, at the village of Mira, onto the N234. I thought that it would be some sort of back road but, in fact, it was a much better road than the N109 and we were soon out to the 4-lane A1 (and later the A8) superhighways. These toll highways allowed us to bomb south to the fortress of 'Obidos' as well as our next beach destination at Peniche and its 'Ilha da Berlenga' - and what destinations those two places were!!

Bringing In the Catch (Part 1)

by Bwana_Brown

We were fortunate during our late-afternoon walk along the beach to come across several of the very busy local fishers as they prepared to haul in the day's catch.

Here, you can see one of their nets drying on the sandy beach with a traditional 'meia-lua' boat behind it. Off in the distance is a tractor anchored to one end of the net while the nearer tractors are at the other end of the net which has been looped out to sea between them.

Tractors at Work (Part 2)

by Bwana_Brown

As we approached the fishing operation, we could see that the 4-wheel drive tractors were being used to anchor the two ends of a fishing net that had been laid out to sea between them.

These two Valmat 4WD tractors are working together at one end of the net. The tractor with the bucket is using its Power Take-Off (PTO) on its back end to reel-in the net cable. As the cable is pulled in, it is coiled and loaded into a large tray attached to the back end of the second tractor.

Handling the Nets (Part 3)

by Bwana_Brown

The gentleman in the photo who is handling the net cable as it comes off the PTO seemed to be in charge of the whole operation. I gestured to him if it was alright for me to photgraph their fishing process and he grinned and nodded OK.

Very likely, these people are descendants of fishers from the city of Aveiro, located a short distance to the north along the coast. This was a major fishing port in its day until a huge storm in 1575 raised a sandbar all along that part of the coast, blocking access to its harbour. If you look at a map of Portugal today, you will see that Aveiro is now located some miles from the ocean, with a shallow lagoon between it and the open water. As a result of this catastrophe, many of the fishers eventually drifted to other locations along the coast that provided easier access to the abundant fish stocks.

Reloading the 'Meia-Lua' (Part 4)

by Bwana_Brown

Once the first section of hawser used to pull in the net had been coiled into the tray on the rear of the tractor, off it went toward the waiting 'meia-lua' boat. These craft are called 'meia-luas' because of their distinctive half-moon shape. As it chugged its way up the incline of the beach, all four wheels of the tractor would occassionaly spin and the driver had to adjust the course to a slightly less steep gradient to haul his heavy load over to the boat. Once there, the rope was reloaded into the boat in preparation for its next trip into the water to lay the encircling net.

In the old days, and even up to recent years, these 10-meter boats were pulled into and out of the ocean by teams of oxen. Now, the tractors are used for that purpose as well. Once in the water, the boat is propelled by two large oars mounted mid-ship.


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