During our late afternoon walk along the beautiful beach at Praia de Mira, we came across this traditional inshore Portugese fishing boat. These craft are called 'meia lua' or 'half-moon' boats because of their peculiar high prow and stern. Powered only by two oars, these 10-m (33 foot) craft are used mostly for inshore fishing. We actually watched as the group of fishers who had been using this boat completed the process of hauling in their catch (see Local Customs for the full story!). At the stern you can see one of the typical good luck symbols that are carried by these boats.
In Praia de Mira there are many esplanades by the beach. Sometimes the weather isn't good to sunbaths and that's the right time to take a coffee at one of these esplanades. They are quite calm and a good place to read a book or the newspaper.
Well, we certainly achieved our objective of finding an off-the-beaten path coastal village when we arrived in Praia de Mira! We were very surprised at how little development had taken place there - it was still a sleepy little village despite its beautiful long beach. Not a high-rise in sight! As we strolled along letting the waves wash over our feet and watching the young Portugese lads play football on the sand (they could do amazing things with their feet!) we came across these two old derelict buildings at the edge of town. It was not something that we saw very often in Portugal - normally everything was well looked after. We were interested in these buildings so we had a closer look at them (Off-the-Beaten Path tips).