A very pleasent drive down the coast from Ovar, brought us to the modern Pousada del Ria. The welcome at reception was very good and the man behind the desk even delegated someone to carry our suitcase to our room (I must look older than I am!!). The room looked a little tired, but had all the necessary features, including a balcony overlooking the ria. We popped down to San Jacinto for a drink and then returned to the Pousada for an excellent dinner in the very pleasant dining room - again overlooking the ria. Breakfast was served in the same room and we could watch the comings and goings associated with the sea.
As we were checking out, I found that the first 30 mins of wi-fi is free, so we caught up on e mails before heading off to San Jacinto to catch the (roughly hourly) ferry (€10 for car + 2) across the ria to continue south towards Lisbon.
Nice place to stay, not much to do, but very quiet and relaxing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pousada da Ria is located in Torreira, near the city of Aveiro on a peninsula that acts as a barrier between the Atlantic Ocean and the Aveiro Lagoon. It is a 15-minute drive from the town of São Jacinto and 43 km from the city of Aveiro. This building from the 60s is built on pillars above the water, and affords an up-close and special connection with nature. During your stay, you can swim in the fantastic outdoor swimming pool or relax in the privacy of a small private beach. For your meals, the hotel offers a restaurant and a bar. The rooms are modern and decorated in warm, bright tones, and have a balcony with views of the gardens or the lagoon. ... more less
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