Did you know that Costa Nova houses, originally with red, blue, green and yellow stripes, were used as old fishing warehouses? Currently, they host several families during the bathing season, making it one of the most popular places for a seaside walk and one of the most instagrammable spots that we can find in the city of Aveiro.
However, Costa Nova was not always like this. At the end of the 19th century, this place was completely depopulated, and it was only after the implementation of the Port of Aveiro that fishermen from ílhavo moved to Costa Nova. Their art went beyond fishing and manifested itself on land, as we can see, they started by building large haystacks with interior divisions that served to store nets and other fishing materials.
It is believed that the stripes of different colors were for fishermen to locate their haystacks on foggy days. According to some popular tales, they say that the same stripes served as a sign on days when they were drunk or inebriated so as not to enter other people's properties.
Currently, Costa Nova Avenue is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and is a strong tourist attraction for many Portuguese and foreigners who visit the city of Aveiro.