The coastline immediately north of Figueira da Foz consists of a virtually deserted thirty-five-kilometre stretch of low-lying dunes. The sands are only easily accessible at a couple of points – Praia de Quiaios and Praia de Tocha – before reaching the one developed resort between Figueira and Aveiro. PRAIA DE MIRA is set on a small lagoon known as a barrinha and has a cobbled quayside planted with palms, and ducks and brightly coloured pedal-boats bobbing around in the water. Its one long main street spears past the lagoon towards the sea, where a seemingly endless duned beach stretches to either side – ideal if your aims extend no further than beach-lounging and lazy walks.

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