Costa Nova: The most instagrammable place in Portugal

May 15, 2022

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Costa Nova beach in Aveiro is Instagram's most popular photo spot in Portugal. The charming colorful striped houses on the seafront are a feast to the eyes and make every single photography picture perfect. This unique pohotogenic setting will surely make you smile. It's impossible to be unhappy here!

These little houses were originally shelters and storage places for fishermen, but nowadays many have been converted to living spaces, shops, inns and restaurants. You can even rent some of them on AirBnB!

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So is Praia da Costa Nova worth visiting? Let's take a look at intagrammer's number one place to take dreamy shots in Portugal.

Even though the place is charming, don't be fooled by the quiet looking pictures of Costa Nova. When the weather is nice -and especially during the summer- the place is packed with tourists. If you want to have the place to yourself, better visit Costa Nova at sunrise or during the first hours of the day. Although sunsets can be magical here!

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Restaurants in Costa Nova get really busy as well so if you are planning to eat there, be sure to book in advance. We had lunch at Canastra do Fidalgo -which was recommended on several sites- unfortunately we didn't have a very good experience. Service was terribly slow and fish was overcooked -and overpriced! There are many reastaurants on the seafront so you won't run out of options.

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Apart from the lovely houses, the beach at Costa Nova is spectacular. This long sandy shoreline is perfect for a walk with a gelato in hand -word has it that Rimini is the most popular ice-cream parlour in town-, sunbathing, or relaxing with a good book. Also, don't forget to explore the nearby dunes and Barra lighthouse! Last but not least, Costa Nova Beach is popular with surfers and windsurfers because waves can get quite big at times.

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So if you are in Aveiro, be sure to stop by the charming -and highly instagrammeable- Costa Nova beach. It's a special and unique place you won't forget from your trip to Portugal.

Would you like to visit Costa Nova?

Planning a trip to the coast of Portugal? Looking for more instagram worthy spots? Read these posts: 

Top things to do in Aveiro, Portugal

What to do in Southern Portugal and Spain

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My travel essentials for Praia da Costa Nova

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1 comment

  1. Wow! How very cool!

    Thanks for joining us this week at


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