Historical Harbor

For over two centuries, the port built in traditional wooden stakes, has served as anchorage for local boats. Over the wharf, stand small buildings which support the fishermen.
This palafitte port, unique in Europe, lies a small fishing village, Carrasqueira on the left bank of the River Sado. Here, you can enjoy breathtaking images of the river Sado.Near the small fishing village of Carrasqueira there is a fine example of popular ingenuity. A creative and somewhat curious solution to the problem of accessing boats at low tide – a jetty on stilts.

When the tide is low the steep banks of the muddy Sado river estuary make it impossible to board the boats because the water doesn’t reach dry land.

In response to this problem the community built a wooden jetty with multiple arms that zig zag into the marshes forming a large mooring for the boats as well as a sizable gangway that can easily be navigated with nets, tackle and fish.

For over two hundred years this port has been the traditional anchorage of the local fishing boats.

At sunset when the water mirrors the sky and silence descends upon the river, this unique spot is an unforgettable experience.