(Portugal) was once a great seaport with a history
linked to its salt pans dating back prior to 959 AD. In the 16th Century
it acquired new prosperity through its cod fishing industry.
Today the area is an industrial centre. However, the old lagoon of about
65 km² still has its charm with the many canals and the distinctive and
interesting “moliceiros” boats that are used to collect
seaweed. The town with its 55.000 inhabitants is basically a mixture of
neat fishermen’s cottages and Art Nouveau townhouses with a few historic
buildings. The small houses lining the beach area (Costa Nova) are
most attractive on the eye with their distinct colourful facades of
different painted colours. The church of Misericórdia dates from
the 16th Century, whilst the Cathedral São Domingos is from the
University is a Portuguese public university created in 1973.
It has a variety of very active Research units and I have a fruitful
scientific collaboration with the Nanotechnology
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