"Learn about the maritime tradition of the Tagus" Seixal Things to Do Tip by berenices

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  • Learn about the maritime tradition of the Tagus - Seixal
  • One of the 3 traditional boats reconstructed - Seixal
      One of the 3 traditional boats reconstructed
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  • The small boatmaking museum - Seixal
      The small boatmaking museum
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Seixal used to be home to Portugal's longstanding maritime tradition that included naval construction and repair of wooden boats, painting and decorative arts, sailmaking. Situated on the edge of an entry to an inlet, it was the perfect place for these activities, as the waters around were calmer and there was better protection from the strong winds that usually buffetted the more exposed areas of the delta.

For a long time, since the middle ages, numerous boatmakers dotted Seixal, constructing boats for fishing, passenger, and cargo traffic. Since the construction of the 25 de Abril bridge which connected Lisbon to the other side of the Tagus int he 1960s, the boat industry has since disappeared. The municipality of Seixal, however, has tried to revive these traditions by reconstructing some traditional boats at least a century old and converting them to tour boats. Tours are offered from spring to autumn.

A small boatmaking center is located right at the quay, which gives a good idea of the maritime traditions of Tagus. It showcases an impressive collection of models of all the types of wooden boats constructed here in Seixal. There is also a work area where classes for model boatmaking is undertaken for young people.

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  • Updated Jun 10, 2010
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