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Although much of Sada’s activity focuses on its port area, the real heart of the town, continues being its fishermen’s districts.
Opposite the fishing port is the Fontán district that still retains the traditional 18th century fishermen’s houses.
From Avenida do Porto, following the wooden steps, you will reach the entrance to the district. It is an area of narrow streets that also guide you towards Fontán Fort (18th century).
You will find the best viewpoints of the port at the top, where you can imagine how ancient sailors watched the bay from their homes. Although many houses have been renovated, they still keep their original spirit. They are small two storey spaces whose austere designs contrast with the brightness of their façades. The slight modernist influence on the houses should be noted, which incorporate geometric and floral motifs in small reliefs on their façades.
Although Fontán is recognised by its colouring, originally most of the walls were painted white and it was only joinery of the frames and balconies which was tinged with colour, which reportedly was from surplus paint from the boats.
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You are in Fontán, one of the most representative areas of Sada and with the most history in its walls.
Facing the fishermen’s district that bears its name, the fishing and commercial port is one of the most important for sardine catches. Already between the 17th and 20th centuries, the installation of numerous salting and canning factories made it a frenzied dock, equipped with the most modern fishing fleet.
With the creation of the Fishermen’s Guild (1944) the professional development of the sea became a great example, reaching its golden years in the early 70’s of the 20th century.
In the harbour you will find we seiners and artisanal fishing boats that catch mainly sardine, mackerel and squid among other species you can discover in this information board. Among its facilities are the ice making factory, fishing-net makers’ warehouses and ship owners, the shipbuilding yard and fish market. There are also three distributors who are responsible for distributing fish to large commercial centres.
From here, cross the Avda. do Puerto and head towards the wooden steps that access the fishermen’s district of Fontán, with bright façades and beautiful 18th century houses.
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