Ul

District: Aveiro | County: Oliveira de Azeméis | Parish: Ul

Ul Village stretches along two rivers, the Ul and the Antuã, which meet at Dois Rios Bridge and give the place a personality of its very own! This parish which is part of Oliveira de Azeméis lives between the present and a past rich in history, traditions and archaeological landmarks. It is believed to have been inhabited by prehistoric people, because it still has some pre-Celtic burial chambers. Take a stroll along the many routes and walking paths available here, in particular the Mill Route, on a trail which travels along the Antuã and Ul rivers.

A must-see is the Molinológico Theme Park, a true "living museum" of the structures of bread making and cereal milling, an activity that is over 200 years old. In addition to being a pleasant spot, this is also an educational area that promises to delight the little ones! Here you can watch cereal being ground and the traditional Ul bread being made, live. After this discovery, take a look around and enjoy the surrounding landscape, or rest at the picnic and leisure park. The landscape is also marked by the infrastructures built over time, with paths, water channels and dams, some with impressive waterfalls. If you liked it so much that it’s hard to leave, remember that this Castro (fortified settlement) Centre has accommodation for guests above the "Baroque" mill. In the heart of the village, you can see other historical landmarks: several granaries, the Church of Santa Maria de Ul, dating from 1790, but built on a Roman monument, as well as shrines and crosses.

The village has two religious festivals, one devoted to Santa Maria Maior de Ul, which is held on August 14 and 15, and the other in honour of São Brás on February 2 and 3. Folklore and threshing are part of the culture still present in this area. You could easily run into one of the ethnographic groups of the village, the folk group “As Padeirinhas de Ul" or the folk dancing group, "Cravos e Rosas". The people also preserve traditions such as manufacturing utensils to cook bread, including flat baskets, dough mixers, baskets, long narrow baskets, oven paddles, castors and grindstones, used to grind the cereals in the watermills that are still working to this day. Inevitably, the cuisine includes Ul bread but the sweet regueifa plaited bread and honey are the best delicacies that are not to be missed!

Parque Temático Molinológico
Aveiro | Oliveira de Azeméis
Núcleo Museológico do Moinho e do Pão
Aveiro | Oliveira de Azeméis
Igreja de Santa Maria
Aveiro | Oliveira de Azeméis
Capela de Adães – Ul
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Centro de Provas Gastronómico
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Castro de Ul
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Berço Vidreiro - Oliveira de Azeméis
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