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The Palheiro Door

White door set in a red and white striped facade. There is a white picket fence in front of the door.

Aveiro, Portugal

A weekend in Aveiro is one of my favorite city breaks from Lisbon and also a fabulous Porto day trip. Why? The beautiful doors that you find in nearby Costa Nova are a sight to behold.

Former fishermen’s cottages known as palheiros (“haystacks”) line the beach and are decorated in bright vertical stripes.

I was drawn to this white door not only because of the red stripes, but because of that ornate escutcheon covering the door knob and lockset. Escutcheons are a key decorative element of a door’s anatomy.

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