Aveiro Travel Guide

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Aveiro Things to Do

  • The Aveiro City Museum

    A few blocks from the canals, this building was once a convent (Convento de Jesus) built in the 15th century. It contains the tomb of the daughter of Afonso V, St. Joana, who died in 1490. The presence of this royal personage, beatified in 1693, proved to be of great benefit when she bequeathed her valuable estate to the convent. In the 17th and...

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  • Canals

    It's exaggerated the comparison to Venice, but Aveiro is, really very tight to water. A few canals cross the city, and in the neighborhoods, most of their life is connected to the sea and lagoon. Aveiro is mainly a growing industrial city, wit the sea present everywhere.

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  • Câmara Municipal

    Most people who come to Aveiro enjoy the canals and the northern part of Canal Central. Despite promixity, not many people take a walk to the city hall, Câmara Municipal, located on the pedestrianized street of Rua Coimbra. The city hall is on Praça da República, where the statue of the civil revolution hero, João Magalhães, is located in its...

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  • Moliceiros

    Although I did not get to do this, there are also tours of the canals and Ria de Aveiro, a wide marshland that was blocked from the ocean after a storm in the 1570s, on traditional seaweed boats called Moliceiros. The tickets for this can also be purchased at the tourism office, and it leaves at Canal Central right in front of where the sightseeing...

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  • Open-Top Buses

    Operated by Rota da Luz, the regional tourism board, the open-top bus tour of Aveiro takes about 45~60 minutes. The tickets (5 euros) may be purchased at the tourism office and must be presented to the bus driver on board. It passes the various notable places of Aveiro, such as Canal de São Roque, Universidade de Aveiro, Rossio, Igreja de São...

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  • Canal Central

    From Praça Humberto Delgado, located in the very center of the city, you will see the canal stretching to the Atlantic Ocean. Lined with beautiful buildings and houses with azulejo panels, the canal is dotted with a number of moliceiros, traditional fishing boats in Aveiro. There is a nice promenade from Largo do Rossio, a wide park on the western...

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  • Estação de Aveiro

    Although its role as the main gate to the city has been now moved to the new station right next to it, the old station building still is the center of attention due to the beautiful azulejo panels on the surface, depicting the local traditions of the area. It is at the end of Avenida, the wide avenue that stretches from the downtown. The station is...

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  • Sé - Cathedral

    Near the main channel (within walking distance), you may find the Sé of Aveiro (Church of São Domingos). This 15th century church is an ancient Dominican monastery. It may be visited free of charge, as long as there are no religious services going on.

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  • Art Nouveaux houses

    In Aveiro there are several noticeable Art Nouveaux styled houses, which are doubtless a must see when visiting this city. The houses depicted on my photo are situated along the main channel, being that one of them nowadays houses the tourism office. These houses are not opened for visits, and may only be admired from the outside. As you may see on...

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  • Moliceiros

    Moliceiros are colourful boats which are typical of Ria de Aveiro. Nowadays they are a symbol and a reference of Aveiro. In former days, they were associated with the activity of collecting a kind of weed that grew in the river bed. This activity was of major economic importance to the city and its people. Nowadays, as it happened with so many...

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  • Canal Central

    Aveiro’s main attractions are the channels. Some say that Aveiro is the Venice of Portugal. Well, that is said due to the channels, but be aware that Aveiro is not Venice, so don’t raise your expectations that high. It is no doubt a beautiful city, but it isn’t Venice.This said it’s time to introduce the channels. The main channel is called Canal...

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  • The beaches

    Oh how nice... After discovering the city-center for a half day we decided it was time to see something new. And the new things were the beach. There are two big beaches outside Aveiro, and I suggest you to take the car, or a bus if there is one, from the city-center, since it's way too long to go there by foot.The beach we went to was...

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  • The painted bridge

    Well, actually I don't know if this is a "must see"-thing, but...We went into the tourist-office in Aveiro, told the lady there that we were in Aveiro for one day, and asked her what we had to see. The first thing she mentioned was the fantastic painted bridge, something like the Ponte Vecchio in Florenze.So, off we went, and really off we got. The...

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  • The canales

    It's not the Venice, but still it's very nice! It gives the town a nice feeling, since water, at least for me, makes it more calm.Around the canales there are small sidewalks, where you can stand or sit, watching people walking by, or the nice canales. Around the canales on the other side of the road you'll instead find fun shops. Although some of...

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  • Catedral e Cruzeiro de S. Domingos

    The Catedral and Cruzeiro de S. Domingos date from the XV Century and used to be convent from the Dominican Monks. The cruzeiro is barely on the picture, extreme left, and it is said to be in Portuguese Gothic style.

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Aveiro Hotels

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Aveiro Restaurants

  • Pleasant Place for Lunch

    Stopped by for lunch (purely by accident) on the way to Porto and I sat outside on their small terrace.Waiter was very busy setting up, but took time to chat. He spoke perfect English (was born in Rhodesia). Service was prompt and courteous (the place was nearly empty).They have just designed a new wine list with over 120 varieties and have daily...

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  • Restaurante Chines Fu Hua

    Since we didn’t want to eat in a touristy fish restaurant, we ended up in a Chinese restaurant. It was quite dark in the restaurant. The place seemed to be popular with the locals on a Sunday for lunch. I had fried noodles with shrimp which were prawns which costs Euro 5.50. But the portion of noodles was quite small which I found unusual for a...

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  • Mam's local food

    If you like a small restaurant in the touristic part of town, with the walls full of tiles and populated by locals, try this non-expensive restaurant. The owners are a very friendly and warm couple that receive the clients as guests in the (look like) dining room of their house (they live upstairs). The grill is always on and the fish is as fresh...

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Aveiro Transportation

  • By Train

    If you are in Porto, this is the best way to go to Aveiro. It takes about one hour.The railway station is at the end of Avenida Dr. Lournço de Peixinho.- From Porto: São Bento railway station: Praça Almeida Garret (metro, São Bento, line D/yellow), and take the Aveiro urban linha/line.- Internet:...

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  • Linha Porto-Aveiro

    Aveiro is in the suburban train network system of Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal about 30 minutes north of Aveiro. Operated by the national railway company called Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (CP), there are frequent services between Porto's São Bento station to Aveiro several times a day, although most trains during non-rush hour...

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  • Santa Joana boat

    If you are in the city and wanna go to S. Jacinto you can take the bus to " Forte da Barra" and from here take the "lancha"(boat) to S. Jacinto.You can go by car too, but you should try this option ;)

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Aveiro Shopping

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  • Ovos Moles (Egg Pastries)

    Usually the best souvenir is food. And by food, I mean the regional gastronomy. Lisbon has Pasteis de Nata from the Belém area, and Óbidos has a sweet cherry-flavored liquor called Ginjal. What does Aveiro have? Well, it is sort of similar to Pasteis de Nata, but only its base ingridient. Aveiro has its own egg pastries called Ovos Moles,...

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  • The Mall with a Garden

    Forum Aveiro is a very large and modern shopping mall tucked right in the middle of the city. It is located on Rua Homem Cristo, a partially pedestrianized street that goes along with Canal do Cojo. From the station, follow Avenida and make a left at Avenida 5 de Outubro, where you will see the canal in front. Cross the bridget here, make a right...

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  • China...

    Although Vista Alegre fabric is located in ?lhavo - Aveiro, their china is very famous in Portugal and in several other countries.... Vista Alegre had several shops in all major cities.The kind of pieces that you'll find is huge the only problem is too choose one. You can found pieces from 8/10 euros till several thousands euros (dinning sets).

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Aveiro Local Customs

  • Moliceiros

    The top icon of Aveiro is the traditional boat used to pick algae from the lagoon, called Moliceiro. Now a fading activity, it keeps being the "official" image against the reality of a growing industrial area, but it is not much than a touristy relic nowadays.

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  • Ovo moles

    Ovo moles are a local speciality. There are special pastry shops that mostly sell these. They come in shapes of sealife and they are basically a thin wafer type pastry filled with sweet yellow stuffing made of egg. They are yummy and quite filling. You can buy them individually in some shops if you only want to taste one. Then there is this yellow...

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  • In candies the traditional...

    In candies the traditional receipts of the old convents of the region are followed: “raivas”, “fios de ovos” (egg wires), “castanhas de ovos” (egg chestnuts), “bolos de vinte e quarto horas” (cakes of twenty four hours) and... “Ovos moles” (soft eggs) dessert of the desserts synonymous of Aveiro.

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Aveiro Off The Beaten Path

  • Reserva Natural de Sao Jacinto

    If you are a Nature lover and like taking a good walk, try the Reserva Natural das Dunas de Sao Jacinto. I think you should visit it in the Winter, because it's when the birds occupate the lake. It's very easy getting there: if you are by car, drive to Forte da Barra (you may get a map or something) and get the ferry; if you are by foot get the bus...

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  • Igreja de S. Gonçalinho

    I bet this church is not too visited by tourists. Unfortunately, it was closed when I went, but it seems to be very beautiful inide as outside is indeed.Address: Largo de S. Gonçalinho.

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  • Universidade de Aveiro

    Founded in 1973, Universidade de Aveiro is one of the foremost universities in Portugal in science and technology fields. Its wide campus is located in the southwestern part of the city, a little far away to walk from Praça Humerto Delgado. Not just an academic institution like any other universities in the country, it is also the showcase of some...

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Aveiro Sports & Outdoors

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    by micas_pt Updated Apr 27, 2005

    Local football team is Beira-Mar and it competes on Portugal’s main league (2004/2005 season). The Aveiro stadium (www.ema.pt) is almost brand new, as it was one of the new stadiums built for the Euro 2004.

    If you enjoy seeing football matches of local teams when visiting a city or country, check the fore coming games’ schedules at Beira-Mar’s website (available in Portuguese only): www.beiramar.pt

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Aveiro Favorites

  • General Info

    Tourism OfficeRua João Mendonça, 83800-200 Aveiro- Tel.: (+351) 234 42 07 60- Fax: (+351) 234 42 83 26- Internet: www.aveiro.co.pt, www.rotadaluz.pt or www.visitcentro.com and look for Aveiro- E mail: info@rotadaluz.pt

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  • Location

    Aveiro is situated on the North of Portugal:. about 250 km north of Lisbon. about 70 km south of PortoAveiro is the capital city of the District, and accesses are good both by car (highway both from Lisbon and Porto) and by train or bus (also departing from the previously mentioned main cities).

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  • Photography

    Aveiro is a paradise for those who enjoy photography. Each time I visit Aveiro I always bring home lots of photos. My favourite spots to shoot while in Aveiro are:- the Canal Central: boats and houses reflect on the channel’s water, providing wonderful reflections;- Art Nouveaux houses: if you enjoy shooting details and enjoy this architectural...

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