Tour Aveiro

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To wander around Aveiro is to dive in the waters of the Center of Portugal. Known as the “Portuguese Venice”, the city is quietly dominated by the Ria de Aveiro, described by Saramago as a “living body that connects the land to the sea like a huge heart”.

Embark on a moliceiro and go through the channels of the estuary, which like roads of silver water lead us through the city. Observe the Art Nouveau houses that decorate the banks or discover them in every detail, taking the guided pedestrian tour organized by the City Museum. If you prefer, venture solo behind the wheel of a BUGA, the free bikes provided by the municipality, which are everything you need to get around Aveiro.

Back in the city center, regain strength with regional delicacies. If lunchtime is close, take a chance on a eel stew or a lamb with lampantana. Or, get lost in the delicious regional sweets, where eggs and sugar work magic, and let the soft eggs awaken your palate as if they were pieces of sweet gold.

Reserve some time for a visit to the Factory of Vista Alegre, the most international of Portuguese porcelain, and to the University Campus of Aveiro, a true museum of contemporary Portuguese architecture in the open air, where works signed by Siza Vieira, Souto Moura, Alcino Soutinho, Carrilho da Graça and Gonçalo Byrne.

Then, go down to Costa Nova and let yourself be conquered by this colorful piece of the Portuguese coast. This beach is characteristic due to the wooden houses streaked with white and bright colors, descendants of the old haystacks that served as a warehouse and shelter for the men of the sea. Right next to it, on Barra beach, the Farol da Barra, the highest in Portugal, overlooks and imposes. And since you are here, take to the sea in style. On board Santa Maria Manuela, a 4-masted lugger built in 1937 that has been rehabilitated and now furrows the waters of the region, there is an adventure waiting for you.

Then, go down to Costa Nova and let yourself be conquered by this colorful piece of the Portuguese coast. This beach is characteristic due to the wooden houses streaked with white and bright colors, descendants of the old haystacks that served as a warehouse and shelter for the men of the sea. Right next to it, on Barra beach, the Farol da Barra, the highest in Portugal, overlooks and imposes. And since you are here, take to the sea in style. On board Santa Maria Manuela, a 4-masted lugger built in 1937 that has been rehabilitated and now furrows the waters of the region, there is an adventure waiting for you.

Some of the places we will visit on this tour:

Museu de Aveiro ou Museu de Santa Joana/ Convento de Jesus - Where is the Tomb Of Princess Santa Joana (1st Princess of the Avis Dynasty - D. Afonos V).

Sé Catedral - The current Sé de Aveiro was, at one time, the church of the Convento de São Domingos, the first convent institution implanted within the perimeter of the walls of Aveiro.

Igreja da Misericórdia / Catedral de Aveiro - This church is one of the most attractive examples of religious architecture in the district. Built in the late 16th century, this monument has a traditional façade with blue and white tiles, Renaissance elements in its porches and a wonderful selection of colorful tiles inside.

Common Hall - Founded in the 15th century, this former Dominican convent is strongly associated with the most influential princess in Aveiro - Santa Joana de Portugal.

Regional Boat Trips (Moliceiro) in the Ria lasting 1 hour, price 7 € to 10 € per Person - Moliceiro rides, somewhat similar to gondola rides in Venice, are part of the local tradition in Aveiro.

Igreja de Vera Cruz - The origins of the foundation of the Church-Monastery of Vera Cruz de Marmelar are very remote, since the current temple was built on previous foundations.

Fabrica de ovos moles - After the communities of nuns were extinguished, the recipe for this divine sweet passed from generation to generation, remaining alive until today. Let this sweet temptation take over your palate and feel like you're in heaven.

Salinas - Its origins are very remote and are mentioned in a document from the year 959.

Costa Nova - Part of the color and beauty of Aveiro is inseparable from the famous Costa Nova haystacks.

Farol - Completed in 1893, and exhibiting a majestic cylindrical tower 62 meters high and 66 above sea level, making it the highest in the country and one of the highest in Europe.