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Travel Guide of Aveiro in Portugal by Influencers

Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. In 2011, the population was 78,450, in an area of 197.58 square kilometres: it is the second most populous city in the Centro Region of Portugal.

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Travel Tips for visiting Aveiro

Aveiro, the most Italian of Portuguese cities 

Aveiro is a nice discovery at a little more than an hour from Porto by urban train.

This city of 80 000 inhabitants is located on the west coast of Portugal, not far from the beaches. 
Aveiro is full of colors and more colors everywhere! The buildings with azulejos all more original than the others give it a crazy charm, the churches at the end of the small lanes and the squares with terraces where it is good to live.
But what makes Aveiro unique are the canals that cross it (that's why it is called the little Venice).
Let yourself be surprised by the artistic achievements of which the gondolas are decorated, which are worth the detour alone! If you feel like it, a little stroll is quite possible.
Don't hesitate to explore the two banks of the city, even if they are different, they are worth a visit.

Practical information: trains leave regularly from Porto Sao Bento station for about 4€. One day will allow you to visit Aveiro in a relaxed way.
From Aveiro's train station, the historic center is accessible on foot in barely 10 minutes.

The walk on the canals of Aveiro

The canals, better known as the Ria Aveiro, cut through the streets of the historic center. Their history is linked to the proximity of the city to the coast. Trade with the sea, as well as the production of salt, made this place one of the most important ports in Portugal since the Middle Ages.

However, in 1570, a great storm hit the area and blocked the exit of the river Vouga to the sea. This tragedy cut short all port activity and the city slowly became impoverished.

A few centuries later, in 1808, the Barra Canal, more commonly known as the Ria de Aveiro, was created, which once again opened the passage to the sea.
The city was able to regain its economic activity and quickly become richer. That's why, when visiting the canals, you can see many large buildings, often in Art Nouveau style.
For your stroll, nothing better than to leave from the center in one of the many "Moliceiro".The ride lasts about an hour and costs only 6 euros.

The walk in the city center

After seeing the center from the canals, you should also walk around. The city center is small and can easily be reached on foot. Between the many points of interest in the city,
We recommend you to go to the Fish Market. This is where all the products caught in the area arrive.
It is better to arrive early in the morning to avoid crowded streets.

You can also visit the Friendship Bridge, which is decorated with thousands of colorful ribbons that represent the bonds between people.
you can go shopping in the adjacent shopping streets, Rua da Direita and Rua de Coimbra.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Aveiro

How to get to Aveiro?

The easiest way to get to Aveiro is by train.
The regional line that leaves from Campanhã and São Bento stations offer trains every 40 minutes and at a low price (3,55 €). It is not necessary to buy a ticket in advance. The trip takes one hour.

Once you arrive at Aveiro, you can walk along Dr. Lourenço Peixinho Avenue, which connects the station to the city center. It will take about a kilometer of walking.
You can also get there by bus, which stops in front of the station.

If you are going to Aveiro by car, you should know that the city center is pedestrian, so you will have to leave your car at the gates of the historic center. Don't worry, there are plenty of reasonably priced parking lots available. 

  • Visit the Aveiro Museum
Start your visit to the city with a quick trip to the Aveiro Museum. Housed in a 15th-century monastery known as the Mosteiro de Jesus, it contains an extensive collection of religious artifacts, including paintings, sculptures, and jewelry from the Renaissance. The Portuguese princess Joana stayed here during the last years of her life, and her beautifully carved tomb has been placed in one of the rooms. The museum also features a chapel decorated with gilded woodwork and mosaics depicting the princess' life.

  • Board a Moliceiro
One of the first things you'll see when you arrive in Aveiro is the moliceiros. Emblems of the city, these colorful boats look a bit like Italian gondolas. It is these boats and the many bridges that have earned Aveiro its nickname of "Portuguese Venice". Before becoming a tourist attraction, the moliceiros were used to harvest seaweed from the lagoon which was then used as fertilizer. When the trade ended, the boats changed function and now offer tours of the city. You don't need to book in advance, you can just show up at the dock and hop on a boat.

  • Admire the Art Nouveau buildings
Facing the canals, beautiful Art Nouveau buildings stand out with their wrought-iron balconies and colorful facades. You'll probably see some of them on your cruise, but there is also an Art Nouveau-themed walk that will guide you along with these properties. The most famous are without a doubt the Art Nouveau Museum, the Casa dos Ovos Moles and the Cooperativa Agrícola located at number 7 of Rua João Mendonça. Once you've photographed these magnificent buildings, you can relax in the Jardim do Rossio, a small park lined with palm trees and offering a view of the canals.

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