Aveiro: a well-tempered city

If you still do not know "the Portuguese Venice", this is the time to visit the city of Aveiro and surrender yourself to its beauty and charm.

Treat yourself to the famous ovos-moles, the castanhas de ovos, and the cavacas (egg and sugar cream, egg “chestnuts”, and “popovers”, a type of yummy melt in the mouth profiterole) . But Aveiro isn’t only all about sweets, get a move on and hit the road on an adventure…

You can pedal around the city on a “Buga” (municipal bicycle) ... and it’s FREE!

Take the opportunity to go canoeing on the Ria de Aveiro (Aveiro Lagoon), observe the unique nature of the Reserva Natural das Dunas de São Jacinto (the Dunas de São Jacinto Nature Reserve), and remember to pop over to Praia da Barra or Costa Nova (Barra or Costa Nova beaches).

While you there, visit the tallest lighthouse in the Iberian Peninsula, we dare you to climb its over 200 steps!

It's time for a little culture, visit the Museu de Aveiro da Princesa Santa Joana (Aveiro Museum of Princess Santa Joana)!

Get over here. There's a lot more to discover!


It has salt and eggs-moles, new and urban art, much to see on foot, buga or boat.

If you get to Aveiro by train, your visit starts right there, you hardly put your foot in the Station. The Aveiro Train Station is historic because of the beautiful tile panels that you will see, with regional motifs, of the Fábrica da Fonte Nova (from 1916).

This is just the first facade you want to photograph. Aveiro has countless façades worthy of registration. Some are of dwelling houses, others are of reference buildings, such as the House of the Major Person, the House of the Ovos Moles or the Museum of the City.

Before you go, do a research on New Art so that you can better understand what you are going to notice. Aveiro is the jewel of this movement - of great taste, it is said - that emerged in Europe in the late nineteenth century.

But we were leaving the station, were not we? Right in front of her you have another work of art to admire, this much more recent and with signature of a name that should sound familiar. It is a face carved by Vhils (Alexandre Farto) with the technique that has already inhabited us.

To explore the city as it should be, start by leaving your bags at the Youth Hostel (it is about 15 minutes walk from the center). Then learn that Aveiro is the city of Bugas, the nice short for "Free Use Bicycles in Aveiro".

If you like to ride, you have a good means of transport here. Otherwise, walking is also good. And in Aveiro it is still obligatory to go by boat - in one of the characteristic Moliceiros, who take you for a walk through the city canals.

It is also obligatory to taste the egg-moles of Aveiro (if you are crazy about sweets, inform yourself that there is a way to see them live) and, in a ria zone, through the streets and squares of Portuguese sidewalk in the center, You will cross with many restaurants where there is good fish to sample.

And, speaking of fish, Praça do Peixe is a place that you have to know. Especially at night. There are many bars and lively people around. Aveiro has the new blood of its new and already important University. One clue: for a different night program, watch the programming of Aveirense Theater.

More? History, for example. Enter the Museum of Aveiro, an old convent where Santa Joana Princesa lived, daughter of D. Afonso V, in the second half of the fifteenth century. The space allows to know a little of what would be the life of the community of Dominican nuns and also has works of painting, sculpture, tiles, goldsmiths.

For something less contemplative, we suggest the Fábrica, the Living Science Center of Aveiro.

Around town you also have plenty to go to. Seeing the unique luminosity of the ria in the late afternoon is something unforgettable, such as a climb to the highest lighthouse of the Iberian Peninsula in Praia da Barra. Nearby, there are the famous striped little houses of Costa Nova and its beaches, where you can kill the hunger by eating a bombastic gut.

Another interesting place is the Ecomuseu da Marinha da Troncalhada, where the methods of artisanal salt production are shown and the local fauna and flora are spoken at the same time. We bet you'll like the visit!

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Points of interest

» Igreja da Misericórdia (séc. XVII)
» Igreja de nossa Senhora da Apresentação (séc. XVIII) Vera Cruz
» Igreja das Carmelitas (séc. XVII)
» Capela de São Gonçalinho (séc. XVIII)
» Capela de Nossa Sra. da Alegria (séc. XVIII)
» Museus e Monumentos emblemáticos
» Museu de Aveiro (antigo convento Sta. Joana Princesa)
» Museu da Cidade
» Museu Arte Nova
» Ecomuseu da Troncalhada
» Museu Fábrica da Vista Alegre - Ílhavo
» Museu Marítimo de Ílhavo - Ílhavo
» Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Aveiro (antiga Fábrica de Jerónimos Campos) Cais da Fonte Nova
» Estação de Caminhos de Ferro de Aveiro (azulejos séc. XVII/XVIII)
» Edifício da antiga Capitania do Porto de Aveiro (séc. XIX)
» Teatro Aveirense
» Ponte da Amizade (canal de São Roque)
» Farol da praia da Barra (o mais alto da Península Ibérica)
» Estátua de Sta Joana Princesa (inaugurada em 2002)
» Estádio Municipal Mário Duarte (junto à pousada) e Estádio novo (Euro2004) - Taboeira
» Universidade de Aveiro e seu Campus

Places for sports practice

» Clube de vela da Costa Nova
» Parque aquático vaga Splash – Vagueira
» Centro Hípico – Taboeira
» Circuitos pedestres – canal de São Roque
» Parque da Cidade (futuro parque da Sustentabilidade)
» Ecovias para circulação das BUGAS
» Prática de Surf e Body Board – Costa Nova


» Ria de Aveiro – Passeio de barco Moliceiro/Mercantel
» Dunas de São Jacinto – travessia em Ferry Boat
» Reserva natural (fauna e flora)
» Pateira de Fermentelos – Oliveira do Bairro
» Lagoas naturais (observatório de aves)
» Salinas de Aveiro

Events and festivities

» Feira de Março (anual) – Parque de feiras e exposições
» Feira dos 28 (mensal) – Parque de feiras e exposições
» Festa em honra de São Gonçalinho, 10 de Janeiro (anual)
» Feira das Velharias (4º domingo de cada mês)
» Feira de artes e ofícios tradicionais (2º domingo de cada mês)
» Festas de São Paio da Torreira (1º fim de semana
» Exposição Internacional canina e felina (anual/Setembro)

Night life

» Irish Pub Kitten’s (cerveja artesanal)
» Bar Mercado Negro (concert./exposições/tertúlias)
» Autocarro Bar – junto à Universidade
» Anesthesia Bar
» Player’s Bar
» Ria Café
» St. Patrick’s Irish Pub
» Estação da Luz – discoteca
» 8º Oeste – discoteca Bar


» Arroz de marisco
» Arroz lampreia
» Caldeirada de enguias
» Espetadas de enguias
» Caldeirada de peixe
» Sopa de peixe
» Arroz tamboril
» Ovos-moles
» Castanhas d’ovos

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