Aveiro is located at about 250 km to the North of Lisbon and 70 km to the South of Oporto. The city is near the Atlantic coastline (6 km of distance). The main characteristic of the surrounding area is an extensive coastal lagoon (“Ria de Aveiro”).The city of Aveiro is crossed by channels, which give it an individual character. In the old quarter of the city, tourists can see the quaint whitewashed houses of the fishermen and visit, early in the morning, the Mercado do Peixe (Fish Market), where occurs an auction of the fish caught during the night. Of all the boats seen in the area, the “Moliceiro” is the most elegant traditional boat, being perfectly lined, painted with bright colours and with often creative and humorous decorations.There are essentially three ways to discover Aveiro: boat, bicycle and walking. On-board of a “Moliceiro” boat along the Ria is a romantic option to know the “City of the water”. Otherwise, there are several bikes known as “BUGA” parked around the city. They are free, working like a shopping cart at the local supermarkets – the 1 Euro coin inserted to unlock the bike is returned when the bike is parked again at any of the several BUGA stops around the city. The city is also great for walking because it has no hills and its places of interest are easily accessible. So, you can walk through the streets and enjoy the Art Nouveau or the Contemporary Architecture. Those who appreciate this architectural style should not miss the University buildings (Aveiro University).

Appreciators of good food can taste, besides the delicious eel stew and a variety of fish soups, the famous Portugal’s famous dried cod (bacalhau). In fact, Bacalhau is closely related to the history and daily lives of this region as you can easily find out visiting the nearby Portuguese Codsfish Capital: Ílhavo. Moreover, Aveiro is specially known for its sweets: the most famous is “ovos moles”, sweetened egg yolk in candied casings shaped like fish or barrels. www.oficinadodoce.com


Attractions in Aveiro

Aveiro Museum

Established in 1911, the Aveiro Museum is located within the grandiose Convento de Jesus. This museum is regarded as one of the most significant sacred arts museums in the country. It exhibits a collection of Portuguese 17th and 18th Century paintings, meticulous tile work, elegantly carved features in gold, as well as, a rich display of vestments, jewellery and valuable relics. Aveiro Museum still possess deep a documentary one of centuries XV to the XIX.

Art Nouveau Museum

In Aveiro there are several interesting examples of buildings that represent the exuberantly ornamental taste typical of Art Nouveau.  The Art Nouveau Museum has opened its doors in Aveiro, located in Casa Major Pessoa, a true icon of art nouveau. It is also a travel across time and knowledge. The Museum has an enchanting tea house where you can have a refreshing break.

Maritime Museum of Ílhavo

The Maritime Museum of Ílhavo not only shows tangible evidence of the region’s extremely strong historical and cultural identity, but also pays tribute to “they that go down to the sea in ships and do business in great waters” (to quote the Bible). No wonder that this is one of Portugal’s most popular museums. The museum has a vast collection of items relating to the line-fishing of cod and the agro-maritime industry of the Aveiro Lagoon, including full-size boats. Besides the building that was distinguished with the prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award for Contemporary Architecture.  The museum includes  the Cod Aquarium that is the only one of its kind in the world. And is complemented by the Museum Ship Santo André, a ship that was once part of the Portuguese cod fishing fleet.

Vista Alegre

An attraction outside the city is the Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory, the first industrial unit dedicated to producing porcelain in Portugal founded in 1824. Nowadays, it is well-known around the world, with famous names such as Britain’s Elizabeth II and Spain’s Juan Carlos having commissioned pieces. Vista Alegre is more than a mere industrial unit, the factory, the 19th century social quarter, the Nossa Senhora da Penha de França , the Theatre, the Museum and the shops form the world of Portuguese porcelain. The Museum records the history of this famous porcelain and also organises guided tours of the industrial area and of some of Vista Alegre’s heritage buildings.


Aveiro lies very close to the coast where you will find remarkably clean beaches and dunes (Praia da Barra, Costa Nova and São Jacinto), which are excellent for soothing days in the sun, long walks, tempting sea sports (good surfing beaches) or simply contemplating the ocean. Costa Nova is known for its charming wooden houses with colourful strips that are exceptionally uniques. The Lighthouse of Praia da Barra, built in the 19th century, stands out out as the highest lighthouse in Portugal, with 62 m high, its red and white stripes define the skyline of the praia da barra. The S. Jacinto Dunes’ Natural Reserve is a true paradise for fauna and flora observation. There are regular walking trails running throughout the year which allow for birdwatching of countless species which chose this place as their natural habitat.

Salinas (salt pans)

Salt pans are rectangular ponds alongside the river linked together by small canals, whose workings are controlled by the ancestral knowledge of the marnoto (salt panner). The art of making salt is bound up with the history of the city and,  today you can try your hand at the craft at the Troncalhada Ecomuseum, one of the salt pans that still operates in the area. In the salt pans you can understand why they call it the mirrors of heaven and see the salt pyramids that shine in the sun.






Vila Africana (Arte Nova)



surf costa nova

Some pictures by City Hall of Ílhavo