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
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