Simple life in Aveiro
Aveiro, Portugal, is well-known as the Portuguese Venice. It’s possible to be close to the sea, river, saline, an advanced university, and assorted pastries – all in one! If you like vintage and colored architecture, calm people, classy restaurants and, of course, history, Aveiro is the city!
Aveiro is an urban port, rail, university and tourist center. Although small, it has many options for things do! As in all almost Europe the Euro is the principal coin – so be sure to bring the right currency to enjoy the city.
How to get there? Since Aveiro is to Coimbra and Port, it’s an easy train or bus ride from one of those destinations. If you are coming from Lisbon, the best way is by bus, and if you have no other way but to use an airport the best option is to land at Port and take a train from there.
What to do inside a calm and colored city like Aveiro? You probably will not need any public transport within the city, because you can cross it on foot. But, if you need to rent a BUGAS (Bike Free use of Aveiro) you can cycle around the city!
1 – If you have ever wondered about the beautiful Portuguese ceramic tiles, the first place you have to go is the Train Station. There you can find some geometry and a touch of history, not to mention that usually you can see some amazing cars or motorcycles!
One of the buildings at the Train Station
2 – Walk through the streets, and stop in one of the bakeries to try traditional pastries of Portugal. In Aveiro, there is a lot of different candies and plates, like Raiva, Ovar, Caldeirada de Enguias. Ovos Moles is highly recommended. Ovos Moles is translated as Soft Eggs, because it is made with yolks and sugar. You should try one of those!
Charming streets An old man and its violin
3 – The Ria of Aveiro is just a walk away where you can get a tour on Portuguese gondolas. The boatmen will amuse you with funny and ancient stories about the city and you can enjoy the soft weather at the same time.
Ria de Aveiro
Sightseeing Aveiro on Gondolas
4 – Aveiro also has incredible churches and museums, such as Aveiro Cathedral and Aveiro Museum. The Aveiro Museum is situated inside a convent, featuring ancient religious history with samples of Baroque and Rococo art. If you are interested in modernity, visit the Museum of New Art, but don’t confuse the name, this building is not a museum. It is a colorful location where you can relax, eat cake and drink tea.
Museum of New Art
5 – After a long day you probably want to eat, drink or buy something else! A great destination for all of the above is Fórum Aveiro – a beautifull mall at the bank of the river. It is an open air space with many stores with plenty of artistic details including geometric art on the floor and walls. It is an amazing place to rest and to see locals in their daily life.
6 – There are two more must see places to visit during your tour in Aveiro: the Saline of Aveiro and the Lighthouse of Barra. To go to these places you should take a car or book a tour because they are located outside of Aveiro itself, but still inside the Aveiro District.
The Saline is older than Portugal itself as a united country and the exploration of the salt is still one of the main economic activities of this area. You can collect huge salt pyramids almost at any time of the year – don’t be shy, taste it!
The Saline of Aveiro
The Lighthouse of Barra is the biggest lighthouse in Portugal, the second largest of Iberian peninsula, and the 26 largest in the world. This lighthouse is 216.54 ft above sea level with a height of 203.41 ft. It is at Barra Beach, in Ílhavo and is open to the public only on Wednesday afternoon.
The Biggest Lighthouse in Portugal
Back to the city you can hang out downtown at night. You might try a classy dinner in one the lined restaurants or party all night in one of the night clubs!
Aveiro is a small city, but is open to tourists around the world. The people who live there are very welcoming, cozy, and even with a language barrier can always communicate simply with a smile!
Written By Clarissa Mesquita, from Paraíba, Brazil. This lovely lady is addicted to TV shows and movies, and enjoys fitness, fun and photography. She also loves pets and participates in an NGO to save homeless animals. Clarissa graduated with a degree in Social Communication from the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil, and is amazed with her new yellow brick road!