Aveiro Portugal Guide
Aveiro is a charming Portuguese town that makes for an enjoyable, alternative tourist destination. The town has an extensive history which is closely intertwined with the growth and decline of its port and saltwater lagoons.Aveiro is crossed by canals and along these waterways colourful and traditional fishing boats sail. Aveiro is an interesting destination for either a day trip or as part of a tour of central Portugal and this guide will provide an introduction to the region.
The canals of Aveiro
Is it the Venice of Portugal?
As Aveiro has both canals and gondolas the town is sometimes referred to as the Venice of Portugal. This may be a to grander statement to describe Aveiro, as there are just three canals and only a handful of historic standout buildings. Instead of regarding Aveiro as Venice, it should be more considered an unhurried, traditional Portuguese town that has canals and colourful gondolas. For a guide to the things to do in Aveiro please click here.
The colourful Moliceiros boats were once fishing boats
Aveiro as a Day Trip
Aveiro can be easily visited as a day trip from Porto and this is way to experience the town for those tourists with limited time. There are direct train services from Porto and a typical day trip includes the historic centre of Aveiro, a gondola ride and the charming beach town of Costa Nova. For a guide to a day trip to Aveiro please click here.
The Praça do Peixe market
Does Aveiro have good beaches?
The city of Aveiro is situated on the saltwater lagoon of the Rio de Aveiro and is not directly located on the Atlantic Ocean coastline. This means that it is a 7 km journey via car or public transport to the beautiful beaches of Costa Nova or Barra. These beaches are part of the 5 km long stretch of golden sands for which this region is famed for. Due to the distance Aveiro should not be considered as a resort town but a charming Portuguese town. For a guide to the beaches please click here.
The beach houses of Costa Nova
Quick historical fact
Aveiro was a major port until the 16th century when a massive storm surge raised a sandbar along the present-day edge of the lagoon. This storm not only blocked the port but also bread diseases in the stagnant water and in less than 20 years the population has halved. Aveiro remained inaccessible to the sea until a channel was dug in the 19th century.
The Se cathedral