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  • Address: Aveiro, Portugal
  • Admission: Free

In Roman times, Aveiro was known as Aviarium, which in Latin means “gathering of birds” due to the large number of birds inhabiting the city’s lagoon area. Today, Aveiro is known for being one of the largest metropolitan areas in Portugal (when associated with nearby Ílhavo). It’s also known as the “Venice of Portugal,” as its city is crossed with canals on which boats called barcos moliceiros ferry passengers to and fro.

Aveira’s fortunes have always been tied to the Ria (estuary) and the sea. In contemporary times, the Ria is linked to Aveiro via three canals: the Canal das Pirâmides (marked at its entrance by two stone pyramids), which flows into the Canal de São Roque, and the Canal do Paraíso. Travelers may want to book a tour or plan one of their own that familiarizes them with canals, as they are major avenues of transit and can be overwhelming to first-time visitors.

In terms of attractions, Aveiro’s canals are certainly a must-see. The city’s old-world charm and colorful buildings are underscored by the brightly colored barcos moliceiros pushing across the channels, and the Ria is a fascinating landscape, crisscrossed by intersecting waterways and finger-like peninsulas.  Likewise, the city’s beaches are among the best in the country, and surfing is a popular pastime. As the city came into its own in the middle ages, visitors can expect to find centuries-old buildings, including the Aveiro Cathedral and the Igreja de la Misericordia, designed by 18th-century Italian Architect Nicolau Nasoni.

Practical Info

In the days of sail, one of Aveiro's chief exports was blue ceramic tile known as azulejos. Aveiro's contemporary buildings favor an Art Noveau style, and azulejos figure prominently in the designs.

Of course, Aveiro is also known for its not-so-contempoary buildings. Among these, you will want to visit the Convento de Jesus. This 15th century convent was once illicitly sought after by the daughter of King Afonso V, and now it houses the Museu de Aveiro, which houses a large collection of Portuguese Baroque art, as well as sculptures and archeological finds.

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6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, from ... 
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6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, from Lisbon

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Explore northern Portugal on a 6-day tour. Departing from Lisbon, discover important cities like Porto and Braga, as well as historical locations like Coimbra, ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

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Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise, Porto, Multi-day Tours
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Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

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Discover Portugal’s answer to Venice – the pretty coastal town of Aveiro – on a half-day trip from Porto! Choose from a morning or afternoon tour, and then set ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.75
Aveiro Half-Day Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro River Cruise, Porto, Half-day Tours
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Aveiro Half-Day Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro River Cruise

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This tour takes you to Aveiro considered by many as the "Venice of Portugal" which is famous for its large network of canals running through the city. ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.75
Small-Group Tour of Aveiro and Coimbra, Porto, Day Trips
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Small-Group Tour of Aveiro and Coimbra

Visit Aveiro, the 'Portuguese Venice' with its canals, Further south between the sound of guitars and the traditional student capes you will meet Coimbra, a ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.00
Ovar and Aveiro Tour from Porto, Porto, Day Trips
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Ovar and Aveiro Tour from Porto

Taste your way through central Portugal on this savory Ovar and Aveiro tour, from Porto. Relax on a leisurely drive through the countryside before landing in ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.00
Aveiro Half Day Private Tour from Porto - The Venice of Portugal - Including Moliceiro River ... 
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Aveiro Half Day Private Tour from Porto - The Venice of Portugal - Including Moliceiro River Cruise

A half-day tour will let you see why Aveiro is known as the Venice of Portugal. Despite having only three canals in the city centre, Aveiro is charming enough ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.60
Aveiro and Coimbra - Small Group Tour with lunch and Boat Cruise from Porto, Porto, Private ... 
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Aveiro and Coimbra - Small Group Tour with lunch and Boat Cruise from Porto

Former capital of the kingdom, Coimbra is famous for one of the oldest and most beautiful universities in Europe and the love story of King Pedro I and Dona ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
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Full-Day Beginners' Canyoning Trip from Porto, Porto, Cultural Tours
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Full-Day Beginners' Canyoning Trip from Porto

Discover the Portuguese countryside’s wild and rugged beauty on this full-day canyoning adventure. From Porto, small groups will be ferried an hour and a half ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.63
Private Full Day Guided Tour to Aveiro and Coimbra from Porto, Porto, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Private Full Day Guided Tour to Aveiro and Coimbra from Porto

Discover the charms of the Centre region of Portugal: Costa Nova, Aveiro and Coimbra in this specialized full day guided tour.

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $430.01
Private Tour of Aveiro from Porto, Porto, Private Tours
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Private Tour of Aveiro from Porto

Explore the coastal towns of Aveiro and Ílhavo on this 9-hour tour from Porto. Admire the canals and bridges in Aveiro before driving to Ílhavo to ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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