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Aveiro Tours

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Aveiro
With its canal-lined streets and pastel-colored buildings, Aveiro—known as the Venice of Portugal—never fails to charm visitors. From gliding around town on a barco moliceiro and marveling at art nouveau villas, to hiking sand dunes and catching some waves, there’s plenty to see and do.
 
The Basics
Built on the lagoon of an estuary, Aveiro was an important salt production center in Roman times; nowadays it’s a popular tourist destination. For most visitors, a city tour on a barco moliceiro is a must. Once used for harvesting seaweed, these brightly painted traditional boats are similar in shape to the Venetian gondola. Some sightseeing cruises include lunch and round-trip transport from nearby cities. Aveiro is close to both Coimbra and Porto, and it’s easy to explore several towns in the region on a single trip.

If you’re craving time in nature, head to the São Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve for a hike. Or, hit the beaches of Barra and Costa Nova, which attract families and surfers in equal measure. Look for Costa Nova’s striped wooden houses, as well as the Barra lighthouse, whose light can be seen 26 miles (42 kilometers) away.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Getting onboard a barco moliceiro may be challenging for travelers with limited mobility.

How to Get There
Located on Portugal’s northern coast, Aveiro is less than an hour’s drive from the Porto airport. Local trains travel between Porto and Aveiro daily.

When to Get There
The ideal times to visit Aveiro are spring and summer, when longer days and warm weather make exploring more enjoyable. If possible, plan your trip around one of Aveiro’s several festivals, such as the monthlong March Fair, which celebrates the arrival of spring with musical performances, food stalls, and more. 

Art Nouveau in Aveiro

In the early 20th century, wealthy Portuguese returned from Brazil and built themselves villas in the art nouveau style fashionable at the time. Stroll through Aveiro’s Rossio district to see some of the best examples, then check out the Art Nouveau Museum, housed in a former private residence.
Address: Aveiro, Portugal
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Aveiro Half-Day Private Tour with Moliceiro River Cruise from PortoPrivate Day Trips

Aveiro Half-Day Private Tour with Moliceiro River Cruise from Porto

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During your time in Portugal, ensure you don’t miss Aveiro, known as the ‘Venice of Portugal’, on this private 4-hour trip from Porto. In addition to taking an idyllic cruise on the Moliceiro River, you’ll admire art-nouveau architecture and visit Costa Nova’s beaches, famed for their exotic bird species. Receive undivided attention from a personal guide and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto.
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Aveiro and Coimbra full day private tour from PortoDay Trips

Aveiro and Coimbra full day private tour from Porto

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Explore the charming seaside town of Aveiro on this full-day private tour from Porto. A private guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel and usher you to the nearby town of Aveiro, known for its numerous canals and pedestrian bridges. Here you can wander through the fish market or look for the infamous Boats Moliceiros, or perhaps take a cruise down the Ria Aveiro. After a full day of exploring, your guide will return you to your hotel in Porto.
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Aveiro Private Tour From PortoDay Trips

Aveiro Private Tour From Porto

When exploring a new city alone, you can miss out on a lot—especially if you don’t have a way to cruise its canals. This Aveiro tour provides round-trip transport in an air-conditioned vehicle from Porto or Gaia, as well as lunch. See the city’s main highlights, and then follow your guide on the famous canals, too.
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The delightful private tour of Aveiro- the "Portuguese Venice"

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Resume Aveiro a charming city with the beaches, natural reserves, the river estuary of Aveiro and the exquisite art Nouveau featuring the buildings. It has historical places also, all of which will help you create a memorable experience. Description Starting Aveiro tour in the morning visiting the city 16th-century Cathedral; Misericordia Church; the Santa Joana museum with religious arts, Portuguese painting exhibitions, relics among others. You can experience tranquillity in the park Infante D. Pedro. The Moliceiro Boat tour can provide a wonderful experience on the Ria Channels. During the afternoon tour, visit the Museum of Vista Alegre to view the delicate artworks; the picturesque Costa Nova; Barra beach with its Europe's highest lighthouse, and the São Jacinto Dunes natural reserve. The Pateira de Fermentelos is the Iberian Peninsula's largest natural lake. When in Aveiro, you must definitely try Stew Eels, chanfana (traditional goat stew), and local sweets "ovos moles".
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Full-Day Beginners' Canyoning Trip from PortoClimbing

Full-Day Beginners' Canyoning Trip from Porto

Porto may be best known for its namesake wine, but this city also serves as a gateway to some of Portugal's most beautiful natural escapes. This canyoning adventure takes you out of the city and into its surrounding nature for a full day of canyoning, climbing, and checking out waterfalls and lagoons. Best of all, no experience is needed to join in the fun.
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