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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.

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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.

Address: Aveiro, Portugal
Admission: Free
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Day Trips

Aveiro Half-Day Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro River Cruise

Cruise the romantic waterways of Aveiro on this half-day tour from Porto. After a convenient pickup from your central Porto hotel, journey to Aveiro, where you’ll glide through its scenic canals in a traditional “moliceiro” boat and see how it earned the name “Venice of Portugal.” Admire the colorful tiled facades on the local Costa Nova buildings and learn about how this postcard-perfect village came to be from your guide. You’ll even get to try the “soft eggs,” a local dessert.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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

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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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Aveiro and Coimbra Day Trip From Porto

Get to know the Venice of Portugal and more on this full-day small-group tour of Aveiro and Coimbra, departing from Porto. After your friendly guide greets you in Porto, enjoy a short scenic drive by minibus to the colorful seaside town of Aveiro, known for its charming houses and romantic canals. Your guide will inform you about the local fishing culture, and take you to see Costa Nova, the traditional ‘moliceiro’ boats and more. After lunch, skip over to Coimbra, where you will learn about this intriguing medieval town and its charming university, before returning to Porto in the evening. This is a small group tour for a personal experience. 
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  • 9 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Aveiro and Coimbra full day private tour from Porto

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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  • 9 hours
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Aveiro Tour With Sightseeing Cruise and Lunch

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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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Ovar and Aveiro Tour from Porto

Discover the culinary and cultural wonders of central Portugal on this full-day tour of Ovar and Aveiro departing from Porto. Visit the ‘tile city’ of Ovar (also known for its carnival) and savor its traditional delicacies, including eel and sponge cake, and wander its gorgeous beaches. You’ll also visit the nearby university town of Veneza, where you can taste traditional soft eggs and look out for the town’s famed boats.
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  • 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

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

Discover the wonders of northern Portugal on this 6-day tour from Lisbon. Travel with your guide by coach to top cities such as Braga and Porto, and learn about historical and sacred sites like the Batalha Monastery, Our Lady of Fátima Sanctuary, and the UNESCO-listed Convent of Christ. You’ll also enjoy free time to explore on your own. This tour includes five nights of accommodation in superior-class hotels and breakfasts.
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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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Cultural Tours

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Aveiro Tour - Salinas, Beaches and Natural Reserves with Typical Lunch

A visit to Porto is not complete without a tour to get a real sense of the energy of Aveiro and its historical heritage. Join us for an exciting ten-hour drive around this beautiful country where you will enjoy breathtaking scenery, great diversity of cultures and great cuisine with a variety of delicacies. Wait for every word from our experienced guides during the tour.Discover the few remaining salt flats, the golden sandy beaches, the largest natural lagoon in the Iberian Peninsula, enjoy the diversified gastronomy that includes soft eggs (sweet specialties typical of Aveiro) and much more.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Aveiro Tour - Salinas, Beaches and Natural Reserves with Typical Lunch

A visit to Porto is not complete without a tour to get a real sense of the energy of Aveiro and its historical heritage. Join us for an exciting ten-hour drive around this beautiful country where you will enjoy breathtaking scenery, great diversity of cultures and great cuisine with a variety of delicacies. Wait for every word from our experienced guides during the tour.Discover the few remaining salt flats, the golden sandy beaches, the largest natural lagoon in the Iberian Peninsula, enjoy the diversified gastronomy that includes soft eggs (sweet specialties typical of Aveiro) and much more.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

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Private Tour Aveiro Little Venice and River Tour Moliceiro

Head to the quaint city of Aveiro and the coastal beaches of Costa Nova on this private full-day tour from Lisbon. Discover Portugal’s ‘Little Venice’ and take a cruise along the ancient waterways lined with colorful homes and buildings. Then, explore Aveiro's city center including the Carmelite Church and Aveiro Museum, to learn more about the city's history.
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  • 9 hours
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