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Explore the coastal canals of Aveiro that include a Moliceiro cruise during a half-day guided trip from Porto. Aveiro’s charm lies in its Venice-like canals, which you will experience aboard a classic ‘moliceiro’ boat. Walking alongside an expert guide, discover more captivating sights of Aveiro’s town center. On your voyage back to Porto, stop in the spirited fishing town of Costa Nova and visit its spectacular white sand beaches. For your convenience, this tour offers both morning and afternoon departures.

Highlights

  • Half-day Aveiro tour from Porto, led by an expert local guide
  • Explore Aveiro on a walking tour, seeing sights like Aveiro Cathedral
  • Learn about the town’s Roman and medieval history
  • Cruise around Aveiro’s canals aboard a traditional moliceiro boat
  • Visit the sandy beach of Costa Nova and admire its candy-colored fishing houses

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What You Can Expect

Aveiro Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro Cruise

Marvel at the shining colors of the houses in Costa Nova in this Aveiro Day Trip from Porto

Your exciting Aviero guided tour with moliceiro cruise starts with a pickup at your Porto hotel. Hop aboard your comfortable air-conditioned coach and head south on northern Portugal’s scenic Rota da Luz towards Aviero. Learn about the charming history of Aviero’s fishing roots and thriving medieval seaport. Then, discover the countless canals as you arrive in the ‘Venice of Portugal,’ so to speak.

Hop out here and begin traversing the canals on a walking tour. With your expert guide, see an abundance of alluring Art Nouveau homes and then stop at the 15th century Aveiro Cathedral to observe its Baroque architecture. Hear stories of the town’s Roman settlement heritage as you pass Museo de Aveiro, formerly a famous Convent of Jesus of the female Dominican Order.

Your walking tour ends at a canal, but your 1-hour moliceiro cruise begins! Aboard your vibrantly painted gondola-like vessel, learn how it was formerly used to harvest seaweed. Capture more Aveiro’s sights cruising the calm waters and finish your cruise at Costa Nova.

Hop off the boat and relish some free time to stroll the white sandy beaches of Costa Nova. Along its coast, enjoy snapping fun photos of candy cane-striped fishing homes that line the town’s beachfront. Perhaps, pop into a a café for a snack and a drink (own expense) and then rendezvous with your guide for your pleasant ride back to your Porto hotel.

Customer Reviews

Donald P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Friendly guide, excellent stops at a great value.

John F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a lovely trip. Pedro was so knowledgable and interesting, and went out of his way to make the day a great experience for all of us. It was lovely to see a truly different area.

sharon United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Aveiro is a very pretty town and we were blessed with sunny weather which I think is essential to a visit to Aveiro. The boat trip was fun and it was interesting to see the striped cottages on the Coasta Nova.

Tony F United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very interesting.

miatahaveit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The town of Aveiro was like taking a step back in time. It was very relaxing as we walked through the town. We also saw men fishing near the shore. This trip also included a cruise through the many canals.

Samuel N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Awesome tour

Samuel N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Awesome tour

Mia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a great complement to the other tours we took from Porto it helped us get a broader view of the diversity of northern Portugal.

keysermintens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Nice to be able to see the city from another point of view.

Victor H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Really thought this would give us a different view of Portugal and it certainly did. we had been on a river cruise on the Douro plus visiting historic sites like Obidos, Sintra and Guimares but we had no visual of the coastal living that existed. We had not been to the Algarve. Our host/driver Joao Brandao was great. He had to alternate between Spanish, French and English for the 4 couples and it was a wonder he did it so well. We enjoyed Aveiro and stopping at the beach in Costa Nova and having a café and nata on the promenade along the inlet. Highly recommend - and ask for Joao!

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