Hugging the country’s Atlantic Coast in Central Portugal, Aveiro is a bustling city often called “the Venice of Portgual” due to its picturesque setting of scenic canals connected by charming bridges and dotted with colorful gondolas and speed boats. Historic sites, gorgeous beaches and tasty cuisine also make Aveiro an attractive travel destination.
The most enjoyable way to experience Aveiro is by walking, but tour boats and a free-use bicycle system are also available for getting around. Aveiro’s many sightseeing gems include the Aveiro Cathedral, the São Gonçalinho Chapel and the Convento de Jesus. These all offer lovely architecture and art works. Various museums showcase the history, culture and art of the area. The Forum Aveiro is a shopping mall featuring a wide selection of shops, restaurants and a cinema. Markets like the Fish Market and Central Market are great places to find fresh fish, meat, produce and handicrafts perfect for souvenirs.
Known as the Silver Coast, Aveiro’s coastline is well-loved for its clean, beautiful beaches such as Costa Nova, São Jacinto and Barra, which offer sunbathing, swimming, sailing and (kite)surfing.
With plenty of bakeries, restaurants and eateries to choose from, eating in Aveiro is a delightful experience. Local foods to try are a ham and cheese sandwich smothered in melted cheese and topped with spicy sauce as well as the traditional sweet desserts made from egg yolks, called ovos moles. Nightlife in Aveiro is equally satisfying with plenty of bars and dance clubs.