About an hour drive south from Porto, the city of Aveiro is situated on a series of canals that wind their way through the city’s stunning architecture. A popular destination for locals and tourists alike, Aveiro is a crowd pleaser; a mix of intricate architecture, vibrant atmosphere and charming canals that rival the likes of Venice.
Here are four things to know about Aveiro.
1. Unexpected History
When you think of Portugal, we bet seaweed doesn’t come to mind does it? Well, the Ria de Aveiro, the lagoon that the city of Aveiro sits on top of, was once farmed for seaweed, salt and fish!
2. Traditional Moliceiros
Italy’s Venice is famous for its gondolas, but in Portugal they are known as moliceiros. These colourfully painted boats were once used by farmers in the Ria de Aveiro and are now the perfect way to experience the charm of Aveiro’s many canals.
3. Incredible Architecture
Art Nouveau architecture painted in bright colours line the canals of Aveiro. Known as an open-air Art Nouveau museum, you don’t have to be an architecture buff to appreciate and admire Aveiro’s buildings.