Jun, 2024
Jun, 2024

Our region

Our region

All the splendor of the National Venice

Known as the “Venice of Portugal” and for some time called “Nova Bragança”, here you can rediscover all the excellence and richness of Art Nouveau, and travel through the canals aboard the picturesque moliceiros, which are so characteristic of the region.

A visit to the dunes of S. Jacinto, is imperative, for those who like a contact with nature.

The beaches and the Ria de Aveiro

The Aveiro area is generous in beaches, terraces and places in the sun. Pack your bags, grab your hat and come and rest for these magnificent beaches. Its dunes and the sports equipment that are available, allow you to perform all kinds of activities.

The Aveiro estuary is beautiful… and romantic

Open door to the Ocean - and its close connection to the sea has always influenced Aveiro.

To speak of the Ria is to speak of Aveiro, of its salt and of its seas, of the moliço and of the moliceiro boat, whose color of the prows and the res gives another life to the lagoon itself. It allows you to take a traditional boat ride “Os Moliceiros” and practice other activities such as: motor boating, bare-foot, bodyboard, canoeing, spearfishing, water skiing, kitesurf, diving, pure swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, modern pentathlon, rowing, surf, bodysurftriathlon, sailing, wakeboard and windsurf.

Regional Gastronomy

In the Águeda area you can enjoy the famous piglet à Bairrada. And so good it is. And accompanies with wine from the same region.

In Aveiro, on the other hand, you can enjoy the traditional and well-flavored dishes of fishermen, such as stew and marinade eels, mussel skewers and stews of various fish from the estuary and the sea. Or opt for a tender lamb roasted in black clay pot.

The desserts are religiously followed by recipes from the region's former convents. The specialties are the soft eggs of Aveiro, the dessert of desserts, which in sweet language is synonymous with Aveiro. Then, for the less sweet tooth, the city offers tasty rabies, eggs in wire, simple or to serve as a garnish, chestnuts, twenty-four hour cakes, among other delicacies.

Points of interest

Here are some suggestions for points of interest in the region:
Parish Church of Albergaria-a-Velha
Parish Church of Albergaria-a-Velha

Parish Church of Albergaria-a-Velha Church with a longitudinal plan consisting of a nave, a lower and narrower chancel, a vestry and a side chapel adjacent to the left side facade. Inside, the highlights are the cornerstones in the shape of Tuscan pilasters in the nave and in the chancel.

Barra Beach
Barra Beach

Praia da Barra, a poucos km’s do Alojamento A praia da Barra, possui um extenso areal e situa-se na costa ocidental de Portugal, no distrito de Aveiro, junto ao pontão que marca a entrada do Porto de Aveiro e onde desagua a Ria. Pertence ao município de Ílhavo, localizando-se na freguesia da Gafanha da Nazaré. […]

Pateira de Frossos
Pateira de Frossos

Pateira de Frossos, located southwest of the Municipality of Albergaria-a-Velha Located in the parish of Frossos, it forms in the low lands of Vouga and constitutes an important biodiversity, as it is inserted in the lagoon system of the Ria de Aveiro. Crossing the green pastures that follow the river to the mouth it is possible to observe storks or herons […]

Our Lady of Help

The Chapel of Nossa Senhora do Socorro was built in 1856 as a way of thanking the Virgin for protection during a major cholera outbreak in the municipality. Nowadays, the great fame of the miracles of this Saint attracts many visitors to Monte who come from different places to thank the Consoladora dos Aflitos for her protection.

National Railway Museum - Sernada

The National Railway Museum (Macinhata do Vouga nucleus), located at the second station of the Sernada Branch (Vale do Vouga), occupies the old facilities adapted for this purpose. In the exhibition you can appreciate the collection of the railway companies Nacional and Vale do Vouga, among steam locomotives, Postal Ambulance, Vagoneta, etc.

Vouga River

The Vouga River is one of the most important Portuguese rivers, being admired for the variety of its landscapes. In Albergaria-a-Velha, Vouga flows slowly and serene. In the various riverside parks, we can practice physical activity, socialize with friends around a beautiful picnic or simply contemplate the landscape.

Route of the Windmills of Albergaria-a-Velha

Albergaria-a-Velha is the municipality with the largest number of inventoried watermills in Europe - it is a land of traditions made of water, bread and mills. This Route allows to know a little better its people and its history, being currently constituted by 11 nuclei in a total of 14 mills with 19 couples of millstones, distributed by different parishes of the municipality.

They were built mostly in the 18th and 19th century, using local building materials. Above all, local crops were ground, with particular emphasis on maize and wheat. They were also used for husking rice produced in the Baixo Vouga region. Although there are mills throughout the county, it is along the Rio Caima that we have the units of greatest expression and importance.

A visit not to be missed!

Route of the Mills Brochure

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Maritime Museum of Ílhavo

The “faina maior” (cod fishing by line with one-man dory) in the seas of Newfoundland and Greenland and the agro-maritime fiasas of the Ria are the references of the Museum. Each of the themes has a permanent exhibition that offers the visitor the possibility to rediscover numerous traces of a still recent past.


Buçaco, a national forest, where monks once cared for and treated it, surrounds a magnificent palace where the exterior of the building in Arte Manuelina stands out. In this forest you will find fantastic plant species, with special emphasis on Vale dos Fetos and Fonte Fria. Visit the Palácio do Buçaco, the Fonte Fria, the Cruz Alta and the Military Museum.


Caramulo is a mountain full of tradition, where work in the field and pastoralism, forgotten in time, which still maintains tradition, predominates. You can visit the historic Museum of Automobile and Ancient Art, Caramulinho, the snow cap, Bezerreira and the village of Jueus.


Only the 22 km, the city of Coimbra, with one of the oldest universities in Europe, is a city of legends and charms, where the monuments stand out for their beauty and art full of history. You can't help but hear the fado sing, which packs the University, the Joanina Library, the Botanical Garden, and the Penedo da Saudade.

Useful information

Here we leave you with information and links of interest.


Local festivals

Activities in Ria de Aveiro

Águeda Monuments

Program of the Maritime Museum

All information about Moinhos Albergaria-a-Velha