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 area of Aveiro 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.
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 its seas, of the moliço and of the moliceiro boat, whose color of the prows and the resides gives another life to the lagoon itself. allows you to take a traditional boat ride “Os Moliceiros” and other activities such as: motor boating, bare-foot, bodyboard, canoeing, spearfishing, water skiing, kitesurfing, diving, pure swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo, modern pentathlon , rowing, surfing, bodysurfing, triathlon, sailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and sea-sightseeing tours.
In the Águeda Zone you can enjoy the famous piglet à Bairrada. It is so good that it is. And accompanies with wine from the same region.
In Aveiro, you can enjoy the traditional and tasteful dishes of fishermen, such as stew and marinade eels, mussel skewers and stews of various fish from the Ria and the sea, as well as choosing 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, 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, cakes of twenty-four hours.
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.
The National Railway Museum (Macinhata do Vouga nucleus), located in the second station of the Sernada Branch (Vale do Vouga), occupies 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.
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, you can practice physical activity, socialize with friends around a beautiful picnic or simply contemplate the serene landscape.
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 Manueline Art stands out. In this forest you will find fantastic plant species, with special emphasis on the Vale dos Fetos and cold source. Visit the Buçaco Palace, Fonte Fria, 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 the automobile and ancient art, Caramulinho, the snow hill, Bezerreira, 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.