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Aveiro District Guide
Aveiro District Guide
How to get to Aveiro
Aveiro is a beautiful coastal city surrounded by canals that is located in the very center of Portugal. Its seafaring tradition, its modernist heritage and being known as the Venice of Portugal through the salt water canals that run through its streets, have made it an ideal place to spend an unforgettable vacation. With a modest concentration of hotels Aveiro welcomes all travelers.
To get to Aveiro the closest airport is Porto which is located 80 kilometers from there. The city of Porto has a commuter train with four different lines, and one of them is Aveiro. It is taken very close to the airport and the journey takes around 30 minutes. The ticket has an approximate price of 5 euros. It is also possible to take a bus, but the journey to the hotels in Aveiro would be one hour. Once in the city of Aveiro, you can use the free bicycles offered by the town hall to visit the main areas of cheap hotels.
A walk through the streets of Aveiro
The highest concentration of cheap hotels is found in the center of the town of Aveiro. It has high standing hotels with 3 and 4 star categories. They have all the services and areas of shops and restaurants in the surroundings.
On the beachfront and a few meters from the center there is a good range of cheap 3 and 4 star hotels. In the historic area of Luso and a few meters from the Bussaco National Forest there are also hotels not far away.
Near the beach of the Republic and Aveiro there are also 4-star hotels less than 2 kilometers from there, which are also located very close to the salt flats. Less than 5 kilometers from the Curia golf course and the main museums of Aveiro, there are high-quality 4-star hotels.
What to visit in Aveiro
The city of Aveiro is known for its beautiful canals that divide the area in two. One part, the oldest, recalls Aveiro's seafaring tradition with the old houses that were once occupied by fishermen. The other part is the historical and more modernist.
The Costa Nova beach area is very artistic, as its houses are painted in red and blue stripes and other striking colors. There is always a kiosk nearby where you can buy the typical Bolachas, which are a kind of crepes filled with cream. Aveiro beach is just a few meters from there. It is an ideal beach for a walk, because apart from an avenue it has abundant fine, golden sand. Its waters are calm and it has the peculiarity that there are small kiosks on the beach that serve coffee. The area is surrounded by good restaurants and terraces where you can eat and have a good time. In addition, there is a small part of the remote beach with great privacy for lovers of nudism.
The Vista Alegre Museum has exhibited pieces of one of the best-selling porcelains in many parts of the world. Such is its fame that even the Queen of England, Isabel II, and Don Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, have commissioned pieces from this prestigious house. The area around the museum is quite old, as there were the houses where the workers of the porcelain factory lived. Another important museum is that of Aveiro, where you can enjoy its baroque interior during your visit. In addition, in front of the museum is the Aveiro Cathedral, built in the XNUMXth century.
Anecdotes and curiosities about Aveiro
There are many data that suggest that the city of Aveiro was founded during the Roman Empire under the name Aviarium. Before being a tourist destination, Aveiro was known for its seafaring tradition, the salt flats that grew thanks to a privileged geographical location, and fishing, especially cod.
The Aveiro estuary is one of the most important in Portugal, since it reaches 47 kilometers in length, it also branches into 4 different channels that form small islets. It is an area where water birds and good fishing abound, and it also allows the practice of various sports.