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  • Pam L
    Melbourne, Australia57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aveiro short tours
    If you want to go beyond the canals and town of Aveiro, I can highly recommend Bik & Vento and their 1.5 hr tour which takes in the surrounding beaches, salt flats, and the lovely fishing village of Praia da Costa Nova. We enjoyed getting “out of town” and seeing a lot more of this lovely part of Portugal on the very limited time that we had. Caterina is a fabulous tour host, her English is perfect and she absolutely loves her job! She got us back to Aveiro station on time to catch our train, as promised, and made sure we were on the correct platform and train. I cannot recommend her and her service highly enough!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 4, 2023
  • coahd
    Saint Paul, Minnesota28 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good but not great. Save the trip.
    Aviero is a beautiful city and the people were very friendly. However, while the local planners have done a nice job of selling this as the Venice of Portugal (and there certainly are Gondola's you can ride), it is a bit of a stretch to say this city is anything like Venice. Not worth the trip unless you have a lot of free time.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Pietro J
    Toronto, Canada362 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant fishing town
    Very pretty old town with the usual winding alleys. An old fishing and salt producing towns [is situated near extensive salt marshes] Canals run through the town. The new town on the hill is also very pleasant.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 15, 2024
  • Susan K
    New York City, New York1,036 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Little Venice of Portugal
    This is a charming coastal village that can be fully enjoyed by riding in a gandola to explore the canals. The colorful and impressive art nouveau buildings adds to the charm. We visited their charming art nouveau museum. I believe our guide said there are twenty two examples of art nouveau architecture - It is worth getting off the canal side and exploring the inside of the town.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
  • drmader
    Orinda, California2,921 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick stop in a clean if not contrived spot. Darling
    Plan an hour to see this gentrified Orange County feel Venice w gondolas w new Yamaha outboard motors .. on 2 main canals..a little Disney but loved it. Oozed charm , easy, clean and delightful. On our way to Porto we enjoyed a walk about
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 6, 2024
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Adam G
Montreal, Canada4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We fot there and quickly noticed that there was no information available in either train or bus station. No lockers in either stations. They close the station down some night even when there are people waiting for buses. The canals are bring tourist traps. The local food is not worth the day trip. Bored to tears with Costa Nova, just a row of quaint house to watch and that is it. After 5 pm this place basically shuts down and you're left on your own in a ghost town. Stay in Porto but don't bother with Aveiro.
Written March 18, 2023
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Pam L
Melbourne, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
If you want to go beyond the canals and town of Aveiro, I can highly recommend Bik & Vento and their 1.5 hr tour which takes in the surrounding beaches, salt flats, and the lovely fishing village of Praia da Costa Nova. We enjoyed getting “out of town” and seeing a lot more of this lovely part of Portugal on the very limited time that we had. Caterina is a fabulous tour host, her English is perfect and she absolutely loves her job! She got us back to Aveiro station on time to catch our train, as promised, and made sure we were on the correct platform and train. I cannot recommend her and her service highly enough!
Written September 5, 2023
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CDNMarmalade
Edmonton, Canada143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
A charming coastal city reclaiming its youth. Lots to see and do. A canal with canal boats to tour around in, plenty of Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings, shops with treats only found here, a wonderful beach nearby and best of all, a local tile illustrator who will paint to order!
Written November 27, 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,876 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Aveiro us a gem, it really is. It was recommended to me by a friend who visited with her family. She told me it was pretty and my goodness she was right!
Dubbed the Venice of Portugal by many due to its canals, the town has so much charm.
Obviously the canal takes centre stage and a cruuse along it is well worthwhile.
On firm ground there are some gorgeous little squares and lanes, stunning churches and a plethora of good eateries.
Only an hour from Porto, less from Coimbra, I'd definitely recommend Aveiro as a cracking day trip or a wonderful place to stay.
Written February 20, 2020
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coahd
Saint Paul, MN28 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Aviero is a beautiful city and the people were very friendly. However, while the local planners have done a nice job of selling this as the Venice of Portugal (and there certainly are Gondola's you can ride), it is a bit of a stretch to say this city is anything like Venice. Not worth the trip unless you have a lot of free time.
Written December 26, 2023
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Anik L
Montreal, Canada657 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Aveiro is a fantastic charming little town but, set your expectations right, this is not Venice (it’s way too small for that!)! The canals of the Ria and their Moliceros (colorful boat) definitely make the town distinctive and unique in Portugal. Like I said Aveiro is a very small town, and the best way understand the town is to take the Molicero tour (the boat tour). The ride takes around 45 minutes for a roundtrip of the town. If you’re planning to stay in Aveiro for a couple of days it should be the first thing to do. It would give you a good overview of the town. After the boat ride, explore more of the river on foot and at your leisure. Very friendly population. Good food and wine!
Written April 24, 2020
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Göran O
Sölvesborg, Sweden26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Very nice city experience, but maybe more like a place for holidays. Very nice parks and walkways, specially along the canal with the boat's. Old part of town has many restaurants but some of them are tourist traps. I can highly recommend a daytrip to this town its quite close to Porto
Written March 1, 2022
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Satu H
Tampere, Finland1,326 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I had read that Aveiro is called the Portugese Venice and so it is! Truly charming channels where you can get around the city with long boats.
Beautiful houses of various styles, great stone work on walking streets and squares. Many small restaurants and cafes, incredibly affordable prices in them!
Written September 23, 2022
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NJCricketer
NJ501 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Nice town to spend few hours - can't see spending a weekend here. We walked around the town, watched the boats go down the canal, saw the Saturday flea market - ambled around but left in 3 hours as we continued our drive down from Porto to Obidos. The boats added color to the place and made things a bit livelier.
Written April 9, 2023
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drmader
Orinda, CA2,921 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Plan an hour to see this gentrified Orange County feel Venice w gondolas w new Yamaha outboard motors .. on 2 main canals..a little Disney but loved it. Oozed charm , easy, clean and delightful. On our way to Porto we enjoyed a walk about
Written May 6, 2024
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