Aveiro

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Hooray H
London, UK2,255 contributions
Venice ofPortugal?
Sep 2020
The Tourist guide in Porto mentioned this place or another, up the river. I made the wrong choice. It's ok if you want modern tourist seaside towns which are not actually beachfront.
The Train station is the best part.
Nice modern shopping Mall along the waterway, if you like those kinds of things.
Written March 30, 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,581 contributions
A small enchanted town in Northern Portugal!
Jan 2020
Traveling from "O Porto" to "Coimbra", we stopped shortly at "Aveiro". A small town famous for its beautiful canals ("Rías de Aveiro"), the colorful boats "Moliceiros", the innumerous Art-Nouveau buildings (as the "Casa do Major Pessoa - Museu Arte Nova"), the conventual sweets ("Ovos Moles d'Aveiro", naturally) and the awesome porcelain "Museu Vista Alegre" in nearby Ílhavo. Unmissable by anyone traveling in Northern Portugal! Enjoy!
Written December 15, 2020
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL2,577 contributions
A River Runs Through It!
Nov 2019
Quaint, colorful town with friendly locals. Wonderful seafood at most of the restaurants but the best is a ride on the ornate gondolas through town on the "grand canal" out to the Atlantic passing by the salt flats. Easily accessible off the IP2 with lots of parking in town.
Written October 18, 2020
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Luisa
Ilhavo, Portugal56 contributions
My home town!!
Oct 2020
Well, it is not hard to talk about my home town!!!!And no, it is not Portuguese Venezia as some people like to call it. It is Aveiro, a town that has the river across. We have a lot of history and gastronomy, and we are 8kms from the beach. So if you want to enjoy this kind of breeze...you should really visit my home town. Fish and sea food is what you get from Aveiro very very fresh. The deserts....sweets are confy and sweet ...ovos moles, and all the sweets that come with them....white wine...once we are placed in a wine area that produces a lot of white wine and our champanhe that we call Espumante! Great to families with kids!!You should cross the river in one Moliceiro at the city center...and rent a tuc-tuc or just walk in the center to see the views. You should visit the salt area...and the museum!And go to the beach to dive and make some water sport!!What else do you need from here?Just to visit!!:)
Written October 6, 2020
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The Flying Spaniard
Sofia, Bulgaria2,293 contributions
Beautiful area
Oct 2020 • Solo
I came from Porto to spend just the afternoon, and I really liked the place and its atmosphere. The canals are undoubtedly the best part. However, one day is enough for a visit.
Written October 2, 2020
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Anik L
Montreal, Canada654 contributions
Charming!
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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John L
Grand Bend, Canada1,987 contributions
Enjoyed my visit
Feb 2020
Well. Noone is going to confuse Aveiro with Venice. And as many have pointed out, if you are hoping or planning to dash ... or even walk ... from activity to activity you will be disappointed. And a rainy day spend in Aveiro would be a challenge. Having said all that, I enjoyed this little town. i did the obligatory canal tour ... no, can't say i was reminded of Venice, but I enjoyed seeing the town from this viewpoint. I also took a tuk tuk tour which zipped me around town. After that, i simply wandered the town, enjoying the architecture, ceramic tiles and churches, and stopping often for a snack. I should add that I was there on a beautiful sunny day, which certainly affected my overall impression. A half day was enough ... but if you're looking for a quiet place to simply wander and enjoy, Aveiro will fit the bill.
Written March 20, 2020
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W0rld_Wander_Lust
Shanghai, China94 contributions
Not worth the detour
Oct 2019
Not quite a Disney World imitation of Venice, but nearly so. The town is pleasant enough, but not worth your time.
Written February 25, 2020
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RobertJE
London, UK542 contributions
Disappointing
Feb 2020 • Couples
Having read reviews and seen pictures I was looking forward to seeing Aveiro. My wife and I did a day trip from Coimbra - €6 each, each way for the local train which takes an hour. The fast train costs about 3X as much and takes half an hour. The station in Aveiro is about a 20 minute walk to the central area and the walk is not very interesting or attractive. In fact Aveiro was hugely disappointing- I now realise that all the pictures I had seen were taken in the centre of Aveiro of the boats on the canal. This is the picturesque part. It's nice, the boat trip is OK, the stroll along the main street is also OK and the museum worth visiting. There are also some attractive Art Neuveau buildings, a large shopping mall and the sea is nearby. In summer I guess people would head for the beach. The other attractive building - the old train station - was being renovated in February 2020 and was mostly hidden from view by plastic sheeting. A morning or afternoon in Aveiro is ample time.
Written February 23, 2020
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Merc9SLK
Scarborough, yorkshire1,145 contributions
Portugal’s Venice?
Jan 2020 • Couples
Recommended by a waiter in our hotel to visit for the day as it was raining in Porto. Approximately 1 hour train ride away and yes it was raining in Aveiro too.

Not sure where we were heading once we arrived as unless you know the area wasn’t well signposted.

Like Venice? No nothing like Venice having just spent Christmas there! A few canals with barges with flippy colourful tails to the boats - copy catting unsuccessfully.

Didn’t find it beautiful and must look far different in the summertime - not sure what the hype is about.

Rather insulting to Venice I’d say.
Written February 23, 2020
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