Ria de Aveiro
Ria de Aveiro
4.5
Bodies of WaterPiers & Boardwalks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Suzi W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best boat trip ever
    Explore the lagoon of Aveiro. We took a two hour boat trip with Gustavo tel 351 932 806 522 seeing flamingo, osprey, heron, passing mussel fishermen, an old cod fish sailing ship, the port of Aveiro, the salt marinas, traditional fishinermen's houses and more. All explained in clear English by our well informed skipper who has a real passion for the area. It was the best boat tour we've ever taken anywhere in the world. A personal experience for the two of us. Only 25 Euros per person. Excellent value. The boat leaves from the end of the canal system close to the loch gate to the lagoon.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Kiara S
    Chester, United Kingdom1,015 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful stroll
    This was a nice, peaceful walk. I wouldn’t say it’s a “must see” but if you’re in the area, check it out. We walked around at a casual pace for about an hour. There was a Christmas market set up along the way, so that was a nice diversion.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,058 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The "Venice of Portugal" Indeed
    We were only here for a couple of hours but found Aveiro to be a gorgeous place. The title, "The Venice of Portugal", is so appropriate. The walk along the waterway is beautiful. There are numerous opportunities for a water cruise. We found the area to have many great shops and restaurants. If you come here, try and spend at least half a day so you can truly soak up all the Aveiro has to offer.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 13, 2024
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RobertJE
London, UK546 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
There are some very nice Art Neuveau buildings along the Rio and the canal in the central area is nice. However, Aveiro is not the picturesque little town I'd imagined it would be - it's actually quite grim in places. The boats look nice enough and the larger ones go not just up the canal to the turnaround by the old porcelain factory but out to the old fisherman's quarter (which looked quite shabby). 45 minutes though is more than enough and I would happily have got off after 25 minutes when heading past our initial starting point. Fares are now up to €13 per person and whilst the guides and driver have to be paid and the boats kept in shape it is in my view far too expensive for what is on offer. Maybe it is much better in the warm summer sunshine than on a cool, breezy February day.
Written February 23, 2020
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alohatripper
Honolulu, HI1,484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
When I went for the free breakfast at Hotel das Salinas in Aveiro, I noticed a "Rube Goldberg" orange juicer. Shaped like a Ferris wheel, whole oranges were fed from a hopper into a circular wheel with holding spots. I've never seen such a machine.
In front of the hotel is the canal with several vendors offering short cruises. We hired one at 10E pp (senior's price) with operators Antonio and buxom Febriana. Ours was the first outing of the day.
They tried their best to make the 30 min cruise interesting, but this attraction is nowhere close to the Venice experience. They encouraged us to tip. We did especially for the enthusiastic commentary.
Written June 11, 2022
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We enjoyed the boat trip even though some family members said it was cringe but if you are in Aveiro, what else are you going to do? It is a must. It lasts around 45 minutes and you get to hear some interesting information about the city so why not. We paid 13 euro per person.
Written July 16, 2022
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Joao T
Montijo, Portugal106 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
13€ a person + 6€ per child
45’ ride

Several options but they do the same price.
Different view from “Veneza/Amsterdam” from Portugal and a little explanation about Aveiro.

Will also be able to see how clean it’s the water and know why.

Have fun!
Written February 24, 2020
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Rschagrin
Delray Beach, FL18,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Ria de Aveira runs right thru the middle of Aviera. There are several interesting bridges on the river.

We really enjoyed the canal cruise in a Traditional Moliceiro Boat. Each boat has a naught painting on it's bow .

The cruise lasts about 1 hour going from the end of the river to almost the Atlantic Ocean. There is a narrative tape in several languages explaining the sites and history.
Written November 29, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Aveiro is a cute and charming town and that's it. It's enough to spend 3-4 hours here, half day max, ride the gondola if you like, walk the historic center,... .
It has its canals and colorful gondolas, which are nice in design.
By no means it's the Venice of Portugal - canals are much wider, architecture incomparable, gondolas motor powered,...etc.
I really hate that tourism platitude Venice of east, of north, Little Venice,....etc for every city that has canals or lies on water.
Written August 3, 2022
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king238
Calgary, Canada240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Aveiro is the Venice of Portugal. It is situated close enough to Porto that you could easily stay near here for visits to Porto which is more crowded. Aveiro is charming, even magical at night with the lights reflecting off the canals. Colourful boats and plenty of restaurants. We went with family, including pre-teens. Everyone was interested.
Written May 18, 2022
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fssutton1
Charleston, SC871 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Venice of Portugal? Well this is a quite a stretch. A limited amount of "canals" with 25-40 passenger "gondolas" that are gas powered. The town is like a lot of other towns in Portugal, needing paint, removal of graffiti, picking up trash etc. A waste of time in my mind.
Written May 16, 2022
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Jay B
Fairhope, AL1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were only here for a couple of hours but found Aveiro to be a gorgeous place. The title, "The Venice of Portugal", is so appropriate. The walk along the waterway is beautiful. There are numerous opportunities for a water cruise. We found the area to have many great shops and restaurants. If you come here, try and spend at least half a day so you can truly soak up all the Aveiro has to offer.
Written February 13, 2024
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nadi
Israel1,305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
I have to admit that I have been there couple of years ago and I did not find it nice. Last October I came again and loved it very much. We walked near the water, in the small old section and we took a boat ride and it was lovely. There are some fascinating building in the center and the views from the boat are amazing
Written November 14, 2021
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