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Things to do in Aveiro, Portugal

Last update : 6 May 2024
For those of you who dream of getting away from it all, we suggest a visit to Aveiro, a colorful destination where life is good! Known as the "Little Venice of Portugal", Aveiro now has a population of 80,000, and still perpetuates ancient traditions such as hand-picking salt and making ceramics.

For those of you who dream of getting away from it all in Portugal, we suggest a visit to Aveiro, a colorful destination where life is good! Known as the “Little Venice of Portugal”, Aveiro now has a population of 80,000, and still perpetuates ancient traditions such as hand-harvesting salt and making ceramics. This Portuguese town is clearly worth a visit, and we hope this article will make you want to discover it even more. Let’s hit the road!

Visiting Aveiro, where to sleep?

Aveiro Rossio Bed & Breakfast

We recommend this hotel as it’s very well located right in the heart of the city, which can be very convenient if you want to explore the center on foot. We loved the comfort of the rooms and the hearty breakfasts.

Costa Nova hotel

Costa Nova Hotel

If you want to spend your vacation at the foot of Aveiro’s beaches we recommend this small hotel. The hotel is top-notch and perfectly matches the architectural style of Costa Nova, immersion guaranteed!

Visiting Aveiro, what to do? Must-sees

1. Aveiro city center

What immediately catches the eye in Aveiro’s center is its beautiful palette of colors! From the facades of the houses, each more colorful than the last, to the bright colors of the traditional boats sailing the city’s canals. These boats are called Moliceiro. Borrow one for a tour of the city, costing 7 euros for a 45-minute cruise commented by guides who speak French, English and Portuguese.

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Aveiro’s historic center

A very large part of Aveiro’s historic center is reserved for pedestrians, making it a dynamic place enlivened by the many café terraces and street shops. In Aveiro’s old town, you’ll be seduced by the many buildings, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Portuguese alleyways. What also gives this seaside resort its charm is that it’s not overrun with tourists.

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Visit Aveiro city center by bike

To visit Aveiro, the city offers totally free self-service bicycles, the BUGAs. To use them, simply hand in your ID at the stands in the market square.

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2. The Costa Nova district

The Costa Nova district is one of our favorite places in Aveiro. We love strolling through this former fisherman’s quarter. It offers a traditional setting and is famous for its Palheiros, the brightly striped wooden houses typical of the region. You’ll also find some excellent seafood restaurants. If you’re visiting Aveiro, you’ve got to go to Costa Nova! To finish your day, head for Aveiro’s sand dunes and beaches, very famous in Portugal.

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3. Aveiro’s beaches

The Costa Brava beach

Aveiro has magnificent wild beaches as far as the eye can see. Separated from the roadside by huge sand dunes, the beaches are accessible via numerous wooden walkways. On site, you’ll find small beach bars where you can enjoy a gourmet moment overlooking the sea. Costa Nova beach is known as a surfer’s paradise, and as surf lovers, we were delighted!

Costa Nova

Barra beach

For families with children, we recommend Barra beach. The beach here is much quieter than at Costa Nova. To get there all you need to do is spot the Aveiro lighthouse, with the sandy beach just below. You’ll fall in love with the cliffs and coves of this great beach! The crystal-clear waters are almost worth the beaches of the Algarve.

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A must… The sunset!

Sunset on the beach is a must! The beach is virtually deserted at this hour, which makes the moment even more magical. You’ll feel like you’re all alone in the world (or almost)! Remember to bundle up, as the wind is strong in the early evening, even in the middle of August.

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Visiting Aveiro, what to eat? Specialities 

Portugal is known the world over for its good food at affordable prices. Aveiro is no exception, with some excellent local specialities. Go for the famous cod fritters and Portuguese pastéis de nata, or dare to try the city’s specialties! On the menu: Ovos Moles d’Aveiro, (soft eggs) or tripas d’Aveiro, a double pancake with a choice of filling.

Portuguese food

Visiting Aveiro, the surrounding area 

After your stay in Aveiro and if time allows, we recommend you plan a tour of the surrounding area, there’s so much to see! You can visit Lisbon and its Belem Tower or the beautiful city of Porto.


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Visiting Aveiro, how to plan your trip well?

How to get to Aveiro?

To find the best mode of transport to visit Aveiro, we advise you to always look on the OMIO comparator. This will give you an overview of all available modes of transport. You’ll be able to compare prices very easily.

How to rent a car at the best price?

If you’d like to rent a car during your trip to explore the surrounding area, we recommend looking on the RentalCars website. This will help you find the best prices and conditions for your rental.

How to find the best hotels in Aveiro ?

In order to find the best hotels and benefit from the best conditions (security, cancellation…) we go almost exclusively through for our trips. We recommend that you take a look at the available hotels before you leave. You can filter them according to their ratings. There are plenty of recent customer reviews, so there are no unpleasant surprises when you’re traveling!


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Thank you for reading

We hope the tips and good addresses on our travel blog will help you visit Aveiro!

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Clem & Alex

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