Aveiro is situated 68 km to the south of Porto and 58 km north of Coimbra,straddling the "ria" Aveiro and the river Vouga a few kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean. The city of Aveiro has a population of approximately 57,000 inhabitants. Part of the city is full of canals, bridges, and painted boats called moliceiros, similar to the gondolas of Venice. For this reason, the city is sometimes called the "Portuguese Venice", although the comparison is a bit exaggerated. The city is home to one of Portugal's most important universities. However, the real charm of Aveiro lies in its coast, with its fantastic sandy beaches. Ihavo, another city near Aveiro also has some beautiful beaches, like Barra and Costa Nova.
Aveiro has humid yet temperate climate, coolish in the summer and not so cold in winter. November, December, and January make up the rainy season, while July and August are the driest months. Autumn and Winter tend to have strong coastal winds.
The city is connected to Autoroute 1 (A1) which is the main road of the country.
A newly inaugurated central train station is positioned near the center of the city, with regional and fast trains to most chief cities, such as; Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon.
There are coaches that connect Aveiro to a lot of Portuguese cities and also cities in Spain.
Aveiro is easily navigable on foot. The local bus terminal can be found about 15 minutes walk from the canal zone.
A very convenient way to see Aveiro is to use the BUGA (Free-use Bicycles of Aveiro) service. There are 33 BUGA stations spread about the city. If there are bicycles available, you simply insert a 1€ coin to disengage the bike from the lock. Bikes can be used within a certain BUGA area of the city, delimited by signs. When you are finished with the bike, just return it to any station and you will get your 1€ coin refunded.
The Aveiro City Tour bus loops past the principal tourist zones and monuments of the city.
Convento de Jesús
Igreja de la Misericordia
Santo Antonio Park
Dom Pedro Children's Park
Sao Gonçalinho Chapel
Museum of the Republic
Fisherman's Wharf (Bairro de Pescadores) at the seaside
Surf at Costa Nova Beach
Windsurf on the river.
Moliceiro tours - leaving from the central canal.
Forum Aveiro,(shopping mall) the central market, is situated downtown near the canals. Shops are open daily until 11PM.
Rua dos Combatientes da Guerra and Avenida Dr. Lourenço Peixinho are the main shopping streets in town.
Salt from the nearby salt flats.
Vista Alegre - Famous and somewhat pricey local ceramics. You can also visit the Vista Alegre factory in the neighboring municipality of Ilhavo, 10 km away.
Ovos moles - A traditional product made from egg yolk. Sold at most of the local bakeries.
The area with the most restaurants sits between the Old Neighborhood (Bairro Antigo) and the fish market plaza (Mercado do Peixe). There are also some decent restaurants and seafood shops at Barra and Costa Nova beaches.
Café Ramona, Rua Eça de Queirós, 12. Frequented by students and youths, this place offers perhaps the best hamburgers in town. Try the hamburguesa Ramona.
Pizzaria Principizza, Avenida Santa Joana 19A. Pizza shop known for its tasty stromboli.
Ferro, Rua Tenente Resende 30. Very close to the fish market, this place serves meat and fish dishes at affordable prices.
Barrigas, Rua Eng. Von Haff, 36-C. Popular restaurant where the special is "francesinhas", a dish more typical of Oporto. It is a type of ham, meat and cheese sandwich covered in melted cheese and a spicy sauce. Flame-roasted meats are also on offer, and you might catch some live Brazilian music.
Galetos Dourados, Rua Eng.º Von Haff, 7. Brazilian-style chicken restaurant.
Pizzarte, Rua Eng.º Von Haffe, 27. Pizza shop decorated with chess pieces. Popular with the young set. Have a glass of sangria with your pizza.
Cafe Zig-Zag, Avenida Dr. Lourenço Peixinho Good cafe for a quick lunch. Standard menu with daily specials.
La Mamaroma, Cais do Alboi 21. Italian restaurant with a wood-fired oven. One of the house specialties is a stone-cooked fillet-- an enormous beef fillet cooked slowly on a hot stone.
Restaurante a Barca, Largo Jose Rabumba, 5. Specializing in fish.
Travessa do Peixinho, Rua Eng. von Haff, 34. Seafood.
Porterhouse, Rua João Afonso 13/15. Tucked away but worth looking for (ask at a hotel, they know where it is). The BBQ ribs are amazing and unlike anything else you'll find in town.
La Piazza, R Conselheiro Luís Magalhães 46-A. Another hidden gem. Top-notch casual Italian food just off the main avenue.
Restaurante Mercado do Peixe, Praça do Peixe (the fish market plaza). Situated in the upper part of the fish market, this place specializes in fish.
Adamastor, Travessa Lavadouros, 1. Fish and seafood in the fish market.
The most famous area for night bars is Praça do Peixe (fish plaza).Here you will find a good variety of bars typically open til 3 am in winter, and 4 am in summer. Note that all the bars in Praça do Peixe have free entrance. Clubs are best on Friday and Saturday nights from 1 am to 5 am. Women usually pay no admission fees, but for men it is usually around 5 euros. Drinks are fairly cheap, around 4 or 5 euros. Try a caipirinha with strawberries (morangos).
Botirão, Canal de São Roque (near Praça do Peixe). Great sangria and bossa nova in a clean and beautiful traditional style bar. Sangria costs 7 euros and has a very mild taste, but don't be fooled-- it packs a punch.
Clube 8, Canal do Paraiso, . The only club in the city center, open til 8 am.
Clandestino, Praça do Peixe, . Alternative music.
Estaçao da Luz, . Somewhat outside of town, this is the dance club preferred by the locals. House with some mainstream pop as well. One of the smaller dancefloors/bars features salsa music. It is somewhat selective, so it is possible that tourists are sometimes denied entry.
Mercado Negro, Praça do Peixe. An alternative space with a bar, good music, and modern design in an old art nouveau building.
Quest, . This club is on the outskirts of Aveiro, in a small city called Oia (also an industrial area). This club has four floors and 5 bars. One bar is outside, there is a nice terrace with patio furniture. The dance floor has lights, a large TV screen, and features mostly house music.
There are numerous pensions which charge less than 30€ per night.
Pousada de Torreira / Murtosa - Ria de Aveiro, Nature Hotel, Bico do Muranzel 3870-301 Torreira, ☎ +351-234 860 180 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +351-234 838 333), . Located in the isthmus that connects Murtosa to the beaches of São Jacinto, the Pousada de Murtosa Torreira, Ria de Aveiro is set in a preserved area with a unique natural beauty. Surrounded by water, this is the ideal spot for fishing, water sports or going to the beautiful beaches which are near the Costa Nova's typical colourful houses.
Hotel Afonso V, Rua Dr. Manuel das Neves 65. Situated 10 minutes on foot from the town center, this hotel has a good quality-to-price ration. The hotel has two annexes, one of which is a little older with cheaper and more simple accommodations.
Hotel Mercure Aveiro***, Rua Luís Gomes de Carvalho 23, ☎ (+351)234 40 44 00 (email@example.com), .
Hotel Imperial, Rua Dr Nascimento Leitao. Downtown.
Hotel Barra, Avenida Fernandes Lavrador, 18 (at Barra Beach), (+351) 234 369 156.
Pension José das Hortas, Avenida Jose Estevão (at Costa Nova Beach), (+351) 96 600 25 78. Shared baths. Doubles 45€.
Hotel as Americas, Rua Eng. Von Haff 20. Close to the train station and 15 minutes from the city center.
Hotel Melia Ria, Cais da Fonte Nova. Newly-constructed four-star hotel situated at a 10 minutes' walk from the center. Spa, good breakfast.
Hotel Moliceiro, Rua Barbosa de Magalhães - Nº 15/17 (Directly in front of the Praça do Peixe (fish market) a few doors down from the tourism office.), ☎ +351 234377400 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . An excellent hotel in central Aveiro. Convenient to everything, helpful staff, beautiful building recently expanded and renovated.