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Aveiro is a city in Portugal.
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 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.
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 3AM in winter, and 4AM in summer. Note that all the bars in Praça do Peixe have free entrance. Clubs are best on Friday and Saturday nights from 1AM to 5AM. Women usually pay no admission fees, but for men it is usually around €5. Drinks are fairly cheap, around 4 or €5. Try a caipirinha with strawberries (morangos).
There are numerous pensions which charge less than 30€ per night.
Rossio Aveiro Hostel - Rua Joao Afonso De Aveiro, No 1 Rossio, 3800-198 Aveiro. ☎ +351 9662 13719. (email@example.com). The Hostel is a welcome new addition to Aveiro and is city´s first Hostel, recently opening in July 2009. The Hostel is brand new and is centrally located in the Old Part of Town on the Rossio Square, 5 minutes walk from the Bars, clubs and city attractions. It is run by a local Portuguese couple who are extremely accommodating and helpful. The hostel has everything you need and is very modern with a kitchen, terrace area, cable TV and free Internet. Private rooms are available and a bed in a dorm room will cost you 15€ with a portuguese breakfast included. ===Mid-range=== * 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. * Residencial Azevedo, at Costa Nova Beach, . * 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€. ===Splurge=== * 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." phone="+351 234377400" url="http://www.hotelmoliceiro.com/" checkin="2 pm" checkout="1 pm" e-mail="firstname.lastname@example.org" >An excellent hotel in central Aveiro. Convenient to everything, helpful staff, beautiful building recently expanded and renovated.Its a great pleasure to have the opportunity of presenting the Moliceiro Hotel, the most recent unit of the City of Aveiro.Each one of our customers is Unique, deserves a personalized treatment, adjusted to their needs and pleasure.The Moliceiro cultivates this philosophy supported by the efforts a wonderful Staff, committed to go beyond your expectations on each visit. Charming, romantic and familiar, radiates an atmosphere of rare comfort in each one of its rooms. Carefully decorated, offers a view over the Ria, the interior garden or for the idyllic “Art Noveau” Fish Square.Rely on our attention to the minimal details to enjoy an unforgettable stay. Looking forward to your soonest visit. </sleep> * 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. ==Get out== * Coimbra * Figueira da Foz * Oporto * Viseu * Luso/Bucaco