Things To Do In Aveiro
Aveiro continues to charm visitors who frequent here throughout the year. This hidden gem of a city is defined by its historic sites, museums and narrow canals. Some of the best things to do here involve exploring some of the city’s best structures including the Museu de Aveiro, Church of Sao Joao Evangelista and the old train station. Some of the other best things to do involve exploring the stunning, Brazilian-influenced Rossio Area as well as taking a traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour, the latter of which is ideal for young couples and families alike. The overall beauty and relaxed atmosphere of Aveiro makes it a special place to visit.
Mosteiro de Jesus
One of the best things to do in the city is to explore this historic monument, built in memory of Princess Joanna of Portugal, a descendant of King Alfonso. The structure was created between the 14th and 17th centuries and is covered in exquisitely carved wood, combined with frescoes and marble tiles. This is a dream to visit for art and design lovers who are keen to learn the city’s history.
Museu de Aveiro
A stunning museum, visiting its confines is another must-do activity when in Aveiro. The museum was constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries, offering visitors an insight some of the most fascinating artworks including primeval and Renaissance landscapes, Coimbra School statues, engraved masonry, colourful tiles, jewels, fittings and significant garments.
The canals are what give Aveiro its charm and any of these narrow areas are highly recommended for exploration. Some of the most stunning parts of the city, including the Rossio Park and Jardim do Rossio are recommended for exploration. They are extremely romantic spots, perfect for young couples and families alike. Visitors can navigate through the canals by enjoying a boat-ride if desired.
A tour on one of these wooden boats is not to be missed. They are coloured-in using bright shades and intricate patterns giving them a dynamic vibe. Visitors love hopping on these boats, which help them navigate the narrow corners of the city in 45 minute rides. Historically they were used to gather seaweed from the lagoon-waters.
The attractions of the waterside Rossio area in Aveiro are not to be missed. The Art Nouveau Museum and Casa dos Ovos Moles are not be missed, and are just some of the stunning Art Nouveau style structures that can be formed here. The stunning setting is perfect for walks, hanging out with friends and grabbing a quick cup of coffee or a meal. A walk down the waterside is one of the best things to do in the city.
Church of Sao Joao Evangelista
The stark beauty of this structure is a welcome change. Established initially in the 17th century, it is also known as the Carmelite Church. It was redesigned in the 20th century and is now filled with coloured tiles, locally called Azulejos, along with the trademark white exteriors and intricate wooden panelling on the inside. Do visit the church for its beauty and the serenity that its environment offers.
Old Train Station
When in Aveiro, you must pay a visit to the 1916 constructed Aveiro Train Station. The standout feature of this structure is its facade made of the azure colourful Azulejos tiles, which were created at the Fabrica da Fonte Nova and depict the old way of life in the region. Inside however, the terminal is a modern, state of the art station that is not to be missed. Old and new merge here seamlessly, and give you a glimpse of how long Portugal has come.