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Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto or Gaia with Cruise

1. Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto or Gaia with Cruise

Experience the beauty of Aveiro’s water channels, which are natural formations along the Portuguese coast. Traditionally connected to the river and to the sea, the city has been called the Venice of Portugal. You’ll feel the culture of this city that was once a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea, and salt production. The half-day tour begins at the fish market square, where you’ll have great views of the city center. Next you’ll head out on an hour’s cruise along the city’s beautiful water channels. Travel by a typical, yet unique boat called a moliceiro that is decorated with motifs related to the local culture. After the cruise your guide will show you the Costa Nova neighborhood that borders the sea. Admire some of the old traditional houses that are small in size, and painted in bright colors with vertical stripes.

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From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

2. From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

Cross the Worlds Longest Suspension Footbridge - the Arouca 516 - and walk the Paiva Walkways, considered one of the most beautiful trails in the world (seven kilometers). Restore your energy with a delicious traditional lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at Aveiro, the so-called “Portuguese Venice” and traverse the canals on a boat trip. Wander through the old quarter to see the main Art Nouveau buildings, the fish market, and taste one of the city's delicacies, soft eggs. Last but not the least, see the famous haystacks of Costa Nova. Discover the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors.

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From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

3. From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

To start the tour, you will be picked up at your Central Hotel in Porto. You will then head to Aveiro (the journey takes about 45 minutes). Aveiro is a Portuguese city located in the central region of Portugal, and is considered the small Venice of Portugal. It is an important urban center, port, rail, university, and tourist attraction. Start by exploring the city of Aveiro by passing through the main buildings of Art Nouveau and local places of the city. Explore the historical center and visit the Fish Market. Enjoy a cruise for about 50 minutes in one of the typical boats of the city — a Moliceiro (traditionally used for algae harvesting) — and take a look to Aveiro Salt Ponds. After that, pass by New Coast, enjoy the typical striped houses, see the Barra lighthouse and São Jacinto dunes. Along the way, you will appreciate the stork nests you find. The second city you will visit is Coimbra. Coimbra is a city on the waterfront in central Portugal, and is the country's old capital. It houses a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra. Walk the paths with your guide to the historic center of the city. Visit important landmarks such as the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral. If you select the option with monuments admission, visit the interiors of Joanina Library and the Royal Palace. At the end of the tour, the guide will drop you off again at your hotel in Porto.

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Aveiro Half-Day Tour with Moliceiro Cruise

4. Aveiro Half-Day Tour with Moliceiro Cruise

On this 4-hour tour you’ll leave from your hotel in Porto and head south. When you arrive in Aveiro, first off is an hour-long ride on a moliceiro, a traditional boat used to collect sea grass in the lagoon. Admire the Art Nouveau architecture, and in particular the buildings near Praça do Rossio (Rossio Square). Many of the streets near and around this square are still cobblestoned. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of the famous ovos moles, a legendary Aveiro confection made with water, sugar and egg yolks. Visit the Art Nouveau Museum and the Mercado do Peixe (fish market). Continue on to the Costa Nova, a paradise that’s home to several species of birds. Visit the lighthouse and see the old colorful fishermen's houses. After the tour your driver will drop you off at your hotel or other location of your choice.

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Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães: Coimbra and Aveiro Private Tour

5. Oporto, Braga, or Guimarães: Coimbra and Aveiro Private Tour

This full-day premium tour onboard a comfortable minivan is escorted by a certified guide who will personalize your experience to the fullest. You will visit both Coimbra, the city of the students and ancient capital of Portugal, as well as Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal. You will start the day by visiting the oldest Portuguese University, the University of Coimbra. Here you will find the world-renowned Joanina Library and the Royal Palace. During this guided visit your knowledgeable and friendly tour guide will take you back in time to explain the important role of this city and Portuguese Independence. Learn about the history of the university and how students celebrate their 500-year-old traditions. Be enchanted by a Fado performance, played and sung by students Following your time at the university, you will go through the old Moorish town to discover the old cathedral’s facade, the narrow alleys, and stairways that will lead you to the commercial street of the city center. Enjoy the town at your own pace, absorb the local atmosphere, and listen as your guide informs you of all of your surroundings. After your walk have lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the unique city of Aveiro which is considered Portugal's Venice. Cruise along the canals in a traditional Moliceiro boat. Admire the Art Nouveau buildings and the interesting fishermen's architecture. Witness the place where the Ria and Ocean meet as your tour concludes.

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From Lisbon: Town-Hopping Transfer to Porto

6. From Lisbon: Town-Hopping Transfer to Porto

Portugal is a country rich in history and culture, and this is your chance to explore some of the most beautiful and intriguing places to grace its lands. Stop by the medieval village of Obidos for a trip back in time, where you can wander through the narrow streets full of traditional shops and white-painted houses. Discover the Sanctuary of Fatima and take an optional mass at the Chapel of the Apparitions, explore the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary built in a Neo Baroque style and see the grand, modern Basilica of Santissima Trindade. Continue on to Coimbra for a visit to the oldest university in Europe. Coimbra´s University is home to the 18th century Joanine library and is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. Take a stroll to Coimbra´s charming downtown district where countless cafes, pastry shops and restaurants await your discovery. If you feel so inclined, choose to stop at the restaurant Mealhada where you can taste one of Portugal's most famous dishes, “Leitao da Bairrada," a slow-roasted suckling pork. Next, visit Aveiro where you can take a Moliceiro boat to see the 3 km of canals that flow through the city or take a stroll through the Aveiro market.  After a brief stop in the old fishing town of Costa Nova, your transfer will conclude in Porto.

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Combo: Porto City Half-Day Tour & Aveiro Half-Day Tour

7. Combo: Porto City Half-Day Tour & Aveiro Half-Day Tour

This guided tour of the city of Porto begins in the historic center, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral, the São Bento train station, known for its beautiful tiles representing important moments in the history of Portugal, and stop at the Lello bookstore. Later in the morning you’ll visit a port wine cellar, learn how the wine is made, see some of the rarest bottles that currently exist, and enjoy a port wine tasting. You will then experience the beauty of Aveiro’s water channels, which are natural formations along the Portuguese coast. Traditionally connected to the river and to the sea, the city has been called the Venice of Portugal. You’ll feel the culture of this city that was once a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea, and salt production. Your Aveiro tour begins at the fish market square, where you’ll have great views of the city center. Next you’ll head out on an hour’s cruise along the city’s beautiful water channels. Travel by a typical, yet unique boat called a moliceiro that is decorated with motifs related to the local culture.

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Aveiro Tour

8. Aveiro Tour

Aveiro is the famous city known as the Venice of Portugal because of its canals. Your local guide will lead you through the historical city center, where you will learn how Aveiro become so important to Portugal during the middle ages. Hear about its history and traditions, like the traditional pastry ovos moles, which are typical sweets made off eggs and sugar. During this tour, you will get to experience a panoramic river cruise on board of a typical boat Moliceiro. After this relaxing boat trip, your guide will drive you to Costa Nova, where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the colorful fishermen’s houses, typically painted with vertical stripes.

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From Lisbon: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Full-Day Tour

9. From Lisbon: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Full-Day Tour

After pickup in Lisbon, start your private tour in Aveiro, a city of singular beauty located by the sea and the river. Its canals and the traditional boats fill the city with a unique and colorful beauty. The city has always been linked to maritime trade, fishing, and salt production. Explore with your guide the unique aspects of this city, hear about its history, and see how contemporary citizens live. Coimbra was the first capital of Portugal, but today it is known for being student city. The UNESCO World Heritage listed University of Coimbra is the oldest university in the country, and one of the first universities in Europe. Be inspired by the historical importance of the city, and enjoy the relaxed ambience. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back in Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Aveiro

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 177 reviews

Shortly after, we were picked up from Porto and taken to a special shortcut to reach the Arouca Bridge entrance. When we got to the bridge, we were not so exhausted as the others coming from the car park. Crossing the bridge was an excellent experience. It is really worth walking. Then we went down the Paiva Walkways, which was about 5 km. It was quite hard because of the heat, but we survived. The views were incredible. After that, we were driven to a village for a local lunch. Delicious food, nice chats over the table. Then we went to Aveiro, a stunning town over the ocean called a Portuguese Venice. Our guide, Norberto, was really so friendly, informative,very well organised and tried to do his best to make our trip outstanding. And in fact, he did. I truly recommend this trip as we enjoyed it very much.

I had a great time on the tour with Carlos. Wwe were a small group (perks of travelling off-season), so I got to ask a million questions to which I got very topical and interesting answers. The tour around Aveiro is half boat, half walking; it was nice, but a little underwhelming considering its reputation. I enjoyed Costa Nova a lot; if you can, walk over the dune to get to the ocean, the views are something else.

Paulo was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. We had a fantastic time with him and it gave us a whole other perspective of Portugal. We enjoyed the information he shared with us and the historical background of Aviero.

We had a group of 17 people and the tour was fantastic. I was a little disappointed with Aviero but that was me. I expected more charm from the town.

Very good guide and tour . Need more time in the city.