Welcome to Aveiro

Hugging the edge of the Ria, a shallow coastal lagoon rich in birdlife, Aveiro (uh-vey-roo), whose name might come from the Latin aviarium (place of birds), is a prosperous town with a youthful, energetic buzz. It's occasionally dubbed the Venice of Portugal thanks to its high-prowed boats, humpbacked bridges and small network of picturesque canals. It's a lovely little place best explored on foot or aboard a... Read More

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$56.92 Tours & Sightseeing

Aveiro Tour from Porto with Moliceiro Cruise

Leave your central Porto hotel by luxury coach, and then travel south along the coast to Aveiro, an old fishing town on northern Portugal’s scenic Rota da Luz. Now a vibrant university town, Aveiro has retained its charming fishing port roots, and its myriad of canals and beautiful architecture attribute to its nickname – the Venice of Portugal.See its sights on a walking tour, admiring the attractive Art Nouveau homes that line Aveiro’s canals. Pass Museo de Aveiro, housed in a gorgeous Dominican convent, and then stop for photos by Aveiro Cathedral. As you walk, listen to tales about the town’s history, from its days as a small Roman settlement to a thriving medieval seaport.Finish your walking tour by a canal and hop aboard a moliceiro – one of the brightly colored gondola-style boats that bob around the canals. Relax as your guide navigates, allowing you to sit back and admire Aveiro’s sights from the water during your 1-hour canal cruise.Finish your cruise at Costa Nova, one of the town's beautiful sandy beaches, and enjoy some free time before returning to Porto. Admire the candy-colored fishing houses that line the beachfront, enjoy a snack in a café (own expense), and then meet your guide at the pre-arranged time for your journey to Porto. Your tour then finishes with a drop-off at the start point in central Porto.

$56.92 Tours & Sightseeing

Aveiro Half-Day Tour from Porto Including Moliceiro River Cruise

Start your half-day tour early in the morning at 9am or in the afternoon, around 2pm. Once Aveiro was a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea and salt production. In this tour to Aveiro you will visit the historical center, the Fish Market, have a panoramic view of the “Stork nests” and the Aveiro “Salinas" which are a salt deposit. After visiting the historical center, board on a amazing hour cruise in the traditional boats named “moliceiro” decorated with motifs related to the local culture. After the cruise, enjoy a walk in Costa Nova neighborhood, between the borders of Aveiro and the sea. In this walking tour admire some of the old typical colored houses that will make you remind beach houses. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to visit the "Venice of Portugal", explore the region, see the fabulous sights, board in a fantastic cruise in a wonderful boat! The tour ends around 1pm (morning tour) or 6pm (afternoon tour).

$54.64 Private & Custom Tours

Aveiro Half Day Private Tour from Porto - The Venice of Portugal - Including Moliceiro River Cruise

We leave your hotel in Porto and head south. Start off this tour with an hour-long ride on a moliceiro, the typical boat used to collect seagrasses in the Aveiro lagoon. Then admire the Art Nouveau architecture, especially the buildings near the Praça do Rossio (Rossio square). Cobblestone can still be found on many streets near and around this square. Satisfy your sweet tooth with the famous ovos moles, a legacy of Aveiro's conventual sweets tradition made with water, sugar, and egg yolks.We also recommend a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum and the Mercado do Peixe (Fish Market).The tour then continues to Costa Nova, with its extensive beaches and a paradise with several species of birds. You will have time to visit the lighthouse and the famous old coloured fishermen's beach houses. On the way back, your private driver will leave you at your hotel, or any other location of your choice.

$341.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour of Aveiro from Porto

Meet your private guide and driver at your accommodation in Porto and head to the nearby city of Aveiro. Known for its numerous canals and bridges, wander with your guide through the fish market, past Art Nouveau buildings, near the colorful Boats of Moliceiros and more. Let your guide know if you’d like to take a cruise (not included) in the Ria Aveiro and explore the city by water. Make a stop in Ílhavo to see the Barra Lighthouse and São Jacinto dunes before your guide drives you back to Porto.

$96.76 Tours & Sightseeing

Aveiro and Costa Nova Tour with Cruise on River Small-Group Full-Day from Porto

Two cities located on the Atlantic coast representing the maritime culture and strong nautical traditions of Portugal.In this fascinating tour we will visit the city of Aveiro, which is considered the "Venice of Portugal" as well as the attractive seaside town of Ílhavo.An extraordinary tour where you can admire the canals running through the city of Aveiro, the numerous pedestrian bridges, buildings of Art Nouveau seaside, fish market, salt of Aveiro, nests of storks and colorful Boats Moliceiros, symbol of the region.Here, we have the opportunity to make a cruise on river Aveiro with supply of sparkling wine and soft eggs (sweet typical of the region) on board. An unforgettable experience. In Ílhavo you will have a panoramic view of the Barra lighthouse where you have an excellent view of the coast.Panoramic view of New Coast (Costa Nova), where we can see the typical houses.

$108.15 Day Trips & Excursions

Aveiro and Coimbra Day Trip From Porto

In this tour you start to visit the city of Aveiro, the so called "Portuguese Venice", name given because of the seawater channels that flood the city center. Once in Aveiro the tour goes to Costa Nova, by the seaside, where you can appreciate the typical fishermen houses full of colored stripes. Next you will visit Barra's beach. Here you will learn about the influence of the sea over the population of Aveiro during the 17th and the 18th century. Following that, we will take you to visit the city center, where you will see the 15th century cathedral, the old train station with it's 19th-century portuguese tiles and the fish market. To finish, you will take a boat tour at the city channels on a typical "moliceiro" boat. After lunch, the tour continues towards the "city of knowledge", Coimbra. This historical city was the birthplace of six Portuguese kings and the capital of Portugal. Visit the first Portuguese university from the 13th-century, and walk on the narrow streets of the medieval city center. Here, visit the 12th century Santa Cruz church, where is placed the tomb of the first Portuguese king. Moreover, meet Café of Santa Cruz (in the place of a former gothic church), Mosteiro of Santa Clara a Velha and Portugal dos Pequeninos. Come and enjoy the mixture of nature and history!