Aveiro attractions

Top Choice Museum in Aveiro

Aliança Underground Museum

Between Aveiro and Coimbra, in the village of Sangalhos in the Bairrada wine-producing region, this magnificent place is part adega (winery), part art museum. Guided tours take you beneath the winery to a vast 1.5km…
Top Choice Beach in Aveiro

Praia de São Jacinto

Sandwiched between crashing Atlantic breakers and endless sand dunes, this magnificent beach forms the western flank of the São Jacinto nature reserve. To get here, you'll need to take a bus from Aveiro to Forte da …
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Aveiro

Reserva Natural das Dunas de São Jacinto

This gloriously tranquil nature reserve extends north from São Jacinto, between the sea and the placid lagoon west of Aveiro. A network of trails runs through the pine woods and dunes, including an 8km (three hour) …
Museum in Aveiro

Museu de Aveiro/Santa Joana

This fine museum, housed in the 15th-century Mosteiro de Jesus, owes its finest treasures to Princesa Joana (later canonised), daughter of Afonso V. In 1472, 11 years after the convent was founded, Joana ‘retired’ h…
Museum in Aveiro

Museu Marítimo de Ílhavo

The wonderful Museu Marítimo de Ílhavo is in a modern, award-winning building in the town of Ílhavo, 8km south of Aveiro. It covers the history of Portugal's maritime identity, from cod fishing (with superb fishing …
Cathedral in Aveiro

Catedral de São Domingos

Aveiro's cathedral was formerly part of a Dominican convent and contains a Manueline stone cross of Saint Domingo. The cathedral's sober white interior contrasts with the impressive facade centred on a portal flanke…
Beach in Aveiro

Praia da Costa Nova

The closest beaches to Aveira are the surfing hangouts of Praia da Barra and Costa Nova, 13km west of Aveiro. Both are developed and busy in summer but Costa Nova is the prettier of the two with its beachside strip …
Market in Aveiro

Mercado do Peixe

Right in the centre of town, Aveiro's covered fish market is a fun place to watch the local fishmongers sell their daily wares. If you want to taste as well as look, head upstairs to the market's restaurant, the Res…
Museum in Aveiro

Museu Arte Nova

Set in Aveiro's most eye-catching art nouveau building, this small museum above a cafe has a modest one-room exhibition on art nouveau design and architecture. Larger temporary displays rotate every three months. As…