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Top Choice Seafood in Aveiro

A Peixaria

A block back from the waterfront in São Jacinto, this no-frills family restaurant has the best fish in town and, many say, the region. There's always a big variety of Atlantic species, simply and deliciously done – …
Top Choice Museum in Aveiro

Aliança Underground Museum

Between Aveiro and Coimbra, in the village of Sangalhos in the Bairrada wine-producing region, this extraordinary place is part adega (winery), part repository of an eclectic, enormous and top-quality art and artefa…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Aveiro

Reserva Natural das Dunas de São Jacinto

Stretching north from São Jacinto, between the sea and the lagoon west of Aveiro, is this supremely peaceful 6.7-sq-km wooded nature reserve, equipped with trails and birdwatching hides. A meandering 7km loop trail …
Museum in Aveiro

Museu de Aveiro/Santa Joana

This fine museum in a beautiful space, the former 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 ‘retir…
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 the maritime identity of the Portuguese, from cod fishing (with supe…
Portuguese in Aveiro

Tasca Palhuça

As 'tasca-like' and genuine as they come, this place is largely shielded from travellers due to its side-street location. We think it's great – the type of place where clients have stuck to their (regular) seats lon…
Seafood in Aveiro

Maré Cheia

Maré cheia means ‘high tide’ in Portuguese, but 'cheia' (full) applies equally to this popular seafood eatery, complete with 'meet your meal' fish-tanks. You'll often have to elbow your way through a crowd of locals…
Beach in Aveiro

Beaches

The surfing venues of Praia da Barra and Costa Nova, 13km west of Aveiro, are good for a day’s outing. Prettier Costa Nova has a beachside street lined with cafes, kitsch gift shops and picturesque candy-striped cot…
Vegetarian in Aveiro

Ki

Vegetarians, your prayers have been answered. This small, vegan-focused spot, tucked away in a street in a quiet part of town, offers a different set plate daily, plus soup and tea. Desserts cost an extra €3. Nothin…
Cathedral in Aveiro

Catedral de São Domingos

Formerly part of a Dominican convent, with the Manueline stone cross of Saint Domingo displayed within. The facade has two pairs of unusual Doric pilasters. Note the three figures – Faith, Hope and Charity – along w…