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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 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…
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…
Portuguese in Aveiro

Restaurante Mercado do Peixe

Perched above the city’s homely fish market, this industrial-chic restaurant has large windows overlooking the canal and the adjacent square. The seafood is good, and low-priced lunch specials Monday to Friday inclu…
Portuguese in Aveiro

Adega Típica O Telheiro

A charismatic old-style place with hanging curios and rather nifty stools at the bar for comfier eating (also a great spot to sit if dining solo). The food is reliably tasty, with cheap daily specials and abundant d…