The Colorful City of Aveiro on the Portuguese Riviera

Aveiro Portugal CanalThe Portuguese seaside city of Aveiro is still one of Portugal’s undiscovered gems, located just 60 km south of the city of Porto; this small city of 55,000 residents is one of Portugal’s most beautiful cities. Here on what is called the ‘silver coast’ or the ‘Portuguese Venice’, you can explore the pristine beaches, unique architecture, colorful avenues, and of course the enchanting canals and grottos that make this such a quaint place to visit.Aerial shot of the "palheiros" in Costa Nova, Aveiro, PortugalThe climate of Aveiro is ideal for those looking to get in some Portuguese sunshine while not being overwhelmed with the humidity that some of the inland cities experience in Portugal. The summer months in Aveiro are more dry and humid, however, they are the best months to visit as the skies are blue all day and the sunsets at dawn are just jaw-dropping. AdobeStock_265822878.jpegThe city which overlooks the North Atlantic ocean is one filled with an abundance of natural beauty, historical gardens and parks, miles of pristine white sand beaches, and unique charm of its own; which resonates in all the colorful seaside homes along the boardwalk. This is one of the reasons why I fell in love with this charming and inviting small city.Costa Nova Houses 3 The houses here are something to admire. The detail and the wide variety of colors that all seem to just blend in together so perfectly is something really neat. The pride of culture and tradition with the residents of Aveiro is evident with how they celebrate their local festivities and honor the various patron saints of the various regions in the city. If you want a good time filled with great seafood and a plethora of wines all grown locally then this is the city for you.Traditional house facade in Aveiro, Portugal The residents haven’t been overwhelmed with tourism that has affected the southern tip of Portugal; most notably the Algarve region. The seaside city sees a steady flow of tourists that come to admire the magnificently built churches that dot the cities landscape with the amazing ancient architecture and beautiful stained glass windows that just glimmer and shine in the Portuguese sunlight.Portuguese church Matriz de Válega It is hard to miss the churches here, as something you will notice in all of Portugal’s cities, small towns and villages are the ringings of the church bell. It is common to hear the bell rung at the local parish every hour indicating the time. This is how you know what time it is without having to wear a watch or carry a phone on hand at all times and just take in the medieval culture and local tradition that mixes in with the modern-day flair of this Portuguese paradise. Costa Nova, Portugal: Colorful Striped Houses Called Palheiros WOne of the best ways to explore this enchanting city is by bike and here in Aveiro, they make it very easy and accessible to do just that. The city offers a free bike rental service for tourists called ‘BUGA’ which when translated stands for ‘Free Bike Service for Aveiro’. Here, all you have to do is go to the local store “Loja” that has the bikes, and if they are available all you have to do is submit your ID and off you go exploring. This is not one of those expensive European cities that are known for their price gouging towards tourists.bicycle Here the people and the tradition have allowed the residents to prosper alongside the development of their city and enjoy the wide variety of western tourists who flock to this seaside paradise for some authentic Portuguese culture and tradition. The city has accommodations, restaurants, and venues for all spending types with high-end restaurants offering some of the finest local dishes and ingredients to smaller but just as delicious and authentic restaurants that cater to locals but also welcome tourists to enjoy their unique dishes.Cheese With Sausages, Olives And Red WineIt is not uncommon to find a wide variety of seafood dishes most notably cod at the majority of the restaurants in Portugal. The region is known for its outstanding goat and lamb dishes and if that sounds to gamey for you then the grass-fed beef that comes in many traditional cuts and flavors is sure to be something you would be interested in. The region also caters to vegans with many local dishes being made solely of various beans, vegetables, and rice. bigstock--212937238No matter what your desire this small seaside community on the Portuguese coast has you covered with the countless Portuguese and western restaurants and cafes that adorn this city you are sure to find exactly what you’re looking for under the Portuguese sun day or night.City of Aveiro in the north of Portugal by nightThe nightlife in the city is just as expected for a Portuguese city “Lively and Upbeat” while offering some great dance and techno clubs that stay open late and are filled with students from the city university; which is one of Portugal’s best universities. The city has some great bakeries and coffee shops along with the cities bustling avenue and this is a great spot to shop and get a famous Portuguese dessert along the way. Agueda, Portugal - Circa December 2018: The Beauty Of White UmbrThe city is connected to highway number 1 (A1) which is the main road of the country, but also a toll road. However, if you are driving from Porto, it is advisable to take highway 29 (A29) as it’s free of charge and runs parallel to the A1. You can easily reach to Aveiro through the A17 highway, which is linked to the A8 highway from Lisbon and the A25 highway, that comes from Spain, so it just depends on where you are coming from.Typical houses at Vouga river. Aveiro, Portugal The hotels in the area also have shuttles that travel from the Porto airport to Aveiro so it is wise if not renting a car to take the shuttle to your airport or the bus or train. As you can see the city is very accessible and is centrally located to many of Portugal’s most interesting and beautiful spots, making it very easy to get around and explore the nearby cities and towns such as Coimbra, Sintra, and of course Porto.Costa Nova Houses 4

Some popular spots to visit in Aveiro are:

  • Museum of the Republic
  • Igreja da Misericórdia
  • Dom Pedro Children’s Park
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Santo António Park
  • Fish Market
  • Costa Nova and Barra Beach
  • Aveiro Museum
  • Rua dos Combatentes da Guerra
  • Avenida Dr. Lourenço Peixinho
  • Convento de Jesus
  • Take a Gondola Ride


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