Often referred to as ‘the Portuguese Venice’, Aveiro is predictably beautiful, defined by its snaking network of canals, striking architecture and quick and easy access to the beach – what more could you want from Aveiro holidays? For many, Aveiro serves as a great daytrip during Porto city breaks, but it will quickly become apparent that a day absorbing the city’s infectious charm is simply not enough.
There are countless sites of interests for visitors to discover during their holidays in Aveiro, whether it is in the shape of a religious building, the city’s famed university or a sumptuous Portuguese meal on the canal-side after a day on the pretty beach.
Venice of Portugal
Among the most captivating sites during holidays to Aveiro are cathedrals, canals, churches and sandy beaches, encompassing a destination that will suit all manner of holidaymakers, whether you consider yourself a history buff or a beach bum – everyone is welcome. While escaping the hustle and bustle of destinations like Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, Aveiro’s peaceful and slow-paced vibe does not translate to its range of attractions. Cruise along the river, visit the beautiful old train station or learn more about the history of the city at the Museum of Aveiro, full of engaging information and stunning artefacts.
You can also indulge in a touch of retail therapy during your break in Portugal, with the Forum Aveiro – one of the most picturesque and well-equipped shopping centres in the country – allowing you to splash some cash and pick up a souvenir or two for friends and family back home. The riveting city of Porto is located just to the north of Aveiro, so if you fancy a daytrip with a little more action, embark on a river cruise or a port tasting tour in the bustling city.