Sprawling along the Ria de Aveiro lagoon, Aveiro is a picturesque city on Portugal’s west coast. It’s home to a charming historic centre and captivating convent museum, together with beautiful beaches overlooking the Atlantic waters.
Things to do in Aveiro
Delve into the local history at the Museum of Aveiro, which occupies an atmospheric convent dating back to the 15th century. Browse the vintage textiles, jewellery, paintings and sculptures while admiring the Baroque architecture and Portuguese azulejos (hand-painted tiles) in the ornate Church of Jesus.
Wander through the historic heart of the city to marvel at the Sé Cathedral de Aveiro, which features a diverse array of architecture dating back to its 15th-century founding. Admire the Baroque ornamentation of the choir and the modernist transept, together with a superbly carved facade topped by an imposing bell tower.
Relax on the sands of Praia de São Jacinto, a seven-kilometre-long beach backed by rolling sand dunes. Alternatively, head to the other side of the Aveiro Lagoon to see the red-and-white striped Aveiro Lighthouse that watches over the beach of Praia da Barra.
Visit Costa Nova, which is famed for its colourful beach houses along its shores. Follow the wooden boardwalk along the coast or go windsurfing, rowing or water skiing along the bird-filled lagoon backing the beach.
Getting around Aveiro
Aveiro is a one-hour drive from Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport in Porto, while Lisbon lies 2.5 hours south. Buses travel throughout the city, but it’s an easy destination to explore on foot or using Aveiro’s free bicycle rental service.