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  • Feb18

    Aveiro - the Venice of Portugal

    February 18, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Note - I just noticed that I hadn’t uploaded this footprint. Whoops!

    Rick Steves’ guidebook is full of good information regarding the part of Portugal that we are now exploring - the northwest area between Porto and Lisbon. We thought that we would spend 3 or 4 nights in a few of the more interesting cities as we travel south to Lisbon. Our first stop was only 1 hour away.

    We left Porto by train and arrived in a pretty, university city called Aveiro. It will be a nice change to be in a small city, close to the ocean.

    Aveiro is situated on an estuary of a river, surrounded by marshlands that run 50 km parallel to the sea. It is called the Venice of Portugal, because of the surrounding water (canals, lagoon and the nearby Atlantic Ocean). Years ago, the city flooded regularly but now they have it under control.

    Nowadays, Aveiro is also known for its salt pans and architecture. There are about 30 buildings that are built according to the Art Nouveau style.

    We arrived in the new train station (right next door to the bus station) and beside the old train station with its blue and white Portuguese tiles depicting life in Aveiro. The tiles were made in a big ex-tile factory in Aveiro in the early 1900s.

    A short walk brought us to our apartment for 3 days. The photos below were taken over the three days we were in Aveiro and give a quick view of some of the places we saw.
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    Free Wheelers

    Looks like a lovely place to visit!


    Endless number of lovely places in Portugal.

    Free Wheelers

    Yeah it seems like every place you have been to is special in its own way!

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  • Feb19

    Moliceiro Ride on Aveiro's Canals

    February 19, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    “When in Aveiro, one must take the lovely Moliceiro Boat ride along the Ria!” Would you turn that ad down if you saw it? Especially if the skies were blue and it was 20C and we were in the So-called “Venice of Portugal”?

    All the roads that we walked on, followed the canals that went through Aveiro. The boats, moliceiros, that we saw on the canals were not always tourist boats. During the 19th century, they were used in seaweed harvesting. This ‘seaweed’ was also mixed with the sludge that accumulated in the bottom of the river. After being collected, it was laid down on threshing floors to dry and once dry was used as a fertilizer in the sandy soils which belonged to farmers in the area. But as seaweed was progressively replaced by chemical fertilizers, this activity declined throughout the 20th century.

    A few decades ago, the old Aveiro “Ria” shipyards were reactivated in order to bring the moliceiros back to life and to teach willing learners the old manual manufacturing techniques used to build these boats. These new boats began to be used as tourist boats. Small and colourful, painted in the bow and the stern with traditional bright coloured drawings which represent historical facts or show religious scenes, moliceiros cruise through the “Ria”, giving tourists a good overview of the city of Aveiro, old and new.

    We decided on a 45 minute tour of the four canals of the city - the Central Canal, the Pyramid Canal, the São Roque Canal and the Cojo Canal. The captain started his engine and we were off.

    The Central Canal runs through the historic centre of the city and all of the beautiful Art Nouveau houses.

    Continuing on, we arrived at the Pyramids Canal, which provides access to salt fields of Aveiro. We thought it was named the Pyramid Canal due to the way that the salt is piled up into pyramidal shapes on the shore. But no, it is because of two columns, that look like pyramids, next to the sluice that controls the change in water levels due to the tides entering the city. This system maintains the water levels and keeps the river stable and safe for navigation.

    We backtracked a bit and went down the famous “São Roque” waterway. The “São João” Bridge is pretty low and we had to go through a small tunnel. It was a little tight.

    We loved going under a very peculiar, circular, iron pedestrian loop bridge which connected the most historic part of the city to a leisure park on the other bank. People were walking their dogs, bicycling and doing exercises on outdoor equipment.

    We passed warehouses full of salt and fish. Close by, down another small canal, was the daily fish market.

    Returning to the docks where we had started out, we continued down the Cojo Canal, past the very modern Aveiro Forum, an outdoor shopping mall and went under the “Carcavelos” Bridge, also known as Valentine’s Bridge. Built in 1953, 11 years after the original bridge fell apart, it became a place where lovebirds could tie ribbons to the railings. Locks could have been used but ahead-thinking planners pushed for a lighter and more colourful way to decorate the bridge.

    At the end of this very trendy area, we came to the impressive Fonte Nova factory which made tiles for the outside of houses at the beginning of the 1900’s.

    After about 40 minutes we returned to the small pier in front of a beautiful building called the Capitancy building, dating from the 15th Century. It used to be a tidal mill and now is the head office of the municipal assembly. The structure is resting on a set of arcs that we could see as the tide was low. Earlier we had gone into it, to see a display of striking photographs taken all over the world by National Geographic professional photographers - Exodus.

    And so we ended our moliceiro ride. A pleasant boat ride on a beautiful spring-like day.
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    Linda vista 🙆‍♂️😲😱😱😱🤨

  • Feb19

    Tiles on Old Aveiro Houses

    February 19, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    I read this today...

    There’s a Tile Theft Epidemic in Lisbon
    by JENNY BARCHFIELD FEB 19, 2019 in CityLab online Magazine

    “With a single azulejo fetching hundreds of euros at the city’s more reputable antique stores, these tiles, sitting there out in the open, are easy pickings.”

    Chris and I have been to a lot of towns and cities in Portugal where coloured tiles are used to decorate the outside of the houses but nowhere have we seen as many as we saw this afternoon in Aveiro. Pretty sad what is happening to these tiles in Lisbon.

    Tiles, or azulejos, were common in traditional Portuguese construction because they were affordable to the general public. In Aveiro, the use of tiles also provided waterproofing and were a form of decoration on houses built in somewhat boring-looking adobe (sun-dried clay bricks). Tiles with floral motifs were very sought after in the early 1900’s and these were produced locally in the Fonte Nova Factory, which now houses the Cultural and Congress Center.

    In a matter of 5 minutes, on one street, Chris was able to take photos of 10 different patterns of tiles on the old houses, and there were so many more. Here are Chris’ ‘5 minutes of tiles’ photos.
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  • Day34

    More from Aveiro

    October 7, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    The streets are quite narrow, and many of the houses are quite colourful - some are decorated with Azulejos (tiles), while others are painted or are in a state of disrepair. There is quite a bit of construction work happening around the town.Read more

  • Day45

    Wenn aus Reisenden Touristen werden

    November 11, 2020 in Portugal ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Ich hatte es gestern gar nicht mehr geschafft die hiesige Umgebung zu beschreiben und das obwohl es hier so wunderschön ist.
    Ria de Aveiro ist eine Wasserlandschaft 100km südlich von Porto. Sie erstreckt sich ca. 45 km an der Küste entlang. 
    Wir haben uns zum Übernachten einen Spot in der Mitte zwischen Lagune und Meer ausgesucht. Um genauer zu sein in Costa Nova. Costa Nova besteht aus vielen hübschen gestreiften Häusern, die diese Region ganz besonderes machen. Was uns super gefällt ist, dass man eine riesige Lagune zum Kiten hat und weniger als 5 min läuft bis man am Meer ist, wo man Surfen kann oder Kilometer weit über die Holz-Promenade bis zum Leuchtturm laufen kann.
    Für den heutigen Tag hat Marco sich als Reiseführer angeboten und der Leuchtturm war unser erster Anlaufpunkt. Es ist der höchste Portugals und bietet eine herrliche Aussicht über diese interessante Gegend. Leider ist er wegen Corona momentan geschlossen.
    Also ging es anschließend weiter nach Aveiro. Der Hauptgrund unseres Aufenthaltes.
    Charakteristisch für die Stadt sind die Kanäle mit ihren farbenfrohen Booten (Barcos Moliceiros), die traditionell zur Seetangernte genutzt wurden. Sie erinnern an Venedig.
    Insgesamt gefällt es uns sehr, deshalb verbringen wir den gesamten Nachmittag hier und Marco zeigte uns alle Ecken bis wir müde wurden.
    Am Abend sind wir dann zurück zu unserem Stellplatz gefahren und haben uns in unserem Van zurückgezogen. Denn die Tage sind schön warm mit über 20 Grad, die Nächte kühlen ab auf 10 Grad, durch die feuchte Meeresluft ist es gefühlt noch frischer.
    Also Heizung an und gute Nacht.
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  • Day5


    March 29, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Nach 300 km Fahrt erreichen wir heute Aveiro, das sehr verkehrsgünstig gelegen ist ;-)
    Aveiro - das Venedig Portugals - hat sehr schöne Ecken. Eine Kanalfahrt mit den urigen Gondeln ist natürlich ein Muss. Wir lassen es heute ruhig angehen - schlendern durch Gassen mit interessanten Gebäuden, finden tolle Fotomotive und shoppen ein wenig. Nach einem leckeren portugiesischen Essen und einem Gute-Nacht-Bier im Irish-Pub freuen wir uns auf unser Bett.Read more

  • Day73


    July 20, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

    Heute verlassen den wunderschönen Campingplatz, hier hat es uns echt super gut gefallen!
    Es geht nach Aveiro - "dem Venedig Portugals". Diese Bezeichnung trifft für uns nicht ganz zu. Es gibt 3 Kanäle, die durch die Stadt verlaufen, auf denen Schiffe fahren die einem das Gefühl geben sollen, dass man in Venedig ist. Die Schiffe und die Kanäle sind aber viel größer als in Venedig. Es ist ein schönes Städtchen zum durchschländern. Am Parkplatz haben wir neben einem alten Feuerwehrauto geparkt, das ebenfalls zum Wohnmobil ausgebaut wurde.
    Daneben sieht der Bussi richtig niedlich aus!
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    Peter Braeuning

    Der Iveco wäre auch nicht schlecht ? Aber man kommt vlt nicht immer durch die südländischen Gassen bzw Straßen in den Ortschaften ...

  • Day14


    September 30, 2020 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Figures emblématiques d'Aveiro, les moliceiros sont d'anciennes embarcations servant à recolter des algues dans la lagune. Aujourd'hui reconvertis à la croisière pour les touristes, elles nous permettent de découvrir la ville par ses canaux.Read more

  • Day3


    October 30, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    ... unser nächster Stop war eine kleine gemütliche Stadt namens Aveiro, durch einige Känale könnte es mit bisschen mehr Sonne sogar ein wenig Venedig-Flair haben. Leider wurden wir von einem starken Regenguss zum vorzeitigen Mittagessen gezwungen.. Nichts destotrotz gab es einen schöne Spaziergang durch kleine Gassen, in Gotteshäuser, an Bummelläden vorbei.. und wieder viele bunte Kacheln 😉Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Aveiro, Αβέιρο, ZAV, Авейру