Aveiro is located at about 250 km to the North of Lisbon (60 km to the South of Oporto). The city is near the Atlantic coastline (6 km of distance). It is a lovely city with 75.000 inhabitants at it is the focus of an important region of business and enterprise. The main characteristic of the surrounding area is an extensive coastal lagoon ("Ria de Aveiro") covering approximately 11,000 hectares.
Channels of "Ria de Aveiro"
The city of Aveiro is crossed by channels, which give it an individual character. In the old quarter of the city, tourists can see the quaint whitewashed houses of the fishermen and visit, early in the morning, the Mercado do Peixe (Fish Market), where occurs an auction of the fish caught during the night. Of all the boats seen in the area, the "moliceiro" is the most elegant traditional boat, being perfectly lined, painted with bright colours and with often creative and humorous decorations.
The City offers a variety of entertainment including bars, restaurants, night-clubs, cinemas, theatres and concerts and of course there are the thriving Portuguese cafés. If you're looking for history and art, Aveiro has also museums, churches, monuments and public buildings of architectural importance and the town is very popular for its gastronomy, fairs and exhibitions.
Typical boat of Aveiro (moliceiro)
Those who appreciate good food can taste the delicious eel stew and a variety of sea and lagoon fish soups. But Aveiro is specially known for its sweets: the most famous is "ovos moles" (soft eggs), sweetened egg yolk in candied casings shaped like fish or barrels.