Aveiro - Portuguese Venice
Aveiro, Portugal is a fishing town on northern Portugal's Rota da Luz (the Route of Light). The ethereal town of water looks like a dream from the depths of the canals, surrounded by salt flats, lagoons and beaches that are dominated by the central canal running throughout.
Of all the boats seen in the area, the “moliceiro” is the most famous and elegant (see main pic above), painted with bright colours and with often ingenious and humorous decorations. For a paltry sum of money, you can enjoy a ride on one of these wonderful boats and take in the splendid views.
Aveiro is very famous for its production of salt and on our train ride from the city of Oporto to this destination, you can enjoy in the last 10 minutes of arrival the large stacks of salt across the lagoons. Sweets are a real treat in this town too, the most famous of all is the 'ovos moles' which is sweetened egg yolk in candied casings shaped like fish or barrels. Most supermarkets in Portugal have these candied treats in stock but in Aveiro you will see that the originals evidently have the best taste.
To get to the beach part you will need a car. but worth while the trip as it is totally relaxing and full of locals that love to soak up by the Atlantic Ocean. Surfing is a popular activity in the beaches surrounding Aveiro, so do expect some summer activities to pick up from about May to September.
We greatly enjoyed this side of Portugal and would love to go back for a summer escape!