Welcome to Aveiro
Aveiro is a picturesque town characterized by a network of numerous canals that are spanned by low-arched bridges. It is situated at the mouth of the Vouga River and separated from the sea by a long sandbar, which protects clusters of islets. The architecture in Aveiro is reminiscent of Flemish style, which contrasts beautifully with the natural surroundings of low-lying willow-reed flatlands, salt marshes, misty dunes, and rice paddies.
The lagoon is a hub of activity, where brightly painted swan-necked boats, called “barcos moliceiros,” traverse the waters. These flat-bottomed vessels carry fishers who harvest seaweed used for fertilizer. They are on the lookout for eels, a regional specialty. Beyond the town, visitors can find extensive salt pits, with fog-white pyramids of drying salt lining the landscape. The entire setting is a feast for the senses, with vibrant colors, unique landscapes, and a rich local culture and history.