The Charming Aveiro

The Charming Aveiro

Welcome to the first weekly column of Eff It, I’m On Holiday! This is the place where you will find photo essays, as well as short funny stories from the road.

Planning for the road trip in Portugal, I found many places that I wanted to visit, but since I’ve learned from my mistakes, I tried to make the schedule in a way that we won’t just spend a couple of minutes in each city. However, there were some places that I couldn’t miss and Aveiro was one of them. If you wonder why, I would like to show you in this week’s photo essay.

We made Aveiro our last stop before Porto, as they are close, only 76 km away. Alternatively, if you are coming from Lisbon, you should know that there are 255 km between them and the road includes some tolls. The city is also known as “The Portuguese Venice”, but not for the never ending rows of tourists, but for its canals where you will find some gondola-shaped boats called moliceiros, with humorous illustrations presenting regular situations painted on the bow and stern. Originally built to harvest seaweed, nowadays they are mostly used to take visitors on canal cruises.

Since we only have limited time, we started our visit in the heart of the city, Praça Humberto Delgado, where I knew I would see the famous boats for sure.

And there they were….

I was impressed already by how beautiful the moliceiros were, but then I turned around and saw some stunning buildings. It was a shame some of them weren’t properly being taken care of though…

Then we decided to venture a bit into the old town and stop for a coffee. The city is famous for ovos moles, a dessert we sadly didn’t have, but we did get some moliceiro shaped pasteis coming back home. Also, what’s up with the dogs in Portugal, do they only realize someone is calling them if that person is speaking Portuguese? πŸ˜€

While we were getting ready to leave the charming city, I said that it would be a shame not to go to the Costa Nova beach to check out the colorful and pretty houses. I did get some sighs and eye rolls, but we went anyway πŸ˜‰

Aveiro is a small city off the beaten path, but that’s what’s makes it so special. Getting lost and wandering its old streets, splurging on tasty sweets, taking a canal cruise on a traditional boat, Aveiro is far from a boring city and it should be included in your itinerary, especially if you are on the way or taking a day trip from Porto.

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  • Gosh! It sure is pretty there. And yes, I am sighing rather loudly over here in my office. Haha. Great photos, as always πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! It was pretty indeed, but I wish I had more time to explore the city πŸ™

  • This place looks lovely. Places labelled the “something of something” rarely live up to much, but I like the look of Aveiro!

    • I guess they only get titles like this to attract visitors, but Aveiro had a cham of its own.

  • these photos are so inviting! picturesque!!!

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • The boats, the azulejos, the architecture… DANG, Portugal is really so lovely. Especially when it’s +3C in Moscow.

    • +3, damn! The architecture was what surprised me, I had an idea what to expect, but this caught me off guard. I just love randomly finding pretty buildings πŸ˜€

  • I had no idea how beautiful this city is! By your photos I can tell the moliceiros are way better than the famous gondolas of Venice πŸ˜€ sad that they dont take care of the buildings, they are amazing!!
    The dogs? hahahaha well, my dog only “speaks” Portuguese, so when a German pays us a visit and ask him to do something in German he doesnt understand hahaha unless you say it in Portuguese πŸ˜€

    • Sadly I noticed that about the buildings in more places in Portugal πŸ™ I saw a lot of cute dogs that I wanted to pet, but they wouldn’t come near me, I assumed it was because they weren’t speaking English or Romanian πŸ˜†

      • hahaha I understand what you mean… the same happened to me in Turkey, I think that the problem is because they dont care about this, only about food πŸ˜€

  • I like the idea of creating such a series. Photo essays are a good way of featuring beautiful places through photography. I love your pictures. They reveal a very picturesque look of Aveiro. What an interesting cruise in those gondolas ….

  • Aveiro was home for me for six months last year. I really miss it, but hopefully going back next year. The Ovos Moles are good but even some locals aren’t too overly excited about them either. I liked the rustic look of the buildings in Portugal, gives it character. Some of the beautiful tiles on Portuguese buildings are actually stolen to be sold to tourists, so just be aware of that if you are buying at flea markets. Great pictures of a great place πŸ˜€

  • Cute! I will have to save this for when I finally make it to Portugal! I was hoping to get there this year, but it will have to wait now! πŸ™

    • I’m sure it will be worth the wait, it’s such a beautiful country, I’d happily return any time. πŸ˜€