Aveiro with kids – Venice of Portugal

Aveiro, Portugal, otherwise known as the “Venice of Portugal” was recommended to us by my colleague who lives in Portugal, and told me that it is worth visiting. Aveiro is an adorable little fishing town about 40 minutes south of Porto. It can be described as overwhelmingly charming and picturesque.

How to get to Aveiro

  • From Oporto Airport: Go to the Metro entrance. The line will take you directly to Campanhã Train Station which is almost at the end of the line. using next link you can download the System Map and the schedule. Make sure you purchase your Andante at one of the machines and to validate it before going in!
  • From Lisbon Airport: The best way to get to Averio from Lisbon is by Train. Once you exit the airport on the right side you will find the Metro entrance. The line will take you directly from the Airport to Oriente Train Station in just 3 stops where you can take the train to Aveiro. We advise you to check the Metro Full map, the Working hours and the Prices.

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For us, as we went with 2 backpacks, the town felt small and walkable. We didn’t take a taxi, as even the bus station was only 15 minutes walking from the city center, and from the hotel we stayed in.

Aveiro is divided by scenic waterways, where colorful gondola-style boats pass through. The buildings and homes create a unique mosaic of colors and patterns, and the beautiful flowers, parks and gardens add to the magic!

Aveiro is known as the “Venice of Portugal” thanks to the canal that runs through the town. Fittingly, moliceiro boat rides are available for tourists as a unique way to see the city. They are similar to the gondola rides you see in Venice, but most of them are larger and take more passengers.

I mentioned earlier that we had our bus, Flixbus ticket at 6pm, we arrived at almost 8PM, maybe earlier, and it was a pleasant way to this city. Not stressful as I imagined, once I decided to take on this kind of adventure.

Our hotel was just on the other side of the main street of Aveiro, where all local shops and restaurants were located. On one side it is great, as we don’t need to walk a lot, but on the other side, it was quite noisy to sleep.

We left our backpacks and went to explore the town in the evening. The village/town is very romantic, the art nouveau architecture, gondolas on the river, restaurants, lots of people enjoying their time at the restaurants made our day a relaxing one. We even tried the biggest ice-cream that we ever ate.

After eating the ice-cream it was time to go to sleep, as we had only one day in this beautiful city.

On the next day, we took our breakfast in the hotel, as it was included in the price of our stay, we left our luggages in the reception and went exploring the city.

First thing we did was take a trip on the colorful canal boats, otherwise known as  “moliceiros”. A moliceiro trip through this quaint city will provide you with a unique viewpoint so you can admire the city from the water. 

During this tour guide, the guide was speaking in English and Spanish, and taught us interesting facts about the city and its history. The ride lasts 45 minutes, and takes you through the center, as well as to the outskirts of the city.  

A ride cost us 15 euros per adult and kids for FREE, and there are multiple stands where you can buy your ticket all along the water. 

Once we had our trip by the river done, we went wandering through the tiny streets of Aveiro. Here to mention, that in 1h or 2h you can easily see all the city center.

It was already lunch time, and we didn’t hesitate to stay at one of the restaurants in the city center. We loved the place, we took some fish prepared in Portuguese style, kids took rice and vegetables. I would say that Aveiro was the most delicious food and not as pricey as other places.

After lunch we took our backpacks, and went to the bus station to take our bus to Nazare. But about this in the next post.

Close to the bus station is the train station, and it is so beautiful, just look at the picture.

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