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Aveiro District

Aveiro district is composed of 19 municipalities (Águeda, Albergaria-a-Velha, Anadia, Arouca, Aveiro, Castelo de Paiva, Espinho, Estarreja, Ílhavo, Mealhada, Murtosa, Oliveira do Bairro, Oliveira de Azeméis , Ovar, Santa Maria da Feira, São João da Madeira, Sever do Vouga, Vale de Cambra and Vagos).

There aren´t enough adjectives to discribe Aveiro, district of amazing landscapes, culture, gastronomy, modernity

From the extensive beaches to charming walkways, beautiful waterfalls and natural sanctuaries to villages full of history, from memorable monasteries and castles to the peaceful and stunning ria, Aveiro is a region where every taste can be pleased.

Anyone visiting the district cannot miss:

  • Houses of Costa Nova, once traditional haystacks of Costa Nova, today beautiful and picturesque wooden houses, painted with stripes of bright colors. 
  • Paiva walkways: flanked by Paiva River, 8.7km of wooden walkways connecting the river beaches of Areinho and Espiunca, allowing the contemplation of an authentic communion between fauna and flora
  • Coimbra: the city of D. Inês de Castro e D. Pedro l love story. Housing the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe. Coimbra has a vast heritage and historical wealth, some of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the University, Alta da Cidade and Rua da Sofia. Fado de Coimbra and Queima das Fitas are just two of the city´s most striking features
  • Castle of Santa Maria da Feira
  • Montemor-o-Velho Castle
  • Bussaco Forest, a heritage site of incalculable value and beauty, with 105 hectares at 549 m altitude. The smells, colors and sounds turn the forest into a setting that seems almost imaginary, magical, breathing life from all its pores. The forest houses around 250 species of trees and shrubs, 5 species of fish, 10 species of amphibians, 14 species of reptiles, 80 species of birds and 35 species of mammals and more than 600 species of Molluscs, Arachnids and Insects.
  • Bussaco Palace Hotel
  • Aveiro river and the "Moliceiro", a traditional boat which runs along the canals of the city, allowing to appreciate Aveiro from a more romantic perspective, living up to the name of Portuguese Venice
  • Church of Válega, a masterpiece of the art of tile painting
  • Cabreia Waterfall, surrounded by lush vegetation, is one of the most beautiful and photogenic waterfalls in Portugal, where the clear waters of the Mau River fall from a height of 25 meters.
  • Beaches like Espinho, Costa Nova, Barra, Furadouro among other amazing ones

In gastronomic terms, the Eel stew, Leitão da Bairrada,Soft eggs, Tripas (sweets), roast veal, baste, Ovar sponge cake cannot be missed

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