In the city of water
Meliá Ria is situated right in the heart of Aveiro for you to immerse yourself fully in its beauty. Don’t miss out on its fabulous Health Club, with its indoor pool, or the wonderful beaches nearby.
THE PORTUGUESE VENICE
Aveiro has always been linked to the sea trade, fishing and salt production. The city is often called the “Portuguese Venice” due to the canals that flow through the beautiful city centre, also home to the ancient district of "Beira Mar" with its traditional houses and salt stores.
Tour the “Venice of Portugal”
View Aveiro from a “moliceiro” boat from the waters of the centre of Portugal. The city is dominated by the Ria de Aveiro, described by Saramago (famous Portuguese writer) as a “living body that connects the land to the sea like a huge heart” .
Taste Ovos Moles
Savour the delicious local sweets, where egg yolks and sugar combine to create magic. This delicious cream is usually piped into decorative shapes made from wafers. The famous ovos moles, unique to Aveiro, will delight your palate as if they were pieces of sweet gold.
- Costa Nova
Enjoy this colourful stretch of the Portuguese coast. The beach has wooden houses with white and bright-coloured stripes, converted from the old building once used as warehouses and shelter for fishermen.
- Barra Beach
Over this beach stands Barra lighthouse, the tallest in Portugal. Take the chance to go to sea aboard the Santa Maria Manuela, a 4-masted lugger built in 1937 that has been rehabilitated and now sails the local waters.
- Vista Alegre Factory
The famous Fábrica da Vista Alegre is a Portuguese porcelain factory founded in 1824, the oldest in the Iberian Peninsula. The company produces about 10 million pieces per year of decorative and domestic porcelain.
- Art Nouveau Route
Come and discover the charm of early 20th century art taking a walking tour of the Art Nouveau Route, designed to help you discover the buildings and monuments of the period in the centre of Aveiro.
- Aveiro Museum (Santa Joana Princesa)
Aveiro Museum is located in the old Monastery of Jesus. At first it was a Casa de Recolhimento founded by Brites Leitoa in 1458. A Papal Bula by Pio II in 1461 converted it into the Convent of Jesus and nowadays it is a must-see attraction in the city.
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