Day 6 – Aveiro and Coimbra

Today we visited the town of Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal. The town is located on the coast where fresh and sea water meet. For centuries the residents have maintained salt flats and gathered seagrass. Aveiro has a history of being the base for Portugal’s cod fishing fleet.

Downtown historic Aveiro overlooking the canal. This statue of a salineira represents a woman who works in the salt flats.

The town is known for its beautiful art nouveau buildings.

We tooka boat ride on what they call a Moliceiro, formerly used to haul tons of seagrass used for fertilizer.

Each boat is colorfully decorated with typical local scenes

Several bridges cross the river, and the boats barely have enough space to make it under.

Our boat guide shows us an eel trap.

Old fishermen homes by the water have been upgraded.

A specialty of Aveiro are the ovos moles (soft egg yolks mixed with sugar)  Our guide bought a box for us to try.

Our boat guide told us to check out this historic ship as it was free to enter and a very rare sight in Aveiro.

We walked quite a way in the hot sun only to find that the ship was not ready for entry.

Still we got a great view of the crew trying to lower the sails.

Across the way were the salt flats. Only 8 are left out of an original 300-plus. Not sure what happened, but a freeway goes right by and its construction may have been partly the cause.

I love salt flats so I must include another photo.

Back in town, I took a walk towards the fish market, passing many quaint and colorful buildings.

I had a very short visit to the town museum. I particularly liked a wall composed of photos of Aleivo residents organised by their club affiliations.

An image in the museum showed the town meeting the sea.

Next we headed to a place called Coimbra. This medieval hill town is home to Portugal’s oldest university.

Portugal’s university students wear black capes at certain times in the school schedule.

The window shows that meringue is a BIG item here while reflecting the cafe and church across the way.

The window also contains an unbelievably large and rich fruitcake.

This main plaza is home to some beautiful buildings.

Inside the Church, which belongs to the Monastery of Santa Cruz, the walls are covered with tiles.

I would have liked to have a legend describing the dramatic scenes depicted.

Next door to the convent stands the Santa Cruz Cafe in an old medieval building.

Inside, the arches create a beautiful ceiling.

These young men from the university are preparing to give a street concert. Too bad we could not wait to hear them.

After checking into the hotel, we had the evening free. If we walked down to the town center, we’d have a big hike back up, so some of us ate dinner at the hotel, which is located at the top of the town in a residential area.

It was a good choice. Wild mushroom risotto.

We stay the night here in Coimbra then head out tomorrow towards Lisbon.

Scroll to Top