Aveiro - Venice of Portugal

JUL 28,2014 - JUL 28,2014 (1 DAYS)

Portugal

1 DAYS

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Aveiro:

Attractions: The old train station, Lago da Fonte Nova, Canal do Cojo, Mercado Manuel Firmino, Cais de Cojo, Aveiro Forum, edifício da antiga Capitania, Praça General Humberto Delgado, Praça Joaquim de Melo Freitas, Museu Arte Nova, Rua João Mendonça. with its Art-Deco buildings, Jardim do Rossio, Canal de Piramides, Largo do Rossio, Cais dos Moliceiros, Parque Infante Dom Pedro, Parque de Santo António, Praca do Marques de Pombal, Praca da Republica, Museu de Aveiro, Avenida Santa Joana Princesa.

Distance: 12 km.

Start and End: Aveiro railway station.

Weather: Come only in a bright day. The main reason or attraction in Aveiro are the Canals. They look completely different under the sun. The weather in Aveiro is very inviting most of the year.

The “Ria” conquered Aveiro and it became its heart:
Roaming through Aveiro is the same as diving in the waters of Centro de Portugal. Known as the “Portuguese Venice”, the city is quietly dominated by the Ria de Aveiro, described by Saramago as “a living body that connects the land to the sea like a huge heart.” It is what identifies the city, gives it brightness and life and it has permanently marked local traditions. In Aveiro, everything happens around its 47 kilometres of water next to the sea. It is the “Ria”, a silver mirror, which reflects the colour of the moliceiro boats and the Art Noveau houses; it is what makes Aveiro so seductive and unique. The Aveiro “Ria” began to form during the 15th century, when the shore line moved back and left behind sandpits along an area of eleven thousand hectares which created a lagoon. Nowadays, it has become a real network of canals and islands which has made Aveiro earn the title of “Portuguese Venice”. The water shelters many species such as lamprey clams, storks, herons and some birds of prey or mammals like genettas and otters. Its wealth is so exceptional that the Lagoon has been classified as a protected area. A great part of the Aveiro population has always depended on the “Ria” to work. It has enabled harvesting seaweed, fishing, producing salt and it has also stimulated shipbuilding. Over the last few years, the “Ria” has adapted to modern needs and has enabled the city to develop its tourism through activities such as sea sports.

The Aveiro “Ria” Activities:

Apart from tours on board a Moliceiro boat, the Aveiro “Ria” has many other activities to offer you. You can try sea sports and venture in windsurf or kite surf or be amazed by Aveiro as seen from the sky if you choose to air travel over the “Ria”. You can also rent a BACA, Aveiro’s Water Bikes and take a relaxed ride between Lago da Fonte Nova and the Capitania.

General Facts: Aveiro is Portugal's “undiscovered gems” and will provide you a total surprise and pleasure after one day visit. There is no shortage of things to do in Aveiro to keep you occupied for the duration of your stay. After Coimbra - Aveiro  is the second most populous city in the Central Region of Portugal. About 80,000 inhabitants.  Aveiro is well known as "The Portuguese Venice", due to its system of canals and boats similar to the Italian city of Venice. The people's quality of life is very high. The unemployment rate is very low (about 5%). The city of Aveiro has several shopping centers and malls (Pingo Doce Shopping Center, Fórum Aveiro, Glicínias Plaza (Jumbo – Auchan), Aveiro's Shopping Center (Continente & Mediamarkt), Aveiro's Retail Park and the Oita Shopping Center). This city has lots of traditional commerce stores. The most central one being Forum Aveiro with clothes stores, restaurant zone, a book shop and a cinema. Aveiro is known in Portugal for its traditional sweets, Ovos Moles de Aveiro, trouxas de ovos - both made from eggs. Raivas are also typical biscuits of Aveiro. You can regain your strength with regional delicacies. If it is almost lunch time, you can try a Caldeirada de enguias (eel stew) or a Carneiro à lampantana (lampantana lamb). Or, you can get swept away by our regional pastries, in which eggs and sugar are magical, and let Ovos moles conquer your taste as if they were little pieces of sweet gold. The entire city centre can be seen as a day trip on the way to or from Porto (and even from Lisbon or Coimbra) and makes a great day. Aveiro benefits from a developed road network, such as the A1 North/South, A25 East/West, and the IC1; the city itself is located only 7km from Barra and Costa Nova beaches. Costa Nova is a colorful piece of Portuguese coast. This beach is different because of the wooden houses painted with strips of white and bright colours which used to be haystacks and shelters for fishermen. Right next to it, at Barra beach, you will find the dominant and imposing Barra Light, the tallest lighthouse in Portugal. While you’re there, you can also set to sea in style on board the Santa Maria Manuela, a 4 mast lugger built in 1937 which was recovered and now sails the waters around the area. An adventure awaits you.

Transportaion to/from the city of Aveiro: Trains: the city is serviced by Alfa Pendular (Lisbon<->Braga; Lisbon<->Porto; Faro<->Porto) and Intercity (Intercidades: Lisbon<->Porto and Lisbon<->Guimarães) trains, Regional trains, Suburban Trains (Urbanos do Porto) and also the Linha do Vouga, a narrow gauge railway to Águeda and Sernada do Vouga. It takes approx. 75 minutes to arrive from Porto with the Intercidades train.

Note: Aveiro, as many other Portuguese train stations - doesn't have luggage deposit. Trains in Portugal are Swiss-punctual and the the fares ARE VERY REASONABLE.

Walking Itinerary:When you get off from the new train station - the old one is on your right.  The old station and the new staion are side-by-side. The Old Train Station dates from 1864. It is a Portuguese train station from the beginning of the XX century. It is decorated with fantastic Azulejos, blue-white tile panels with historic scenes about rural scenes, folklore and fishery or salt cultures of the region. A beautiful spot not to be missed.  Although the station has been renovated and you don't have the feeling of being in an "original", traditional train station, you can still see the original marvelous tiles on the walls with paintings of local traditions. By the way, there is also a pretty ceramic-decorated wall in the new station. A mixture of old and new not to be missed:

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After exiting the train stations turn LEFT (south) to Rua João de Moura. The road bends right and in its end we turn left to Rua do Senhor dos Aflitos. We arrive to Praca Marques de Pombal. On your left a supermarket of Pingo Doce. Cross the square heading south along Rua Carlos Silva M. Guimarães or an un-named road leading to another (un-named) square. Opposite, you see a lake - Lago da Fonte Nova with Hotel Melia Ria on its southern side.  The Fábrica Jerónimo Pereira Campos and the Camara Municipal are on its eastern side. It is a new high quality urban area of Aveiro, with a view over the lake formed by the “Ria”. Note: for your photos-op - this area is better lighted in the afternoon sun (coming from the west). Do not worry, we'll return to the lake in the end of our itinerary.

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Factory Jerónimo de Campos Pereira is the former name of this building, which accentuates the character, along with other brands of the ceramic industry in the region. It was designed by the architect José Olímpio and built between 1915 and 1917. The Cultural and Congress Centre is part of an emblematic building of industrial architecture Aveirense. Since year 1995 it had been transformed into a large centre and space with  national and international events: congresses, meetings and incentives, debates, exhibitions, concerts and plays.

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The Melia Ria Hotel & Spa is overlooking an artificial lake of the "Ria de Aveiro", right next to the Congress and Cultural Centre (the old Jeronymo Pereira Campos ceramics factory), and about 10-15 minutes walk from the city's train station and the University, surrounded by a modern and high quality touristic shopping centre.  The architecture of the hotel is exceptional, just as its setting by the canal. The hotel doesn't mix with the past ceramics factory : its glass-clad exterior jars next to warm brick of the old tile factory in front:

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We walk along the path (north to the Canal do Cojo) or road (south to the canal) of Rua Carlos Silva Melo Guimarães - heading north-west-west. On your left a small park (grass beds) and on your right - new residence project (www.civilria.pt) and a park ((Parque Fonte Nova). BTW, the canal boats are called Barcos Moliceiros.

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After passing under the Avenida 5 de Outubro and along the canal (Ria de Aveiro) - we arrive to the Praça do Mercado on our right and Mercado Manuel Firmino - further north (right). The Market Manuel Firmino emerged already in the late nineteenth century,

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Beyond Praça do Mercado the canal (Ria de Aveiro) bends left (west) and on our right is the Cais de Cojo and on the left is the impressive commercial centre of Forum Aveiro. The city of Aveiro has, since year 2007, a new pedestrian area, a result of the redevelopment of Cojo Pier, which openrd a new urban front. It completed the continuous pedestrian circuit through the channels between the piers of Fonte Nova (Congress Centre) and Rossio.

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The Aveiro Forum Center was opened on 29th September 1998 and awarded with Mipim Award 1999 for best shopping centre of Europe. Forum Aveiro is an integrated urban development project of high quality, with 86 shops, 17.500 m2 of parking with 1.080 places, 56 apartments, leisure areas and a suspended garden. It's both appealing and functional and there you can find many of the best european and world brands. The Olive Garden on top of the Shopping center is something you should definitely visit and relax in:

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Walking west along the Canal do Cojo (in the south side along Rua Homem de Cristo or the north bank along Cais de Cojo) brings you to the
Praça General Humberto Delgado, to the end of Canal de Cojo and the beginning of the central canal.. On the the east side of the square (the end of the Cojo Canal) stands edifício da antiga Capitania do Porto de Aveiro (building of the former Captaincy of the Port of Aveiro). This iconic building has a long history, dating back to the times of the early Portuguese expansion. At that early time, Aveiro was in a period of great development with providing easy navigation. The tide mills along the canal passed later into the possession of Prince Pedro. After his defeat and death at the Battle of Carob, their goods were confiscated and given to supporters of King Afonso V. The houses and mills were donated to the Earl of Beja. There is a donation letter of Afonso V to this noble, dated 6 July 1449 which refers to two mills which belonged to Dom Pedro Infante. The Channel Cojo, where the Captaincy building stands was designated as River (Ribeira) of watermills - given the high number of those mills which concentrated along its banks. With continued overseas expansion and consequent abandonment of agriculture, the river mills (Cojo) lost their economic value and entered into decay. In 1700, the milled were possessed by António de Noronha Tavora and Leme, a nobleman of the house of his Majesty, a resident of the city of Porto. In 1830, José Ferreira Pinto Basto, founder of Factory of Porcelains (Fábrica de Porcelanas da vista Alegre) bought the islet's channel Cojo, reconstructing the building and reactivating the tide mills to provide support to the porcelain factory. It was necessary to excavate a portion of the islet to form a boiler. Not much laterAveiro trade was hampered by not entering ships and Aveiro plunged in times of great difficulty. Production and marketing eventually resulted in total deactivation of the mills. The mill were again abandoned. Foi Mendes Leite who later bought the entire area of the islet and the accompanying Ferreira Pinto Basto properties, proceedied to fill the mill's boiler from the house of the mills. The space was utilized for cultivation of diverse products, including cereals for further grinding in the mill. The building had various uses. Served as a salt deposit. From 1856 to 1858 it was the deposit of lead mines.In 1858 was coal deposit and after that year served as a warehouse for packing oranges for export to the UK. Between 1866 and 1875 it was used for the composition and typography of the newspaper The District of Aveiro. The building was again changed in 1888, by Dr. Francisco José Lourenço de Almada Negreiros who installed a steam engine with a power of 80 horses, to grind corn and rice. Mismanagement of this small industrial enterprise eventually leaded to its closure. In year 1893 , Francisco Silva Rocha (1864-1957), architect, professor of design and director of said industrial school, marries D. Soares Deolinda Augusta, daughter of the owner of the building. This link allowed him to realize the old dream of constructing a building for Industrial School. The school was built by the Minister of Culture Antonio Arroyo friend and admirer of Silva Rocha. To relocate the school in adequate housing, Silva Rocha turned the old house into a beautiful building, raising it a floor and giving him a palatial air, without destroying the arches of the tide mill. The result was a harmonious set of Art-Nouvau features. The inauguration was done with pomp on November 3, 1903. In 1912, by disagreements between the owner and the Aveiro City Council, caused the building being transferred to the agency of the Bank of Portugal, and several other institutions have tried to acquire the property. The school continued to operate in the building until 1918, when Silva Rocha was forced to sell it in the face of successive devaluations of the amount of rent paid by the City Chamber. The high inflation and financial difficulties caused by the construction of the current Avenida Dr. Lourenço Peixinho. That year 1918 the building and the land attached were sold to a merchant, Antonio Alves Vine and the next year it was sold to the Company Aveirense of Navigation and Fisheries, SARL. In 1921 this company mortgaged the property, and other assets (ships, etc.). The cancellation of the mortgage with the payment of debts to the CGD, released the building on February 16, 1922. On August 14, 1925, the merchant and ship owner Alfredo Esteves, purchased the property. to its owner, then in liquidation. The building was also the headquarters of Galitos Club. In 1925 the property was sold by the merchant and ship owner Alfredo Esteves to the Navy Ministry. Since then, it was known as the Captaincy building of the Port of Aveiro, and also as the residence of the harbor master.

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There are two statues in the General Humberto Delgado square: A Parceira do Ramo - a partner in the business:

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and the Fogueteiro:

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Immediately, after passing to the central canal, on your right,

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(Que rico par de copas = So rich is a couple of hearts)...

is Praça Joaquim de Melo Freitas  paved with small mosaic pieces. This square was under a long debate after the demolition of the Sapataria (shoes) Loureiro building:

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The solution found was installing the following fresco (wall painting) in place of the "wound" created by the demolition:

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The road to the right (north) of the central canal, in its eastern end - is Rua João Mendonça. An area with some examples of Art Nouveau, an architectural style that can still be found in Aveiro. The marvelous Art-Deco building in # 5-7 is the Tourist Information Office of Aveiro:

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The next marvelous Art-Deco building is # 9-11. The House of the Major Individual was erected on the initiative of Mario Belmonte Person in 1907 with project architects Francisco Augusto da Silva Rocha and Ernesto Korrodi. Classified as a Public Interest in 2008 it was converted to the New Art Museum (Museu Arte Nova) (Art Nouveau). Open: TUE - FRI  09:30 – 12:30, 14:00 – 18:00. Weekend – 14:00 – 18:00. Closed Monday. Entrance: €1.00. In the late 19th to early 20th centuries, Art Nouveau was a trendy off-shoot of the Arts & Crafts movement. It is characterized by organic shapes found in nature. Art Nouveau started in Paris, and quickly spread across Europe, with each country incorporating the style within their traditional architecture. In Portugal, Art Nouveau found a home largely in Lisbon, Porto and Aveiro. And, it is in Aveiro that a new museum celebrating the design has opened. On the exterior, extraordinary art nouveau detail is evident in the stone façade as well as the wrought iron embellishments. The building is topped by a noble eagle, a theme that carries through to the interior:

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Inside, tiles are the dominant design element. Lining the walls are panels of traditional Portuguese Azulejos (hand-painted ceramic tiles) depicting Art Nouveau motifs of birds, animals and flowers. The Art Nouveau museum is a multi-level space. The first floor features a roadmap for a walking tour of 28 iconic Art Nouveau buildings in the neighborhood. The second floor holds an art gallery of new artists and architects from the city, as well as an auditorium. The top floor is a space for temporary exhibitions. Sometimes, without temporary exhibitions - the museum is quite empty - but. the building, in its own, is beautiful ! No permanent exhibition at all !

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Equally awesome is the Casa de Chá tearoom on the first level. This charming café has an indoor room with bistro tables. An upright piano stands ready for expert or amateur players. Outside, bean bag chairs are strewn about inviting guests to relax and enjoy the open air. A huge range of teas are available, as are specialty coffees such as cappuccino. Local cakes and fresh scones are perfect for completing an hour of Art Nouveau appreciation. Casa de Chá Opening Hours: TUE - THU – 09.30 to 02.00, FRI-SAT– 09.00 to 03.00, SUN – 11.00 to 21.00, Closed Monday:

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On your left, adjacent to the nortern bank of the central canal, is a park - Jardim do Rossio with artists' stalls of handicrafts and souvenirs and flanked by buildings of Art Nouveau and the Central Channel:

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The Ria de Aveiro bends right. It was flowing westward and now the direction of its flow - is northward. We arrive to the most north edge of the Jardim do Rossio. On our right, bordering the north side of the garden/park is Rua João Afonso. Note the house #21:

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you can continue north to the Jardim do Rossio and ascend over the bridge Ponte S. Joao. On your left is the Canal de Piramides:

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The highway street in front of you is A25. The local maps of Aveiro indicate that there are several sights or attractions more northward along the river. I tried this area - NOTHING TO SEE THERE. So, I recommend that you'll return to the Rossio garden. In the north-east edge of Rossio Garden in Largo do Rossio stands the Statue of João Afonso de Aveiro. It is a work in bronze which stands on a pedestal of quadrangular section coated with limestone. João Afonso de Aveiro, participated in the expedition to the coast of Mine (1481) and the discovery of the River Zaire and of Congo Kingdom with Diogo Cao's. He also associates the discovery of Benin (1486). For that time the discovered territory was known as Lands João Afonso or Lands of Afonso de Aveiro:
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We change direction and turn to less beaten, less impressive, but, still, interesting parts of Aveiro. Cross the Jardim do Rossio from west to east and return to the beginning of the central channel - to Praça General Humberto Delgado. Now, walk, again, westward, along Rua do Clube dos Galitos (the south bank of Ria de Aveiro). Cross Largo de São Abraz /
Rua Belém do Pará and, further west, Rua de José Rabumba. The Royal School of Languages (adorned with Azulejos) is on your left. Cross also Rua de Liberdade on your left. Turn RIGHT to Cais (pier) do Alboi and the Canal do Praiso is on your left. On your right  (west) is Cais do Paraiso.

All the roads around are quaint with white wooden houses, budget bars and restaurants. The Canal of Paradise lies between the University of Aveiro and the estuary. In a sunny day you have magnificent scenery before your eyes.  Turn LEFT to Rua 16 de Maio. Here, I recommend dining at the bar-restaurant (rest. churrasqueira) in #9E: budget, generous and delicious food.

We return west to Cais do Alboi (with our face to the channel and our back to Jardim do Alboi) we leave Rua 16 de Maio and turn left (west) to Cais do Alboi.  La Mamaroma restaurant on our left. Turn left to Cais dos Moliceiros and a narrow and small channel (canal) on our right.  The name of the road appears only in its south (remote) end.

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Turn right to Rua dos Santos Mártires (and a small chapel on your left). If you continue beyond the end of this road and ascend on a bridge (with blue fence in each side) - you'll arrive to an area of  wetlands which might be appealing in a sunny day. But, you turn left (south-east) to Rua Condessa Mumadona which continues as Rua de Calouste Gulbenkian. On your right the premises of Universidade de Aveiro and on your left - houses or blocks with splendid ceramic tiles. Note house # 10. Almost in the end of Rua de Calouste Gulbenkian, on your left Conservatório De Música De Aveiro Calouste Gulbenkian with ceramic panels:

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Turn left to Avenida Artur Ravara. You are heading, now, north-west. Move to the east (right) pavement of the avenue. On your right a new amusement park and behind it - a nice park and lake - Parque Infante Dom Pedro - Parque da Cidade. Infante D. Pedro Park was established on a property belonging to the Franciscan Friars and was prepared from 1862 in a zone that was part of the Santo António Convent. A brook that passed through the park gave rise to a lakes and fountains in a verdant surrounding grove. It has a bandstand in late Art Nouveau style, a staircase with a fountain, a cascade and tiled wall panels, as well as a Lime Tree promenade and the Tea House:

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Climb the stairs and exit Parque Infante Dom Pedro from its northern side - to return to Avenida Artur Ravara.  Parque de Santo António (Santo António Park) is located on the opposite side of Parque Infante D. Pedro and was built in the mid-80s. The St. Anthony Park was created in the mid-80s as a result of enlargement of the Infante Dom Pedro Park. The deep Santo António stream, after being cleared allowed for the extension of the park, although it is divided by a busy street. Baixa de Santo António is also set in green spaces and a tennis court for sports lovers:

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Return back to Avenida Artur Ravara and advance north-east a few steps. Turn left (north-west) to Rua Homem Cristo Filho (name of the road is not shown in this end). . Take the first turn to the right, immediately turn left and right - to arrive to an extensive square - Praca do Marques de Pombal. Here stands Palacio de Justica (Domus Justica).

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We continue northward along Rua Capitão Sousa Pizarro (the west side of the Marques de Pombal square).  In the end of Pizzaro road we turn right to Rua 31 de Janeiro 29 paved with small mosaic stones and populated with quite many restaurants. The whole area around is full with appetizing smells and pastoral atmosphere. With continue, in the same direction with Rua de Luís Cipriano - also paved with mosaic pebbles. Turn left to Rua de Coimbra to arrive to the Praca da Republica. The pink building behind the statue of Jose Estevao Magalhaes is the Antiga Biblioteca Municipal de Aveiro - dated from 1965 and is by the architect Fernando Tavora:

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At the west side of the squrae is the Teatro Avierense:

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On the east - Igreja da Misericórdia de Aveiro, Rua de Coimbra, 27 decorated with Azulejos. This church, connected to the Renaissance Coimbra, served as the cathedral when creating the Bishopric of Aveiro. Its construction began in 1600 and concluded at 1608. in 1623 the church body was completed and the front door and, in 1653, the chancel. In the seventeenth century the altarpiece was placed and the inner lining tile was made with people from Lisbon. In 1767 the organ was installed and almost a century later, in 1876, the facade was decorated with tiles. In the twentieth century works of conservation and restoration were made:

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Note the WALL PANELS OF THE REPUBLIC SQUARE: Tile set that covers the gap from the streets of Coimbra and Belém do Pará access to Republic Square. The Rua Coimbra section highlight circular panels under a background of orange color representing traditional activities and the characteristic symbols of the region, in order to keep alive the memory of times past, namely: the production and transport of salt in baskets, the Moliceiro boat, soft eggs, Tricana, etc. For its part, in Belém Pará Street, under the same orange background sets are rectangular panels represent typical figures. The panels were made by Vasco Pine Augusto Ferreira White. Despite his degree in Pharmacy, this Aveiro artist revealed himself as a painter, sculptor, writer and film maker, reaching such a high status in all these forms of art - to be established and awarded, in Portugal and abroad:

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Continue northward along Rua de Coimbra and we arrive, again, to Praça General Humberto Delgado - where Canal do Cojo and the Canal Central are connected. 

In case you have, still, 2-3 spare hours, you can turn south-east along Rua do Batalhão de Caçadores to the Museu de Aveiro, Avenida Santa Joana Princesa. It is a wonderful museum, mostly, devoted to medieval religious art. Most of the exhibits are religious art from the vicinity, beautifully restored & preserved. Important collection of Portuguese Baroque art (secs. XVII / XVIII). Sculpture, carvings, vestments and jewelery. Portuguese painting of secs. XV to XVIII, especially the portrayal of Santa Joana Princess. The museum is based on a former Dominican convent of Jesus (female monastery founded in 1458 as a modest seclusion). It is attached to the Cathedral (Se') and contains a number of intact convent rooms, including the chapel & dining room, as well as the tomb of St Joanna (daughter of King Alfonso V who became a nun and died in this convent). The tomb of Princess Joanna is a masterpiece of Baroque cloister (secs. XV / XVI). Admission: 4 euros, seniors - 2 euros. Photos are allowed (no flash):

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Citywalk in , Portugal, visiting things to do in Portugal, Travel Blog, Share my Trip

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We continue from Praça General Humberto Delgado. Turn right (east) to Rua Homem de Cristo (southern bank of the Canal do Cojo). The canal is on your left:

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The Forum Aveiro is on your right:

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walk a bit northward, climb the bridge and cross the Canal do Cojo from east to west:

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  and enter, again, Mercado Manuel Firmino:

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Cross the market from east to west (it might be almost entirely closed in the afternoon hours). Turn right (north) ascend the stairs and note the graffiti:

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Behind the stairs turn LEFT to Rua Engenheiro Silvério Pereira da Silva and turn right to Avenida Doutor Lourenço Peixinho. On the second crossway - turn RIGHT to Rua do Senhor dos Aflitos. Walk until the end of this road. In its end, in the square (no name) the most right leg (no name) - where, in its end - you see again the Lago Fonte Nova, the Congresses Centre and Melia Ria Hotel:

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Climb on the bridge opposite the Cafe' and cross the canal from north to south with your face to the Hotel Meliá Ria. When you arrive to the hotel -  turn your head to the north to get a glimpse of the new residence project:

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We are 15 minutes walk from Aveiro old train station. From Melia Ria Hotel head southeast, 100 m. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit
270 m. Turn right onto R. Carlos Silva M. Guimarães, 140 m. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R. do Sr. dos Aflitos, 120 m. Turn right onto R. João de Moura. We are back in Aveiro railway station.

Sightseeing

Viva a Ria. Largo do Rossio, Aveiro:

Aveiro is the Portuguese Venice ! Go on the boats called "Moliceiros", thru the Aveiro lake, canals, lagoons and marshlands. The 45-kilometer-long Aveiro lagoon stands as one of Europe's last remaining untouched coastal wetlands. The staff members are not able to speak English - but it is a superb way to see the city through its 4-5 canals. The sun and the bright colors of the boats make for some splendid shots. 8 euros - adult. 1 hour:

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Sightseeing in , Portugal, visiting things to do in Portugal, Travel Blog, Share my Trip

Sightseeing in , Portugal, visiting things to do in Portugal, Travel Blog, Share my Trip

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