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Aveiro Lagoon

Aveiro Lagoon: Our most recommended tours and activities

Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

1. Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

Cruise through the city of Aveiro on a 45-minute ride onboard a traditional Moliceiro boat. Start along the Central Canal of the lagoon, the Ria de Aveiro. Traverse the center of the city, from the garden of Rossio to the old building of the Capitania of the Port of Aveiro. Follow another canal that formerly served as a waterway to the Antonio Maria Campos brick factory, where the Aveiro Cultural and Congress Center was established along with other public services. Then, cruise down Canal das Pirâmides (the pyramids canal), which was built at the beginning of the 19th century and stretches from the old fish market to the central canal. During the summer, enjoy a beautiful landscape made up of hundreds of small white pyramids of salt that represent one of the most characteristic features of this region.

Aveiro: Boat Cruise & City Highlights Walking Tour

2. Aveiro: Boat Cruise & City Highlights Walking Tour

Experience the beauty of Aveiro on a boat cruise in an authentic Moliceiro craft. Stroll through the Beira Mar district on a walking tour with a local guide and take in the lively vibe at the Aveiro Fish Market. Be welcomed by your local guide at the Freedom Obelisk in the old town of Aveiro. Follow your guide to an iconic Moliceiro boat. Embark on a cruise aboard a colorful ship through the city's waterways. Glide on an elegant boat and snap pictures of landmarks like the City Council building, a 15th century mill, and the romantic Carcavelos Bridge. Watch the old parts of the city melt into the new as you see the shopping center and a ceramic factory that was converted into a convention center. Disembark and continue on your walking tour through the narrow streets of the Beira Mar neighborhood that was traditionally inhabited by fisherman and salt workers. Admire the vibrantly colored buildings along the canal. Make your way to the bustling Fish Market, the Centennial building, and pass by richly adorned Art Nouveau buildings before ending your tour.

Aveiro: Moliceiro Boat Trip

3. Aveiro: Moliceiro Boat Trip

Embark on an adventure and take a trip to Aveiro, which is never complete without a Moliceiro boat trip. The Moliceiro is a traditional boat that is part of the Aveiro culture, similar to a Venetian gondola. Starting from the dock of Largo do Jardim do Rossio, pass through some of the most iconic sights of the city, such as the Art Nouveau, the Aveiro salt pan, the traditional neighborhood of Beira-Mar, the Jerónimo P. Campos ceramics factory, and the Fish Market. Marvel at the breathtaking city from its channels together with a guide. Expand your knowledge about the cities history and learn some secrets of Aveiro.

Aveiro: Guided Tuk Tuk City Tour

4. Aveiro: Guided Tuk Tuk City Tour

Get to know Aveiro and its history on this unique tour by tuk tuk. Hop onboard the tuk tuk and then drive around the city by a guide. Hear all about the main attractions and neighborhoods, of Aveiro, and listen to fascinating stories about the city's past. Pass by some of Aveiro's most important sights, like the University of Aveiro, and the Aveiro salt pans. See some of the most picturesque buildings and canals of the city. Your guide will also share local tips and recommendations, so you have the best insider knowledge to carry on exploring after the tour ends.

Aveiro: Tuka-Tuka Tourist Sightseeing Train

5. Aveiro: Tuka-Tuka Tourist Sightseeing Train

Get to know the city of Aveiro and its rich history while onboard an exciting sightseeing train. Hop on Tuka-Tuka and see the city's picturesque buildings in a unique experience. Spend 45 minutes getting to know some of Aveiro's main sights, buildings and canals. Pass through important places like the Campus of the University of Aveiro, Aveiro Salt Pans, and much more.

Pardilho: Aveiro Lagoon Standup Paddleboarding Guided Tour

6. Pardilho: Aveiro Lagoon Standup Paddleboarding Guided Tour

A Stand Up Paddle tour with Picapeixe becomes an experience of contemplation and serenity surrounded by nature. It is a way of connecting with the landscape and nature of the Ria de Aveiro, and peacefully observing the birds and the local flora. Combining the movement of the body and the balance of the spirit, paddling in tranquility through the channels of the Ria. We also have Wooden boat tours that offers a different and unforgettable experience! Our paddle boards are built in wood by us, as we have a great cultural influence on shipbuilding and we want to minimize our ecological footprint in its manufacture. All tours are guided by certified instructors

Aveiro: Lagoon Guided Trip & City Sightseeing Cruise

7. Aveiro: Lagoon Guided Trip & City Sightseeing Cruise

Departing on a private van from the city centre, you will be lead to the salt flat area, where you will be knowing the secrets about the traditional ways to produce the salt, the so called "white gold", as well as the history about the receding coast line that gave birth to the Ria that started Aveiro's economy. Get amazed with the native flora and fauna, including the exciting visit of the flamingos that are there for the summer months! Getting back in town, have the water city tour on the traditional Moliceiro or Mercantel boat, used in times to carry the seaweed and even salt, exploring the amazing views over the Art Nouveau buildings and the traditional neighbourhood of Aveiro: Beira Mar!

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What people are saying about Aveiro Lagoon

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 262 reviews

interesting visit by a guide who answers questions well and speaks French well. The pace of the walking tour is adapted to take the time to look. The walk on the canals was also guided by a guide who spoke several languages and who gave us some information we had already had.

Great activity with our guide Catarina who spoke French very well. Guided tour at the top with clear explanations and very nice places in the city. Stroll aboard a very good mercantel also with captain jack sparrow from Aveiro.

The employees were very attentive, my mother, who is 80 years old and has limited mobility, was delighted with everyone's attention. Thanks

Excellent moliceiro ride with interesting explanations. A repeat without hesitation

Very pleasant and original visit. Very friendly guide.