Aveiro, or the Portuguese Venice

Living in Portugal gives such an amazing opportunity to visit all the places I’ve always wanted and my aim is to see as much as possible. I couldn’t start my voyages at the very beginning due to paperwork at university, but now when I got used to being a student here, I can travel everywhere :) I spent my first weekend off Coimbra in Aveiro. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t good and the result are these grey photos.

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Although this industrial city is an important seaport, tourism is also widespread. Thanks to canals and moliceiros boats Aveiro is called the Venice of Portugal. Boat cruise costs about 5 euro, takes 30 minutes and it’s very popular – boats can go one after another.

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I bet every city has its lovers’ bridge and Aveiro is not diferent. But here they hang up colorful ribbons instead of heavy rusting padlocks. Nice!

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The cathedral of Aveiro or Church of St. Dominic, built in baroque style.

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Two photos below show former Monastery of Jesus, which is now a part of the Museum of Aveiro. It belonged to female Dominican order since 15th century. One of them was Princess Joana, the daughter of King D. Afonso V, today the patron of the city. There is a regional museum on the first floor.

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And a few more photos of the city:

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The weather on the second day was a lot better and the city got its colours back.

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I tried to find such position that the letters would look good, but I didn’t manage to do that. What if this is their original shape?

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Quite good beer with a funny name, but… it’s not Portuguese.

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One of local goodies are tripas de Aveiro. Crepes are made from waffle and filled with chocolate (you can choose the flavour). Above you can see more fancy version of a tripa, with Oreo cookies. Be careful – extra sweet!

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Another treat – Ovos Moles de Aveiro (Soft Eggs of Aveiro). Usually rounded and egg-shaped (mine, as you can see, were not), filled with egg yolk and sugar.

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