Famed for its canals, visit Portugal’s little Venice and ride the typical gondola-like boats in Aveiro.
Aveiro is a hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle of Portugal’s bigger cities but close enough to make it the perfect day trip from Porto.
This private tour also takes you to the capital of Portugal during the middle Ages – Coimbra.
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Pick up from your accommodation towards Aveiro to start your full-day private tour.
Aveiro was originally founded in the time of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
Development of the salt industry, agriculture and fishing and the first cod-fishing expeditions to distant Newfoundland in 1501 brought the city a period of great prosperity in the 16th century.
However, in the winter of 1575, heavy storms destroyed the deep channel that had once linked the marshy lagoon known as Ria to the sea. This effectively destroyed the city’s sea trade. The Ria was not joined to the sea again until the early part of the 19th century with the building of the Barra Canal in 1808.
Today the city’s many humpback bridges and canals and pastel-colored, Art Nouveau homes give it a genteel, relaxed feel. In the Aveiro canals, you can see the beautifully painted boats known as Moliceiros.
After visiting Aveiro during your private tour, you will stop in the ilhavo region. In-between the Ria de Aveiro estuary and the ocean lies this small peninsula where Costa Nova is situated.
This is a place of ancient fishing tradition, home of the very traditional fishermen colorful wooden houses, providing color and a unique ambiance to Costa Nova. Also, you can visit the lighthouse – one of the tallest in Europe.
After this, you will stop for lunch in a typical restaurant suggested by your driver.
The final stop for sightseeing during your full-day private tour from Porto is Coimbra where you will spend the afternoon, famous above all for its ancient university: one of the world’s first with some of the city’s main architectural treasures, especially its beautiful library full of priceless books.
This city consists of an upper and lower town. The bridge, Ponte de Santa Clara, crosses the Mondego River and leads onto the main square, Largo da Portagem, at its north-east bank.
From here the lower town spreads out principally along the busy and happening Rua Ferreira Borges to the next main square, Praca do Comercio.
A little further up Rua Visconde da Luz is Santa Cruz, a Gothic church housing the remains of Afonso Henriques, Portugal’s first king and worth a visit for its exquisite azulejos tiles.
Your driver will drop you off at your accommodation and this will complete your Aveiro, ilhavo and Coimbra full-day private tour.
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