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The Bohemian Place


Dicover some of the most charming cities of Portugal from The Bohemian Place.


Wandering around Aveiro is like immersing in the waters of the Center of Portugal. Known as the Portuguese Venice, the city is quietly dominated by the Aveiro Lagoon, described by Saramago as a "living body that unites the land to the sea like a huge heart." Get on a moliceiro and cross the canals of the lagoon, contemplate the Arte Nova houses, or get inside and discover them in every detail. If you prefer, try to ride a BUGA. These free bikes that are all you need to move around in Aveiro.

Back to the city center, regain some strength with the regional delicacies. If lunchtime is close, try an eel stew or a lampantana style mutton. You can also indulge yourself with delicious regional sweets made with eggs and sugar.

Soft Eggs

Leaving Aveiro without having tried the traditional "soft eggs" is almost a sin. This typical sweet of the region, inherited from the traditions of the Aveirenses convents, gains form with the indulgent mixture of eggs and sugar, made with the knowledge of the tradition. These sweets are inspired by the proximity of the lagoon and the sea. The "soft eggs" of Aveiro were the first product of the Portuguese confectionery distinguished with the denomination of Protected Geographical Indication, given by the European Union.

Arte Nova (Art Nouveau)

It is in the center of Aveiro, around the Rossio and the houses where you can taste the delicious "soft eggs, where you will find a group of interesting Art Nova buildings .The facades, where the elements in wrought iron and carved stone are very common, are divided into arches and balconies with stained glass windows. The decoration goes through columns, surrounds windows and doors, framing circular windows and tile panels. Distinguished as the "art -museum" city in Portugal, Aveiro is a member of the "Réseau Art Nouveau Network", together with other cities like Barcelona, Brussels, Budapest, Glasgow, Helsinki or Havana. Come and discover the charm of this delicate and seductive period of 20th century art by taking a guided tour on foot along the Art Nouveau Route, designed in order to help identify all buildings and monuments.

Do not forget to visit the Fábrica da Vista Alegre, the most international of Portuguese porcelains, as well as the University Campus of Aveiro, a true outdoor museum of contemporary Portuguese architecture, where you can see works by Siza Vieira, SoutoMoura, Alcino Soutinho, Carrilho da Graça and GonçaloByrne.

Aveiro lagoon

The Aveiro lagoon is the main symbol of the city and the source of the most traditional customs. In Aveiro everything lives around these 47 kilometers of water arranged parallel to the sea. It is the lagoon, a silver mirror that reflects the moliceiro boats color and the Art Nouveau houses, which makes seductive and unique the charm of Aveiro.

In addition to the moliceiro rides, the Aveiron lagoon offers many other activities. You can choose to practice maritime sports such as windsurfing or kite surfing, or let yourself be seduced by the unique Aveiro landscape seen from the sky, with an aerial trip over the river. The Aveiro lagoon is a paradise for lovers of bird watching. There are several important habitats for the nesting of waterbirds. This place normally hosts 20,000 waterbirds with important congregations of common blackthorn (Melanittanigra) and wading birds (mainly the common coelin, Calidris alpina).


Go down to the Costa Nova and let yourself be swept away by this colorful space of the Portuguese coast. This beach is characterized by its striped wooden houses and intense colors, memory of the old haystacks that served as store and shelter to seamen. If you are in the Costa Nova don't forget to visit the Fish Market. This is one of the few markets where seafood is cooked just after being fished, guaranteeing its freshness and flavor. So you can get the seafood already cooked and eat it while you rest at the fishermen's pier.

Next to it, on the beach of La Barra, stands the Faro de la Barra, the highest lighthouse in Portugal. Every Wednesday afternoon you can climb the almost 200 steps of the lighthouse and be dazzled by its views.


Our trip begins in the city of Ílhavo, located 8 km away from Aveiro. This city has a deeply-rooted maritime tradition where cod becomes one of the main attractions. Its Maritime Museum is a true icon of architecture, designed by the prestigious architects Nuno Mateus and Pedro Mateus, also nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Prize in 2003. The Maritime Museum of Ílhavo tells the story of deep sea fishing in Newfoundland and Greenland, as well as in the Aveiro lagoon. The Bacalhaus Aquarium cannot be missed either.

Santo Andre Ship-Museum

The Santo André Ship-Museum belongs to the Maritime Museum of Ílhavo. This drag was an integral part of the Portuguese fleet of cod fishing and it was built in 1948 in Holland. The Santo André Ship-Museum is 71.40 m long, it was completely renovated and converted into a museum.

Vista Alegre

In the Vista Alegre factory complex you can visit the palace, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Penha of France, the Barrio da Vista Alegre and the Theater.

Visiting the Vista Alegre Factory is to enter a world that holds the secrets of the centuries-old manufacture of Portugal's most international porcelain. It travels through space and accompanies the whole process of creating some of the most emblematic pieces of Portuguese porcelain, from the composition of the pastry to the final cooking. Come and discover the school of painting that, throughout the history of the factory, has served as a base in the training of young artists, as well as in the preservation of the tradition. In the area of Manufacturing you can see why the hand painting technique distinguishes Vista Alegre.