Although Aveiro features canals and boats, the similarities with Venice end here. Discover much more to this lovely city with a Scenic Freechoice guided walking tour, and wander by the pastel-painted buildings along the main canal. Stop and admire the Mosteiro de Jesus, built between the 15th and 17th centuries in late Gothic style, as a monastery for Poor Clares nuns, and visit the stunning Mausoleum of Princess Saint Joana, who died in 1490 and was beatified in the 17th century. The nave and apse of the church, with ornate floor tiles and gilded woodcarvings are truly remarkable sights.
While the city is easily walkable, Aveiro’s flat landscape and paved quays are perfect for cycling, and bicycles have been a preferred mode of transport since the start of the 20th century. You can easily hire a bike from the BUGA bike hire depots around the city, and explore the ancient cobblestone streets while keeping an eye out for the larger-than-life street art that adorn the lanes. Aveiro’s pavements (calçada) are worth taking note of with black and white motifs and geometric patterns leading you through the town centre.