Private Tour: Little Venice (Aveiro) - Day Trip from Lisbon
During your time in Portugal, ensure you don’t miss Aveiro, known as the ‘Venice of Portugal’, on this private 9-hour trip from Lisbon.
In addition to taking an idyllic cruise on the Moliceiro River, you’ll admire the art-nouveau architecture and visit Costa Nova’s beaches, famed for their exotic bird species.
Aveiro (Little Venice) is a charming Portuguese town that makes for an enjoyable, alternative tourist destination. The town has an extensive history which is closely intertwined with the growth and decline of its port and saltwater lagoons. Aveiro is crossed by canals and along these waterways colourful and traditional fishing boats sail.
Take this opportunity to enjoy a marvellous journey by a comfortable Minivan with Wi-Fi from Lisbon to Aveiro, on a first-class experience. The city is located in the central region of Portugal 250 km from Lisbon (+/-2:30 hours drive).
For those who are in Lisbon, we designed a magnificent Tour to discover the emblematic city of Aveiro (Little Venice). A visit to Aveiro is increasingly mandatory and we idealized a first-class experience just for you.
Aveiro is a thousand years old, of which two hundred and fifty as a city. It was founded due to commercial shipping and salt production. Surrounded by the stunning Silver Coastline, a lagoon and at the mouth of an estuary. Aveiro has both canals and gondolas which is why the town is sometimes referred to as the Venice of Portugal.
Take an opportunity to explore the Aveiro city going on a boat tour through Ria de Aveiro. This tour will give you the chance to get to know the city in a different way; it takes about 45 minutes, but you’ll see some of the most beautiful places in the city.
- Aveiro is crossed by canals and along these waterways colorful and traditional fishing boats sail.
- Salt water lagoons
- Cruise on the Moliceiro River
- Aveiro Cathedral
- Visit Costa Nova beach
- See exotic bird species
- Scheduling: Private Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Duration: 10 hours
- Skip the Line
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Live GuideEnglish, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Pick-up serviceAt your hotel in Lisbon
- Easy CancellationCancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Food and drinks
Our private driver/guide will pick you up at your Hotel and will drive you to Aveiro.
We arrive in Aveiro after a stop to relax and take a drink or eat. Upon arrival, disembark your vehicle and board a moliceiro, a colorful boat traditionally used to collect seagrass from the Aveiro lagoon.
Our driver/guide will lead you to the city’s main sites like Statues on the bridges, Aveiro Cathedral and Costa Nova beach.
Aveiro Cathedral, also known as a São Domingos Church, is located in an old Dominican convent and should be on your list of the places to visit and things to do in Aveiro.
Costa Nova beach, also know as Costa Nova do Prado, is located on the west coast, 11 km from the Aveiro historic centre. The beach has as its main attraction the beautiful houses painted in a unique way, with vertical and horizontal stripes.
Lunchtime is at approximately 1PM (this is NOT included in the tour price) at Aveiro City.
Enjoy dishes of excellent regional cooking, with good-value, high-quality from Seafood Cataplana (traditional seafood stew), the grilled cuttlefish and all kindsand bacalhau (codfish).
Don't forget the desert and satisfy your sweet tooth with ovos moles (authentic sweets).
After lunch, proceed to Costa Nova, home to gorgeous sandy stretches inhabited by exotic bird species. Capture photographs of the lighthouse and the colorful houses that line the beachfront before returning to your vehicle for the scenic drive back to Lisbon.
At 4:00PM is time to go back to Lisbon with a stop during the drive at Santarém (Capital of Gothic) (60Km from Lisbon) to visit Santarém's main square, Praça Sá da Bandeira. Here was the scene of the gruesome execution of Inês de Castro's murderers in 1357 and not far from there is the Portas do Sol Park with commanding views over the Tagus River and the plains of the Ribatejo province.
Arrive in Lisbon be around 7:30PM (depending on traffic and weather).
Enjoy an experience that will leave lasting memories and the desire to return to discover more!
- Wear comfortable clothing for traveling