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Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

1. Aveiro: Traditional Moliceiro Boat Tour

Cruise through the city of Aveiro on a 45-minute ride onboard a traditional Moliceiro boat. Start along the Central Canal of the lagoon, the Ria de Aveiro. Traverse the center of the city, from the garden of Rossio to the old building of the Capitania of the Port of Aveiro. Follow another canal that formerly served as a waterway to the Antonio Maria Campos brick factory, where the Aveiro Cultural and Congress Center was established along with other public services. Then, cruise down Canal das Pirâmides (the pyramids canal), which was built at the beginning of the 19th century and stretches from the old fish market to the central canal. During the summer, enjoy a beautiful landscape made up of hundreds of small white pyramids of salt that represent one of the most characteristic features of this region.

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Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour

2. Peniche: Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour

Discover the archipelago of Berlengas, located approximately 7 miles from Cape Carvoeiro. Consisting of 3 island groups - Berlenga Grande, Estelas, and Farilhões-Forcadas, the archipelago is considered part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO Enjoy views beneath the waves on the glass-bottom ferry across to the archipelago. Stroll on the calm beaches and enjoy the sounds of the waves calmly lapping at the shore. Follow a hiking tour to learn about Berlenga’s cultural and historical significance. Go sightseeing in the caves of the area.

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Aveiro: Moliceiro Boat Trip

3. Aveiro: Moliceiro Boat Trip

Embark on an adventure and take a trip to Aveiro, which is never complete without a Moliceiro boat trip. The Moliceiro is a traditional boat that is part of the Aveiro culture, similar to a Venetian gondola. Starting from the dock of Largo do Jardim do Rossio, pass through some of the most iconic sights of the city, such as the Art Nouveau, the Aveiro salt pan, the traditional neighborhood of Beira-Mar, the Jerónimo P. Campos ceramics factory, and the Fish Market. Marvel at the breathtaking city from its channels together with a guide. Expand your knowledge about the cities history and learn some secrets of Aveiro.

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Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto or Gaia with Cruise

4. Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto or Gaia with Cruise

Experience the beauty of Aveiro’s water channels, which are natural formations along the Portuguese coast. Traditionally connected to the river and to the sea, the city has been called the Venice of Portugal. You’ll feel the culture of this city that was once a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea, and salt production. The half-day tour begins at the fish market square, where you’ll have great views of the city center. Next you’ll head out on an hour’s cruise along the city’s beautiful water channels. Travel by a typical, yet unique boat called a moliceiro that is decorated with motifs related to the local culture. After the cruise your guide will show you the Costa Nova neighborhood that borders the sea. Admire some of the old traditional houses that are small in size, and painted in bright colors with vertical stripes.

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From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

5. From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

Cross the Worlds Longest Suspension Footbridge - the Arouca 516 - and walk the Paiva Walkways, considered one of the most beautiful trails in the world (seven kilometers). Restore your energy with a delicious traditional lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at Aveiro, the so-called “Portuguese Venice” and traverse the canals on a boat trip. Wander through the old quarter to see the main Art Nouveau buildings, the fish market, and taste one of the city's delicacies, soft eggs. Last but not the least, see the famous haystacks of Costa Nova. Discover the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors.

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From Porto: Aveiro Half-Day Tour with 1-Hour Cruise

6. From Porto: Aveiro Half-Day Tour with 1-Hour Cruise

Depart Porto and journey south to the beautiful coastal city of Aveiro on the Ria de Aveiro lagoon. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the historical city center to admire the bold Art Nouveau residences and charming foot bridges across the canals. Take stunning pictures of the Baroque-style cathedrals and other amazing architecture. Learn more about the history of the city and how it grew from a small fishing village to the 2nd most populous city in the Centro Region of Portugal. Hear how salt production in the salt marshes played an important role in the city's economy, from the days of the Romans. Then, climb aboard one of the traditional moliceiro boats used to collect sea grass in the lagoon. Cruise along the canals of the "Venice of Portugal" to admire the colorful fishermen's houses of Costa Nova beach and get amazing views of the landscape.

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From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

7. From Porto: Aveiro & Coimbra Small Group Tour + River Cruise

To start the tour, you will be picked up at your Central Hotel in Porto. You will then head to Aveiro (the journey takes about 45 minutes). Aveiro is a Portuguese city located in the central region of Portugal, and is considered the small Venice of Portugal. It is an important urban center, port, rail, university, and tourist attraction. Start by exploring the city of Aveiro by passing through the main buildings of Art Nouveau and local places of the city. Explore the historical center and visit the Fish Market. Enjoy a cruise for about 50 minutes in one of the typical boats of the city — a Moliceiro (traditionally used for algae harvesting) — and take a look to Aveiro Salt Ponds. After that, pass by New Coast, enjoy the typical striped houses, see the Barra lighthouse and São Jacinto dunes. Along the way, you will appreciate the stork nests you find. The second city you will visit is Coimbra. Coimbra is a city on the waterfront in central Portugal, and is the country's old capital. It houses a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra. Walk the paths with your guide to the historic center of the city. Visit important landmarks such as the Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral. If you select the option with monuments admission, visit the interiors of Joanina Library and the Royal Palace. At the end of the tour, the guide will drop you off again at your hotel in Porto.

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Aveiro: Half Day Tour with Boat Ride

8. Aveiro: Half Day Tour with Boat Ride

Spend a day exploring the beauty of Portugal, get away from the business of Porto, and visit several townships that are lesser known to tourists. Visit the city of Aveiro, where it becomes easier to navigate by boat or “Moliceiro” along its numerous water channels. This city is called the Portuguese Venice, and there is no questions why. Its enormous natural and architectural beauty, perfectly aligned with its people, give a lively ambience, of a cheerful town where water and sea play the leading role. Much of the city is decorated in the Art Nouveau style, making it a beautiful sight to behold. Discover the charm of this delicate and seductive art period of the 20th century by taking a walking tour with a guide through the Art Nouveau route, a track created to help identifying all buildings and monuments. Visit the beach of Costa Nova and its peculiar colored stripes houses, forming an unique design in fishing houses in that area.

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Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

9. Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

On this full-day excursion you'll start at the city of Peniche, a traditional fishing village, where you'll find a boat waiting to take your group to Berlenga Island. After arriving at the island, you’ll then board a smaller boat in order to see St. John the Baptist Fort. Built in the 17th century, the fort was an important part of the shore defence system. Hear stories about the brave soldiers who defended it during the attack by the Spanish fleet. Take a walk back to the port along the authorized paths of the nature reserve, admiring the amazing views in this UNESCO Biosphere Heritage Site. At the port, you’ll have some free time for lunch (not included), or for a quick swim or snorkeling (equipment provided) at the beach nearby. There is just 1 restaurant on the Island, but it is of good quality and fresh fish is always available. If you bring a snack with you on the trip, you’ll find the island’s only beach just steps away. Snorkeling here is a good option, as undersea life is abundant and the waters are calm. After lunch, you’ll have a chance to kayak around the island if you like. The island cliffs are full of caves, and you can kayak through them. For the less active, there’s the option of touring the caves in a small glass-bottom boat. Afterwards, you’ll head back the mainland for the return trip to Lisbon.

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Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

10. Peniche: Dolphin Route Boat Trip

Enjoy a 2-hour tour departing from Peniche Marina that will take you around the coast. Along the way, you’ll spot a variety of sea life that may include sharks, turtles, seabirds, and dolphins. The most commonly spotted dolphin is the Roaz Corvineiro, also known as the common bottlenose dolphin. As you travel along the west coast by boat, you’ll be able to see dolphins in their natural habitat. In this region, the dolphins can reach 4-meters in length and be up to 45-years old.

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What people are saying about Centro Region

Adorei a experiência! Comprei o pack tour guiada e grutas e aconselho vivamente, foi muito interessante conhecer a história e dia a dia do arquipélago enquanto percorria os seus caminhos. E ainda sobrou tempo para aproveitar a praia.

We had a group of 17 people and the tour was fantastic. I was a little disappointed with Aviero but that was me. I expected more charm from the town.

Great experience, everything worked smoothly, friendly guides, great boat ride. Would do it again.

Very good guide and tour . Need more time in the city.

Friendly people, informative tour. Very enjoyable.