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Aveiro Moliceiro Tour
10th May 2014 – Afternoon
The charming City of Aveiro is known as the “Portuguese Venice”, crossed by water canals where you can enjoy a trip on traditional boats “Moliceiros” while tasting the local sweets “Ovos-Moles”.
The Moliceiro boats are one of the major highlights of Aveiro ria (drowned river valley). Joining a moliceiro trip for a tour around the city is the perfect way to spend the afternoon in Aveiro.
Your Aveiro boat trip will begin in the centre of the city, a few metres from the square on which the fish market is located. The market dates back many years, although its current building is relatively new and benefits from an attractive glass design, which provides lovely views of the waters behind the traders selling their daily catch. This provides a real reminder of Aveiro’s marine agricultural heritage.
From here, your moliceiro trip will weave you through the waterways that radiate from the centre of the city. Lined with a mixture of former fishermen’s houses and grand buildings, many of which are built in faithful art nouveau style, the canals are a festival of colour. Brightly coloured azulejos (hand- painted Portuguese ceramic tiles) jump out at every turn, cladding the impressive façades.
Universidade de Aveiro Campus guided tour
8th May 2014 – Morning or Afternoon
Campus Santiago, overlooking the Aveiro lagoon, is a prize-winning Campus, renowned for its many buildings designed by famous Portuguese architects. Its buildings are purpose-built for teaching and research, administrative and technical support, and include halls of residence for students and staff, libraries, bookshop, canteens, bars and restaurants, sports facilities, laundry, post-office, stores, bank, kindergarten – all this on one campus, surrounded by the natural beauty of the old saltpans and only a short distance from the city centre.
Santiago da Fonte Saltpan guided tour
8th May 2014 – Morning or Afternoon
The Saltpan of Santiago da Fonte, one of the saltpans still producing salt exclusively with artisan methods, covers approximately 5 hectares and is located in the South Group of the “Salgado de Aveiro” (Aveiro Saltpans).
This saltpan, owned by the University of Aveiro since 1993, is the only Saltpan in the “Salgado de Aveiro” which has a warehouse. This uniqueness is related to the fact that, in the past, that warehouse was used for packaging shellfish and “pilado”, a small crab used as a fertilizer in agriculture.
The Saltpan of Santiago da Fonte is integrated into the route “Traditional Saltmaking the Atlantic Route”, a route created in the European Atlantic area.
Douro Valley Tour
11th May 2014
The Douro Region is the oldest demarcated wine region, having held the ‘title’ since 1756. Stretching along the River Douro Valley, a UNESCO world heritage site, the excellent wines produced here include the famous Port Wine.
Let yourself be enchanted by the Douro landscape; the valleys, the winding river, the terraced vines, the pure air while you enjoy the typical Portuguese cuisine accompanied by wine produced in the region.
10th May 2014 (Afternoon)
Porto, a World Heritage city, is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the region. It is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da Música and the Serralves Museum. And also for its School of Architecture which bred names like Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura, both winners of the Pritzker Prize.