City of Aveiro
Aveiro is a city in Aveiro Municipality (District of Aveiro) located in west-central Portugal, right by the Atlantic Ocean shore, with a total area of about 200 km² and a population close to 80,000 inhabitants. 14 thousand are students at University of Aveiro, one of the most important Portuguese Universities. It is the second most populous city in the Center Region of Portugal, after Coimbra.
Aveiro is situated 68 km to the south of Porto and 219 km north of Lisboa. It is bathed through canals (ria de Aveiro), bridges, and traditional painted boats called moliceiros. The coast, known as Silver Coast, consists on beautiful and very clean sandy beaches. It is a few kilometers from the center of the city and can be reached by car (5 min) or by bus (every hour). The most picturesque beach in this region is Costa Nova. In this region the wooden huts are painted in brightly colored stripes alternating with white. Built by fishermen as shelters and equipment stores, the huts have now been converted into rather characteristic holiday homes.
Inserted into a region of great industrial development, full of trades and services, Aveiro is annually visited by more than 100,000 tourists, being a reference center for culture and leisure and offering a high quality of life.
The New Art (an architectural and decorative style that marked the late 19th and early 20th century) and all the several city museums, the salt flats, the famous Ria de Aveiro, it's typical boats called Moliceiros and it's channels that cross the city (making it known as the "Venice of Portugal"), the beautiful extensive beaches just minutes away, the refreshing green spaces scattered all over town, the delicious local gastronomy (like the "Ovos Moles", a well known delicacy made of egg yolks and sugar) and its vicinity to well-known wine caves (Porto, Bairrada, Dão, etc), all of these are just a few of the hallmarks of a young and dynamic city with plenty to offer to visitors.
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