Aveiro – Portuguese Venice
Did you think that Portugal was the only country without a so called Venice or Venezia or Veneza?
We have water so we have also our Venice. What do they have in common?
1 – Water and canals
2 – The smell
3 – A similar typical boat (Moliceiro versus Gondola)
What are the differences?
1 – The palaces
2 – The prices
3 – 15 000 000 tourists each year
4 – “Ovos moles
”Those are the big notes. But there are many small ones, that you’d better check for yourself
It’s exaggerated the comparison to Venice, but Aveiro is, really very tight to water.
A few canals cross the city, and in the neighborhoods, most of their life is connected to the sea and lagoon.
Aveiro is mainly a growing industrial city, with the sea present everywhere.
The top icon of the city is the traditional boat used to pick algae from the lagoon, called Moliceiro.
Now a fading activity, it keeps being the “official” image against the reality of a growing industrial area, but it is not much than a touristy relic nowadays, possible to book for a short trip.