Departure from: Lisbon (in your central hotel).
Known as the ” Portuguese Venice ”, the charming city of Aveiro is crossed by several canals and is considered one of the most charming destinations in the country, thanks to its colorful “moliceiros” boats, pastel-style buildings Arte Nova and its quiet urban atmosphere, not to mention the conventual ” soft eggs of Aveiro ” – ideal setting for a visit.
Between the ria of Aveiro and the Atlantic Ocean we find the oldest lighthouse of Portugal in Praia da Barra. In Costa Nova Beach we can contemplate the typical colorful striped houses, used as old warehouses of fishing tools, being transformed in the nineteenth century for housing during the bathing season of the bourgeoisie.
Further south, a mandatory stop in the city of Bairrada to taste a beautiful and famous plate of roasted piglet, accompanied by the wine from the demarcated region of Bairrada.
Within a short distance, Coimbra, a city with a very own mystique, considered the cultural and intellectual center of Portugal, fruit of its long and intense academic life, with a long tradition of Fado serenades full of feeling.
First capital of the kingdom of Portugal until 1255, it extends along the charming river Mondego, the largest national river.
Starting from the highest point of the city, we find the prestigious University of Coimbra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its majestic 18th century library, as well as the wonderful Botanical Garden, not to mention the 16th century Sé Nova.
The famous ” Quebra Costas ” – a long staircase that takes us from Coimbra’s Alta to the historic center, during the school year full of students, is in itself a place not to be missed.
In the Baixa we find lively streets, often by students who fill them with the sound of their guitars and where we can contemplate the Sé Velha, place of serenades, among other monuments of reference of the city. Another place worth visiting is the famous Portugal dos Pequenitos, located on the south bank of the river. It is a wonderful space where we can explore the replicas of typically Portuguese villages, national monuments and miniature buildings.
Nearby, we can not miss the intriguing ruins of the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha.
” Coimbra have more charm at the time of farewell ” (ballad of the medical course of 1958).