Tour Aveiro and Coimbra, meet the oldest University of Europe and the Portuguese “Venice” in a single day starting and ending in Oporto
Come in our company to visit these two important Portuguese cities, Coimbra, city of Knowledge and the lovely Aveiro
VALUE OF THIS PRIVATE TOUR
|PLACE OF DEPARTURE||Hotel/Apartment, Oporto|
|TIME OF DEPARTURE||9:00 AM|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 6:00 in the afternoon|
Tour Aveiro and Coimbra
In terms of historic significance and romantic beauty, Coimbra is second only to the other major cities ( Lisbon and Oporto ), its ancient buildings cling to the side of the hill that rises above the curves of the river Mondego, the ornate buildings of the famous University of Coimbra are its crowning glory.
A must do is the university, still the lifeblood of the city, watching the change in atmosphere when the summer holidays come and the thousands of students head back to their hometowns is notable.
Reputed to be the second oldest in the world, the Universidade de Coimbra opened it doors in 1290 and has produced many nationally and globally acclaimed academics.
Aveiro is a medium town in Portugal, that grew up around its thriving port. Aveiro was initially known as Aviarium, meaning, “a gathering place or preserve of birds”.
As you would expect of a coastal town with good shelter for boats fishing was an important acitivity from the beginning., so important that the cod fishing grounds off the coast of Newfoundland were discovered by João Afonso, a son of Aveiro.
Also the vast saltpans were formed and a salt making industry grew that still exists to this day, although not on quite the same scale. Another industry based around the lagoon is that of seaweed harvesting, the produce of which is used as a natural fertiliser.
Our Private Tour Aveiro and Coimbra is definitely the best way to visit those both cities.
Aveiro - City Center
Walking on there historical cable stone streets is definitely a must, with several Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings all cataloged, which demonstrates the richness of this small town that has even one of the legacies of Gustave Eifel, the Aveiro market.Aveiro is the home of the traditional sweets, the “soft eggs”, famous all over Portugal, we will suggest to try it, such as a Moliceiro boat ride (optional).
The Costa Nova haystacks are famous and colorful striped houses on the beach, originally in shades of red ocher and black, used as old warehouses of fishing tools, later became summer homes, rented to Portuguese tourists eager to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beach of Costa Nova in the summer months of the bathing station.
Lunch ( optional )
A piglet ( around forty days ) and that has only been fed with milk, the animal, completely eviscerated, gets into hot water and all the bristles are removed, until the skin is absolutely white and inserted in the oven (remember that the Portuguese oven is made of wood) for two hours, you have to remove it (scare it) every half hour, cleaning it thoroughlyskin with a cloth and returning it to the oven.
This operation will cause the skin to harden and become crispy, which is the true secret of this stew.
Coimbra - University
Although it was built following the royal project of reforming university studies (as a result of the diffusion of the Enlightenment currents in Portugal), the Joanine Library is recognized as one of the most original and spectacular European baroque libraries, Joao Ferreira was the master of works the decoration ( painted ) was only realized some years later.
During the Pombaline Reformation: the frescoes of the ceilings and cimalhas were executed by António Simoes Ribeiro, painter, and Vicente Nunes gilder. The celebrated portrait of Portuguese King João V is attributed to the Italian Domenico Duprà and the painting and gilding of the shelves was carried out by Manuel da Silva.
Coimbra - Center
Today, both are privileged places of the city, where services (banking, insurance, commerce), centuries of history, housing, culture, green spaces and leisure are mixed.
It is here that you can find a part of the civic center of the city, the big shopping streets (such as Rua Ferreira Borges), the traditional Municipal Market D.Pedro V, Coimbra train station and important monuments such as the Santa Cruz Monastery.