8 Hours
Duração
Oporto
Localização

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

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Total Price270€290€320€340€360€380€400€

PLACE OF DEPARTUREHotel/Apartment, Oporto
TIME OF DEPARTURE9:00 AM
RETURN TIMEApproximately 6:00 in the afternoon
INCLUDED
Accredited and exclusive guideBottled Waters
Tasting Soft EggsFree Wifi
NOT INCLUDED
Lunch
Entrance Fees

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.

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Aveiro - City Center

Aveiro, the Portuguese Venice with its multiple canals and its famous Moliceiro boats initialed used for transportation of salt and “moliça”( sea algae used by pharmaceutical companies and as a natural fertilizer ).

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).

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Saline

then we will visit to the “Salinas” (salt pans) and understand that old salt industry, continues to be as important today as it was since Roman times. Since the 16th century mainly used in the codfish industry. (The Portuguese method to preserve codfish since we reached the cold waters of the North American continent in 1500).
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Costa Nova

Until the beginning of the nineteenth century, Costa Nova was an extensive, uninhabited beach, where fishermen from Ilhavo (fishing village nearby), began to build “haystacks” to keep nets and other fishing materials.

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.

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Lunch ( optional )

Leaving Aveiro on the way to Coimbra we stop at Mealhada (optional) where you can taste one of the Portuguese most famous dishes, “Leitao da Bairrada” (suckling piglet). 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.

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Coimbra - University

The construction of the “Biblioteca Joanina” began in the year 1717, over the old prison of the Royal Palace, with the purpose of hosting the university library of Coimbra and was completed in 1728. 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 Simões 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.

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Coimbra - Center

The Coimbra downtown or Historic Center  is the denomination given to the central zone of the city, this designation was developed with the separation of the “High”, where lived the nobility, the clergy and later the students, and the “Baixa”, dominated by commerce, crafts and neighborhoods.

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.

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Return to Oporto

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
22 October, 2016

Absolutely fabulous tour Aveiro and Coimbra with guide Manuel.
We prefer private tours that highlight history and architecture and this was a perfect blend.
Highly recommend.

16 August, 2017

“Amazing, personal insider’s tour experience!”

My wife and our friends spent an amazing 3 days with Hugo and Jorge from Walkboarders. It was a thoroughly enjoyable personal tour experience we will not soon forget. We had a wonderful time learning from true, knowledgeable insiders about all that Evora, Obidos, Sintra, Lisbon and Belem had to offer. It was truly an authentic experience which included visits to local family restaurants and a great 2 hour personal winery tour and cork making tour at no extra cost! First class all the way with the Mercedes van with Wifi. Both Hugo and Jorge certainly went above and beyond accommodating our special requests and we very much appreciated their personal tailoring of our tours and flexibility. There prices are also very reasonable compared to other tour companies. They are certainly great ambassadors for the amazing Portuguese culture and people.

18 September, 2017

We contacted premium tours regarding a tour for our party of 6.
They patiently answered all questions and made suggestions.
On the day of our Tour Aveiro and Coimbra, Diogo met us and customized the tour to our requests. We loved it! We got to visit the local open market that we were interested, try a few local food specialties, and see some of the historic sights.

28 November, 2017

This Aveiro and Coimbra private tour was fantastic! Working with Hugo to book the tour with our special circumstances was easy and efficient. Our tour guide Ricardo was excellent…knowledgeable and funny. This tour was a highlight of all our days in Oporto !!!

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