One of the most beautiful cities in Portugal is Aveiro , which is 68 kilometers south of Porto and 58 north of Coimbra. It is a town oriented mainly to agriculture and fishing, especially between the Ría Aveiro and the Vouga River. With a population of almost 60,000 inhabitants, 15,000 of them are students at the University of Aveiro , one of the most important in the entire country.
This city is also known as "the Venice of Portugal" thanks to being bathed by numerous canals, bridges and boats, the latter called moliceiros and which are very similar to the typical Venetian gondolas. The great charm of this city is in its coasts and in its impressive beaches of golden sand, such as Sao Jacinto, Barra or Costa Nova.
In Aveiro there is a humid and temperate climate that is somewhat cool in summer and not very cold in winter. In autumn and winter it is very windy, so it is the ideal time to visit it if you like to practice windsurfing or kitesurfing, as well as to do a regatta or go for a ride on a sailboat. In the 16th century it was an important medieval port that left the area very swampy, although in the 19th century it managed to recover all its communication by sea and begin to look as it does now.
The city achieved very important infrastructures thanks to being one of the venues for the European Championship in Portugal in 2004, having from that moment on a new football stadium, several luxury hotels and various buildings that are still very successful today, in partly thanks to the effort that the inhabitants make to maintain them.
In the Convent of Jesus, built in the 15th century, there is the Aveiro Museum , one of the most interesting in the city and which is dedicated to Princess Juana (daughter of Alfonso V). The young woman lived from 1475 until she died in 1489 to prevent her father from imposing on her a man with whom she had to marry. You can see several sculptures and paintings that take you to know all its history.