Aveiro is a city on the west coast of Portugal set along a lagoon called Ria de Aveiro. It’s canals are navigated by colourful boats (barcos moliceiros). Traditionally they were used to harvest seaweed.

Aveiro - boats

Aveiro - boats

Most of the boats have colourful paintings at each end.

Aviero - colourful boats

Aviero - decorative boats

Aveiro - boats

The city is also known for its art nouveau buildings which can be found on Rua Dr. Barbosa de Magalhaes. While we walked along the riverfront, I wished that we had more time to cross over the bridge and investigate these buildings more.

Aveiro - buildings

However we visited the Misericordia Church in the centre of the old town. Another beautiful example of a Portuguese church. Definitely worth a visit and I think that it was free entry as well. Lots of great opportunities for close-up photos here. Take the time to just sit and look around for all those intricate details. Look up at the ceilings. One was very old while another looked a lot newer. Great for zooming in.

Aveiro - Misericordia church

In the photo below, you can see the very old ceiling and also a close up of one of the panels.

Aveiro - Misericordia church

Aveiro - Misericordia church

I couldn’t resist including the fine detail of the photo above.  It never ceases to amaze me as to the incredible artwork in these old churches.

Aveiro - Misericordia church

Aveiro - Misericordia church

Again, another full picture of the choir stalls and then a close up. This would be gold painted timber. Oh and of course the walls were clad in tiles in beautiful patterns.

Aveiro - Misericordia church

Aveiro - Misericordia church

Aveiro - Misericordia church

Aveiro - Misericordia church

I have included this unusual angle of looking up to the ceiling and through a skylight. What looks like floral motifs are actually some sort of mythical faces. Fascinating.

Aveiro - Misericordia church

Aveiro - Misericordia church

We passed by lots of examples of ceramic tiles especially the mural depicting the city’s fishing and salt-producing industries. If it is too difficult to take in the entire mural, just take photos of parts of these.

Aveiro - ceramic wall

Aveiro - fishermen mural

Aviero - fish mural

Aviero - flower tiles

As fish is popular in Aviero, there are plenty of souvenirs to purchase.

Aviero - fish souvenirs

The traditional blue and white painted tiles were evident everywhere, none more so than this beautiful building. After taking a photo of the full building, I took lots of close-ups of the tiles. I have used my Photoshop skills here to crop some of the panels before placing them into a collage.

Aveiro - blue building

Aveiro - blue building collage

Aveiro - blue building

We had already packed a lot into our day out (spent the morning at Costa Nova and Barra Beaches) and we still had to visit Ovar. I wish that we had spent a full day in this city as there is literally so much more to see, perhaps taking a ride in one of the boats and visiting more areas. I believe the railway station is also worth seeing. Next time perhaps.

Aveiro - boats

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