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.
Most of the boats have colourful paintings at each end.
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.
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.
In the photo below, you can see the very old ceiling and also a close up of one of the panels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As fish is popular in Aviero, there are plenty of souvenirs to purchase.
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.
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.