Aveiro also has several pastel-painted Art Nouveau-style buildings along the main canal that are worth wandering by. Mosteiro de Jesus is another interesting location, built between the 15th and 17th centuries. Admire the stunning Mausoleum of Princess Saint Joana, who died in 1490 and was beatified in the 17th century. The nave and apse of the church, with ornate floor tiles and gilded woodcarvings are remarkable sights. Those who wish to admire the contemporary Portuguese architecture should not miss the University buildings.
While the city is easily walkable, Aveiro’s flat landscape and paved quays are perfect for bicycles, and they have been a preferred mode of transport since the start of the 20th century. In recent years, it has been made even easier to explore in this way by introducing its BUGA, bike-sharing system. There are BUGA depots throughout Aveiro where you can hire a bike. Once you’re on two wheels, it is easier to explore Aveiro Lagoon and its surrounding salt farms. Explore Aveiro’s ancient cobblestone streets and keep an eye out for the larger-than-life street art that adorn the lanes.
Aveiro’s pavements (calçada) are worth taking note of with black and white motifs and geometric patterns leading you through the town centre.