7. Aveiro: Stories, Canals, and Azulejos Guided Walking Tour
Start at the Praça da Republica with the Town Hall and the Misericórdia church.
We walk along Rua de Coimbra and talk about the black and white calçada à portuguesa.
In the Marques de Pombal square we enter the Carmelite Convent Church - a small but impressive baroque jewel.
Walking further we see the tile panels of Casa de Santa Zita and Sapataria Leão.
We pass next to the Dominican Convent of Jesus where we evoke the history of the city's patron saint: Princess Santa Joana.
After passing the cathedral we will go on to the Canal da Fonte Nova, where the building of one of the many ceramics factories that once existed there is still standing.
Along the canals we will explain their genesis and utility, as well as those of the traditional boats of the Ria de Aveiro.
We will pass through interesting places in the Beira Mar neighbourhood, always with the tiles filling our eyes.
We will recognise the marks of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, of the iron architecture from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. We won't forget the two façades of the Museum of Art Nouveau.
On the way to the saltpans we will talk about the power of Aveiro from the 11th to the 15th century, its crossing of the desert in the 17th and 18th centuries and its revival in the 19th century.
On the way back we will make some references to the local gastronomy, such as eel stew and traditional sweets, namely the "ovos moles" of Aveiro.
We will finish at the Church of São Gonçalinho referring to the traditional January festival, in which another traditional sweet - hard and heavy - is literally thrown over the heads of the faithful, in a ritual full of joy and tradition.