Things to do in Bairrada DOC

Our most recommended things to do in Bairrada DOC

From Porto: Aveiro Private Guided Day Trip

1. From Porto: Aveiro Private Guided Day Trip

Departing from the city of Porto, in a short, comfortable and private trip of 30 minutes, discover the beauty of the city of Aveiro and its famous Ria de Aveiro. Enjoy the peace and tranquility that this place provides. At your own pace and away from the crowds, interact with the community and learn about their stories in a mix between nature and gastronomy, in a unique and unforgettable experience. Have a memorable lunch at a local restaurant and choose the places to enjoy: • discover why it is known as the Venice of Portugal • explore its numerous canals and bridges. • visit the fish market, past Art Nouveau buildings, and colorful moliceiro boats. • Add a cruise on the Ria Aveiro, to further explore the city from the Ria. • discover Costa Nova, where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the colorful fishermen's houses, typically painted with vertical stripes. Return in comfort to your hotel in Porto after a day that will surely remain in your fondest memories.

From Aveiro: Barra Beach Lighthouse & Costa Nova Guided Tour

2. From Aveiro: Barra Beach Lighthouse & Costa Nova Guided Tour

Leaving from Aveiro city centre, know the details of the formation of the lagoon, since the 10h century, all the economy and main activities of the population, centred in the fishing and salt production. Arriving to Barra beach, where the tallest lighthouse in Portugal stands high on the landscape, witnessing more than 50 years of hard work on the 19th century to open a canal that would reunite the ocean to the lagoon! In the pause of about 20 minutes, feel the sea breeze and admire the white and thin sand of the Praia Velha! Take the the adventure to explore the whole saga of the cod fishing that made the village of Costa Nova look so special, with those traditional striped houses called Palheiros! We will have a short break of 30 minutes that leaves the oportunity to try the sweet that became famous in Costa Nova - the tripa!

From Aveiro/Ilhavo: Barra, Costa Nova, and Vista Alegre Tour

3. From Aveiro/Ilhavo: Barra, Costa Nova, and Vista Alegre Tour

We’ll leave Aveiro and cross the Central Canal, arriving in the traditional salt fields and the Environmental Interpretation Centre, where we’ll attempt to spot flamingos. Next, we will visit Aveiro’s two quays - the distant-water fishing quay and the commercial quay - where we’ll learn more about the region’s natural evolution and economic history. At Praia da Barra we will gaze upon the man-made opening where the lagoon meets the sea. This structure was built in the early nineteenth century, using the stone from Aveiro’s medieval city walls. The majestic lighthouse stands out in the beautiful Atlantic landscape, accompanying us as we enjoy a short walk by the sea. We will also walk-through Costa Nova, along the typical striped wooden houses. These used to be fishermen’s abodes and are nowadays part of one of the most beautiful and original coastal landscapes in Portugal. You will also have a chance to taste our Portuguese custard tarts (Pasteis de Nata), in one of our local bakeries. We will then drive to Vista Alegre, a small settlement where the famous Vista Alegre Factory is located. Built in 1824, it’s renowned internationally for its ceramic and glassware production. We’ll then visit the museum, with the possibility of watching the artists delicately paint the ceramic pieces in the workshop (workshop closed during the weekend). Still in Vista Alegre, we’ll also have a look through the local chapel, Capela da Nossa Senhora da Penha de França, a seventeenth-century national site, decorated with Portuguese tiles (azulejos) and frescoes. Before returning to Aveiro, you’ll also have a chance to briefly visit the Factory shop and outlet.

From Lisbon: Aveiro, Moliceiro Boat and Coimbra Tour

4. From Lisbon: Aveiro, Moliceiro Boat and Coimbra Tour

First you will visit one of the most beautiful places in Portugal, Aveiro. Discover the city's many canals and bridges as you take a ride on a Moliceiro, a small boat typical of the local area. By taking a trip on a Moliceiro you will be able to enjoy the city's beautiful Art Nouveau buildings and bridges from the water. Next, stroll through Aveiro's historic center on a walking tour. See the Convent of Santa Joana, Aveiro Cathedral, Chapel of St. Gonçalinho, and the Misericordia Church. Try the famous Ovos Moles de Aveiro, a sweet pastry typical of Aveiro. You'll then explore one of the city's must-see attractions, the Costa Nova Beach. Pose for photos in front of the beach's famous striped and colorful houses. Next, continue towards Coimbra, a city full of history and tradition, with the Mondego River passing through it. Visit the narrow and steep streets of the University of Coimbra, the oldest in Portugal. Finally, discover the Sé Velha (Old Cathedral), the riverside area, and of course the Convent of Santa Clara.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Aveiro & Ilhavo Private Tour

5. From Lisbon: Full-Day Aveiro & Ilhavo Private Tour

Fished since the beginning of the 16th century in the cold waters of Newfoundland, and cured in Portugal with salt, codfish is one of the most important elements of the Portuguese gastronomical culture. It is always present at the table during Christmas supper or during any other festive day. The food of the poor in the past has today become the “one thousand and one ways” to cook, a status of delicacy.  See it in Ilhavo, the land of codfish fishermen, in a one-of-a-kind museum in the world with codfishes in a giant tank, and taste it in the magnificent restaurant at the Hotel Vista Alegre. After lunch, visit the Factory Museum and the Vista Alegre Shop, the most exquisite utilitarian and artistic porcelain made in Portugal. En route, you will also visit Aveiro the “Portuguese Venice“ and taste its sweet egg pastries.

From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

6. From Porto: Aveiro and Coimbra Private Tour

Departing from the city of Porto, in a short, comfortable and private trip of 30 minutes, discover the beauty of the city of Aveiro and its famous Ria de Aveiro. Enjoy the peace and tranquility that this place provides. At your own pace and away from the crowds, interact with the community and learn about their stories in a mix between nature and gastronomy, in a unique and unforgettable experience. Have a memorable lunch at a local restaurant and choose the places to enjoy: • discover why it is known as the Venice of Portugal • explore its numerous canals and bridges. • visit the fish market, past Art Nouveau buildings, and colorful moliceiro boats. • Add a cruise on the Ria Aveiro, to further explore the city from the Ria. • discover Costa Nova, where you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the colorful fishermen's houses, typically painted with vertical stripes. The journey continues to the historic city of Coimbra. The city of students and the oldest university in the country, (12th century), and one of the oldest in the world. Take the time to: • visit the Joanina Library with its collection of over 300,000 books and some of the rarest manuscripts in the entire country. • visit the Old Romanesque style Cathedral (Sé Velha). • crossing the river to visit the Santa Clara Convent and the Quinta das Lágrimas (Estate of Tears), where the love between Pedro and Inês blossomed. • having a lunch at one of the taverns downtown, where you can find the most delicious snacks. Return comfortably to your hotel in Porto after a day filled with culture and beauty that will surely stay in your best memories.

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What people are saying about Bairrada DOC

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

I have done this tour and the moliceiro and walking tour in Aveiro with Caterina and I have to say that the tours are great to get a first idea of Aveiro and, above all, that Caterina is a wonderful and dedicated guide, generous, who gives you all the recommendations to visit, eat, live in Aveiro. All in all, a find. It's nice to find her, I highly recommend her!!!

Katarina was great. Her explanation of the salt flats and how the lagoon was formed was very elegantly communicated. She also had some great tips for dinner options and must try desserts. She added a quick trip to see the flamingos which was really cool.

Knowledgeable, fun and interactive guide. Enough time to see the spaces and great information about the history of each. I would recommend this trip.

Very good experience. Catalina explains everything in a detailed and simple way at the same time.

In the end, private tour in French, with a great guide!