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Welcome to AVEIRO
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Information about AVEIRO Aveiro is located 56 km North of Coimbra and 68 km south of Porto. The city is situated at the mouth of the river Vouga, which is cut off from the sea by a long sandbar that protects clusters of islets. Myriad canals spanned by low-arched bridges crisscross Aveiro. The architecture has a Flemish style. The soil of Aveiro provides an ideal for a setting for low willow-reed flatlands, salt marshes, spray-misted dunes, and rice paddies. The Convento de Jesús is hailed as the finest example of the Baroque style in Portugal. The Infanta Santa Joana, sister of João II and daughter of Afonso V, took the veil here in 1472. Her tomb, an inlaid rectangle of marble quarried in Italy, attracts a lot of pilgrims. The convent, owned by the State and now called the Museu de Aveiro, displays a lock of the saint's hair, her belt and rosary, and a complete pictorial study of her life. What's most noteworthy about the convent is its carved gilt work, lustrous in the chapel despite the dust. The 15th Century Igreja de São Domingo, with blue-and-gold altarpieces and egg-shape windows flanking the upper nave is also worth be seeing. The façade, in Gothic Manueline-style, is decorated with four flame finials. After a meal of stewed eels and a bottle of hearty Bairrada wine, you might want to explore some of the settlements along the lagoon. In Ilhavo, about 5km south of Aveiro , you can visit the Museu Maritimo . The gallery offers an insight into the lives of people who live with the sea. Then you can drive less than 2km south to Vista Alegre, the famed village of the porcelain works. On a branch of the Aveiro estuary, the village is the site of an open market held on the 13th of every month, a tradition dating from the late 1600s. Vista Alegre Museum, Fábrica Vista Alegre , records the history of porcelain, starting in 1824 when the factory was founded here. On the lagoon, brightly painted swan-necked boats traverse the waters. Called barcos moliceiros, the flat-bottomed vessels carry fishers who harvest seaweed used for fertilizer. They're ever on the lookout for eels, a regional specialty, which they catch in the shoals studded with lotus and water lilies. Outside the town are extensive salt pits, lined with fog-white pyramids of drying salt. In the Rota da Luz area near Aveiro, you can go windsurfing in many places, including Ria de Aveiro and Pateira de Fermentelos. The long stretches of sand and the formation of waves also provide ideal conditions for surfing; particularly good Rota da Luz beaches are Esmoriz, Cortegaça, Furadouro, Torreira, São Jacinto, Barra, Costa-Nova, and Vagueira. The whole stretch of the Ria estuary is ideal for water-skiing, and many rivers, notably the Pateira and the Ria, are suited for canoeing and rowing.


General Information
Capital: Lisboa
Area: 92,391km2
Population: 10.7 million (2008 estimate).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. 110 volts in some areas and 230 DC in parts of the south. Continental two-pin plugs are in use
IDD: +351
Emergency number: 115
Timezone: GMT (+1 Hr MAR-OCT)

Language: Portuguese. English is widely spoken

Government: Republic Parliamentary democracy

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant

Health: Tetanus

Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100: USD = 149.313 EUR GBP = 90.2312 EUR CHF = 151.032 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00

Alcohol Limit
Alcohol Limit: 0,5 ‰

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 90 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years (for car-hire 21 years)

Driving License
Driving License: International or national license.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Good Friday (variable), Apr 25 Liberty Day, May 1 Labour Day, Corpus Christi (variable), Jun 10 National Day and Camoes Day, Aug 15 Assumption, Oct 5 Republic Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 1 Independence Day, Dec 8 Immaculate Conception, Dec 24/25 Christmas Holidays

Climate: Maritime; temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south

A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900/1800/3G 2100

GPS: 38 46 N, 9 11 W

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Generally Mon-Fri: 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00. In December, Sat: 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00 . Shopping centres are usually open Mon-Sun: 10.00-24.00


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