A WORLD TO BE DISCOVERED IN AVEIRO
Aveiro is also known as the “Portuguese Venice” for its charming canals.
Come and enjoy a rich journey through the historical heritage of art and innovation of Vista Alegre. Enjoy an exciting set of experiences, such as workshops in ceramics or pottery painting. Visit the factory, shops and museum of Vista Alegre and Bordallo Pinheiro.
Heritage Travel Services
See Portugal as you never saw
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL / AVEIRO
Head to Aveiro, also known as the "Portuguese Venice", for its charming canals. Come enjoy a trip through the diverse historical heritage of Vista Alegre allowing you to enjoy an exciting set of experiences, such as participating in ceramics workshops, participating in painting or pottery workshops, visiting the Factory Store, the Vista Alegre Museum, long and rich journey of art and innovation, visit Vista Alegre, Outlet and Bordallo Pinheiro Stores. Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro is one of the most influential people of nineteenth century Portuguese culture, with a remarkable production particularly regarding the areas of humoristic drawing, caricature and ceramic creation.
After check in visit to the Vista Alegre Palace. Founded in 1824, the Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory was the first industrial unit dedicated to producing porcelain in Portugal. On 1 July 1824, a Royal License issued by King João VI granted authorization to build the Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory. A mere five years later, Vista Alegre gained the title of Royal Factory in recognition of its artistry and industrial success. Nowadays, Vista Alegre is more than a mere industrial unit. It is also part of the Portuguese heritage, boasting buildings of undeniable architectural interest, and a repository of social and artistic memories essential to the building of a Portuguese identity. The River of Aveiro is a box full of surprises that do not only appear trough the channels of the city center, where the Moliceiros depart. This immense expanse of water has its own life and secrets, waiting for you in a brand-new circuit called the “Passadiços de Aveiro” along seven kilometers. Lunch & Dinner free. Accommodation at the hotel Vista Alegre Palace.
DAY 2 – ILHAVO / AVEIRO
Breakfast at hotel. The driver will wait for you at the hotel to take you on an exciting and historic trip through the city of Ílhavo and Aveiro. Our starting point is the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Penha de França, inserted in the architectural complex of the Vista Alegre Factory, this chapel from the 16th century. XVII is a national monument and a small artistic jewel. Next, we suggest a visit to Ílhavo Maritime Museum, awarded in 2003 with the Mies Van Der Rohe Prize of modern architecture, on a voyage through the seas, estuary, fishing and a live cod. Then to Costa Nova, an opportunity to get to know the Palheiros da Costa Nova, a group of colorful pinstripe houses in front of the Ria de Aveiro between the Sea and good opportunity to taste our delicious Sea Food and fresh fish. Lunch & Dinner free. Accommodation at the hotel Vista Alegre Palace
DAY 3 – AVEIRO
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Aveiro, famous for its tiles and ceramics, a city of typical moliceiros boats, known as the "Portuguese Venice" and see the beautiful facades of the houses that connect the river to the city. o come to Aveiro and not to go on a “moliceiro”, is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope. The Moliceiro boats have for centuries represented a vessel for the harvesting and transportation of moliço (a kind of seaweed) in the Ria de Aveiro. At that time, these could be moved to the sail, the rod or the tow. One of the most distinctive features of these boats is its decoration. They are decorated with paintings depicting, almost always, satirical or comic day-to-day situations. Moliceiro trip with a degustation of the traditional pastry with time to explore the salt works and the salty essence of the city. Lunch & Dinner free. Accommodation at the hotel Vista Alegre Palace.
DAY 4 – DEPARTURE AVEIRO
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.
Have a good trip.