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Bairrada and Aveiro. The Perfect Marriage.
We start by visiting Bairrada, a lively wine-producing region.
If you are looking for natural beauty, traditions, and history, with unique gastronomic experiences and wineries, then this is the right place.
This was the site offights between Christians and Arabs. It was land of passages and conquests when the capital of the kingdom was Coimbra.
It was also the place of the defense of Portugal’s independence, when it was threatened by Napoleon’s armies when they were detained nearby in the mountains of Bussaco.
These men had the pleasure of tasting the wines of the region, thus contributing from an early era to their export.
Here we can visit the Luís Pato Winery. Considered a rebellious winegrower, João Pato began to bottle wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first in the Bairrada region after its demarcation.
But there’s more to see, like the Alliance Underground Museum – the first underground museum in the traditional wineries of Aliança Vinhos de Portugal.
From Bairrada to “The Venice of Portugal”
Located in the west of Portugal, Aveiro is a must-see for those who want to visit a region that combines the ria, canals, and urban areas like nowhere else in Portugal.
Known as “the Venice of Portugal”, Aveiro was a fishing village that feels more like a balcony with a privileged view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Here, tradition goes arm-in-arm with modernity.
Loaded with colorful boats – known as “moliceiros” – Aveiro is a city of canals that invites us to embark on a journey through its historical heritage, dominated by Roman influences, leaving plenty of room for the charm of Art Nouveau and industrial architecture.
Sparkling wine, piglet, beach and museums: where to start
Bairrada is a land of good food, and as well as being one of the most important wine regions in the country.
It has wines produced from various grapes varieties, such as Arinto, Bical ou Maria-Gomes and – of course, the queen of Bairrada – the Baga.
Known for its fruity aroma and fresh taste, all are perfect for accompanying the gastronomic specialties of the region: the roasted piglet. But we’ll be get there in a minute.
One thing is for sure: you can’t leave without visiting the vineyard cellars and experiencing a wine tasting.
And, if you get the chance, don’t miss out on the Bairrada Wine Museum in Anadia.
Opened in 2003, it has collections of corkscrew, bottles, and old labels that are not to be missed.
Aveiro was made for sightseeing and rest, making it the ideal destination for families.
Embark on a mix of history and relaxation, and learn the secrets of churches and shrines such as the City Cathedral and the St. Joan’s Museum, where you’ll find religious art and painting exhibitions.
But your visit cannot end without a ride on a moliceiro boat. This is vital to a visit to the Portuguese Venice, which allows you to get to know the city in a very special way.
To end the morning in the best way, we suggest that you indulge in the wonders of a treatment that recharges and relaxes: the saline spa.
In a unique experience, relax and let the high salinity of the water purify your skin and body.
This is the best natural treatment you can offer your body.
And what will you eat?
Get ready for a very tasty lunch with Bairrada’s famous roasted piglet or a chanfana.
A wide variety of fish is also waiting for you, including the unforgettable eel, the famous cod, and different types of seafood stew.
Pair these delicacies with the region’s wines and regional sweets.
The Barrigas de Freira of Anadia and the Amores of Curia are just a few examples of the wonders you can find. This is without forgetting, of course, the famous Ovos Moles de Aveiro.
Join us on this private tour
Accept our invitation on this getaway that renew your energy.
Contact us for more details on this exclusive tour that lasts about twelve hours.
Come with us to discover Bairrada, known for its sparkling wines - known as “Portuguese Champagne” - and roasted piglet. Then, unwind with a stroll around Aveiro, the Venice of Portugal. Here, two-thirds of the national sparkling wines are produced.
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Aliança Underground Museum
Museum Guided Tour + Wine Tasting
Aliança Underground Museum is the first underground museum where sparkling wine, wines, and spirits intern in perfect communion with art.
In this basement you can experience a new concept of Wine and Art, visiting the two attractions simultaneously and in perfect symbiosis, at Aliança Underground Museum.
Contemplating eight distinct collections, this museum equipment covers areas such as archaeology, ethnography, mineralogy, palaeontology, tiles and ceramics, covering an impressive time span of millions of years.
Luís Pato Winery
Guided tour of the winery + wine tasting
Considered the rebellious winegrower, João Pato began to bottle the wine from his vineyards in 1970, becoming the first winegrower in the Bairrada region after its demarcation.
Bairrada Wine Museum (Optional)
The Bairrada Wine Museum perfectly combines new technologies and the most modern audio-visual media, thus making this museum space a cultural reference. Due to its unique characteristics, it is home to various artistic and cultural manifestations.
Aveiro Train Station is in the city centre and is an interface of the north line (the line that connects Lisbon to Porto). Now, it has two buildings: the new in operation since 2005 and the old one, known as a façade decorated with polychrome tiles, depicting railway scenes, natural and traditional activities.
Infante D. Pedro Park
Spend a few minutes from the city centre and enjoy quiet moments in one of Aveiro's most beautiful parks. Walk through the extensive gardens, then take a relaxing boat ride on one of the lakes and visit the Hunting and Fishing Museum located in this area - an ideal setting for a quiet morning.
Its origin dates to the sixteenth century, but the cathedral is the primitive church of the convent of Santo Domingo. The beginning consisted of a chapel, without choir and three naves, being transformed between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and converted into the devotional chapel of the corridors.
In 1835, this church is converted into the parish of the Church of Our Lady of Glory, passing in 1938 by the Cathedral of the Diocese of Aveiro by the bull of Pope Pius XI.
In the 18th century, the nave of the church was rebuilt, becoming brighter with the opening of large ovals windows. In this century, the free spaces of the church walls were covered with tile panels.
Aveiro Museum - Santa Joana (Former Monastery of Jesus)
Founded in the fifteenth century, situated inside the great convent of Jesus, it is strongly associated with the most influential princess of Aveiro - Santa Joana de Portugal. Today we can visit who will be his marble tomb and admire the Baroque style, the Manueline porticos, the Manueline-inspired cloisters and the Lyrian chapels that embellish this historic monument.
This museum is considered one of the most important religious art in the country, exhibits a collection of Portuguese paintings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, meticulous work of tiles, elegantly crafted pieces in gold and a vast collection of clothes, jewellery and relics.
Church of Mercy
This church is one of the most attractive examples of religious architecture in the district. Built in the late 16th century, this monument is a traditional façade with blue and white tiles, Renaissance elements on its balconies and a wonderful selection of colourful tiles inside.
While in town, visit the famous Fish Market - a traditional market that houses some of Aveiro's best seafood restaurants. Nearby you select several restaurants and a wide variety of shops and bars.
Moliceiro boat trip in the Ria de Aveiro
Visit Aveiro and not ride on the typical boat of the Ria de Aveiro is like visiting Rome and not seeing the Pope. Attention do not be fooled by the comparison of Aveiro with Venice.
The Ria de Aveiro is often used for tourist purposes, mainly through its characteristic boats, the Moliceiros. Moliceiro boat trips take place only in the 4 urban canals of the Ria de Aveiro. The Central Channel, the Cojo Channel, the Pyramid Channel, and the São Roque Canal.
These tours last 45 minutes and allow you to get to know the main attractions and monuments.
Visit to the Navy Noeirinha
Aveiro is one of the cities with the greatest tradition in salt exploration. Of the many hundreds of salt in as that existed in the last century, there are only 6 in activity, one of these is the Navy Noeirinha where you can see the whole process of production and extraction of sea salt. Its production takes place from June to September. Visit Aveiro in these months, you will have great chances to see the bustle of the Marnotos in your work.
Vista Alegre Museum (Optional)
Aveiro is the birthplace of the famous Vista Alegre porcelain, an example of the long Portuguese tradition in ceramics. Set within the original factory, where these delicate works of art are produced, this museum is
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Included wineries are subject to change based on their availability, private events, and holidays.
It is mandatory to present a valid photo ID for drinking alcohol in wineries. Be aware that the legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years.
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