The human presence dating back to the early days, the Prehistory, witnessed the tumuli and dolmens that exist throughout the region. One of the capital gains present here is the production of salt and naval trade. In the saline side, this has always been well used, especially in the Roman Period. The marketing of this exchange and is heavily documented, from 959, in the testimony of Countess Mumadona Days to Cenobio de Guimarães. This document presents the ancient form of the toponym Aveiro, in which Mumadona Days gives this region to Guimarães monastery on the name “Suis land in Alauario et Salinas.”.


With the building of the walls in the fifteenth century beginnings, involving the urban center of Aveiro, aimed at the protection of this heritage and all the growth that it had obtained. Then religious institutions and assists were implemented, which in the darkest moments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with the silting of the bar. Only in 1808, here it was developed artificial opening, which increases the total Aveiro dynamism.

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there is a great development of the property, who had the desire to follow the taste of the time, especially in the decoration in Art Nouveau or the lines of Art Deco and Modernism. Currently, the artistic challenge is delivered to the campus that hosts the performances of great national architects.

However, tradition and ethnographic experiences are not forgotten, much less traditional and rural buildings, here being kept in Alboi and in the neighborhood of Beira Mar, these ideologies, the single-storey houses lined with tiles that depict the ancient marnotos / salt workers and fishermen which were devoted to St. Gonçalinho and San Roque.

What to visit

Schist VillagesHistoric villagesAveiroBatalhaCastelo BrancoCoimbraFátimaFigueira da FozGuardaÍlhavoLeiriaSantarémTomarViseu

Not forgetting the Ria, Aveiro preserves its landscape of islands and marshes that teem with biodiversity. In the sand dunes of San Jacinto, the natural sanctuary and a small village marked by the lagoon toil along with the traditions of Xávega art, offer a vision of pure union between man and nature.

Arising from an ancient tradition, the ceramic industry has been growing both by the recognition of this but also by technological advances that have put together the facts of the geological formation of the area and the history of ceramics dating back to the late-Roman period / medieval, in which they are shown the ceramic furnace shaft.

Today, much of the development of the region comes from the involvement of the University of Aveiro, which has been promoting sustainable development.