Aveiro reminded me of a super mini Venice with the canals that run through it. They have gondolas that you can go on that take you around the city. On the fin of the gondola’s they have hand painted naughty scenes which I found super funny. Most having to do with a man and woman. The city is known for its art nouveau buildings. They can give you a free map and you can see the building throughout the city. Such amazing architecture in them. I really like the art nouveau look. At Christmas time, city’s and some towns build a ice skating rink for kids and some adults who dare to go. Super cute and fun to see. Along with horse carriage rides that take you anywhere you would like to go. Lots of shopping here with some handmade items and their own roasted coffee which is tasty. Fun and serene with the canals to take a trip to. Not too many people have mentioned Aveiro to us so we were surprised to come across such a neat place.
We spent our Christmas in Porto. We were excited to be here since we’ve heard so much about this city. It’s further up north and sets along a river. The river walk is amazing, filled with beautiful homes, cafes, and restaurants. Right behind all of that is the historical district. There are humongous old buildings of many churches and land markers. It makes you feel so tiny walking around amongst all of them. Beautiful squares and tiny little shopping streets. Our apartment that we rented was luckily right by the arts district. Here you can find handmade items, unique coffee shops, antique shops, book shops, and street art everywhere around you. They even had a artisanal shopping court. It contained around 15 individual artists with their own shop and a outside courtyard to eat in. The arts district was my favorite part of the city. It is rare that you see so many hand-crafters in one place especially in Portugal. I could spend days even just chilling out in the unique coffee shops they had to offer. Porto is definitely one of my favorite stops. If you travel here, it’s best to spend more than a day and easily a week.
Obidos is out of a fairytale town. The town sets in a castle wall surrounding its beauty. It was out of a dream when we arrived. The whole town was set up in a Christmas market style. Definitely a tourism town with groups of people passing through. At night it’s all lite up with Christmas lights and a big Ferris wheel. All the shops selling handmade goods and local tasty treats. In one place there was a exhibit set up where everything makes a sound. Seth is hitting a ball against bowls to make them all chime in. It was a musical place with noises all around you. All hands on. An old church was turned into the most exquisite book shop. We spent awhile in there. Such a wide variety of books with an overwhelming sense of relaxation being in an old church. There’s a huge parking lot outside of the castle walls to park in for the day or camp. It does cost 5€ but not bad for all you get to see and do. Fun place to spend the afternoon.