About the City & Region

Known as the Venice of Portugal, Aveiro is surrounded by salt-flats, beaches and lagoons and dominated by the Central Canal running through town. Once a big sea port, Aveiro lies in a region of valleys cut by mountains and fertile lagoon plains.

The city of Aveiro is crossed by canals, which give it quite an individual character, and in the old quarter tourists can see the quaint whitewashed houses of the fishermen and visit, early in the morning, the Mercado do Peixe, an auction of the fish caught during the night. Of all the boats seen in the area, the moliceiro is the most elegant, being perfectly lined, painted with bright colours and with often ingenious and humorous decorations.

The municipal holiday is 12 May, the day of Joanna, Princess of Portugal.

There are several ways to discover Aveiro: on board of a typical "moliceiro" boat along the Ria waters, by BUGA (Aveiro free bikes) or simply on foot through the paths of Art Nouveau or of Contemporary Architecture – Aveiro University. Delight yourself with the famous sweet eggs, do alternative shopping at the Mercado Negro and end the day at the square Praça do Peixe, where you will find several restaurants and bars.

In Aveiro there are plenty high quality hotels, ideally located, some of them with special prices for the participants of XIII Iberian Congress of Herpetology. In the surrounding area of Aveiro, let yourself go in the Nature Reserve Dunas de S. Jacinto, in the Barra and Costa Nova beaches with its enchanting striped colourful houses and visit award-winning Ílhavo Maritime Museum.

Congress Collaborators

  • Sara Costa
  • Bárbara Santos
  • Ariana Moutinho
  • Iolanda Rocha
  • Inês Bulhosa
  • Nuno Costa
  • Emanuele Fasola
  • Isabel Damas
  • Cátia Venâncio
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