The colors of Aveiro

Aveiro is home of one of the nation’s most dynamic universities, a gorgeous canal system (giving it the nickname of “the Portuguese Venice”), great food, and…brilliant colors.

Half a day in Aveiro was not enough to fully explore, but it was enough to get a good taste. Here are a few samples.

better days

A weathered door, still retaining glimpses of its former brilliance.


This mural was off the beaten path, and I have no idea what it’s supposed to signify. The text on the shark says, “Oh…Manel…call the police.” Just ahead of the shark’s nose is a big Welcome, in English. We did feel quite welcome, actually.

Ukraine flag

Not far from the shark mural was this house, sitting on one of the side canals. Suffice to say this is not a standard color for Portuguese houses! After I got home I started to wonder about those colors, which look very much like the colors of a national flag. A quick search answered the question: Ukraine.

moliceiro art

Aveiro’s canals are full of moliceiros, shallow-draft boats native to the area which are renowned for their distinctive artwork. Some designs are religious, some are scenic, and quite a few are risqué. (Three guesses as to which I enjoyed most.) This one shows a skimpily-dressed woman leaning over while a small dog is, we hope, sniffing her leg. Behind her are two workmen laying down calçadas and enjoying the view. The caption says, “I wish I were a dog.”

More to come.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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16 Responses to The colors of Aveiro

  1. Atticus says:

    These are beautiful photos. That is one thing I wish America had – more color. I feel like whenever I leave the country the first thing I notice is how beautiful and colorful architecture is. Something about a bright blue and yellow building… 🙂

  2. Jorge says:

    Not “Manet”, but “Manel”, a common popular corruption of the name Manuel. The whole text is also relatively common, an ironical saying when someone is doing something that is not entirely law-abiding. Like graffitting that thing, whatever it is, I guess.

  3. syrin says:

    Ohhh, Aveiro, I love that town.
    If you ever end up there again, don’t miss the “Açorda de bacalhau no pão” at O Telheiro. It’s to die for!

  4. Golan Trevize says:

    I don’t think Aveiro has the most dynamic university, UMinho has that title, it has grow a lot in the recent decade, it is a great nursery for tech companies, that’s why Braga is called the portuguese syllicon valley, about 150 tech companies were created by students from that university in the city of Braga.

  5. João Brandão says:

    I’ve been waiting for this post for a while! It’s great you enjoyed Aveiro! Come back again anytime!

  6. @Oregon Expat (cont. from above)

    Thank you so much. Since you have such a kind and generous soul, I feel the need to compensate. It will be my pleasure to give you all my share of the tasty brain.

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