Aveiro Art Nouveau walking private tour (4h)

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Known as “the little Venice or the Arte Nova gem of Portugal”, Aveiro exhibits a glorious architectural master pieces of Art Nouveau. According to The Guardian,  Aveiro is “one of the 10 cities more important in Europe for Art Nouveau“.

At the end of the 19th century Aveiro became an important trading center just after a canal was constructed. This explains how at the beginning of the 20th century a colonial middle class settled in the city, modernising everything. These traders and industrialists left an important series of Arte Nova works there. This mainly consisted of shops and single-dwelling houses

Also, many Portuguese returned form Brazil with their newly-found wealth. The returned emigrants (and other, wealthier families) built homes with Art Nouveau style, the art movement of fashion at that time of history.

Distinguished as “the city-museum of Art Nouveau in Portugal“, Aveiro is a charming city with works by the names of Ernesto Korrodi, Francisco Augusto da Silva Rocha, Jaime Inácio dos Santos, José de Pinho or Carlos Mendes.

Arte Nova, Portuguese Art Nouveau, started as late as 1904, more than a decade later than in other European countries, but it also ended later, because Portugal was not involved in the First World War. Even though Art Nouveau lasted for a very short time in Portugal it left a strong presence in Aveiro, a small town full of history and hidden gems.

If you and your group love Art Nouveau and travel to Portugal, this tour is a MUST!

Duration: 4 hours (or up to 6.5 hours if you include the extra activity).

Departure time: 9am.

Prices according to size of your private group:

1 – 5 PAX = 360€
6 – 12 PAX: 15€ per extra person
+12 PAX – Please Contact Us

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Tell us your group size and choose the Date and Time of your Art Nouveau experience. Reserve early to guarantee availability.

Having trouble booking online? Don’t hesitate to contact us by email. You can also WhatsApp/call us at +34 667 823 001 For other departure times, group sizes, languages or any customization to your experience, please email.


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This 4-hour private walking tour is a well-explained walk about its Art Nouveau gems in Aveiro, a city considered “the little Venice of Portugal” and “the Arte Nova gem of Portugal“.

In this tour, you’ll get to know the main highlights of Art Nouveau in Aveiro and, strolling through the city centre, you’ll discover several examples of how this style discreetly became present in the architecture, all while learning about the history of Aveiro at the beginning of the 20th century, and its importance in Portuguese history. This tour will also bring you to hidden gems more far away from the city center.

Aveiro is a fantastically unique Portuguese town. Situated inland from the stunning Silver Coast, perched on a peaceful lagoon and historically famed for its salt production; Aveiro can also boast flamboyant architecture, and design that is unlike any other Portuguese city. Tourists should not expect an immaculate old town but this destination is perfect for tourists seeking something different. It is ideally discovered on foot, with a camera to hand.

From the 28 indexed Arte Nova buildings in Aveiro probably the most representative work is Casa do Major Pessoa (1909), which faces the river and was designed by the architects Francisco Silva Rocha and Ernesto Korrodi. It is a magnificent three-storey building made of extremely skillfully worked stone. It also preserves much of its magnificent interior which is the Museum of Art Nouveau, a place included in this itinerary.

With our private tour the visitor will explore and contemplate the architecture and patrimony of this city’s Arte Nova, the name used by Portuguese to describe Art Nouveau. During the tour the guide will explain this artistic style, the context of its emergence, its inspirations, representations and symbols.

During the tour you will stop in a café located at the ground and patio of an Art Nouveau building. You can have a drink and/or cake to make your walk more confortable.

On top of that, after the tour, if you are interested, you can have a Complete lunch in a Art Nouveau Restaurant and Moliceiro boat tour. Add as an Extra if you are interested. This extra activity will take up to 2.5 hours (1.5h for lunch and 45 minutes to 1 hour for the Moliceiro boat tour).

Pickup and Drop Off

This Art Nouveau Experience starts in your hotel if located in the city of Aveiro, and end in the Museum of Art Nouveau of Aveiro.

If you can stay some more time in Aveiro, “the Arte Nova gem of Portugal” we recommend that you stay in the Hotel As Américas – Hotel Art Nouveau & Design, which has an Art Nouveau house within its premises. See “recommended hotel” in a section below.

If you want to start the tour in Porto and end it in Aveiro, we can oganize such a private tour without return to Porto. Any option possible. Check our tour covering the hidden pearls of Portuguese Arte Nova in the north of Portugal the by clicking HERE.


Lunch in a Art Nouveau Restaurant in Aveiro or in another place, and Moliceiro boat tour. We will find the best option for you.

Art Nouveau Museum entrance, around 2€ per person. Click here for more info. Entry to other exhibitions or buildings with an entry fee, not included.

Recommended Hotel

We recommend that you stay in the Hotel As Américas – Hotel Art Nouveau & Design, which has an Art Nouveau house within its premises.

This is a very interesting choice for a visitor that wants to fully enjoy the Aveiro experience.

In Hotel As Américas guests can enjoy their morning breakfast with natural juices in the breakfast room with its Art Nouveau style.

When booking our private tour you will get a 10% on their Best Available Rate (BAR) on our recommended hotel in town: Hotel As Américas – Art Nouveau & Design. See option below the calendar to enjoy our exclusive discount.

Additional Info

To book this tour start by selecting the group size and the date of your tour on the calendar available in this page. If you have any difficulty while booking (not availability for your desired date/time,…) or any query or special request please tell us right now emailing us or writing your comments on the Contact section of this website.


  • Pay deposit now. If possible, by direct bank transfer. If you prefer by PayPal/Credit card, these payment methods are also available
  • Pay the rest in cash to our guide on the day of the tour


Full day in an amazing city. Art Nouveau and more. Children loved the boat ride

Pierre, Nancy, France

Our friends own a house in Porto and we wanted to discover how belle epoque influenced architecture in the north of Portugal. This private tour was great

Julien, Paris

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