Aveiro was born from salt, fed with fish, and groomed with sweets. Located close to the Atlantic coast, Aveiro is the second largest city in the center region of Portugal. Historically connected to salt harvesting and fishing, Aveiro is also home to one of the most iconic Portuguese sweets: “ovos moles” (literal translation: soft eggs).
Its history goes back to the 10th century when it was known as “Alavarium et Salinas” meaning literally “a gathering place or preserve of birds and of great salt". Salt indeed defined the region not only economically but also in terms of landscape and ecosystems. Straight-lined ponds populate the river banks and are connected by small channels creating what some refer to as ...continue reading