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Conference addrees:
Clarisse Soares
Physics Department
3810-193 Aveiro
Telf: +351 234 370 356
Fax: +351 234 424 965


International Conference  on

Science of Complex Networks: from Biology to the Internet and WWW

University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal)
29 August - 2 September 2004

Participants can arrange their own accommodation contacting directly the hotels or by asking the secretary of the conference in order to book it.

Hotel Prices

( Per room and day, breakfast and taxes)
These are special prices for the conference

Hotel  Place 


Single Double Extra bed


** 53.00    63.50  10.00

As Américas





residencial ALBOI
40.00 53.00 13.00


43.00    58.00








     ***      59.00   68.00 23.00
University residences*



    18.70 €


(*) These are in a very limited number University residences (20).

     If you want to reserve one, please contact the organization.




aHotel As Américas **** (15  minutes walk from the university)
Number of rooms: 70 (new gleaming  marble)
Rua Engenheiro Von Haffe, 20
3800-176 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351) 234.384.640
Fax: (+351) 234.384.258

iBest Western Hotel Imperial *** (10 minutes to university)
Number of  rooms: 107 (new building in the centre of town)
Rua  Dr. Nascimento Leitão
3810-108 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351)  234.380.150
Fax: (+351) 234.380.151
E-mail: and

aHotel  Afonso V ***  (10 minutes to university)
Number of Rooms: 80 (new building in a residential area)
Rua do Dr Manuel das Neves, 65
3810-101 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351) 234.425.191
Fax: (+351)  234.381.111

mHotel  Mercure *** (15 minutes to university)
Number of rooms: 45  (Converted older building of some beauty on a busy street)
Rua Luís Gomes de Carvalho, 23
3800-211 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351)  234.404.400
Fax: (+351) 234.404.401

jHotel Apartamento  Afonso V *** (10 minutes to university)
Number of rooms: 53 (Modern  building in residential area)
Praceta Dom Afonso V
3810-094 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351) 234.426.514
Fax: (+351)  234.424.133

aHotel  Arcada ** (10 minutes to university)
Number of rooms: 49 (Old style hotel in listed building in centre of town overlooking canal)
Rua de Viana do Castelo, 4
3800-275 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351)  234.423.001
Fax: (+351) 234.421.886

aResidencial Alboi
**** (5-10 minutes to university)
Number of rooms: 22
Rua da Arrochela, 6
3810-052 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351) 234.380.390
Fax: (+351) 234.380.391


Pensão Estrela *** (10 minutes to  university)
Number of rooms: 11
Price: 15 to 33 EUR
Rua José Estêvão,  4
3800-201 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351) 234.423.818

Residencial  Santa Joana *** (10 minutes to university)
Number of rooms: 16
Price: 20  to 35 EUR
Avenida Dr. Lourenço Peixinho, 227
3800-168 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351) 234.428.604

Pensão Beira **  (10 minutes to  university)
Number of rooms: 10
Price: 18 to 40 EUR
Rua José Estêvão,  18, 1.º
3800-201 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351) 234.424.297

Residencial  Palmeira ** (10 minutes to university)
Number of rooms: 16
Price: 18 to 30 EUR
Rua da Palmeira, 7
3800-293 Aveiro
Telephone: (+351)  234.422.521
Fax: (+351) 234.424.051

Travel Information


Please do not hesitate to contact the local organization committee if you feel that you would need some special support concerning your arrival.

At Oporto Airport you can take a taxi to the main railway stations são Bento or  Campanhã (or the busses Nr. 56 and 87, the last stop of this busses ir "Cordoaria", five minutes walk to Av. dos Aliados and São Bento train station). The taxi fare is about 15 euro.
There are different types of trains, cheap local trains ("Suburbanos": price ~ 3 euro), which departing every hour and need one hour to arrive in Aveiro, and more expensive fast trains ("Alfas" or "IC", timetable can be found below: price ~10 euro).

Another possibility is the airport shuttle (AeroBus, I suggest this one, see time table below), which connects the airport with various hotels in Oporto (4 , passengers of TAP can use it free of charge) with stops in "Boavista" and "Avenida dos Aliados". To continue to Aveiro directly we suggest to leave the bus at "Aliados" and take a local train "Suburbano" from "São Bento" to Aveiro (ticket about 3 Euro).

Porto has two main train stations ("São Bento" and "Campanha"). "São Bentro" is located in the city center (Avenida dos Aliados). Is the most convinient for those coming from the airport. The last stopt of 56 and 87 buses is very close.

(São Bento -> Campanha -> ... -> Ovar ... -> ... -> Aveiro)

On SATURDAY, August 28, there will be a free bus service from Oporto airport to Aveiro.

More news will come more close to the event!!



ALFA Pendular (1)
ALFA Pendular (2)
IC Intercity (3)
ALFA Pendular (4)
ALFA Pendular (3)
ALFA Pendular (3)
ALFA Pendular (3)
ALFA Pendular (5)
IC Intercity (3)
ALFA Pendular (6)

  1. daily except on Sunday and public holidays
  2. daily except on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  3. daily
  4. daily except Sunday
  5. Only on Sunday and if it is not the eve of a public holiday. Also on Monday if a public holiday
  6. Only on Sunday and on public holidays that do not fall on Saturday

If you arrive at Lisbon Airport you can take a taxi to the train station "Gare do Oriente" and from there a train to Aveiro (timetables available on The fastest (and recommended) trains are the Intercidades and Alfa services with fares of about 13-20 Euro. The journey to Aveiro takes about 2h30min. Due to the excellent train connections to Aveiro you can avoid long waiting times at Lisbon.

Time schedule for trains


Santa Apolónia



ALFA Pendular (1)
IC Intercity (2)
ALFA Pendular (3)
ALFA Pendular (2)
ALFA Pendular (2)
ALFA Pendular (2)
IC Intercity (4)
IC Intercity (2)
ALFA Pendular (5)
ALFA Pendular (2)

  1. daily except Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
  2. daily
  3. daily except Sunday
  4. only on Fridays if not coinciding with public holidays
  5. daily except Saturday

NOTE: Please check the time table directly in the CP web site

CP — Caminhos-de-ferro Portugueses (Portuguese railways)

"Aerobus" time table
(two busses per hour)

Av. dos Aliados - Aeroport

start at Av. dos Aliados
6h 7h 8h 9h 10h 11h 12h 13h 14h 15h 16h 17h 18h 19h

15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15
45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45 45

arrives at Aeroport
7h 8h 9h 10h 11h 12h 13h 14h 15h 16h 17h 18h 19h
25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25 25
55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 55

Aeroport - Av. dos Aliados

starts at Aeroport
7h 8h 9h 10h 11h 12h 13h 14h 15h 16h 17h 18h 19h 20h

00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 30

arrives at Av. Aliados
8h 9h 10h 11h 12h 13h 14h 15h 16h 17h 18h 19h 20h
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40


Aveiro and the surrounding region has some excellent restaurants serving traditional Portuguese food. For those who enjoy the delicacies of a region rich in sea-food, the eel and sea-food chowders must not be missed. Alternatively there are dishes to be enjoyed which are more characteristic of the inland regions of Portugal: veal, roasted pork pieces, lamb and sucking-pig. The regions’ desserts originate from the old convents: "fios de ovos" (Strings of sweetened egg), "pão-de-ló" (a typical sponge cake) and "ovos moles" (an egg and sugar paste used for cake fillings).
If you enjoy something more exotic, you can eat Chinese, Brazilian, Venezuelan or Italian food (at very reasonable prices by European standards!).



Morada: Travessa Lavadouros, 1 / 3800-209 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 371 777

Adega do Evaristo
Adega do Evaristo

Morada: Rua 31 de Janeiro, 14 / 3810-192 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 424 780

Encerramento: sábado

Adega S. Gonçalinho
Adega S. Gonçalinho

Morada: Rua das Salineiras, 28 / 3800-250 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 42 51 48


Morada: Cais do Alboi, 14 / 3810-045 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 420 494

A Barca
A Barca

Morada: Rua José Rabumba, 5 / 3810 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 426 024

Encerramento: sábado ao jantar e domingo

Le Bistrôt
Le Bistrôt

Morada: Largo Conselheiro Queirós, 25 / 3810-090 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 425 449

O Cagaréu
O Cagaréu

Morada: Rua do Magistério Primário, 14 / 3800-212 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 382 143

Encerramento: terça


Morada: Rua Aires Barbosa, 38 / 3810-042 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 425 110
Fax: (+351) 234 429 796

Encerramento: segunda


Morada: Praça do Mercado, 9-10 / 3800-223 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 422 798
Fax: (+351) 234 481 445

A Cozinha do Rei
A Cozinha do Rei

Morada: Rua Dr. Manuel das Neves, 66 / 3810-101 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 483 710
Fax: (+351) 234 483 867

Aberto todos os dias.


Morada: Cais Botirões, 24 / 3800-350 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 420 032
Fax: (+351) 234 386 818

Francesinhas & Companhia
Francesinhas & Companhia

Morada: Rua Eng.º Von Haff, 36 - Edifício Arnelas / 3800 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 386 971

Encerramento: domingo

Galetos Dourados
Galetos Dourados

Morada: Rua Eng.º Von Haff, 7 B / 3800-177 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 427 401

Hotel Imperial
Hotel Imperial

Morada: Rua Dr. Nascimento Leitão / 3810-108 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 380 150
Fax: (+351) 234 380 151

Aberto todos os dias.

La Mamaroma
La Mamaroma

Morada: Cais do Alboi, 21 / 3810-045 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 384 586

Encerramento: 2ª feira e sábado almoço

O Mercantel
O Mercantel

Morada: Rua António Lé, 16 / Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 428 057

Encerramento: segunda


Morada: Largo do Rossio, 6 / 3800-247 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 420 858
Fax: (+351) 234 420 858

A Nossa Casa
A Nossa Casa

Morada: Rua do Gravito, 10 / Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 429 236


Morada: Centro Cultural e de Congressos
Cais da Fonte Nova / 3800 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 384 221
Fax: (+351) 234 38 41 39

Encerramento: domingo

Pizzaria Pizzarte
Pizzaria Pizzarte

Morada: Rua Eng.º Von Haffe, 27 R/c / 3800-177 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 42 71 03

Aberto todos os dias.

Porter House
Porter House

Morada: Rua João Afonso, 13 - Rossio / 3810-273 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 42 81 56


Morada: Canal de São Roque, 83 / 3800 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 382 674
Fax: (+351) 234 425 210

Encerramento: domingo

Solar das Estátuas
Solar das Estátuas

Morada: Quinta da Palhoça, E.N.109 - Esgueira / 3800-042 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 31 22 40
Fax: (+351) 234 312 240

A Tasca do Confrade
A Tasca do Confrade

Morada: Rua dos Marnotos, 34 / 3800-220 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 386 381

Encerramento: domingo à noite e 2ª Feira

O Telheiro
O Telheiro

Morada: Largo da Praça do Peixe, 20-21 / 3800-243 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 429 473

Encerramento: sábado

Travessa do Peixinho
Travessa do Peixinho

Morada: Rua Eng.º Von Haff, 34 / 3800-176 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 426 508


Morada: Rua Aviação Naval, 27 / 3810-083 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 42 85 46


Morada: Rua José Estêvão, 52 / 3800-201 Aveiro
Tel: (+351) 234 42 96 49


Health Services

Consultations are given at the Centro de Saúde (Public Health Centre) through the "Serviço de Atendimento Permanente" (SAP), where you should go in the first instance.
Location: Praceta Rainha D. Leonor
3810 Aveiro
Tel: 234 378 650
08h00 - 22h00 -- Monday-Friday
08h00 - 20h00 -- Saturday and Sunday

Who can use SAP?
- European Union Citizens holding the E111 or E128 health certificate;
- Brasilian citizens holding the PB4 health certificate;
- International researchers enrolled in the Portuguese Social Security System;
- Portuguese nationals enrolled in the Portuguese Social Security System
Note: If you do not have access to the SAP user card, you may still use the service but have to pay full rates.

The organizers suggest that participants who are not covered by SAP should get a health insurance for the duration of their stay in Portugal.

Urgent Medical Assistance is available in hospital providing 24 hours a day emergency service. In case of emergency dial 112.


Pharmacies are identified by a green cross which will be lit up at night if the pharmacy is on duty. When it is closed there will be a notice in the window showing the nearest pharmacy on duty, which is open 24 hours a day. The Portuguese word for pharmacy is farmácia.
The addresses and telephone numbers of the particular pharmacy on weekend and night duty are provided in the local newspapers and in the front windows of all pharmacies.
Timetable: working days - 09h00 to 13h00 and 15h00 to 19h00
Saturdays - 09h00 to 13h00


Voltage: 220/380 volts at a frequency of 50 Hertz. All sockets follow European standards. To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.



  •  Euro

Credit Cards:
Credit cards (such as American Express, Eurocard/Mastercard and Visa) are widely accepted in Portugal.

Automatic Cash Machines and Cash Cards:
Portugal has a national network of ATMs (Automatic teller Machines), known as Multibanco, which allows the withdrawal of up to 200 euros per day on cash cards. Machines are located in banks, shops, petrolstations and other convenient places. Multibanco point-of-sale devices are also in wide use in shops, restaurants, cafés etc.
Multibanco machines recognise the international cash cards Visa International, Eurocheque, Cirrus, and American Express. In addition, cards, which function through the following networks, are accepted (ask your bank at home for advice about which network your card works through):

  • Telebanco System 4B (Spain)
  • ServiRed (Spain)
  • CLAU (Andorra)
  • BANCONTACT – Banksys (Belgium)
  • Buildings Societies and LINK networks managed through NEXUS (UK)
  • BANKONET network managed through SSB (Italy)

Banks are open from 8.30 – 15.00 from Monday to Friday.


Public Transport

The integrated city bus network is run by the Urban Transport Services of Aveiro (TUA) serving all parts of the town. Lines 5, 6 and 12 serve the University. Tickets can be bought in advance at any post office or at the University Students Union. It is also possible to pay the driver directly although this is more expensive.

Minibuses (tua - SMA) are an alternative to city buses, travelling every ten minutes by two routes between the railway station and the university Campus. Ticket purchase and prices are identical to the city bus network.

Buga is a bike, which can be hired on a casual basis for getting around Aveiro town centre. There are bike parks situated throughout the town and at the University Campus. Buga users simply insert a 50 cents coin in a slot and take a bike. The coin is returned at any bike park (functions like a shopping trolley system).

Trains – There are 5 types of train service. Alfa and Intercidades are express trains that stop at large cities only. Inter regional and regional trains stop at smaller towns and are less expensive than the others. Suburbano trains travel short distances to serve daily commuters. Travelling 60 km costs about 3 euros on the Inter Regional and the Regional trains. The Alfa and Intercidades are generally a little over double the price but much quicker.

Taxis – These can be called by telephone, at taxi-ranks or on the move. Most taxis are beige and display the letter A on the car door. Fares vary from district to district, but generally speaking taxis are not as expensive in Portugal as in most other European countries. The fare is based on the distance travelled, with extra charges for luggage. It is not necessary to tip the driver.


At airports, international railway terminals and all main locations there are rent-a-car services. Specially adapted or automatic vehicles are available for the disabled. To hire a vehicle you must be over 18, present some identification (identity card for EU citizens or valid passport for others) and a driver’s licence held for more than one year.
The green card is obligatory and it is advisable to be insured.
For further information please contact Associação dos Industriais de Automóveis sem Condutor ( Tel: 351 21 395 7234) or a Travel Agent.
For further information relating to transport for the disabled, please contact TURINEGRA – Turismo Integrado, CRL ( Tel: 351 21 859 5332)
In Aveiro, you can hire a car at:

Avis- Rent-a-Car
Avenida Dr. Lourenço Peixinho, 181

Tel: 234 371 041,
and other places.

Driving in Portugal

In Portugal we drive on the right and overtake on the left. Headlights must be used during heavy rain, fog and, of course, at night. On some major roads, for example on the IP5, which links Aveiro to European E80 highway, the use of headlights is obligatory at all times.
Driving Licences
Driving licences issued in other EU member states are valid in Portugal. Licences issued beyond the European Union are generally not recognised, although it is possible to apply to have a foreign licence if it was issued in a country with which Portugal has signed a bilateral agreement on the equivalence and exchange of driving licences. International driving licences purchased in your home country are recognised in Portugal.


All telephone numbers functioning from the national network provider and the numbers of mobile phones purchased in Portugal have 9 digits. We do not use any regional codes.
For example: To ring the University of Aveiro International Office from, say, Lisbon, dial: 234 370 060
To ring the University of Aveiro International Office from across the road, dial: 234 370 060

To call Portugal from abroad, dial the international access code plus the country code for Portugal (351) plus the telephone number. For example, to call the International Office of the University of Aveiro from your country, dial
International Access Code + 351 234 370 060

The telecommunications industry in Portugal is buoyant and expanding, with many independent operators competing to provide communications services. At present, independent operators provide national and international lines, but not local lines. If you intend to bring a mobile phone, make sure it is compatible with the Portuguese networks (GSM 900/1800). Mobile phones in Portugal do not function with disposable phone cards.


Post Offices are open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Regular stamped mail (correio normal) can be dropped into the red post-boxes for collection. Stamped express mail (correio azul) can be dropped into the blue post-boxes. Stamps can be purchased at the post office, at many newspaper kiosks, news agencies, bookshops, and from stamp machines in public places.


Some Basic Words and Phrases

Thank you — Obrigado
1 — um
20 — vinte
Please — Por favor
2 — dois
30 — trinta
Good morning — Bom dia
3 — três
40 — quarenta
Good afternoon — Boa tarde
4 — quatro
50 — cinquenta
Good evening — Boa noite
5 — cinco
60 — sessenta
Yes — Sim
6 — seis
70 — setenta
No — Não
7 — sete
80 — oitenta
Bank — Banco
8 — oito
90 — noventa
Exhange — Câmbio
9 — nove
100 — cem
How much is it? — Quanto custa?
10 — dez
1000 — mil
Do you speak English? — Fala Inglês?    
I don’t understand — Não compreendo    

Culture and Entertainment

In all the main urban centres there are cinemas, theatres, bookshops, art exhibitions, galleries, concerts, ballet, opera, etc. In Portuguese cinemas the films are generally shown in the original language, with subtitles in Portuguese. In various locations around the country and at regular intervals there are displays by folk dancing groups and there are regular pilgrimages and fairs of a highly regional nature where popular art and artefacts are available. Portugal has a wide variety of choice for entertainment: casinos, bingo halls, discos, bars, pavement cafes, piano bars, sporting events, etc.
For information and dates for events and cultural programmes please contact ICEP Tourist Offices (Tel: +351 21 346 3658) or the local tourist board.


From the North to the South of Portugal there is a rich heritage of various monuments. Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Convents, Churches and other sites offer the public an amazing choice of works of art.
With the exception of public holidays and /or weekly closing days, they are generally open from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m.
Some palaces close on Wednesday.


National museums are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They close on Monday and sometimes for part of Tuesday morning.
For more information on national Museums please contact Instituto Português de Museus (Tel: 351 21 364 2230)


The Portuguese bullfight is unique in the world and originates in the 16th century. Known in Portuguese as "Arte Marialva" it consists of a fight on foot between the bull and the bullfighter, bullfighting on horseback and ends with the exciting "pega". In this genuine Portuguese event, a group of men called the "forcados" taunt the bull (which may weigh over 600 kg) from a distance and then when it runs towards them they grab it by the horns and tail until it comes to a standstill.
Since the 18th century it has been forbidden to kill the bull during bullfights in Portugal. The bullfighting season traditionally starts on Easter Sunday throughout the country and finishes in October.


Fado originated in sailors’ bars in Lisbon towards the end of the 18th century. Its name came from the Latin fatum, fate. From the last quarter of the 19th century it was adopted by the aristocrats to express their romantic feelings using the words of great Portuguese poets and writers, and became linked to the word "saudade" (a longing for home and familiar places). The voice of Amália Rodrigues has made fado known internationally. Fado is considered the typical musical form of Lisbon and can be heard in the typical areas of Alfama and Bairro Alto in places known as "casas de fado". Coimbra fado, sung in this city by students in their black gowns, is closer to troubadour origins. Many of the songs still tell of students’ adventures with local girls. One of the differences between these two types of fado sung in Lisbon and Coimbra is, that the second is traditionally sung as a solo by a man. The instrumental accompaniment for either of the types is the 12 string Portuguese guitar and the classical guitar.


With its mild climate and the high number of sunny days throughout the year, Portugal is an excellent country for sports. Thanks to natural conditions and built infrastructures, the most important activities are golf, tennis and water sports: sailing, rowing, fishing, underwater exploration, surfing, bodyboarding and windsurfing. For anglers out on the high seas, the "big game" Portugal offers along the continental coast and in Madeira and the Azores provides an opportunity to break international records with sword fish, tuna and shark among others.
For the various types of sporting events please contact the respective sports Federations or Associations or Instituto do Desporto (Tel: 351 21 395 32 71)


Aveiro is located on the west coast of Portugal offering a picturesque view of Portuguese coastal life. The "Ria" - the largest lagoon in Portugal - is a natural inlet from the sea that runs into the city through canals, giving the city a feeling of being built over water. In June, the weather is pleasantly mild providing an invitation to visit the sandy beaches only 10 kms away. Additional information about the region of Aveiro is available here:


Although there is no supermarket on the Campus, there are a number of supermarkets within easy reach where a wide variety of international foods are available. In addition there are a number of health food shops in town, which sell a wide range of cereals as well as some spices. Sweet potatoes, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as fresh meat, fish, eggs are available not only in the supermarket but also at the open marketplace just 5 minutes from the residential complex. Unfortunately, there are no Halal or Kosher butchers in Aveiro.

Note that tap water is perfectly safe to drink in Portugal. If you come across a drinking fountain however, it is better to ask the local people whether or not it is safe to drink from.


The Shopping Centre "Forum", which lies in the centre of town, offers a variety of shops, as well as a supermarket.
Shops are open from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m. On Saturdays most shops close at 1:00 p.m.



The Portuguese climate can be described as maritime temperature. It is cool and often rainy in the north, warmer and drier in the south. In Aveiro, average temperatures range between 8 and 14 degrees centigrade in January, while August temperatures vary between 17 and 30 degrees centigrade. The periods of highest rainfall are generally in March and April.
Aveiro enjoys the luxury of a cool sea breeze, even at the hottest times of the year (August and September). The best advice we can offer is to bring sun and rain protection clothing and equipment. The actual weather report can be seen at

Portugal is on Greenwich Mean Time (except for the islands of Madeira and Azores).

Culture and Entertainment

In town, there are large swimming-pool complexes with which the university has special arrangements for students, details of which can be obtained through the Students Union.
Aveiro also has health centres, gymnasiums, tennis complexes and a football stadium (Home to the First Division team Beira Mar). I
Information about access to these facilities can be found on location or through the Students Union Sports Department.

Beaches and Mountains

The geographical location of Aveiro is ideal for those who enjoy the outdoors. An extensive stretch of sandy coastline is located just 10 km from town, with the beaches Costa Nova and Barra very popular among surfers, swimmers, and nature enthusiasts. Buses from Aveiro run every hour. If you want to go swimming seek advice about the safe places to swim.
Freita and Caramulo Mountains lie some 50 km inland, offering some spectacular scenery along the many and varied hiking routes.

Cinema, Theatre and Events

There are two large multi-screen cinemas in Aveiro within 10 minutes walking distance from the University Campus. In town there are also a further two film theatres showing alternatives to the mainstream commercialised type of films.
In Aveiro there is no shortage of other types of cultural activity! The University is well known for promoting the arts through its monthly programme of cultural events, including poetry readings, exhibitions, plays, recitals etc.
Aveiro also has a large exhibition centre where music festivals, theatrical productions and conferences are held on a regular basis. Rock concerts are occasionally organised by the Students Union, especially during student week, which is usually held in the second week of May.


Some 15 museums in the region tell of the history and past civilization of Aveiro and the surrounding district, with exhibitions of local crafts, dress, machinery, ceramics, life with the sea and popular traditions. In general, Museums open daily (except on Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. Further details can be obtained from the Tourist Office in town.

Useful links (maps, travel,...)

Detailed Aveiro Map

University of Aveiro Map

Portugal Info