Early in the 20th century, when emigrants who had become rich in Brazil began to return to Aveiro, the city buildings gained the first elements of an Art Nouveau inspired style. Here, this new style which was based on the movement which was flourishing in Europe at the turn of the century, was applied mainly in decorative elements in the façades and was mixed into the conservative vision of the buildings’ exterior and interior aspects. The main novelty of the Aveiro Art Nouveau movement was that it mixed some typical aspects of this style into something very traditionally Portuguese: the tile which was frequently used by masters such as Licínio Pinto and Francisco Pereira.

At the centre of Aveiro

It is at the centre of Aveiro, around the Rossio area and the houses where you can taste the delicious “ovos moles”, that you will find an interesting assemble of Art Nouveau buildings. The façades, where you can frequently see wrought iron and hewn stone elements, unfold into arcades and bow-windows. Decorations run through columns, go around windows and doors and frame glasses and tile panels. If you love Art Nouveau and want to explore the best tourism in Aveiro, you should try to visit the Program Museum of the City of Aveiro which includes tours to the Art Nouveau Museum and any other centre of the City Museum as well as enjoy a walk in the Aveiro Lagoon.