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Praça da Republica

See some of Aveiro’s most striking municipal buildings, including the city hall and the Misericórdia Church, at this small but lively city square. 

The tree-lined Praça da Republica is at the heart of city life in Aveiro. It’s likely you’ll pass through it at some point during your visit to the city. With so much to see, it’s best to stay and view the imposing City Hall, inspect the tiled façade of the Misericórdia Church and find a spot on a bench to sit back and people-watch.

As you approach Praça da Republica, note the square’s unusual eye-catching design. The ground is covered in a mosaic of small tiles with a design featuring various differently sized circles. At the center of the square stands a monument honoring José Estêvão Coelho de Magalhãe, more commonly known as José Estêvão, an influential 19th-century journalist and politician.

Turn to the south side of the square to face the City Hall, a grand-looking building housing the offices of city officials. On the east edge of the square is Misericórdia Church, one of the most well-known and eye-catching religious monuments in the city. Though based on plans created by an Italian architect in 1585, the church was not built until 1653 under the direction of Portuguese architect Manuel Azenha. Take time to properly examine the center of the façade, which is covered in beautiful 19th-century azulejos (hand-painted tiles). Venture inside the church to see even more of these intricate tiles, some of which date as far back as the 16th century. 

Relax for a while on this square and watch the world go by. Find one of the benches around the square’s perimeters. Because of its central position, the square hosts numerous impromptu soccer games. 

Take a guided tour of the city to find out more about the square and the buildings that surround it. Many guided walking tours will include a stop here. Praça da Republica is just a short stroll away from the Forum Aveiro shopping mall.


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Rua João Mendonça/, Barbosa de Magalhães, 15/17, Aveiro
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Aveiro, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Praca da Republica and Circular Pedestrian Bridge. Aveiro Cathedral and Museu de Aveiro are also within 10 minutes. Aveiro Station is 16 minutes by foot.

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    Hotel das Salinas

    Hotel das Salinas

    Rua da Liberdade, 10, Glória, Aveiro
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Aveiro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Praca da Republica and Aveiro Salt Pans. Estadio Municipal de Aveiro and Barra Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km). Aveiro Station is 19 minutes by foot.

      Ria do Sal £31
      Ria do Sal

      Ria do Sal

      Rua Marques Gomes, 2, 9 Dto Tras, Aveiro, Aveiro
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Aveiro Cathedral, Ria de Aveiro and Aveiro Salt Pans. Costa Nova Beach and Barra Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km). Aveiro Station is 14 minutes by foot.

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        Travessa do Rossio, N1, Aveiro
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Aveiro, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Pedestrian Bridge and Praca da Republica. Aveiro Cathedral and Museu de Aveiro are also within 10 minutes. Aveiro Station is 18 minutes by foot.

          Melia Ria Hotel & Spa £91
          Melia Ria Hotel & Spa

          Melia Ria Hotel & Spa

          Cais da Fonte Nova, Lote 5, Aveiro
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Hotel Imperial £37
            Hotel Imperial

            Hotel Imperial

            Rua Dr. Nascimento Leitão, Aveiro
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Aveiro, this hotel is steps away from Praca da Republica, Museu de Aveiro and Aveiro Cathedral. Circular Pedestrian Bridge and Ria de Aveiro are also within 15 minutes. Aveiro Station is 16 minutes by foot.

              Aveiro City Lodge £43
              Aveiro City Lodge

              Aveiro City Lodge

              Rua Jose Estevao, 47, Rua dos Mercadores, 24, Aveiro
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Aveiro, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Praca da Republica, Circular Pedestrian Bridge and Aveiro Cathedral. Museu de Aveiro and Ria de Aveiro are also within 15 minutes. Aveiro Station is 15 minutes by foot.

                José Estêvão Hotel £54
                José Estêvão Hotel

                José Estêvão Hotel

                Rua José Estêvão, 23, Aveiro
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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