Aveiro

Is most sought after by those wanting to enter the tourist trade since the airport at Porto opened the rise in popularity is marked, there is no shortage of apartments or houses for sale in the area and it is still very well priced considering its proximity to the coast and the airport.

The city itself has over 70,000 inhabitants and if you add on the population of Ilhavo it swells to over 110,000 making it one of the most populous areas of Central Portugal.

Aveiro is also a municipality and is made up of 14 parishes Aradas, Nossa, Senhora de Fátima, Cacia, Oliveirinha, Eirol, Requeixo, Eixo, Santa Joana,  Esgueira, São Bernardo,  GlóriaSão,  Jacinto,  Nariz, and Vera Cruz.

The area also boasts a canal that runs through the center of the city and a lagoon linking it to the sea, it is for this reason it sometimes referred to as the Venice of Portugal, the city itself dates back to the 10th century when it fell into Moorish hands and they kept it until the 11th century there is however little remaining of Moorish architecture.

The town did become very popular with Portuguese royalty in the 15th century and had a thriving trade in tiles until an enormous storm closed the port and created a reef barring access to the ocean.

Aveiro has a University and a growing tourist industry giving opportunities for property investment and good rental returns, also B&B opportunities are abundant here. The local coastline is quiet and relatively unspoiled the sea is a bit on the rough side which of course delights the surfers and kite surfers who flock to the area.

Fresh fish is of course in abundance as are any number of good fish restaurants along the beach or in the main towns there are also campsites, cycle paths, canoeing boating, and many other leisure activities to keep people interested in the area.