Aveiro is one of the main Portuguese cities of the north coast, marked by its gastronomy and the presence of a saltwater estuary, which has given it over the years traditions associated with its use and a natural environment of its own.
It is also characterized by the abundance of architecture works of Art Nouveau, and has a good amount of projects of contemporary architects, many of which give life to the university pole of this city. There are contributions by Álvaro Siza Vieira, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Adalberto Dias, Joaquim Morais Oliveira, Victor Figueiredo, Carrilho da Graça and Aires Mateus. The buildings present in this pole give the city a particular presence in the panorama of Portuguese architecture. Here the unity of the spaces is guaranteed by the regular placement of the various buildings (with slight exceptions) guided by a central distribution square. The use of identical hights and similar materials reinforces this overall cohesion.
Closer to the beach is the city of Ílhavo where it is also possible to visit a good number of works of renown Portuguese architects, mainly from the ARX Portugal duo from Lisbon, and Ilídio Ramos.