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Eco-Museu Marinha da Troncalhada, Aveiro

The Eco-Museu Marinha da Troncalhada (aka Ecomuseu Marinha da Troncalhada) is a short walk outside the center of Aveiro. Moliceiro boat tours also normally pass by these impressive salt pans, if you don't feel like the walk.

Salt production has been an important industry in the area since Roman times. The free museum, with information in both Portuguese and English, charts the history of salt in Aveiro.

Visitors can observe restored salt pans and enter the historic processing center. Here you can see traditional tools of the trade and information on the salt workers.

Eco-Museu Marinha da Troncalhada
Mounds of sea salt and the salt pan glisten brilliant white against the azure sky

Salt pans
Salt pans in Aveiro at the Ecomuseu Marinha da Troncalhada

Eco-Museu Marinha da Troncalhada
Eco-Museu Marinha da Troncalhada

Eco-Museu Marinha da Troncalhada
A fascinating museum on salt in Aveiro

Eco-Museu Marinha da Troncalhada
Heaps of salt at the Eco-Museu Marinha da Troncalhada, Aveiro

Access - Getting There

Canal das Pirâmides
3800 Aveiro

From downtown Aveiro, the museum is about 15 minutes on foot.

Places to stay in Aveiro include the Hotel Melia Ria with an indoor pool and spa close to the Aveiro Congress Center. Alternatively, try the three-star Veneza Hotel in the town center.

For eats don't miss Ovos Moles, a local sweet made of egg yolks and sugar.

Museums in Portugal

Museu Marquês de Pombal


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