With a prime location, right next to the S. Jacinto nature reserve, this is a charming, quiet and comfortable Pousada, offering you a completely different experience of the Estuary. On your way here you will get to see some of the most famous towns and cities in the Aveiro region - Estarreja, Ovar and Murtosa. Dedicated mainly to fishing and salt farming, they provide a glimpse of a reality that sharply contrasts with urban life in the big cities.
Aveiro, a charming city with canals and colorful romantic houses, where we can see local fishermen toil and breathe the fresh air of the Atlantic, is an absolutely unique and unforgettable experience. Make sure you have enough time to explore the surroundings and discover the different bird species that will keep you company while you're here: herons, storks and flamingos, as well as some birds of prey and ducks who welcome you with open wings - and, with a bit of luck, you might find some otters and reptiles in the most remote and quiet areas of the canals and lagoons.
As all rooms have balconies and outside doors with mosquito nets, you can sleep with open windows and lights off and let the sea breeze enter your dreams.
Well protected from the wind and with excellent sunning areas, the pool is flanked by a lawn that calls for reads and swims. Right next to the jetty there is a small private beach, protected by currents and oxygenated by many algae that attest the quality of water. Enjoy a drink or tea at Garça Bar or simply read by the fireplace in winter. The Pousada is perfect for retreats, family gatherings and even social events, since with its 20 rooms and spacious social areas it looks like the ideal family home to get everyone together in an intimate and cozy setting.
The Pousada was built in one of the most charming places of the Aveiro Estuary, between S. Jacinto and Torreira, right next to the S. Jacinto Natural Reserve. The magnificent location fostered, almost from the beginning, the settlement of the local population, while salt farming, fishery and sea trade were the main development factors.
Pousada da Ria was open in 1962, with a project designed by architect Alberto Cruz, following the architectural language of the period. It has been preserved and restored in perfect conditions, but it still gives you the feeling of being immersed in the nostalgic atmosphere of mid-20th century Portugal. You will therefore find huge windows onto the estuary, endowing the venue with the natural, organic light of wood and shale. The decor, full of maritime and marine motifs, is vintage, while the comfort it provide is timeless. A place full of charming nooks and balconies over the Estuary, inviting you to spend some time chatting and romancing, whatever your age or season of the year.
Visitors marvel not only at the present but also at the testimonies of its history, among which we could highlight the Mannerism and Baroque features of most local churches and chapels: inside the Aveiro Museum, the Church of Jesus, with a majestic gilded woodwork decor and a ceiling whose delicate carvings suggest the gentle art of goldsmithery, and the tomb of Princess Santa Joana, a magnificent 18th century piece with intricate marble inlays; the Church of the Carmelites, a 17th century temple which was part of an old convent; the Cathedral, which dates back to the 15th century, and the St. Dominic Cross, a coeval masterpiece with great iconographic value.
Pestana Tip: Although closely associated with Aveiro, Pousada da Ria is 30 km away from the city and 4 km from Torreira, on the peninsula leading to the S. Jacinto Dunes. The best way to get here from Lisbon or Porto is by taking the Estarreja exit and following the signs to Murtosa and Torreira. Once you reach Torreira, just head to S. Jacinto and 4 kms ahead you will find the Pousada on your left. Afterwards, to visit Aveiro, by car or on foot, you can take the ferry or a boat in S. Jacinto - a 15-minute journey. The reception desk, of course, will provide you with the schedule. It is the best way to go to town and experience the charming Estuary atmosphere.