Baixo Vouga

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Map showing the location of the Baixo Vouga subregion

Baixo Vouga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˌbajʃu ˈvoɡɐ]) is a Portuguese subregion integrated in the Centro Region. It is centered on the city of Aveiro. Other major cities include Águeda, Ílhavo and Ovar. The subregion covers an area of 1,807 km² and has a population of 394,393 inhabitants (2005) for an overall density of 218 hab/km². It is crossed from east to west by the Vouga River.


Baixo Vouga is a subregion of heavy industry; its exports include paper, ceramics, chemicals, automobiles, and food. Tourism, education (including the University of Aveiro) and health services are also very developed.


The city of Aveiro and its surroundings have much to offer. From urban landscapes, malls, beaches and wooded areas. There are some interesting beaches in this area which is in Costa de Prata("Silver Coast").,i.e.:Barra, Costa Nova, Sao Jacinto, Torreira, Furadouro. The Ria de Aveiro is one of the most amazing lagoons. The Ria crosses the city in several canals, often known as Veneza Portuguesa"Portuguese Venice".The boats are "Moliceiros". Gastronomy/regional:Ovos moles"Soft eggs"(sweets). Spas/Termas:Luso (famous for its mineral water/agua mineral), Curia(Park/Jardim)both tree lined with esplanadas (outdoor cafes). Forrest/Floresta:Mata do Bussaco (in Serra do Bussaco). Vouga river valley around Sever do Vouga is nice too. There's several hotels, Pousadas, Pensions and residenciais, some in the city, others in the countryside.


The municipalities (Concelhos) of Baixo Vouga ("Lower Vouga" river valley) are:


Several motorways,tollways(auto-estradas)[A 1;A 25]. Main train stations:Aveiro(main hub), Ovar,Esmoriz,Pampilhosa,Mealhada,Estarreja, Bairro,Mogofores. Other stations:Avanca,Oia,Paraimo/Sangalhos,Quintas, Luso. Principal airfield:Aveiro/Sao Jacinto [PVA]. Chief harbor(harbour):Porto de Aveiro{Ilhavo/Aveiro}.

Coordinates: 40°37′N 8°38′W / 40.617°N 8.633°W / 40.617; -8.633