A noted writer, he holds a Degree in Germanic Philology from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra, and has received the following awards:
The Ricardo Malheiros award from the Lisbon Academy of Sciences for “Raiz Comovida”, the Great Literary Biography Prize from APE for Relação de Bordo and the Miguel Torga National Prize for Trasfega. In 2001 he was honoured by the President of the Republic with the Order of Infante D. Henrique. His literary body of work includes: Ciclone de Setembro, Grito em Chamas, Passageiro em Trânsito, O Braço Tatuado, Marilha, Com Paulo Quintela À Mesa da Tertúlia, A Descoberta da Cidade e outras histórias, Emigração e Outros Temas Ilhéus, and the translation of Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations. In 2005, in homage to his forty years of work, the Rectory of the University of Coimbra published Homenagem a Cristóvão de Aguiar - 40 anos de vida literária.