Cross the Worlds Longest Suspension Footbridge, walk the Paiva Walkways, visit Aveiro, the so called Venice of Portugal, and Costa Nova!

The Paiva Walkways is a stunning 7 km boardwalk zig-zagging down along the left bank of Paiva river at Arouca Geopark, a UNESCO Geological site.

New Feature: the Longest Suspension Footbridge in the World called Arouca 516! It spans 516m-long (1,692ft) across the valley and hangs 175m (576ft) above the Paiva River.

NOTICE: the bridge ticket is optional! If you dare to cross it, tick the add-on box “Arouca 516 Bridge Ticket” at the check out. It costs 10€pp.

After the walk, another highlight of our day: a delicious meal at a typical restaurant with panoramic views. (meat, fish or vegetarian options available).

Time to enjoy a relaxed afternoon at the so called “Portuguese Venice” – the beautiful city of Aveiro!

We’ll explore the old quarter, wander through the main squares, see the fish market and taste one of city’s delicacies: sweet-eggs!

Once in Aveiro, a boat trip over the canals is a must do! You`ll board on a “moliceiro” – the traditional river boats – and discover the charming city through the canals.

Last but not the least, the famous haystacks of Costa Nova! See the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors.

PICK UP/DROP OFF At your hotel or lodging in Porto (city center)
START AT / END 8:00-8:30 am / 6:00-6:30 pm (approx)
Pick up/drop off at your hotel/lodging (if in city center)

Transport by top class minivan (small group: min 2 – max 8 people)

Paiva Walkways tickets

Traditional lunch

Boat ride at Aveiro canals and sweet-eggs tasting

Personal expenses
The Arouca 516 Footbridge ticket (choose add-on)

Any service that is not clearly specified in the inclusions



Detailed itinerary

  • Pick up at your hotel/lodging and set off towards the Paiva Walkways
  • The Paiva Walkways;
  • The Arouca 516 Footbridge (optional)
  • Traditional lunch at Arouca;
  • Drive to Aveiro;
  • City center and fish market;
  • Boat ride at the Aveiro canals;
  • Visit to Costa Nova.

Return to your hotel/lodging in Porto.


End of the Tour

The paiva walkways
people hiking at the paiva walkways
arouca 516 bridge
Arouca 516
the paiva walkways stairway and river
the paiva walkways along the river paiva
Art Nouveau buildings in aveiro and the moliceiros boats
Aveiro canals
Aveiro tour
aveiro tour

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 177 reviews

First class life time experience – something different & new!
From start to finish this tour was first class.
Norberto is well organised, has a vast knowledge of Portugal and indeed the world, which makes for a very interesting day in itself. Also we had a mixture of nationalities for conversation – USA, UK, Israel & Portugal which highlights everything i have missed re travel, sharing views and experiences. The content of the tour its self is also first class, we love hiking and this is as good as it gets. The staff on the Bridge were extremely helpful as i am not keen on heights but they made every effort to enable me to enjoy the experience. The lunch in the mountain village was the best food from our whole 5 day break & the boat ride/ fishing village are nice add ons. All in all a great day – loved it. Tim (& Jenny)


Fue un experiencia maravillosa. Desde que empezamos el día en el Puente Colgante de Arouca hasta el precioso paseo por las pasarelas, la comida en Arouca súper rica, espectacular y casera, y el atardecer desde un moliceiro en Aveiro …..sin duda una jornada alucinante gracias a Norberto!! Super amable, atento, una compañía inmejorable para una jornada que recordaremos siempre! MUCHÍSIMAS GRACIAS!!!!! La mejor ruta de senderismo de nuestra vida!!!


I had a blast on this tour!!!
Crossing the bridge was one thing and hiking the walkway was another but the lunch… The lunch was the best for me. I love the traditional cooking and way of eating!! It felt like home for me and it was extremely delicious. Started to rain but the gondola ride wasn’t too bad since the ride had clay umbrellas which made the viewing nice and it was a nice history of the little town. Got to try a past time sweet there and overall had a blast!!!!


Great experience, the locations you visit are beautiful. Norberto is an excellent host, friendly and knowledgeable. Would recommend to anyone!


Really excellent tour, the tour guide was knowledgeable and very friendly and being picked up and dropped off at your hotel is very convenient.


Excellent, Wonderful, Superb, in fact any and all Superlatives! Go, do it, Norberto won’t disappoint. I would gladly do the whole experience again or for that matter any other that Norberto is hosting, as he is a great host and guide in a very open friendly manner. Can’t praise this experience any higher.


Journée exceptionnelle!


Norberto gave us a great day out. He collected us from our hotel and took us in to the mountains to the Arouca bridge and Pavia walkways. We stopped off in a small town before reaching the bridge to use the loo and get supplies if required. Getting on our way We parked a short walk from the bridge and used a short cut for easy access. Plenty of time for photos and views crossing the bridge and back again for the full experience. Norberto kindly provide umbrellas and ponchos in case it rained. After the bridge we heady down the walkways and into the valley for an easy 7-8 k route along the walkways. Lots of great views and stunning scenery, loo half way if you needed it. Meeting up at the end again for a short ride into the local village for a great local lunch of roast potatoes and beef, vegetables and rice. Good wine and water if required, vegetarian option if that’s your need. After lunch we headed through the mountains and down to the coast for a short walk through Aveiro with a little free time to buy souvenirs and get a coffee. We tried the local sweet pastries before heading for a wonderful boat ride throughout the city. A final trip to the coast and then back to our hotel in Porto. Norberto was a great host, knowledgeable, informative, polite and helpful throughout. We both had a fantastic day and would thoroughly recommend the trip.


Norberto was great. Very knowledgeable. My family enjoyed their time very much.


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