All year round
Dates
4 / 10
Physicality
+/- 9 Hours
Duration
6+
Age
Aveiro, Paiva
Location

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In this tour, the walk difficulty level is easy/medium! You`ll walk only 5km and downstream!

Short description: You`ll go across one of the longest suspension bridges of the world and walk one of the most beautiful trails: The Paiva Walkways! Visit one of the highlights of Portugal: Costa Nova, and Aveiro, the Portuguese Venice!

We leave from Porto towards Arouca town where we will stop shortly for bathrooms and coffee.

After a short drive, we`ll arrive at the Walkways and go across the Suspension Bridge! It spans 516 meters-long across the valley and hangs 175m above the Paiva river!

Notice: crossing the bridge is not mandatory. You have the option to skip it.

Then, you`ll walk the Paiva Walkways downhill in a total length of 5km over a wooden boardwalk zig-zagging along the left bank of the river. Trail Areinho-Vau.

The walk will be followed by another highlight of our day: lunch! (fish and vegetarian options also available)

After a power nap in the van, we`ll arrive to Costa Nova! Costa Nova is one of the highlights of Portugal – a beautiful fishing village known for its striped colorful houses!

Time to enjoy Aveiro, also known as the “Portuguese Venice”! Discover the city center on a short walk, enjoy some free time and relax on a boat trip to see the charming city through the canals!

Finish the day back in Porto.

PICK UP/DROP OFF At meeting point: Calçada da Vandoma, next to Estátua de Vimara Peres (cathedral)
START AT / END 8:00 am / 6:30 pm (approx)
INCLUDED
Pick up/drop off at Calçada da Vandoma (cathedral)

Transport by top class minivan (8 people)

Paiva Walkways and Suspension Bridge tickets

Traditional lunch (roasted veal)

Visit to Costa Nova and Boat ride at Aveiro canals

NOT INCLUDED
Personal expenses
Gratuities (optional)

Any service that is not clearly specified in the inclusions

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Detailed itinerary

  • Meet at the meeting point: Calçada da Vandoma, next to Estátua de Vimara Peres – (Horse statue at Porto Cathedral);
  • The Paiva Walkways;
  • The Arouca 516 Footbridge (optional)
  • Traditional lunch at Arouca;
  • Visit to cost Nova
  • Drive to Aveiro;
  • City center and fish market;
  • Boat ride at the Aveiro canals.

Return to Porto.

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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

Tour Reviews

4.94 based on 801 reviews
09/11/2018

We spent a morning with Noberto. Wonderful time seeing Aveiro and Costa Nova. Lovely trip on the canals, and looking at the beach and houses.

28/10/2018

Touring with Norberto!
Our group completed extensive research prior to travelling to Portugal from Canada and we are all so grateful that we found EnneTours (Norberto). We did four different tours with Norberto all of which were fun, informative and relaxing. After our first day with Norberto, we all agreed that we were very fortunate to have booked Norberto for our tours.
He has a passion for travel and his country. Even with the research we completed, Norberto took us to some hidden gems that we had not heard of that made our trip extra special.
Our tours varied from hiking the Paiva Walkways to a walking tour of Porto, to port tasting and touring the Douro Valley, among others. We covered a lot and had some long days. Norberto was patient, flexible and fun throughout every day we spent with him.
Our group is already looking at booking another adventure with Norberto in the spring.

16/10/2018

The Best!
The day with Norberto was the highlight of our trip. Very personable and knowledgeable. Paiva Walkways are an amazing feat and a wonderful stroll through the river valley. Then, on to an exceptional lunch at a local small town restaurant that was a very special treat. Not to be outdone, Aveiro and the canal boat cruise was so much fun because of Norberto’s contact with a Captain and First Mate that made the cruise one of a kind. We and the other American couple had a filled and fun day with Norberto and I would highly recommend spending the day with him on this tour.

14/10/2018

Norberto was an excellent guide for the day! We were picked up promptly from our lodging location. We started with the Paiva Walkways portion of the day and Norberto climbed the stairs to the top with us, giving us information on the area and offering moral support for the hundreds of stairs. The scenery was gorgeous with lots of photo opportunities. Lunch was a highlight of the day. The traditional Portuguese cuisine was delicious; and the local wine was a hit (so much so, that we took about 10 bottles home). The rest of the day was wonderful as well, as we enjoyed a boat ride around Aveiro and a stop in Costa Nova. I would recommend this tour to any outdoors enthusiast.

11/10/2018

El mejor dia de mi viaje a Portugal!

Recomiendo Ennetours a todos los viajeros. Guia muy amable y atento, me hizo sentir como si me enseñara un amigo. Los lugares visitados son preciosos, especialmente costa Nova y Paiva. Gran dia!!

17/09/2018

Amazing visit with super nice guide!

The visit to Aveiro, Costa Nova and the Pasadiços do Paiva couldn’t have gone better. It was just us and a very nice English couple. The visit was very complete and it included a meal at an amazing restaurant where we were able to taste a typical meat dish. Moreover, we got to taste ovos moles (a Portuguese sweet thing). We will definitely repeat with them when we come back to Portugal. 10/10!!

ennetours
09/09/2018

I really recommend Ennetours!

Norberto from Ennetours is simply amazing and we could not have made a better choice when we visited Porto and northern Portugal. He really went out of his way to show us the best spots and locations and to find great little restaurants where we tried the amazing local cuisine. We initially booked just one day trip to Aveiro and the Paiva walkways but we were so satisfied with the experience that we also booked trips to Douro Valley and Geres National Park with Norberto. I really recommend Ennetours for those who really want a great experience in Porto and the surrounding areas!

19/07/2018

We would recommend Ennetours to everyone who’s going to Porto / Portugal! When we go to Portugal next time, we will absolutely book one or more tours offered by Ennetours. Ennetours with their excellent guide Norberto gives you a totally different view of Portugal. We got to know more about Portugal in that one day with Norberto than during those 12 days that we spent in Portugal. We had such a good communication with Norberto, he’s a special person – knows a lot, is very friendly and simple. Our day started with visiting Aveiro and taking a boat ride. Then we were taken to Costa Nova with traditional Portuguese houses. Lunch at Arouca village in the mountains was just superb – we couldn’t find anything similar at other places. Paiva Walkways is an amazing place with beautiful nature and a nice relaxing walk. We prefer nature and small places rather than big cities and that’s why Paiva Walkways attracted our attention. It’s really worth booking a tour with Ennetours as you’ll see amazing places and will get to experience Portugal in a way you’ll never experience it if you travelled by yourself. Norberto took such a good care of us – he has thought of everything! Ennetours are highly recommended!!!

ennetours
02/06/2018

Visit to Aveiro and Paiva Walkways

Knowledgeable guide!
Excellent & traditional Portuguese lunch!
Amazing tour – would recommend to anyone!

26/10/2017

Wonderful tour: hiking, dining and canal tour.
We did this tour with Enne Tours during our recent visit to Porto. It was a wonderful choice. The Paiva walkway was a spectacular way to see the countryside. There are many stairs at the beginning of the 8k walk;however after that it was smooth sailing. Norberto and Katarina were excellent tour guides –friendly, informative,punctual and very easy going. I would HIGHLY recommend their tour company. The lunch they arranged as part of the tour ina restaurant in the nearby town of Arouca was absolutely delicious & one of the best meals we had during our stay in Portugal. The post lunch part of the tour to the town of Aveiro (called the Venice of Portugal)involved a short informative boat ride along the canals that were once the site of the salt harvesting industry. I only regret that we didn’t have more days to do the Enne tour to the Douro region.

14/10/2017

EN – We had a great day with this new company. A great programme with Ennetours: Paiva walkways tour and we had also the opportunity to visit Aveiro, take a small boat trip and have a lunch in a fishers village. The guide, Norberto, was really reactive in our email exchanges. He is both very kind and helpful, with a really interesting personal background. Would definitely recomment it to a friend. One of my friends told to me when we came back to our room that she had a bizarre feeling of having left a friend in the van when Norberto left.
Aurore, Maria & Saoussan, from France
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FR – Nous avons passé une superbe journée avec cette nouvelle entreprise proposant des tours. Nous avions hésité, mais le programme proposé par Ennetours était vraiment d une meilleure qualité (passage à Aveiro, petit tour en bateau, village de pecheurs, en sus du pack paiva walkways+du dejeuner proposés en général). Par ailleurs, ce qui ne gâte rien, c etait moins cher et le guide, Norberto a été dès la prise de contact très réactif par mail. Il etait à la fois, gentil, aidant, et accommodant; il a aussi des expériences très interessantes à partager (transsibérien, …). Si j ai un ami qui va à Porto, je lui recommanderai de contacter Ennetours. Une de mes amis, après avoir quitté Norberto en fin de journée, m a dit qu elle avait le sentiment bizarre de laisser partir un ami.
Aurore, Maria & Saoussan, de Paris
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ES – Fue un perfecto día, gracias a esta nueva empresa que propone tours cerca de Porto. Habia un dudo entre tomae Ennetours y màs viejas companias, pero el programa proponido por Ennetours era realmente de más cualidad (paiva walkways +comida, como los otros tours, pero tambien la visita de Aveiro, un pequeno pasaje en barco, y un pescadores pueblo). El guía Norberto fue muy rapido a responderme en los emails. Fue muy agradable y tiene un interesante pasado con sus viajes.
Si tenía un amigo quien quisiera ir a Porto, le diciera contactar a Ennetours. Una de mis amigas, al fin del día, me decía que tenía el sentimiento de haber quitado un amigo cuando Norberto se habia ido.
Aurore, Maria & Saoussan, de Francia

16/06/2017

A great tour!
The walkway makes it really easy for everyone to enjoy the beatiful landscapes, such a great day activity! And to enjoy the lunch by the river afterwards felt really rewarding. The guides were so nice and friendly as well : )

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