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+/- 9 Hours
Aveiro, Paiva

110€ pp – Small group tour – Max 8 people!

Cross one of the Longest Suspension Bridges of the World, 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.

Will you dare? Cross one of 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.

After the walk, another highlight of our day: a delicious meal at a typical restaurant! (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.

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PICK UP/DROP OFF At your hotel (city center) or at meeting point: Rua de Sá da Bandeira 68
START AT / END 8:00 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: max 8 people)

Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge tickets

Traditional lunch

Boat ride at Aveiro canals and sweet-eggs tasting

Personal expenses
Gratuities (optional)

Any service that is not clearly specified in the inclusions



Detailed itinerary

  • Meet at your hotel (if in city center) or at meeting point: Rua de Sá da Bandeira 68 and set of towards Arouca town;
  • 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 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

4.98 based on 351 reviews

Fantastic guide is Roberto! We enjoyed everything. A very mixed dayfull tour wiith fun, adventure nature and a lot more. Perfect!!!! Thank you for this amazing day Norberto!


Norberto ist ein klasse Guide und wir hatten viel Spass auf der Tour, trotz des Regens. Alles hat perfekt geklappt und war gut organisiert. Da die Tour Ende November stattfand, gab es kaum Touristen, was sehr gut war. Auch das Mittagessen war sehr lecker.


The whole experience was great. The bridge and walk along the river was magical. We had a wonderful lunch mid-day and then on to Aviero for a walk around town and then a boat ride, finishing in Costa Nova. Norberto made us feel welcome. Highly recommend.


Nous avons passé une magnifique journée. Notre guide, Ricardo, a été super à l’écoute. Il a répondu à l’ensemble de nos questions. Il est un excellent guide 🙂


Norberto offers an absolutely fantastic experience. Despite the rain, we saw an amazing amount of sights, perfectly timed and in a leisurely manner. I was a bit concerned beforehand about the walkways, but don’t worry, it is basically all downhill! Norberto thoroughly explained how long the hike was and even offered to stop in the middle for those who might need it. The bridge was very cool and we even got to see some old houses constructed out of stone. All before the delicious local lunch! The cozy restaurant truly served all we could eat and drink. Afterwards, we explored Aveiro and took a fun and interesting boat trip before checking out the striped houses and returning home. Norberto is an avid traveler with loads of great stories about Portugal and abroad. He set a wonderful tone for the trip and we made lots of new friends. Before we booked this trip, we looked into several different options to see some of the sights and Norberto offers the best experience by far. I highly recommend it, even in the rain!!


The bridges, hiking, boat ride, and villages were great, but tour guide Ricardo is what makes this experience, well, an experience. He lives in the area and gives a first-hand account of how people live, which is something you really couldn’t get any other way. Our group asked all sorts of questions that might have seemed silly (“What kind of coffee should I order if I like it this way?”), and he answered them all kindly. This was a terrific experience!


Ricardo was a lovely guide and host, ensuring we knew how long each visit would be and the various options we’d have as it is a lot of walking. The suspension bridge alone is worth the visit, truly magical.


Ricardo ist ein super netter Reiseführer und hat uns gut durch den Tag gebracht! Zuerst ging es per Kleinbus auf Schleichwegen zur Arouca Brücke, die wir dann überquert haben. Dann machten wir uns an den Abstieg über die Paiva-Wege – ca. 500 bis 600 Stufen bergab. Nach 4km auf Holzbohlen kam dann die erste Möglichkeit, abzukürzen. Wer wollte, konnte noch weitere 4 km entlang des Flusses wandern. Alles in allem erwarten einen ca. 6 bis 700 Stufen, man sollte auf jeden Fall gutes Schuhwerk tragen. Mittags gab es ein landestypisches Essen in Arouca – sehr lecker und familiär. Nach Aveiro war es auch noch einmal ca. 30 bis 40 min Fahrt. Der Ort ist hübsch, die Brücken mit den Bändern sind fotogen. Die Fahrt auf den Kanälen mit dem Boot war sehr informativ und unterhaltsam. Auf dem Rückweg noch ein Abstecher zu bunten Häusern am Strand, leider war es schon relativ spät und daher relativ dunkel. . Alles in allem ein toller Tag und absolut empfehlenswert.


I had a wonderful time on this experience. I was really lucky in the group of people that I went with, and they made the experience. There were 8 of us, and Ricardo was absolutely fantastic! He was so accommodating and patient with us as we asked questions about the area or needed a bathroom break. He provided us with umbrellas and ponchos as it was pouring during our hike. The weather was gross, and we got drenched. But it was still a lovely hike, and we were actually the only people on the trail that day because of the weather. I do wish we had a bit more time to explore in Averio and the coastal town, but many places were shut down in the off season anyway so no big loss. The group really made the experience, and we ended up going for dinner afterwards and brunch the following day!
Ricardo was amazing! Thank you!


Nous avons passé une journée exceptionnelle! La prise en charge super! Et le guide était génial! Il nous traduisait tout en français! Les visites fidèles à la description du programme! Le repas dans un petit restaurant était tres bon! Merci pour cette belle journée! Merci à notre guide!


Ricardo the GREAT!
Great walk with a fabulous guide. Ricardo was so accommodating to our meeting point…offering many
reasonable options. Once on the tour, he offered so much insight and personal knowledge, tips, and
recommendations. I HIGHLY recommend this trip and Ricardo in particular.


Excellente journée! Les paysages sont magnifiques, la passerelle est impressionnante et Ricardo notre guide est très sympathique! Très bon restaurant à midi également. Merci encore!

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