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+/- 9 Hours
Aveiro, Paiva

110€ pp – Small groups – 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 and see the fish market square.

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.

Use Promo Code AVEIROPAIVATOUR at the Checkout and Get 10% Off!

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 (8 people)

Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge tickets

Traditional lunch

Boat ride at Aveiro canals

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 467 reviews

Journée parfaite, notre guide Ricardo était super!! Disponible, à l’écoute et très professionnel!!! On conseille!!!!


Spannend begin van de dag met de aurora 516 als start. Maar wat hebben we genoten van deze dag. Super leuke dag gehad. Heel aangename gids, vertelt veel en bracht ons probleemloos naar onze bestemming. Alle was echt af! Een aanrader!!


Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge, a great daytrip from Porto. The experience, and Ricardo in particular exceeded our expectations. Thanks Ricardo for being such a good host, for the terrific lunch spot, and for making sure everyone was having a good time.


We felt that the amount of time in the car is just too much, that the stops are greatly embellished in the ad, and that the multilingual aspect of the tour greatly hurt the experience. We booked this tour in English, but half of the group consisted of French tourists who did not speak any English. For the full 10 hours half of the group was always alienated by the tour guide. Also there was no interaction between us, leading to long dead silent car rides. This would’ve been a good opportunity for the guide to share personal experiences and knowledge but no such effort was made. The marketing saying “Aveiro is the Venice of Portugal” is an absolute lie. The canal looks like any other city canal, and we mostly went by various construction sites and modern buildings. Not worth it. The nature aspect of it was fine. Overall we paid less for other tours with similar length and much better experiences. We feel like we wasted a day on this tour.


Norberto is a great host, very attentive and accommodating from start to finish. I had an adventurous day for the senses, good eating, nature and excitement. Will love to do another adventure with Norberto in the future.


Een echte aanrader. Een mooie aanvulling van onze citytrip naar Porto waardoor we dankzij onze enthousiaste gids (en ook goede chauffeur) op deze daguitstap nog wat andere mooie plekjes van Portugal konden ontdekken met een lekkere Portugese maaltijd inbegrepen.


Fantástica.. Adorei… Recomendo…o João foi absolutamente esclarecedor… prestável…To


What a wonderful day! Ricardo was an amazing guide. He was so thoughtful, kind and was really knowledgeable about all the places we went. The suspension bridge was high (smile), the views from the walkways were beautiful, the lunch delicious and the afternoon stops did not disappoint. You should definitely book the day long tour!


João a été génial. Très avenant, il s’est assuré que chaque membre du groupe soit à l’aise. Il nous a apporté beaucoup d’informations au sujet de Porto, son histoire et ses environs. Une belle expérience à faire pour sortir de la ville et découvrir les richesses de la région. Encore Merci.


Amazing day. Our guide Joao was very informative, friendly and humorous too. The walkways are worth a visit in themselves and the lunchtime meal at the restaurant in Arouca was delicious and filling. I can recommend this day trip.


Need to Go – This trip is a must do! We were picked up at 7:55 by Joao and then we went to get the other 6 people and headed to Arouca for a quick stop to use the bathroom and get a snack. We then headed to the expansion bridge -I believe the largest in the world. Boy that was scary and exciting all at the same time! We then walked the Paiva Walkways which I did half because I hurt my foot the day before. Joao met us at the halfway point and I went in the car to meet My husband and the rest of our group who finished. The first half was beautiful and my husband said it even got prettier if that was possible! We then headed back to Arouca for a lunch they had for us-cute and quaint! We went to another little pit stop at Costa Nova-cute beach town. We then went on to Aveiro and rode the gondola theough the channels. It was a long day but so worth it. Joao was fantastic-we couldn’t ask for a better guide. It was neat to get out of the city for the day and be amongst the beautiful scenery!


Amazing experience!
So glad we booked this activity. What an experience! The guide Juan, was very friendly, gave us the necessary explanations about the activities as about the history of the city. The walkways were fqntastic and Aveiro, totally different than Porto but a lovely city.Everything went as planned. Very nice experience, for which our sincere thanks to Juan.

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