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Aveiro, Paiva

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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)
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

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.


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

A day well spent!
The whole day was packed with goodies. Nice walk across the arouca516 and paiva walkways followed by a well deserved delicious hot meal. Picture op at costa nova and ending the day with a boat ride in Alveiro.. 5 stars 👌


Great way to spend a day out of the city!


Everything was fine, but the walk for 7 km is not easy, so think before you join this tour


Good tour overall!
We enjoyed the suspension bridge views and the nature along the Paiva Walkways as well. The walkways don’t have a ton of shade, especially on the second half, so if you’re going in the summer be sure to bring lots of water, a sun hat, flowy clothes etc.


Very nice trip with very friendly guide! I recommend


Alles super pünktlich und ohne Probleme abgelaufen. Luis hat alles super gemacht 🙂 ein sehr magischer Ort und wunderschöne Natur!


Super journée passée en compagnie de Luis et de 6 autres acolytes de voyage 😊 Les visites, les paysages, le repas, les sensations… tout était là pour passer une bonne excursion 😎 Nous avons particulièrement apprécié le passage du pont Arouca516 et la randonnée des passerelles de Paiva plutôt accessible 😉 Juste un petit bémol sur le programme assez chargé de la journée qui ne nous a pas permis de prendre le temps d’une baignade dans les torrents de Paiva, ou de visiter Aveiro à pied 😅 ou bien la conduite du van dans les virages d’Arouca ou nous avons eu quelques frayeurs 😱 Au global, une très bonne journée bien organisée 🤩




Excursion excellente avec un guide très dévoué et intéressant. Toutefois, la possibilité de passer un peu plus de temps aux villages visités seraient intéressants voir même de revenir après le dîner! Merci pour cette très belle expérience!


Truly an exciting day! Luis, our guide was so nice and patient. He also gave us the history of the places we were visiting including the food. The transportation and pacing of activities were well organised. It was a long day but I enjoyed every bit of it. Would recommend it!


It has been a nice trip, the guide was great and also make you fell comfortable. The timetable was perfect.


Very enjoyable! Recardo is a very good guide, very informative and cheerful!! He has been very caring too and attended to all sorts of details. The suspension bridge is a sure pleasant surprise and the walk down the river has been a refreshing delight from the downtown crowd music! Highly recommended!

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