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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

Beyond beautiful!
Super friendly and knowledgeable tour guide.. Luis was a perfect guide for us! organized tour and set of activities, lunch exceeded expectations and gave us a taste of true Portuguese dishes. The suspension bridge is a must visit and the hike itself was beyond beautiful.. Highly highly recommended!


A very varied and interesting day during which we experienced many different landscapes in this region.


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It was amazing but be prepared to walk. Our guide, Joao, was very knowledgeable and it was very interesting learning about the history of Portugal. Arouca 516 was breathtaking, Paiva was an amazing walk, Costa Nova and Aveira were very pretty. The food at lunch was also delicious accompanied with some refreshing vinho verde.


Our guide Ricardo was very attentive, friendly and funny. He made sure that everyone felt comfortable and knew about the schedule. Arouca Bridge was definitely a highlight of the trip. Paiva walkways were stunning and we enjoyed the 7km walk. The walk was well planned because it went along downstream of the river. The lunch was nice and filling. After the lunch we went to the city of Aveiro where we had a bit of free time and a boat ride. Overall we really enjoyed the day.


esperienza bellissima. ottimo anche il pranzo 🙂


Onze trip voldeed voor 100% aan onze verwachtingen. De lunch was veel beter dan op de meeste trips die we tot nog toe deden (en dat zijn er door de jaren heen heel veel!).


Tolle Organisation Unser Guide hat uns während der Fahrt mit Informationen über die Örtlichkeiten Und auch über den Tagesablauf versorgt Das Programm war sehr vielfältig und dadurch abwechslungsreich Der gesamte Tag hat unsere Erwartungen übertroffen


Au top. Notre guide a contribué énormément à la réussite de notre journée.


Van was very cramped and uncomfortable for 8 people. Requires 3 oeople in front seat with the gear shift being in the way and making for an uncomfortable drive. You spend a couple hours in the van total, so it is a consideration. A very worthy adventure. The walk is NOT difficult. The scenery is beautiful and the meal was delish! It is avery well organized and worthy excursion. Besides the cramped van, everything else was superb!




A wonderful and diverse experience. The suspension bridge, walkways, and scenery were spectacular! Our guide Ricardo was informative and delightful. Our visit to Aveiro and the brief boat ride and visit to a nearby beach town were also worthwhile.

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