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

4.95 based on 762 reviews
ennetours
03/09/2023

Wonderful walkways! A wonderful day out.
The suspension bridge is truly a great feat of engineering. Amazing views. Our guide kept us entertained between areas with a great knowledge of Portugal, it’s history, things to do & see etc. Generous lunch. Nice to see other areas not just Porto. Would highly recommend

ennetours
03/09/2023

Fantastic tour with amazing guide.
Great day and a tour worth doing. Paiva and Arouca were amazing, and Aveiro and Costa Nova were great and worth seeing. Joan was probably the best tour guide we ever had: knowledgeable, succinct, impactful in his messages and humble. If you love nature, want to see quaint places and explore places outside of Porto this is a great day out!

31/08/2023

I absolutely loved it!

28/08/2023

Louis notre guide était très agréable et nous a très bien expliqué la journée. Les lieux et le restaurant étaient vraiment a la hauteur. Je conseille vivement cette expérience

28/08/2023

Wonderful day!! Our guide Luis was fantastic. We did so much during the day…the hanging bridges and walkways were beautiful and Aveiro is worth your time! This is a fantastic way to spend your day and a must if you are in Porto.

28/08/2023

Well planned! We were taken care of from early morning until we were dropped off later that evening. The bridge and Paiva walkways were fun and the views were amazing!

28/08/2023

Definitely worth the trip! You do more than is described in the description and the lunch they serve you is fabulous. We had a wonderful time.

25/08/2023

The tour offered so much more than I had anticipated- the food was amazing, the walk was so scenic and not crowded at all. The tour guide was really knowledgeable on the region and Portuguese history and politics as well – so you get to learn a lot! It’s also well balanced in terms of having individual time to explore versus guided touring.

25/08/2023

This was a lovely day trip to escape Porto and see some of the beautiful countryside that Portugal has to offer. The 516 bridge was impressive and so were the Paiva walkways! The lunch was excellent – we wish we could have eaten more but our stomachs were bursting – absolutely delicious 😋 It was nice to spend a little time in Aveiro too.

25/08/2023

We had such an amazing day with Luis! He was so knowledgable and shared lots of history with our group. The bridge, walk, boat ride, and town visits were everything we wanted and more! A highlight waa definitely the local food for lunch! Definitely worth every penny!

25/08/2023

We had a delightful day out with Joao. Our tour guide who drove us around all day was a joy to be around. I learned more about the history of Portugal and how the country came to be during our time in the van as we commuted from Porto to Arouca and the to Costa Nova (beautiful beach) and finally Aveiro. We met kind and friendly people with whom we travelled all day and exchanged stories. Our lunch was out of this world delicious and the perfect meal after the hike down from the Arouca 516 suspension bridge. All in all, just a great day and I’m so happy we did this. If you like being outdoors, you’ll love this.

ennetours
24/08/2023

Grâce à ricardo notre guide attentionné et à l écoute, nous avons passé une agréable journée avec des paysages magnifiques, dans une bonne ambiance. Le tour était prévu en anglais mais sachant que nous étions français il a pris la peine de tout répéter deux fois!

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