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

4.94 based on 801 reviews
10/09/2023

The trip is very well put together, there is variety snd there are enough stops. Our guide Jao was great, shared a lot of information and made sure everyone was ok. Lunch was also very good, traditional veal and vino verde. For me the visit to the beach town was a bit too much, I would have been happy after the boattrip.
Overall we had a great day and I would recommend this trip.

09/09/2023

This was an excellent experience all around! Jaoa was our tour guide and went all out to ensure our happiness. He’s also very well-versed in Portuguese history. The tour included much more than expected, and we made a full 10- hour day, so you definitely get your money worth. Highly recommend.

07/09/2023

exceeded expectations. No improvements needed.

07/09/2023

Amazing tour!
First of all, Norberto was probably one of the best guides we’ve ever had. Knowledgeable, professional, funny & just a great spokesman for his country of Portugal!
The almost 9hr adventure – including a delicious lunch (included) was amazing.
Walking the massive suspension bridge, and hiking the Paiva Walkway, was simply spectacular!
The tour of Aviero & its Venice-like canals, followed by the‘Instagram’ stop at Cosa Nova completed the day nicely.
Highly recommend this tour (but be advised, you should be in descent shape for the ‘walkway’ – although you can take your time – & it’s all downhill!
Obrigado Norberto!

07/09/2023

Spectacular Day With an Outstanding Company!
Norberto, the owner of Ennetours, and the other guide/driver on the day of our tour, are among the kindest human beings I’ve ever met! They have arranged this tour to be absolutely the best combination of experiences, taking place in the exact right order for guests to enjoy the day to the utmost. The walk on the Paiva Walkways is challenging, but entirely doable, and well worth it! The area is so beautiful. The bridge is spectacular, and you will feel so proud of having crossed it. Norberto offered highly useful information throughout the day, maximum air conditioning in the van after the two of us 60+-year-old Alaskans finished the walk, and a delicious meal and wine for lunch. I can’t recommend Norberto and Ennetours and this tour highly enough.

07/09/2023

Norberto is the best. Great background of the tour areas and Portugal in general. Combined a lot of Portugal – Paiva walkways, suspension bridge, traditional lunch in Arouca, and gondola ride in Aveiro – without it seeming rushed or too busy. His personal style was pleasant and kind as well as highly knowledgeable. I had a similar tour with Norberto 4 years ago and he continues to get better at his craft.

ennetours
05/09/2023

Ricardo war ein toller aufmerksamer Guide und guter Fahrer, der uns prima durch den Tag begleitet hat. Das Brückenerlebnis einmalig, der Abstieg nicht ohne Anstrengung. Es wurde ein leckeres Mittagessen serviert, Aveiro durchaus sehenswert.

ennetours
04/09/2023

Die Landschaft, die Brücke und der Weg. Besonderen Dank an den Guide. Ricardo, du bist muito bom Guide !!!

ennetours
04/09/2023

A memorable trip. Be aware – the road is curvy and some parts a bit bumpy so take a motion sickness pill, but it’s worth it. The suspension bridge and walkway views are beautiful. Bring water and stay hydrated.

ennetours
04/09/2023

I wouldnt have seen this beautiful part of Portugal if not for this tour. Our guide Norberto made all the difference giving us history and understanding of Portugal life

ennetours
04/09/2023

Ricardo was really great! Very knowledgeable and patient and did everything he could to make our trip even better than it already was.

ennetours
03/09/2023

Burn your calories while having a great time

Our tour guide Norberto was great by giving us an overview of what our day would entail. He told us the number of stops to be made, length of time at each site and made recommendations to ensure we would be safe and comfortable.

Our first stop was in Arouca , followed by Ponte 516 Arouca, Paiva walkways and ended with sailing in Aveiro canal. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended since it does involve a lot of walking.

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