All year round
5 / 10
+/- 9 Hours
Aveiro, Paiva

You`ll walk along one of the most beautiful walking trails in the world: the Paiva Walkways. Afterwards, we`ll visit the beautiful city of Aveiro,  the so called “Portuguese Venice”!

The Paiva Walkaways were the winner of the World Travel Awards in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019!

It is a 8 km boardwalk through ruggedly beautiful scenery in Arouca Geopark, a UNESCO Geological site. Zig-zagging down rocky hillsides, hugging cliff faces and winding along the left bank of the Paiva River, the walk is easy and the stairway that go up and down the valley are stunning! (Do not forget your camera!)

After the walk, is time to get back the energy you spent with a delicious traditional lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant (another highlight of our day!).

Then we go to Aveiro. We`ll wander through the old quarter to see the main buildings of Art Nouveau, the main squares, the fish market and taste one of city`s delicacies: sweet-eggs!

Finally, it’s time to board on a “moliceiro” – the traditional boats of the Aveiro canals – and see the city through its canals.

Our tour carries on towards Costa Nova to visit the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors.

Notice: To arrive to the Paiva Walkways, we need to go over the mountain. The road gets a bit winding. For those who have car motion sickness problems, we advise you to have a tablet or a pill to help with that issue. It´s not bad at all, but… just in case! 🙂

PICK UP/DROP OFFAt your hotel or accommodation
START AT / END8:00-8:30 am / 6:00-6:30 pm (approx)
Pick up/drop off at your hotel/lodging

Traditional lunch

Bottled water

Boat ride at Aveiro canals and sweet-eggs tasting

Paiva Walkways tickets

Personal expenses

Any service that is not clearly specified in the inclusions



Detailed itinerary

– Pick up at your hotel/lodging and set off towards the Paiva Walkways

– The Paiva Walkways;

– Traditional lunch at Arouca;

– Drive to Aveiro;

– City center and fish market;

– Boat ride at the Aveiro canals;

– Costa Nova – the fisherman village;

– Return to your hotel/lodging in Porto

Note: We advise you to bring comfortable footwear and clothing, water, a hat and sunscreen.


End of the Tour

the stunning paiva walkways stairway
people hiking at the paiva walkways
the paiva walkways and waterfalls
bridge over the river paiva at the Paiva Walkways
the paiva walkways stairway and river
the paiva walkways along the river paiva
Art Nouveau buildings in aveiro and the moliceiros boats
costa nova
the striped colorful houses in Costa nova

Tour Reviews

4.99 based on 94 reviews

This was a great tour. I had a wonderful time. I was able to maximize my experience of the Paiva Walkways, Averie, and Costa Nova without feeling rushed. Lunch was excellent, topping on the cake 🙂


Awesome experience!
Norberto was such a great and nice host and guide. He knows a lot about the places we saw and did a great job by organizing the program after the walk. It was overall a very good tour to spend a day! I highly recommend him!


Een heel vriendelijke gits, duidelijk. Echt een aanrader om deze tour te doen!


This experience was awesome to have through Norberto as we couldn’t have effectively done this by ourselves as tourists. Having a host drive us from Porto the the Paiva Walkways was incredibly helpful as renting a car and dong it all ourselves would have been time consuming and daunting. Being able to learn in detail about where we were going and its significance was helpful as well as the information about the region and places we drove through. Norberto’s outgoing personality and great knowledge about the region and country, as well as worldly topics, made the driving portions fun and informative. The walkways themselves were gorgeous and the nature we went through was beautiful. It was great to see some nature after many days in the city. The meal after the walkway was also great as we were very hungry and the meal itself was authentic and fun to experience, let alone delicious as well as the wine. More great conversation was had over the meal including honest and informative conversations about Portugal and its history. It was great to experience the history from someone who is so knowledgable and passionate about it. The afternoon tour of Aveiro was pleasant and nice. a contrast to the active morning.


What a spectacular day! Our family really enjoyed the day. Norberto was very friendly and engaging. The walk was beautiful, the lunch was delicious and the sightseeing / boat ride was very interesting. We would not hesitate to book this excursion again. A definite highlight of our trip!


Preciosos sitios, Norberto profesional y encantador!
Fue un día lleno de aventura! Las pasarelas con un paisaje natural espectacular ( muy cansados pero valió la pena) Aveiro precioso y Costa Nova muy instagrameable! Jaja


In the beginning of the walkways there is a long stairway up. Our tour guide Norberto gave us moral support to make it to the top of the stairs. After the stairs it was a nice walk down towards the end of the walkways. If you like nature and beautiful scenery you should take this tour.


An amazing day. A hike with great views; delicious lunch at local establishment; walked around a fishing village and ended with a dessert and ride in the canal. Could not have done this on my own. Drove from one activity to the next. Well thought out activities. Worth while experience.


Merci Norberto!
C’était une journée fantastique et je ne peux que recommander très fortement ce tour à tous ceux qui aiment la nature, l’eau et les villes sympas !
Tu as été un guide fabuleux et sympathique, toujours à l’heure et flexible.
Le restaurant à midi était excellent, rien à dire.
Merci encore!


Fabulous day out of Porto!
Norberto collected us promptly from our hotel . There ere 7 people in the tour. His black minivan is beautifully cleaned and spacious. He offered us all bottled water several times during our day trip. The Paiva walkway was wonderful…a lot of stairs which we were all glad with Norberto’s decision to start at the hardest bit of the walkway- the stairs while we all had energy to tackle them. He walked with us through the hardest part then set us off on our own along the walkway, then met us at the end with the car and drinks…perfect! We then went for a traditional lunch in a village which was delicious and where Norberto talked about family life in Portugal and the importance of meals together and the passing of tradition from generation to generation. A wonderful day out and highly recommend doing this activity if you are in Porto and want to experience the countryside of Portugal.


Great guide, beautiful landscape, wonderful experience!

I loved loved loved this tour! Norberto is a wonderful guide, the landscape was beautiful, the traditional
lunch delicious, and the other travelers friendly. Just a great day.


We hebben een perfecte dag gehad. Norberto had alles geweldig geregeld.
Wandeling was niet te zwaar. De trappen in het begin zodat we het zwaarste stuk in het begin hadden.
In 2020 komt er de grootste hangbrug ter wereld. Nu is er nog n kleintje.
Daarna hebben we heerlijk gegeten in een gezellig restaurant.
Boottocht in Aveiro was wat toeristisch maar de heren op de boot maakte er een heel feest van.
Als afsluiting naar Costa Nova met n goed verhaal van Norberto over de bewoners van het vissersdorp.
Norberto heeft ons de hele dag prima begeleid met mooie verhalen.
Deze trip is elke cent waard!

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