All year round
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+/- 9 Hours
Aveiro, Paiva

118€ pp – small groups – max 8 people!

We leave from Porto at 8AM towards Arouca town where we will stop shortly for bathrooms and for coffee.

Get ready for adventure! After a short drive, we will arrive at the Walkways and go across one of the Longest Suspension Bridges of the World – The 516 Arouca! It spans 516m-long (1,692ft) across the valley and hangs 175m (576ft) above the Paiva river!

Notice: crossing the bridge is not mandatory. You have the option to skip it.

Then, you will walk the Paiva Walkways downhill in a total length of 7km over a wooden boardwalk zig-zagging downhill along the left bank of the river. (you also have the option to walk only 3,5Km and be picked up half-way). You can decide that on the day of the tour.

The walk will be followed by another highlight of our day: lunch! A delicious meal is deserved and it will take place at a beautiful typical restaurant! Roasted veal is the meat option offered, but fish or vegetarian options are available.

After a power nap in the van, it’s time to enjoy Aveiro, also known as the “Portuguese Venice ”!

Discover the city center with us on a short walk and enjoy free time to spoil yourself with “ovos-moles” – sweet eggs, a local delicacy, or a ice cream, or a beer, a souvenir or all of it!

And once in Aveiro, a boat trip over the canals is a must do! You`ll board on a “moliceiro” – the traditional river boats – and discover 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 Arouca 516 Footbridge tickets

Traditional lunch

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;
  • 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

4.95 based on 631 reviews

The tour was well presented, comfortable, and enjoyable!


Un día maravillo, puente 516 sobre el río Payva, pasarelas y paseo en barco en Aveiro. Excursion privada desde Porto.


Excursión a la naturaleza y la ciudad de Aveiro con un guía excepcional
La excursión permite pasar una mañana en la naturaleza, haciendo deporte y viviendo una experiencia única al cruzar el puente colgante de Arouca, y disfrutar durante la tarde de un lugar único y encantador como es la ciudad de Aveiro. La comida con ternera a la portuguesa es estupenda, en un restaurante local.
Lo mejor nuestro guía Joao; profesional, culto, amable y siempre pendiente del grupo para que todo saliera bien. Durante el recorrido en la furgoneta era un placer escuchar sus explicaciones sobre la historia de Portugal y los lugares a visitar. Las hizo en inglés y también en español. Agradecemos mucho su dedicación y cortesía. Es una excursión totalmente recomendable y que completa la visita a la ciudad de Oporto. Ana.


Aventure très intéressante. Le repas était fabuleux. Le guide Joan très bien informé et sympathique. Je recommande cette activité.


Actief in het begin en ontspannen aan het einde. Aanbeveling om de hele route te lopen. Het is de moeite waard.


Guía Luis excelente ameno y con explicaciones claras, aún con la dificultad de transmisión en 2 idiomas


Cette excursion doit être formidable par beau temps. En revanche, par jour de pluie diluvienne comme nous l’avons réalisée, elle aurait mérité d’être annulée par le prestataire. La passerelle était fermée. Nous avons passé la journée complète mouillés de la tête aux pieds. Randonnée et promenade en bateau sans intérêt sous forte pluie incessante.


The guide was exceptional and contributed to the overall experience. He made a wonderful difference!


Conocimiento, profesionalidad e inmejorable disposición de Joao.
Totalmente recomendable


Totalmente recomendable! El puente Arouca, las pasarelas y el restaurante típico lo mejor!! También la amabilidad del guía Norberto, y todas las explicaciones que nos ha dado, ha sido muy atento a todos los integrantes de la excursión. Sin duda repetiremos y lo recomendaremos a nuestros allegados!


The walk itself was actually too long and strenuous. We all felt it could have better stopped at the halfway point and made a shorter and more enjoyable. day.


Ohh MY GOODNESS!! Joao was THE BEST! He would fit in perfectly in Portland Oregon! Joao is studying literature; has a wealth of knowledge about Portuguese history politics economy and education. Very polite and respectful. Lunch was delicious. He was GREAT!! He deserves a RAISE. MUITO OBRIGADA to you Joao. Nicole 10/10/23

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