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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

4.95 based on 716 reviews

Nous avons passé une magnifique journée, tout était parfait ne changez rien. Merci beaucoup Luis


Great outdoor tour
An outdoor excursion to the amazing bridge and walkways. A fantastic day out in beautiful protected nature area.
Excellent coffee pause and lunch, both high quality and super tasty.
Very good guide, comfortable van.
Highly recommended.


The bridge was very impressive. The walk was primarily initially uphill, and downhill after the bridge and as the day went on. It was great, as the hard physical work came first.very impressive


Incredible time, must do!
Ricardo, our guide was the absolute nicest, informative, most kind and knowledgeable guide I have ever had. This all day trip started and ended a few minutes from my hotel in Porto, but the drive through the countryside, into the mountains and out to the coast was awesome. Ricardo arranged a traditional lunch for us and made sure there was a vegetarian option which is not very common and then he sat and ate with us which was so cool and we got to ask lots more questions. The suspension bridge then walk down all these walkways along a river with rolling rapids (about 2 hour walk) was great and there was hardly another person there so it was very peaceful. The ride out to the coast may be a bit long for some, but I love a good road trip and it was so interesting to see how people lived in different areas. The beach was gorgeous and the “Venice of Portugal” college town was really cool. Ricardo had arranged a very informative boat ride for us through the canals. (And we saw flamingos along the way!) The trip started and ended on time and I think the van held 9 people plus the driver so a small group. I’m really glad Ricardo decided to give the tour guide role a try as he is perfect for it!


Algo que no olvidarás
La actividad es espectacular. Ha merecido muchísimo la pena. Es una experiencia increíble. Mi enhorabuena a Paiva Walkways tour y a nuestro súper guía Joáu que ha compartido toda su sabiduría con nosotros. Por cierto, la comida que también estaba incluida en el tour ha sido magnífico.


Wonderful 3-in-1 day trip!
A definite highlight of our trip, every aspect of this full day experience was amazing. Our
guide, Norberto, was kind and very knowledgable. The suspension bridge was breathtaking
and it was wonderful to be in such beautiful surroundings all day.


Geweldige dagtrip, veel gezien en heel veel gewandeld.


Belle découverte et malgré le vertige de certaines personnes la traversée de la passerelle s’ést très bien passée sans problème, à recommander


Une excursion magnifique qui vaut le détour. Une magnifique balade à pied. Et un moment super agréable dans un Portugal nature.


Abwechslungsreich, informativ, viel Bewegung, sehr zu empfehlen!


Super Tour, hat alles hervorragend funktioniert.


The excellent experience and great guide João! All 5 stars for interesting information, point of view for Portuguese history, advices according other sightseeing and of course local cafes. Lunch is amazing and wine tasting is great! Thank you for such wonderful day!

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