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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

4.94 based on 801 reviews

Loved the suspension bridge absolutely beautiful views. lunch was delicious. Maoro our guide was very personable and informative. Was one of the best tours we have taken!


Great day on the coast
Aveiro and Costa Nova are beautiful, unique towns – both family friendly and easilywalkable – would have like to spend more time there. That could be its own tour – spending the day in those two places. Great tour guide and wonderful experience overall.


Excellent tour touching several areas around Porto
Wonderful tour with very good tour guide well versed in history, literature, art and architecture. We found all the Portuguese to be extremely friendly and accommodating.


Fue una de las mejores experiencias que hemos realizado, Norberto siempre estuvo atento y brindandonos toda la información necesaria para tener una experiencia al 100%. Uno de los mejores dia conociendo una parte muy bonita de Portugal


Excellent experience
Excellent experience!! Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful to all parties on the coach. Would highly recommend this experience, from the bridge to walkways to lunch


excelente guia


Really great day. 8 our tour and even though we didn’t know each other, got on really well. Out guide “J” was totally amazing. He was friendly, informative and extremely professional. This trip was a fantastic way to explore the areas around Porto. A must if you are in the area.


Fabulous Day
A very unique, fun and a bit physically challenging (we are in our 70’s) experience plus a chance to experience beautiful nature away from the city. The whole day was filled with so many adventures plus learning about the history of not only the places we visited but Portugal in general. Our guide/driver ‘John’ was excellent!


Merci, nous avons passé une excellente journée avec un excellent guide


un guide exceptionnel qui met une bonne ambiance dans le groupe, qui s’efforce à communiquer avec tout le monde quel que soit la langue avec un grand sourire et qui aime ce qu’il fait. avec ma fille nous avons adoré les visites du matin sur les passerelles ,les balades au bord de l’eau. ce sont des sites exceptionnels à ne pas manquer. le repas du midi traditionnel était vraiment excellent. un petit bémol pour les visites de l’après-midi où il y a énormément de route pour visiter deux villages qui ne nous ont pas semblé indispensable .nous aurions préféré rester dans la région d’Aveiro pour limiter la fatigue du trajet et profiter plus longtemps de ces magnifiques paysages et peut-être visiter d’autres villages à proximité qui aurait été beaucoup moins loin et sans doute aussi beau . je recommande vivement


Thumbs Up
This was a great experience. The walking paths were clean and the landscape Beautiful. Louich our just was unbelievable. Very knowledgeable and flexible


Viele Informationen durch unseren Guide und ein sehr freundliches und herzliches Gespräch.

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