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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

The crossing of the Arouca suspension bridge is a once in a lifetime experience that shouldn’t be missed if you are in Portugal. I especially enjoyed the vegetation and scenery that can be admired during the descent of the Paiva walkways. John, our guide, made this day exceptionally interesting by sharing with us his knowledge of Portugal’s different aspects as well as the historical importance of the sites we visited during this tour. This greatly helped me appreciate the complexity of Portugal’s history and the richness of its cultural legacy.


Our guide was very informative and friendly all together. Did many activities and it was an amazing day overall. Definitely recommend!


Superbe excursion! Circuit très efficace, merci pour les souvenirs crées. Grand merci à notre guide Louis qui a rendu l’excursion encore plus mémorable. Il nous a appris beaucoup de choses.


Great day tour guided by Louise. Very warm, informative. Had a great time at bridge and walkway plus the boat ride. Lunch was delicious. Highly recommended!


Very interesting and beautiful trip


Passeio imperdível!
Fiquei preocupada no inicio, porem o passeio foi tranquilo e é lindo. Recomendo! Passeio imperdível em Porto.


I enjoyed walking near…
I enjoyed walking near the river. The bridge is amazing. Mauro is a very good guide and looked after us well.


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!


Mauro was guide for an excellent day


Es war einfach alles perfekt! Luis war ein super Guide!!!


All was perfect 🙂


Very nice trip, João is very nice and knowledgeable – I would recommend the trip

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