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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

A great tour with interesting stories, pretty nature, good food
Or your guide Mauro was very friendly, reliable and knowledgeable. It was interesting to listen him talk about the culture and life of Portugal. The trip was well organized with a good amount of sightseeing, free time and walking in the nature with magnificent views. The traditional lunch was delicious with great wine and some starters that we ourselves wouldn’t have known to ask for. We’d happily do another tour with with you guys!


Excursion extraordinaire
C’était une expérience extraordinaire, un endroit magnifique vraiment à vivre.
Notre guide a été superbe du début à la fin autant avec ses explications détaillées et ses connaissances pointues sur l’histoire du Portugal et spécialités culinaires et autres.
Le repas typique était excellent.
On le remercie vraiment et on le recommande à tout le monde.


Die Tour zur Hängebrücke war fantastisch, in Costa Nova und Aveiro hätte ich mir ein wenig mehr Zeit gewünscht, aber das schmälert in keiner Weise den tollen Tag.


A Perfect Day!
Our day was perfectly planned with with each activity allowing free time to explore each area we visited. Our guide was friendly with a wealth of knowledge to share.


Amazing Day
Brilliant Day with so much included well worth the money. Luiz our guide was very professional and really helpful. Beautiful scenary.


Belle journee! Le pont était bien. Les passerelles, une belle grande marche en nature. Je voulais faire la visite de Costa Nova et Aveiro, mais ces villes ne valent finalement pas tant le détour. Une belle journée malgré tout avec un guide vraiment agréable.


Amazing Day
Brilliant Day with so much included well worth the money. Luiz our guide was very professional and really helpful. Beautiful scenary.


Fantastic Trip
Fantastic trip, lots of history given by Mauro who was an excellent & safe driver. He always wore his headphone when talking to us, so it was easy to follow if sitting in back of the van.
Was always on time & exactly where he said he would be. Great food & plenty of wine. Would highly recommend Ennetours & Mauro.


We very much enjoyed the tour of the suspension bridge and the walkways. It is a lot of walking so be prepared lol. I would say that visiting the town of Nostra Nova (spelling?) was fun to be able to see the striped houses, but I don’t think it’s necessary to stay here for 40-45 mins. It’s not enough time to walk all the way to the beach and over the sand dunes and other than having a drink or a snack, not much else to do in the town. Maybe a 15 minute stop would be better? Our driver Joao was very knowledgeable and friendly and made our tour fun for us. Food was great at the restaurant in Arouca.


10/10 Experience
This is a must do experience. Our tour guide was amazing. Super knowledgeable. The views were spectacular. This is a 10/10 experience.


Splendide excursion. Je recommande vivement.


516 Arouca was a fun excursion. I have never walked over a gorge, checked off my bucket list. We like Aveiro, but it felt like Disney. We could have passed on Costa Nova, not much to see.

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