Just outside of Porto, about an hour and a half drive away are the Paiva Walkways. You can get coach trips here from Porto if you don’t have a car.
There is a fee of €4 to enter which is very cheap considering the workmanship that has gone into the building of the wooden walkways.
I set off on the 8km trail from the Espiunca entrance heading towards Areinho. The guided tours from Porto will drop you off at one entrance and pick you up from the other but in my case, it was a 16km round trip.
On the walk I amazed by the views that seemed to improve around every corner. In a couple of places the path is a dirt track so good walking shoes are a must.
Near the end of the walk were flights and flights of stairs. At the bottom they were very daunting but I made it up them…. Eventually!
The views from the top definitely made the climb worthwhile! Breathtaking!!
Then it was back down to retrace my steps to the start.
Situated at the entrance is a little cafe, and that bottle of cold water was the one I had longed for!
I then got back in my car and drove to Aveiro, where I’d be staying that night. The drive through the mountains was challenging for my little car but the views were incredible.
Aveiro is known as the Venice of Portugal. But don’t get your hopes up too much. It’s a quaint little village providing cheap accommodations but with one main canal, I would not be labelling it Venice.
That evening I went to Restaurante Palhuça. A typical Portuguese restaurant with the requirement of Google translate for the menu. The food was homely with oversized portions. On the menu was green wine, I was a little disappointed when it poured white though. It turns out green wine is a Portuguese speciality where white wine is taken out of the ageing process early on to keep it’s sweet taste.
After dinner I went to Bar Posto 7, a Cuban themed bar which promises the best mojito in the world. They were good, but not the best. Maybe after 5 or 6 they’ll become the best!
After a couple of drinks bed calls with very sore legs!