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From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

1. From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

Discover the beauty of the Paiva river and gorge on as you hike along the Paiva Walkways and experience the thrill of crossing the 516 Arouca suspension bridge on this guided tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Porto. Indulge in some local fare with the included lunch at a restaurant.  Starting from Porto, you be picked up in an air-conditioned van and relax on the drive through the Portuguese countryside. Enjoy a short rest stop in Arouca where you have the chance to purchase a snack in this town that is known for its sweets.  Reach Areinho and enter the Paiva Walkways and start your journey by climbing a stairway of around 300 steps and reach the incredible 516 Arouca bridge which is at an elevation of about 175 meters above the Paiva River. Learn about local culture from your guide along the way. Admire views of the Aguieira Waterfall and Paiva River as you cross this stunning bridge. Continue your journey following the path of Paiva Walkways as it follows the flow of the river. Walk at your own pace, take in the lush vegetation, and try to spot wildlife like birds.  Relax at Vau beach mid-way through the hike and carry on all the way to Espiunca, where our hiking ends. From Espiunca travel to a restaurant in Alvarenga where you can try “Arouquesa” DPO beef (other non-meat options available).End your day with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Porto.

From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

2. From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

Cross the world's second longest suspension footbridge at the Arouca 516 and walk the Paiva Walkways which are considered one of the most beautiful trails in the world (seven kilometers). Restore your energy with a delicious traditional lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. See the famous haystacks of Costa Nova. Discover the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon traversing the canals of Aveiro on a boat trip. Wander through the old quarter to see the main Art Nouveau buildings and the fish market. Return to Porto at the end of your tour.

From Porto: Full-Day Paiva Walkways Tour

3. From Porto: Full-Day Paiva Walkways Tour

Begin your day with a convenient pick-up from your hotel followed by a 1.5-hour drive to the start of this great trail. Your personal guide will give you great insights about life in Portugal and ways and traditions of making the way to the Paiva Walkway go by in a flash. The hike along the river will be filled with geologic, natural and archeological interest located in the most beautiful locations.  After this 3-hour hike, a great lunch will be required and there is nowhere better to have a great lunch than in this region. Taste the best meat in Portugal at Alvarenga, famous for its 'posta arouquesa,' a delightful piece of grilled beef that will make you regain all your stamina. End your day with a tasting of a typical local liquor called Pinguça. Experience the best nature and gastronomy Portugal has to offer.

Paiva Walkways & 516 Bridge: Private Tour with Lunch

4. Paiva Walkways & 516 Bridge: Private Tour with Lunch

It will stay in your memory if you walk along Paiva Walkways and 516 Bridge. Two remarkable structures included in the Arouca Geopark, part of the World Geoparks Network since April 22, 2009, and winners of 2022 Best Nature Tourist Atraction in Europe. The 516 Bridge, one of the longest suspended pedestrian bridges in the world, is an exciting 516 meters long that will make your day. At the end of the walk, enjoy and recover your strength with the region's cuisine with a view over the Paiva river. It will be challenging and it will be amazing!

From Porto: Guided Canyoning Tour

5. From Porto: Guided Canyoning Tour

Explore Arouca Geopark with this amazing adventure. Canyoning with a lot of scenic interest, it crosses a decommissioned mining complex. This river has beautiful lagoons along the route, with several waterfalls, rappels and jumps, which make this river quite fun to go down. A good choice to have your first Canyoning experience and an opportunity to excel. Easy to moderate difficulty activity lasting approximately 4 hours. This activity can be carried out all year, the ideal time being from Spring to Autumn. We will pick you up from your accommodation in Oporto and bring you back as soon as the activity ends.

Paiva Walkways - Arouca

6. Paiva Walkways - Arouca

Explore the Paiva Walkways, 8km of steep wooden walkways along the left bank of the Paiva River in Arouca municipality, located in the North of Portugal. Embark on a journey to discover the biology, geology, and archeology in a natural sanctuary. Expect to see some quartz crystals and Europe's endangered species. The average duration of this walk is 2 hours and 30 minutes, and the difficulty level is rated as hard. The walkway provides access to three river beaches where you can refresh yourself, and cafes are located on both ends of the walkway, in Espiunca and Areinho. There are many shaded areas along the route and be assured you do not need to traverse the suspension bridge along the route.

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What people are saying about Arouca

An amazing day !!! Ricardo was the most kindest and professional host. He assisted so much and ran the day so smoothly so our group could see everything. Dinner was fantastic and authentic. My favorite part really was meeting 4 others from different parts of the world and together we spoke about all of our country & cultures. Felt like I was in another part of Canada, but a more spectacular view of Portugal. I would do this again in a heartbeat and so should you !!!

We loved walking across the Arouca bridge and doing the Paiva walkways! The lunch afterwards was delicious and the guide was very knowledgably and friendly. Highly recommend the trip :)

What a fantastic experience! It’s a must see. Well worth the money. Traditional Portuguese Lunch was delicious!

This is an amazing location, worth seeing! Ricardo is the best! Thank you!

I absolutely loved this tour. Beautyful from start to finish.