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From Porto: Arouca 516 & Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

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14 reviews

Activity provider: Detours Porto

From Porto: Arouca 516 & Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

Activity provider: Detours Porto
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Take a guided day trip from Porto to Arouca to cross the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge, the Arouca 516. Continue your hike down to the Paiva River and discover stunning waterfalls.

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Duration 9 hours
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Pickup included
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.


  • Cross the Arouca 516 Suspension Bridge
  • Hike along the Paiva Walkways
  • Enjoy a delicious typical regional meal
  • Learn everything about the Portuguese lifestayle along the way
Full description
Starting from Porto, you will be picked up and driven through the Portuguese countryside until you reach these amazing nature tourism structures. Along the way to the 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge and the Paiva Walkways you will go by Arouca. In Arouca there is a convenient stop where you can grab a snack for the way if you wish to do so. This town is famous for it’s traditional sweets! Once you reach Areinho (one of the entrances of Paiva Walkways), you start your journey by climbing the strairway of around 300 steps and reach the incredible 516 Arouca elevated about 175m above the Paiva River. Crossing this bridge is one unforgettable experience. Get all the information about this structure and be amazed with the views over to Aguieira Waterfall and Paiva River. You will continue you journey follwing the path of Paiva Walkways as it follows the flow of the river through the next 8 Km. Along the way you will be able to enjoy the wilderness and set your own pace. Enjoy the landscapes and the moment. Relax at Vau beach mid-way through the hike and carry on all the way to Espiunca, where our hiking ends. From Espiunca we will make a small connection to Alvarenga, where in a local restaurant we will have a great meal with the famous “Arouquesa” DPO meat (other options available). The day ends with a comfortable ride back to Porto, where you can keep on learning about our country and culture directly from a local guide.
  • Hotel Pick up and Drop Off
  • Entrances to the Arouca 516 Suspension Bridge
  • Entrances to the Paiva Walkways
  • Water
  • Lunch and Drinks
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 6 years
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Comfortable clothes

    Not allowed

    • Sandals or flip flops

    Know before you go

    • This activity has a moderate / high difficulty level.
    • It includes 8 km hiking and climbing roughly 600 stairs
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 14 reviews

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    We had a great day with Alfonsi. He is a great guide who connects with customers, knows how to answer all the questions about the site and about Porto and Portugal that we have had. In addition, the site is beautiful and the restaurant at the end of the course was perfect. Far beyond our expectations. thank you !

    June 2, 2022

    Tour was well organised, pick-up happened in time. It was great (shaky) experience walking across the suspension bridge and the 8km stretch along the Paiva river. And, the lunch was excellent. We had our special vegetarian meal as well. Our guide Andre was helpful and was patient enough to all answer our questions. His recommendation of the green wine was excellent. All in all, a great experience.

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    May 30, 2022

    It was the most beautiful day I have experienced in a long time. Pick up super punctual by Henrique. We were an international group from Canada, Spain, Netherlands and Germany. Only 6 people in total, which is great. The walkway is a dream, after we managed the first slightly more difficult/strenuous climb up the stairs, we walked the 8 km along the walkway. Wonderful nature with the best group you can think of. At the end we drove to Arouca to a small local restaurant. We could choose between fish and meat. It was just -wow. Small tastings beforehand and then this great beef. Haven't eaten this well in a long time. In Porto the food is rather mediocre. After there was also dessert, we drove to the bridge and were able to cross it twice. Although I'm a little afraid of heights, I made it, also with the help of the group. The group, the guide, the day - it was a dream.

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    May 23, 2022

    Product ID: 406266