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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 know more about this town. It is included a traditional local sweets tasting. Please note that by booking with Detours you are directly contributing to a local development association. 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 along with the famous " vinho verde" (other non-meat options available). End your day with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Porto.

Alvarenga: Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge Guided Tour

2. Alvarenga: Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge Guided Tour

Pedestrian route through the 8 Km that make up the award-winning Paiva walkways, complemented by the adventurous cross of the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, 516 Arouca. The 516 Arouca bridge is the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world and is located in Arouca, in the Aveiro district, Portugal. With 516 meters in length and an elevation of 175 meters, it connects the banks of the Paiva River. While crossing the bridge, you will have a breathtaking view over Garganta do Paiva and Cascata das Aguieiras, both sites of the UNESCO Arouca Geopark territory. 516 Arouca Bridge is located in Arouca, next to the famous Passadiços do Paiva. Along the way, you will be able to interpret the main points of geological interest, such as the Paiva Gorge, the Aguieiras waterfall, the beautiful river beach of Vau, the Gola do Salto or the Espiunca fault, without forgetting the aspects of biodiversity. In the latter case, hopefully, you might even see otters.

From Arouca: Paiva River Rafting Adventure - Adventure Tour

3. From Arouca: Paiva River Rafting Adventure - Adventure Tour

The most exciting and unforgettable adventure on the Paiva River! Come to the Paiva River, right next to the worldwide known Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge, to discover Rafting on this wild river. This activity will make you go through moments of pure adrenaline and fun all the while testing your teamwork with your tour mates and challenge you in many ways. Come and join us in one of the best experiences that Portugal has to offer! The Paiva River The Paiva River stands as one of Portugal most wild rivers. Placed on Northern of Portugal, near Porto, among mountains and deep valleys, it presents itself as a river with crystal clear waters with the right amount of adventure thanks to it's many rapids! The gorgeous landscape of this river, among native forests and high cliffs, gives way to a perfect scenario for an exhilarating adventure in pristine nature. The Adventure Tour This tour will start in Espiunca River Beach, near the entrance to the Paiva Walkways, where you will meet your Activity Guide. After a brief explanation on how the activity will proceed, you will receive every equipment that you will need and head straight to the River in Vau River Beach, right in the Paiva Walkways, in a 4x4. On arriving at the river, after a brief but important safety briefing you will adventure yourself on the rapids that make the Paiva River so exciting! Along the way you will find times to relax, times to challenge yourself and times to have fun with your tour mates. After the Activity, rest and relax at a beautiful Paiva River beach… We will be finishing our activity in Espiunca, a scenic riverside village with an amazing river beach. Here you will have the chance to have a cold drink and a snack at a Panoramic Riverside Terrace Bar, take a dip in the clear waters of Paiva River or just enjoy the peace and the landscape of this place. In this village you will also have access to a hot shower. You'll be hungry, and we have something special for you! If you book your Tour with lunch included, we’ll serve you a Board of Typical Portuguese Charcuterie and Cheese (or only Cheese, if you prefer) and a drink or your desire (wine included). Then you can choose between Arouquesa Steak Sandwish or Arouquesa Beef Hamburger, Veggie Burger or Tuna Sandwich, all accompanied by crispy french fries.

ECO Tour Arouca 516 Bridge and Paiva Walkways

4. ECO Tour Arouca 516 Bridge and Paiva Walkways

Experience Arouca's Hidden Gem Private Tour of Arouca 516 Bridge and Breathtaking Passadiços do Paiva Walking Tour. Embark on an unforgettable journey that will take you deep into the heart of natural beauty in Arouca. Our exclusive private tour offers an enchanting combination of adventure and awe-inspiring sights, showcasing the captivating Arouca 516 Bridge and the mesmerizing Passadiços do Paiva. Where Dreams Meet Reality Imagine standing atop the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world – the Arouca 516 Bridge. As you step onto this marvel of engineering, suspended high above the Paiva River, you'll be treated to panoramic vistas that seem to stretch to the horizon. The sensation of walking amidst the clouds, with the gentle rustling of leaves and the distant rush of the river below, is a moment that words cannot truly capture. Our knowledgeable guide will share the history and fascinating stories behind the bridge's creation, allowing you to fully appreciate the significance of this architectural wonder. Passadiços do Paiva: A Nature Lover's Paradise From the heights of the Arouca 516 Bridge, we'll descend into the lush embrace of Passadiços do Paiva – a true haven for nature enthusiasts. As you traverse the elevated wooden walkways that wind through the breathtaking Paiva Gorge, you'll be surrounded by the symphony of cascading waterfalls, rustling leaves, and the gentle babbling of the river. Every step offers a new perspective of this natural wonderland, with striking rock formations, serene pools, and the lush greenery of the Arouca Geopark. Tailored Experience: Our tour is designed to cater to your preferences and interests, ensuring you get the most out of your visit. Exclusive Insights: Our experienced guide will provide in-depth knowledge about the history, culture, and ecological significance of the Arouca region. Intimate Exploration: Unlike crowded group tours and skip the line priority, you'll have the tranquility and space to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of your surroundings. Comfort and Convenience: We take care of all the logistics, leaving you free to enjoy every moment without worry. Capture memories that last a lifetime Whether you're an adventurer, a nature lover, or simply seeking an extraordinary experience, our private tour to Arouca 516 Bridge and Passadiços do Paiva promises to leave you spellbound. This is your chance to connect with the wonder of the natural world and marvel at human ingenuity. Join us on this incredible journey and create memories that will stay with you forever. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this exceptional adventure. Secure your spot on our private tour of Arouca's hidden treasures. Let's explore, discover, and create unforgettable memories together. Your tour will start with a pickup at your hotel in Porto at 8:30 AM and will end around 7:00 PM at same local. Around 2 PM a picnic is served and a well-deserved rest on a river beach where you can bathe will arrive.

Leave Porto and go hiking in the Paiva Walkways, Arouca

5. Leave Porto and go hiking in the Paiva Walkways, Arouca

Join a trip to the Paiva Walkways from Porto in comfortable transportation. Discover one of the most impressive wild river gorges in northern Portugal, located in the UNESCO Global Geopark of Arouca. Walk along the Paiva Walkways and the famous zigzag staircases, with panoramic viewpoints to enjoy the waterfalls and cliffs of the gorge, on a route between the river beaches of Areinho and Espiunca, in between which you will pass Vau beach to recharge your batteries. Enjoy this journey through biology, geology and archaeology and fall in love with nature. Geosites: Garganta do Paiva (G36); Cascata das Aguieiras (G35); Praia Fluvial do Vau (G30); Gola do Salto (G31); Falha de Espiunca (G32). Finally, at Espiunca beach, have lunch and relax in an excellent leisure area enjoying the crystal-clear waters of the Paiva River.

From Porto: Paiva River Rafting Adventure - Adventure Tour

6. From Porto: Paiva River Rafting Adventure - Adventure Tour

The most exciting and unforgettable adventure on the Paiva River! Come to the Paiva River, right next to the worldwide known Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge, to discover Rafting on this wild river. This activity will make you go through moments of pure adrenaline and fun all the while testing your teamwork with your tour mates and challenge you in many ways. Come and join us in one of the best experiences that Portugal as to offer! The Paiva River The Paiva River stands as one of Portugal most wild rivers. Placed on Northern of Portugal, near Porto, among mountains and deep valleys, it presents itself as a river with crystal clear waters with the right amount of adventure thanks to it's many rapids! The gorgeous landscape of this river, among native forests and high cliffs, gives way to a perfect scenario for an exhilarating adventure in pristine nature. The Adventure Tour This tour will start in Porto, where you will meet your professional driver that will take you high up on the mountains in the Arouca Unesco Geopark straight to your meeting point with your Activity Guide. After a brief explanation on how the activity will proceed, you will receive every equipment that you will need and head straight to the River in Vau River Beach, right in the Paiva Walkways, in a 4x4. On arriving at the river, after a brief but important safety briefing you will adventure yourself on the rapids that make the Paiva River so exciting! Along the way you will find times to relax, times to challenge yourself and times to have fun with your tour mates. The Transfer from Porto You will driven by a professional driver, in a modern and comfortable van, from Porto city center to the mountain area of Arouca. This drive takes about 1 hour in total, being half of it in high ways. After the Activity, rest and relax at a beautiful Paiva River beach… We will be finishing our activity in Espiunca, a scenic riverside village with an amazing river beach. Here you will have the chance to have a cold drink and a snack at a Panoramic Riverside Terrace Bar, take a dip in the clear waters of Paiva River or just enjoy the peace and the landscape of this place. You'll be hungry, and we have something special for you! If you book your Tour with lunch included, we’ll serve you a Board of Typical Portuguese Charcuterie and Cheese (or only Cheese, if you prefer) and a drink or your desire (wine included). Then you can choose between Arouquesa Steak Sandwish or Arouquesa Beef Hamburger, Veggie Burger or Tuna Sandwich, all accompanied by crispy french fries. For desert, you'll taste some of the ancient Conventual Pastry, next to its origin, the Arouca's Santa Maria Monastery.

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What people are saying about Espiunca

Overall rating

4.9
(57 reviews)

It was an excellent day trip. Our guide was great at explaining what we'd be doing and sharing insights about the area and Porto. Crossing the bridge was dramatic (particularly as it was windy) but it made it more of an adventure. The walk along the river was beautiful. Lunch afterwards was fantastic. Our guide Tomas, from Detours, made the day special for us and our two daughters said it was a great day. Really recommend this trip as a different experience to being in the city centre.

We should have arrived earlier for the start of the suspension bridge. We missed the beginning. If I compare it with the lunch we had the previous day in Pinhao it is absolutely no comparison. No authenticity and no atmosphere The staff were friendly and we love the veal. It was superb but I was sorry for the selection of food provided to the 4 vegetarians in the group.

It was a very nice day, a very nice walk along the water. The bridge is also an architectural wonder. Our guide Ana is also very pleasant company. My only regret was that I didn't have anything small to eat on our walk. We should have had an early breakfast and then it was a long time until 3pm for lunch. For the rest, great day trip.

Very nice trip, good break from walking around Porto. Good transport, enthusiastic guides who walk the last 4 km and delicious local food after walking.

the experience was amazing. Orlando was an great guide. our lunch was spectacular.