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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.

Leave Porto and go hiking in the Paiva Walkways, Arouca

2. 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.

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It was a perfect day - our guide João was wonderfully attentive - you definitely need to be fit to climb the steps for the initial part but after that it was a beautiful walk. The suspension bridge is thrilling and once you cross the first time - your fears are gone for the cross back. The stop for sweets at the beginning was very smart so you had a bit of extra energy. The lunch after was plentiful and delicious. They even accommodated an allergy at the last minute. This tour was worth the price!

It could not have been better ! Marco is an amazing guide and we are really grateful. The places are incredibly beautiful, the group are small with a very nice atmosphere and the restaurant at the end excellent. I can only recommand this wonderful trip. Thanks again Marco and all the best !

What a great hike along the wild Paiva! And then the 516 Arouca suspension bridge as a test of courage! Really recommended. Overall happy to have booked this!

Everything was very well organized and Pepito was perfect as our guide👍

It was a great trip! Beautiful views, very friendly guides :)