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From Porto: Full-Day Paiva Walkways Tour

1. 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.

From Porto: Arouca 516 & Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

2. From Porto: Arouca 516 & Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

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.

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What people are saying about Arouca

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Arouca 516 was on my bucket list for the sheer fact it was a crazy challenge out of my usual box. In photos, the structure looked beautiful and strong. But how to get there? Look no further than Norberto with Ennetours (getyourguide). His tour is fantastic! Every detail is coordinated - from meetup, to transport, intro to Arouca plus amazing lunch! Norberto is enthusiastic and caring that you are comfortable and having a great experience.

I had a wonderful day. The trek is magnificent, the huge suspension bridge is optional for those who don't feel able to do it. The restaurant was also very good. And Diego the guide is a nice person, he speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and a little French too.

Our group of 6 had a wonderful tour accompanied by Norberto. He was a great and fun guide. This tour is highly recommended. Please note that the walkways can be a bit of strenuous exercise for some people.

lovely tour and the great length to the day. back by 4pm with time to enjoy the evening. recommended to those who love nature, hiking and something different with the suspension bridge.

Fantastic trip.The highlight of my trip to Portugal.