All year round
4 / 10
+/- 8 Hours

95€ pp – small group tours – 8 people —

We leave from Porto at 8AM towards Arouca town where we will stop shortly for bathrooms and for coffee.

Get ready for adventure! After a short drive, we will arrive at the Walkways and go across one of the Longest Suspension Bridges of the World – The 516 Arouca! It spans 516m-long (1,692ft) across the valley and hangs 175m (576ft) above the Paiva river!

NOTICE: crossing the bridge is NOT mandatory. You have the option to skip it.

Then, you will walk the Paiva Walkways downhill in a total length of 7km over a wooden boardwalk zig-zagging downhill along the left bank of the river.

Bring a swimsuit! At the halfway point of the trail, you find the Vau beach! You will have some free time to dive and swim or just put your feet on the clean waters of the Paiva river.

Please notice: make sure you bring a second set of clothes as you cannot get in the van with wet clothes!

(you also have the option to walk only 3,5Km and be picked up half-way. You can decide that on the day of the tour)

The walk will be followed by another highlight of our day: lunch! A delicious meal is deserved and it will take place at a beautiful typical restaurant! Meat, fish or vegetarian options available.

After lunch we’ll discover Arouca for a glance about local culture and history including convent sweets tasting related to Arouca Monastery.

Return to Porto.

PICK UP/DROP OFF At meeting point: Calçada da Vandoma, next to Estátua de Vímara Peres (cathedral)
START AT / END 8:00 am / 5:00 pm (approx)
Pick up/drop off at Calçada da Vandoma (cathedral)

Transport by minivan (small group: max 8 people)

Traditional Lunch

Tickets for the Paiva Walkways and the Arouca 516 Bridge

Convent sweets tasting

Personal expenses
Gratuities (optional)

Any service that is not clearly specified in the inclusions

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Detailed itinerary

  • Pick up at the meeting point: Calçada da Vandoma, next to Estátua de Vimara Peres – (Horse statue at Porto Cathedral)
  • The Paiva Walkways;
  • The Arouca 516 Footbridge;
  • Traditional Lunch;
  • Visit to Arouca town.

Return to Porto

Note: We advise you to bring comfortable footwear and clothing, water, a hat and sunscreen.


End of the Tour

arouca 516 bridge
Arouca 516
people hiking at the paiva walkways
the paiva walkways and waterfalls
bridge over the river paiva at the Paiva Walkways
the paiva walkways stairway and river
the paiva walkways along the river paiva

Tour Reviews

4.98 based on 175 reviews

L’excusion était top! le beau temps au rendez vous et nous étions avec des amis. Tout s’est très bien passé. Pris en charge à Porto à l’heure et retour vers 17h. Le repas du midi en une vrai bonne découverte même si le restaurant est très bruyant. Nous avons même pu faire un petit détour par la caserne pour un echange entre pompiers Portugais et Français 🤗. Nous conseillons !


Toffe wandeling en bezoek aan het stadje. Vervoer was prima en op een centraal punt. Een aanrader


O guia João deu uma aula sobre a história de Portugal além de dicas e sugestões de outros passeios.


Zeer mooie wandeling, lekkere lunch nadien, behulpzame gids


My favorite day in Portugal! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He brought us to a shortcut for the bridge that saved us a lot of time and hassle. We then went to the beautiful town by the sea. 12/10 recommend must do!!!


Wind, Rain, Adventure, Beauty!
First, let me say that our tour guide was excellent!! He provided us with interesting and meaningful commentary, but he also took very good care of us! The journey to the walkways was very scenic and enjoyable! It was a windy, rainy day…but that only added to the adventure! After the hike we visited a wonderful restaurant for lunch and wine, all included, and then visited a bake shop for treats and coffee. The monestary we visited was incredible. The hike was just challenging enough for this older woman. It was a wonderful way to see the beauty of Portugal away from the cities.


Went to Arouca town and had a latte and pastry then up to large steel bridge! Walked 1 hour to smaller bridge where you could stop and travel with the guide or continue for another hour. Back into town for wonderful lunch and desserts at a special bakery!! Ricardo was incredible and caring and soooo nice. Highly recommend!


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