All year round
Dates
4 / 10
Physicality
+/- 8 Hours
Duration
6+
Age
Paiva
Location

105€ pp – Small group tours! —

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In this tour, the walk difficulty level is Medium/Difficult! You`ll walk 7km, but downstream!

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.

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)
INCLUDED
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

NOT INCLUDED
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.

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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

4.97 based on 194 reviews
ennetours
07/02/2022

Norberto is personable, kind, has a good sense of humor, and has lots of personal stories and also Portuguese history and information about the environment and some of the challenges it is facing. Hopefully the new generations coming up will be inspired to help lead Portugal into the future. The trip itself is scenic and a nice way to spend a few hours out in nature. Norberto has the insider’s knowledge on where to drop off, so you don’t wear yourself out before the long walk even begins, that alone is worth every euro. And the lunch is fantastic and traditional for the area. We had a great day and are looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

ennetours
01/02/2022

Norberto is just amazing, we spent a great time. Fully recommend.

ennetours
30/01/2022

The bridge was a cool experience and the hike by the river was beautiful. There weren’t too many people in January so the hike was very peaceful. I definitely recommend it if you like nature and hiking and you want to test your fear of heights. The bridge wasn’t scary though I thought I would be scared of heights. I would do it again.

ennetours
05/12/2021

What a fabulous and informative day.
I normally do private tours. Although this tour of 6 including myself was like a private tour. Our Guide Norberto was attentive to each of us as if it were a private tour. He was very knowledgeable of the history and places that we traveled. Always up beat. I was the only person of the guests that spoke fluent English and I was made to feel I was very much included and part of the group as Norberto toke great care to translate for me. I do highly recommend Norberto.

ennetours
30/11/2021

Great day with amazing people!
What a wonderful day. From pick up to drop off everything went smoothly. Ennetours timing, safety, and comfort was perfect. Norberto is fun and interesting. Walking the bridge was thrilling and the walk along the walkways was relaxing and much needed nature time in my holiday.

ennetours
19/11/2021

Amazing experience to stay in contact with nature!

ennetours
04/11/2021

“Excursion au top !
Hôte sympathique, ponctuel, arrangeant. – Transport confortable. – Ballade agréable, niveau rythme c’est comme vous le sentez, vous pouvez la faire en mode challenge sport ou en mode flâner et admirer le paysage, c’est franchement adapté à tous. – Déjeuner topissime, juste excellent. Je recommande !”

ennetours
03/11/2021

Great experience all around! Norberto was an excellent guide for this exciting tour. He knows the Arouca area very well and allows plenty of flexibility for breaks and took us to wonderful local cafes and we had the best local lunch! The Ponte 516 Arouca suspension bridge was thrilling and the scenery of the valley and Paiva River is breathtaking. It’s very safe and anyone (even those afraid of height) can enjoy it safely and appreciate the beauty of the valley. The Paiva walkways is well constructed, zigzagging along the roaring Paiva River. A relaxing walk in beautiful nature! I highly recommend this special experience with Norberto!

ennetours
28/09/2021

Amazing day!
We had a wonderful day with so much variety. Norberto has curated a true gem of a tour with so many layers from nature, culture and delicious food. Be ready for a good sweat, but the views and food at lunch will not disappoint. Just do it!

ennetours
26/09/2021

The tour with Norberto was absolutely amazing! He picked me up from my stay, was very friendly and explained the day to us in advance, so we knew what was coming. The bridge & walk was an great experience and the lunch afterwards was delicious. I would recommend 10/10 to book the tour with Norberto. Great experience and such a friendly person!

ennetours
24/09/2021

Met onze gids Norberto naar de Auruca Bridge en Pavia Walkway geweest. Hij kwam ons stipt op tijd bij ons hotel halen en bracht ons binnen drie kwartier naar de brug. Alles was perfect geregeld. Na de brug en de Paiva Walkway, die trouwens prachtig waren, stond hij aan het eind van de wandeling weer keurig op ons te wachten. Op naar een typisch Portugees restaurant waar we een heerlijke lunch hebben gehad. Op de weg naar huis nog in het plaatsje Auruca een klooster/kerk bezocht waar Norberto ook veel over wist te vertellen en na een kort bezoekje aan een typisch Portugees banketbakkertje weer op weg naar Porto en netjes bij het hotel afgezet. Deze trip is een echte aanrader. Alles prima geregeld en het geld dubbel en dwars waard!

22/09/2021

What a great tour we had today! Norberto picked us up from our hotel at the time we had agreed. We got a lot of info about the bridge and the walkway and Porto. The bridge and the walkway was a very nice experiance. After the walk Norberto took us to a local restaurant where we had a very good meal with fresh local products.
We enjoyed norbertos company very much. It was a very good trip for a very good price! You could not do it cheaper if you would organize it yourself! We will surely recommend to go with enne tours!

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