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Paiva Walkways and Arouca516 Suspended Bridge Tour

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9 hours
Availability : Jan - Dec
Max People : 4

Highlights

  • UNESCO Geological Heritage of Humanity site
  • Exclusive for You or Your group
  • A “soft version” is available
  • Stunning landscapes
  • The largest suspended pedestrian bridge
  • Taste the local wines and gastronomy
  • Pay only for what you enjoy
  • Free hotel pick-up and drop-off
Tour Details

Come to visit the territory of Arouca Geopark recognized by UNESCO as a Geological Heritage of Humanity site.

A guided tour to some of well-preserved villages, where schist and slate keep the still vivid memories of a way of life linked to agriculture, religiosity, tradition and folklore.

Come to know the award-winning Paiva Walkways (Passadiços do Paiva), located on the left bank of the Paiva River, provide an 8 km “untouched” walk, surrounded by unique beauty of landscapes. A journey through biology, geology and archelogy that will remain in heart, soul and in mind of any nature lover.

You should not miss the adventurous crossing of the largest suspended pedestrian bridge in the world, the “Arouca 516” (named so due to being 516m in length), connecting Aguieiras Waterfall and Paiva Gorge.

Meeting time and points

Pick-up and drop-off points will be your hotel/accommodation, or any other previously agreed location within the city area. In general, pick-up time is between 8am and 9am. The exact time to be concerted.

Departure Time

8am to 9am

Duration

Maximum duration will be 9 hours. The Driver/Guide will advise about how much time to spend in each location, but he will not be responsible for queues to enter the attractions or traffic jams that may happen along the course.

Included

  • Transport of a maximum 4 persons by a scenic (large windows) 7 seats vehicle, complying with Clean & Safe measures;
  • A Driver/Guide certified by Turismo de Portugal assuring a professional, discreet and confidential ambience;
  • Wi-Fi, bottled water and professional attention;
  • Commented trip by our Driver/Guide in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese;
  • Personal accident and liability insurance.

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Tickets and admission to venues and attractions;
  • Guided visit to interior of some of the monuments, as they may have their own guides and don’t allow external guides. You may visit them at your own initiative - the Driver/Guide will help you to book;
  • Eventual gratuities (not included), are left to client's will and kindness.

Notes

  • Safety seat for children under 8 years of age or 4 foot 9 inches (144 cm) tall are available on request when booking

Equipment and garments

  • No special equipment or garments are required. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Sunscreen and hat, or a raincoat and umbrella are recommended, according to the season and weather conditions. Bring your swimsuit and sneakers!
Itinerary

Description & Itinerary

Pay only for what you enjoy!

Our guided tours aim to be a unique and personal experience, supported on our expertise: we suggest an itinerary, one or two restaurants to lunch, and the most iconic monuments and attractions to visit. But, we want you to feel free to choose your favourite restaurant, your preferred monuments or attractions! We will adapt the itinerary, whenever possible, to meet your wishes.

That is why our price does not include lunch, or the tickets to visit monuments and attractions.

 

  • Trebilhadouro Village (Freita): As time is short, the first section of our tour will be trough the highway, heading to Trebilhadouro. Those who arrive here feel that they are returning to the typical spirit of ancestral way of life. The silence, the green landscape and the mountain – a relaxing environment.
  • Viewpoint of Frecha da Mizarela: The highest and most beautiful waterfall of Portugal: here, the Caima river flows over than 60 meters high, in an impressive show worth to be contemplated. 
  • Pedras Parideiras – Interpretative center: a geological treasure, popularly known as “calving stones”. If you want to know the dynamics of the Arouca Geopark and the origin of these singular rocks, you should visit the Interpretative Center. Located in Castanheira, this village also worth a visit through its alleys full of history.
  • Paiva Walkways (Passadiços do Paiva): A course of 8 km of nature in its pure state begins here. A journey through biology, geology, and the history of life on the planet, written in the landscape. Paiva River flows in a musical way beside us, inviting for a swim on the bathing areas of Areinho, Espiunca, or the Vau , a beach and leisure area half way. It will be an experience of a lifetime.
  • Arouca 516: close to Vau is located the largest suspended pedestrian bridge in the world. For those immune to vertigo it’s a “must do” adventurous crossing, 150 mt above the Paiva river.
  • North bank of Douro: On our way back to Porto we will get the road along the north bank of Douro river till Casa Branca do Gramido. Imposing, on the Valbom waterfront, this is the building where it was signed, in 1847, the Gramido Convention, a document that ended wars between liberals and absolutists and the popular uprisings that became known as Maria da Fonte and Patuleia. That was the event that put the White House of Gramido in our country’s history.
  • Return to Porto.

Notes: This attractions list is not mandatory nor exhaustive and it may be adjusted to your expectations. Besides, the itinerary may differ due to weather conditions, the time spent in each location and the guide’s criterion.

Difficulty level and accessibility: Hard/Adventure. A "soft ride" is also available!

This tour is classified as Hard/Adventure. It presupposes a healthy physical condition to get to the walkways, about 3 hours through steep wooden ways and stairs. Be sure to wear proper garments and shoes.

Easy/ For all version: you may choose a “soft ride”, doing it as a panoramic tour and skipping the 8 km walkway. Yet, it may comprise some short walking routes, accessible for those with limited mobility. This “soft ride” is possible with collapsible wheelchairs, however the passenger may need someone’s assistance. 

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