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516 Arouca Suspension Bridge

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Arouca: Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge Guided Tour

1. Arouca: Paiva Walkways and 516 Arouca Bridge Guided Tour

Pedestrian route through the 8 Km that make up the award-winning Paiva walkways, complemented by the adventurous cross of the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, 516 Arouca. The 516 Arouca bridge is the largest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world and is located in Arouca, in the Aveiro district, Portugal. With 516 meters in length and an elevation of 175 meters, it connects the banks of the Paiva River. While crossing the bridge, you will have a breathtaking view over Garganta do Paiva and Cascata das Aguieiras, both sites of the UNESCO Arouca Geopark territory. 516 Arouca Bridge is located in Arouca, next to the famous Passadiços do Paiva. Along the way, you will be able to interpret the main points of geological interest, such as the Paiva Gorge, the Aguieiras waterfall, the beautiful river beach of Vau, the Gola do Salto or the Espiunca fault, without forgetting the aspects of biodiversity. In the latter case, hopefully, you might even see otters.

From Porto: Arouca 516 and Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

2. 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 purchase a snack in this town that is known for its sweets.  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 (other non-meat options available).End your day with a comfortable ride back to your hotel in Porto.

From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

3. From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

Cross the world's second longest suspension footbridge at the Arouca 516 and walk the Paiva Walkways which are considered one of the most beautiful trails in the world (seven kilometers). Restore your energy with a delicious traditional lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant. See the famous haystacks of Costa Nova. Discover the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon traversing the canals of Aveiro on a boat trip. Wander through the old quarter to see the main Art Nouveau buildings and the fish market. Return to Porto at the end of your tour.

From Porto: Arouca Geopark & 516 Bridge Private Day Trip

4. From Porto: Arouca Geopark & 516 Bridge Private Day Trip

Wake up in the Oporto city with and leave with your private driver and car towards the Arouca Geopark, Unesco territory, on a relaxing and beautiful journey about 70 minutes. On this unforgettable day in your 8 hours you will be able to: - Cross the longest suspension bridge in the world, the Arouca 516, over the valley and suspended 175 m (576 ft) above the Paiva River. - To discover well-preserved villages, where schist and slate keep the still vivid memories of a way of life linked to agriculture, religion, tradition and folklore. - Enjoy the Frecha da Mizarela Viewpoint: The highest and most beautiful waterfall in Portugal: here, the Caima River falls from more than 60 meters high, in an impressive spectacle that is worth contemplating. - Delight in the cuisine at the local restaurant This is a private tour. You can adapt the program according to your preferences.

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What people are saying about 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 185 reviews

An amazing day !!! Ricardo was the most kindest and professional host. He assisted so much and ran the day so smoothly so our group could see everything. Dinner was fantastic and authentic. My favorite part really was meeting 4 others from different parts of the world and together we spoke about all of our country & cultures. Felt like I was in another part of Canada, but a more spectacular view of Portugal. I would do this again in a heartbeat and so should you !!!

We loved walking across the Arouca bridge and doing the Paiva walkways! The lunch afterwards was delicious and the guide was very knowledgably and friendly. Highly recommend the trip :)

This was a great experience. Our guide was very hospitable and kind. The lunch was delicious. Really great activity for all ages!

What a fantastic experience! It’s a must see. Well worth the money. Traditional Portuguese Lunch was delicious!

This is an amazing location, worth seeing! Ricardo is the best! Thank you!