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From Porto: Arouca 516 & Paiva Walkways Guided Day Trip

1. 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.

Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

2. Peneda-Gerês National Park: Kayak & Waterfall Trek w/ Lunch

Discover one of Portugal’s hidden treasures on a full-day excursion to Gerês National Park. Experience the beauty of this unique landscape thorugh a day of of hiking, kayaking, and swimming. Savor local food with the included traditional Portuguese lunch. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your door in Porto and travel to the park in an air-conditioned van. Reach the lake, where you’ll begin your tour by kayaking over its calm waters. Afterwards, relax on a sandy beach and try to stand up paddle before returning to the van. Stop at a local restaurant with amazing views of Rio Cavado, and refill with mouth-watering local cuisine paired with delectable wine. In the afternoon, visit a waterfall and lagoon, where you can swim and relax. Visit the old village of Fafiao, and learn more about Portuguese lifestyle in the countryside. Return to your accommodation in Porto at the end of your tour.

From Porto: Aveiro, Paiva Walkways and Arouca 516 Footbridge

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

Cross the second Worlds Longest Suspension Footbridge - the Arouca 516 - and walk the Paiva Walkways, 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. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon at Aveiro, the so-called “Portuguese Venice” and traverse the canals on a boat trip. Wander through the old quarter to see the main Art Nouveau buildings, the fish market, and taste one of the city's delicacies, soft eggs. Last but not the least, see the famous haystacks of Costa Nova. Discover the magnificent fishing village with its wooden houses in bright striped colors.

Porto: Douro Valley Hike and Winery Tour w/ Tasting & Picnic

4. Porto: Douro Valley Hike and Winery Tour w/ Tasting & Picnic

Have a taste of Portugal's culture and landscape with a comprehensive excursion from Porto. Trek through the majestic Douro Valley and reach the village of Pinhão for a winery visit and tasting experience. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by nature and explore the area with some free time. Walk through the vineyards in Douro Valley toward the traditional Pinhão village. Make a stop along the way to tour a local winery and learn how their wines are made. Enjoy a tasting of 3 wines and a delicious picnic of charcuterie, bread, and cakes, paired with red and white wines. After the picnic, continue on with your hike and reach Pinhão. Explore the town at your own pace or hop on a scenic boat cruise for an extra charge. Relax as you take in the incredible landscapes of Douro Valley from this quaint town.

From Porto: Full-Day Paiva Walkways Tour

5. 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.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

6. Peneda-Gerês National Park Full-Day Tour

Explore the natural history, ancient heritage and beautiful nature of Peneda-Gerês National Park on a day trip from Porto, Guimarães or Braga. Following pick-up from your hotel, drive to the lush woodlands to hike through the only national park in the Norte region of Portugal. Marvel at the mountains as you hike in a small group for a more intimate experience. Walk along centuries-old paths that cut through the woods and reach amazing viewpoints along the way. Encounter the remains of ancient settlements and of the Roman Geira road from Braga to Astorga. Swim in the clear waters of the mountain waterfalls or soak in hot springs used by the Romans, depending on the weather. See newborn baby horses in the woods or marvel at the colors of the fall leaves, according to the season.

From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

7. From Porto: Gerês National Park Hike

Depart from the convenient meeting point in Porto and head to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, the only national park in Portugal and the best place to go for a hike. Travel around 1.5 hours from Porto along with your experienced guide as you head to the heart of the park to a trail designed to be a bit tougher but much better than other trails. Embark on an 11km circular track with 700m elevation gain (350m uphill and 350m downhill) on an uneven terrain, something much more challenging than a normal hiking trail. Take in views of the national park’s lagoons, the Cascata do Arado waterfall, and villages as you go. Midway through the trail, stop for a well-deserved picnic in a fantastic spot with stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Afterwards, begin the ascent and end the trip with a drop-off back in Porto.

Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

8. Peneda-Gerês National Park Tour

After a pick-up from your hotel in the morning, you will travel in a climate-controlled minivan towards the amazing Peneda-Gerês National Park. Arrive at the foot of the mountains and catch a glimpse of the wonderful Albufeira da Caniçada, where the beautiful Cávado River lies. Then, start your way up into the mountains while admiring the surrounding nature.  Enjoy the journey and admire the local fauna and flora, stop at the amazing old village, Vilarinho das Furnas, now submersed in water. Then, head to Mata da Albergaria, the most protected area in the park, for a easy hike to view some wonderful lagoons. Near Gerês village, it is time to feast on a delicious picnic lunch. Eating in one of the many available locations is a way of taking advantage of the beautiful nature.  Be amazed with the Pedra Bela viewpoint, situated 800 meters above sea level. From this height, you'll have the chance to take in the mountains, the Caniçada Dam, the rivers that snake through the hills and the confluence of the Cávado River. Hike to the Tahiti waterfall to reach the lagoons and, if the weather allows, you can bath in the fresh crystal clear waters. Here, relax, enjoy the sun and swim in the therapeutic cold waters. Finally, enjoy your journey back to Porto.

Porto: Private Gêres National Park Tour

9. Porto: Private Gêres National Park Tour

Walk through several sites, valleys, waterfalls, fauna and flora. Join this tour and visit the country’s most northern park, Peneda Gerês, and fall in love with Vila do Gerês. On this tour you will receive an introduction to the Peneda–Gerês National Park, which is perhaps the most exciting destination for local and international tourists and specifically nature lovers. The park was created in 1971, and since then has been the only one of its kind in the country. In 2009, it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, a status that reinforced the protection measures taken to keep the beauty and natural importance of the region. This full-day tour is perfect to connect with nature and to escape the busy city environment.

Arouca: Paiva Walkways

10. Arouca: Paiva Walkways

Explore the Paiva Walkways, 8km of steep wooden walkways along the left bank of the Paiva River in Arouca municipality, located in the North of Portugal.  Embark on a journey to discover the biology, geology, and archeology in a natural sanctuary. Expect to see some quartz crystals and Europe's endangered species. The average duration of this walk is 2 hours and 30 minutes, and the difficulty level is rated as hard. The walkway provides access to three river beaches where you can refresh yourself, and cafes are located on both ends of the walkway, in Espiunca and Areinho. There are many shaded areas along the route and be assured you do not need to traverse the suspension bridge along the route.

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4.8 / 5

based on 256 reviews

Our guide, Norberto, was very kind with explaining everything before the tour actually started, even though there is all the information written when placing the booking. The Auroca bridge can be easily walked in a few minutes, although the Walkways took around 3 hours for sure. It was a pretty smooth walk, except for the few stairs there are going up/down. Would definitely recommend going as it was very relaxing and we loved every minute of it. In addition, Norberto took us to a very nice restaurant and the food was delicious!

All correspondence with Getyourguide was spot on. Our guide Ricardo was on time to pick us up, very sympathetic and gave explanations in French and English for the entire duration of the trip (TOP!). The PAIVA walks are really fun to do and the 516m suspension bridge is the icing on the cake. We had good weather and had lunch together in a small but cosy restaurant. Highly recommended!!!

Ricardo was the BEST guide we have had and we have had some good ones. Loved the suspension bridge, the walk and all the knowledge Ricardo passionately shared with us!!! Porto is great but it was nice to get out of the city and walk in nature:):)

Great experience and great guide. The drive is a bit rough in the narrow roads, but besides that we had a fantastic day. I absolutely recommend this to anyone who is pressed for time but still wants to see a lot of different things.

It was very good experience, very beautiful nature, our guide was super nice and told us a lot interesting things obout Porto and the walkways.