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Detours - Paiva Walkways Tour


This full day tour will take you to “Arouca Geopark” where the Paiva River flows at the bottom of a glorious valley. The Paiva Walkways or Passadiços do Paiva that follows the river path is our goal. Once there, you will have the chance to go for an 8 Km path with one of the best views in our country!

Detour Highlights

  • Adventurous hiking experience over intricate wooden walkway
  • Far-reaching views from soaring heights of the Paiva Gorge
  • Mouthwatering local delicacies featuring Posta Arouquesa
  • Get off the beaten path and escape the crowds
  • “Pinguça” Tasting
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Led by a local guide

What you can expect

Get ready to be amazed by one of the most beautiful riverside hikes in Europe.

The Paiva Walkways follows the Paiva River path for 8 Km providing glorious views and an amazing connection with nature.

Begin your day with a convenient pick up at your hotel followed by a one and a half hour drive to the start of this great trail.

Your personal guide will give you great insights about life in Portugal, our ways and traditions, which will make the way to the Paiva Walkway go by in a flash!

The hike along the river is filled with geological, natural and archeological interests located in the most beautiful surroundings.

After this 3 hour hike, a great lunch is 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 “Pinguça” tasting, a great Portuguese liquor.

Experience the best nature and gastronomy Portugal has to offer!

Join us!

Take a Detour

This Detour is available in English and in Portuguese.



from €95 per person


All day (9h – 17h)


Min. 2 – Max. 12

Eat & Drink



Hotel pickup and drop-off

Printed or mobile voucher accepted

Free cancellation available

Instant confirmation

  • Guided hike tour of Paiva Walkways
  • Contribution for a local development association
  • Typical regional lunch – Posta Arouquesa
  • Pinguça – local liquor tasting
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Paiva Walkways tickets
  • Personal Insurance
  • Small-group tour
Not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Ticket to 516 Arouca Suspension Bridge

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What our clients say about us

Well worth the money

We’ve been on many tours all around the world and we would rate this tour as one of the best.
If you are looking for a lovely day hiking and enjoying nature, then this tour is for you.
Diago was a passionate guide who was emotionally connected to ensuring you had a fantastic experience and enjoyable day.

The restaurant meal was good fun and highly entertaining. The food and wine was extremely tasty.
Travel is as much about what you see as the people you encounter. Our day was better for having met Diago and Aaron, and the people at the restaurant.
A highly recommended tour.


Hiking along the paiva walkways was incredible, the scenery was beautiful and the views at the top of the stairs were well worth the climb!


I was accompanied by guides Diogo and Jonas, they were very informative, pointing out geosites along the way and explaining the natural processes that occur. One of the highlights was visiting the tiny village of Alvarenga after the hike and being provided with a huge dinner full of locally produced food and drink- best steak I’ve ever eaten!


I honestly couldn’t recommend this experience enough, I would definitely book again next time I’m in portugal. Massive thanks to Diogo and Jonas for the amazing day 🙂

Utterly wonderful day out!

I stumbled across this tour by accident and am so thankful I took a chance and booked it.
I was picked up by guide Carlos, and joined four others for our small group tour. Carlos was chatty and knowledgeable on the drive out to the park, stopping so we could grab coffee and comfort breaks on the way.


Once at the park itself, the walk is a steady but very manageable route, through some glorious surroundings. Throughout I found Carlos to be great company, very informative but also very laid back. We spent longer than planned in the park, and were worried we would be late for our lunch, or that we had somehow messed up the plans… Far from it.


Lunch was superb, and I have left separate feedback for the restaurant – it was utterly wonderful. In short, the whole day was a joy – and I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. Thank you so much for a memorable day out!


Detours has the best guides and makes the best tours on the north of Portugal!

I already had the pleasure of making 2 tours with them: to Gerês and to Paiva Walkways. Both of them were just perfect.

Gerês, with its beautiful waterfalls and all the nature that surrounds it – we even saw wild horses!

Passadiços do Paiva, one of the best experiences I had – it’s the true walk for anyone that loves to feel part of the Nature.

Both are the perfect mix of adventure, relaxation and espiritual experience (oh, let’s not forget the food! Detours makes the best pic nics and takes us to the best restaurants! The real portuguese and local gastronomy!)

The guides are just amazing! Their knowledge, their environmental conscience, their attention to the details, their always great vibe and the true passion for what they do (so contagious!) are just few of the things that make them great and turn any tour an even more special experience.

I definitely recommend Detours to everyone and I can’t wait for the next adventure with them! 🙂

Arado Waterfall in Peneda Geres National Park516 Arouca Featured