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15 Things you should know about Paiva Walkways

By |2018-05-03T01:09:50+00:00November 10th, 2016|Eco Travelling, Portugal|

In the Arouca municipality, located in the North of Portugal there’s a crown jewel to eco-travellers, the Paiva walkways. This is a must do visit if you love nature, you will be taking through a biologic, geologic and archeologic journey.


Before you visit Paiva Walkways, where’s 15 things you should know:

  1. Paiva Walkways are also part of Arouca Geopark.
  2. Paiva Walkways extends for 8km and seems like the best time to go is at sunrise or sunset.
  3. Since 13 of February 2016 you have to pay 1 euro to entry in Paiva walkways. Therefore it's better to book online, only 3500 were allowed per day.
  4. The schedule is 7:30 to 20:00 from April to October and 09:00 to 17:00 from November to March.
  5. There are emergency phones along the way, so if you are not feeling well contact the authorities.
  6. Wear comfortable shoes and appropriated clothing.
  7. Bring water with you.
  8. Do not damage the nature, don’t throw litter away.
  9. You can enjoy shaded areas along the route and take a chance to do a pic nic, one option is at the Vau beach.
  10. If you physical level is not so good choose the route Areinho – Espiunca, it’s less demanding.
  11. There is a parking lot at Areinho beach, in Canelas. If you want some food or water you have a bar there too.
  12. There are small coffee shops at the entry (or end) both sides of the walkways.
  13. If you only want to do one away there are taxi's at the end of each route, the price is around 10€/15€.
  14. On September 4th 2016 they wore elected the most innovated artistic project in Europe in the 2016 edition of the World Travel Awards, in the category of Europe’s leading tourism development project.
  15. At the moment Paiva Walkways are only open between Espiunca – Vau (about 4 km).  Due to a fire that affected the remaining path you can’t go through all route, working is in progress to fix this.
Paiva Walkways / Passadiços do Paiva (13)

In the breath-taking landscape along the Paiva River, this walkway was designed in dialogue with nature, morphology and panoramic views.

If you want to see more photos of Paiva walkways, check out our still & motions.

For more informations visit the oficial site : passadicosdopaiva.pt

Gps Coordinates:

40°59'34.67"N    8°12'41.19"W

40°57'9.68"N    8°10'33.05"W


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  1. Flo October 9, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Only 1 Euro for entry? That is SUCH a bargain, especially when many other monuments charge 10-20 Euros! We were in Portugal this past summer but we didn’t make it this far north – next time we will have to add Paiva Walkways to the list!

    • Tiago Ferreira October 9, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

      The 1 Euro fee is only to help maintain the local. This is a walkway in Nature, one of the crown jewels of Portugal, the views are amazing.

  2. Anonymous October 9, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    I like the featured image! And yes, one more reason to visit to Portugal. Good to see how things are constructed in harmony with nature.

  3. Diana • Opium Teahouse October 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    I really want to do this walk but didn’t part of the Passadiço burn down during the Portugal on Fire 2017 Summer Edition? T_T

    • Tiago Ferreira October 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

      Hi Diana. Part of the Passadiço burn in 2016 but now they are repaired and fully opening.

  4. Nomadic Foot October 11, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply

    For me walking tour are best way to explore any destination. Walking tours gives you deep information about the place and you experience a place in a great way. Paiva seems a great place to visit for me. pics are awesome and your detailed information will be so helpful. Thanks

  5. Ada October 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Wow that walkway seems wonderful. It must be a great expierience walking through such a stunning nature! I can’t wait to visit Portugal one day and I would definetly would love to take that walk!

  6. Rosie October 11, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe it’s only 1euro entry! So cheap compared to other areas in Europe, if I ever visit Portugal I will have to check out this beautiful place!

  7. Bruce Schinkel October 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    I love visiting places that allow visitors to enjoy the surroundings while respecting nature, and this place looks amazing! I wasn’t able to see any pictures when I went to Stills & Motions, but that may have been an error on my end? Either was, I’m really excited to add this place to my Portugal itinerary!

  8. Lena from fouronaworldtrip October 15, 2017 at 8:13 am - Reply

    wow thats cool! I know my kids would love this track … we are planning to spent the first weeks of our worldtrip in the north of Spain and Portugal, so your post is really coming in handy. Good to know as well that you can do only one-way as well and take a taxi back. Thanks for sharing

  9. Umesh Rajbangshi October 16, 2017 at 2:42 am - Reply

    I personally enjoy walking and this one seems perfect. Added it to my to-do list. Thanks!

  10. Molly Merrill October 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    How would this be for someone with a fear of heights?

    • Tiago Ferreira October 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Molly, This place doesn’t have many high zones. The walkway is safe and if you have afraid of heights just don´t go to the edge and look down.

  11. Bonita October 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I like the fact that there are emergency phones along the walkway…very important. Nice tips, and photo. The charges are equally fair!

  12. Priya Vin October 25, 2017 at 4:13 am - Reply

    That is so cool… my family love this … we are planning to a trip to Portugal in December wonder if it is open then

    • Tiago Ferreira October 25, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Yes, you can go in December, it´s colder but you can enjoy it also. It’s open all year and in Portugal, the weather normally is sunny and cold in December.

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