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Passadiços do Paiva or Paiva Walkways in Portugal 2024

Arouca Geopark boasts a 8-kilometer wooden walkway that is perfect for hiking

Best time: March–June | September–November

Passadiços do Paiva or Paiva Walkways
Passadiços do Paiva or Paiva Walkways

You can walk comfortably and observe beautiful untouched nature at Paiva Walkways, located on the left bank of the Paiva River, in Arouca Geopark. Even though it seems easy, few hikers manage to cover an entire 8 km route in one day. The hills are quite steep and require much effort especially when it's hot, during the summer months. That's why ​the best time for the hike is spring and autumn. The route lies from the river beaches of Areinho and Espiunca to the Vau beach. Arouca Geopark has not only prominent flora and fauna but also important geological heritage, it's listed in UNESCO Global Geoparks Network.

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What is Paiva Walkways?

Located in Arouca Geopark, Portugal, Paiva Walkways is an 8-kilometer wooden trail, offering hikers scenic views of untouched nature. An ideal place for long walks, photography, and soaking in nature's beauty, the trail provides a comfortable walkway for exploring the flora and fauna found in the area. Show more

Where is Paiva Walkways located in Portugal?

Paiva Walkways is situated in the Arouca Geopark region on the left bank of the Paiva River, stretching roughly 8 kilometers from the Espiunca river beach to the Vau beach. Arouca Geopark is renowned for its geological heritage and is part of the Global Geoparks Network, a UNESCO designated network. Show more

When is the best time to visit Paiva Walkways?

The mild, comfortable spring weather from March to June and the autumn weather relatively free of an excessive crowd in September to November make it the ideal time to visit Paiva Walkways, which spans a distance of 8 km. During summer, when the temperature is high, the steep hills and challenging areas around the route make it arduous for hikers. Show more

How long is the route and is it suitable for all levels of hikers?

The 8 km long Paiva Walkways route includes relatively flat as well as steep and challenging areas, making it unsuitable for people who are not used to hiking, have mobility issues, and/or low stamina. However, experienced hikers who enjoy a tough trail through nature are likely to find the Paiva Walkway enjoyable and adventure-packed. Show more

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