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Have you crossed the suspended pedestrian bridge on Passadiços do Paiva?

It is a spectacular suspended pedestrian bridge, located on Passadiços do Paiva. A unique adventure in Arouca that will please the whole family.

The suspended pedestrian bridge over the Paiva River, considered one of the largest in the world, is already one of the great attractions of the Arouca region. It is a journey that will take your breath away for all those who demand the fantastic Paiva walkways, requiring some cold blood and a taste for adrenaline. But know that it is completely safe.

with the name of 516 Arouca, this bridge has a span of approximately 516 meters and a height above the river of around 175 meters. Crossing is via a metallic railing deck, with a usable width of 1.20 meters and always with a side guard.

suspended pedestrian bridge: crossing prices

The normal ticket for crossing the suspended pedestrian bridge costs 12 euros, with tickets available for 10 euros for students and over 65s, as well as family packs. Book tickets for a hassle-free experience.

The Bridge Crossing Experience it is forbidden to children under six years old, but for households with older children, a cheaper pack of 30 euros is available for two adults and a child, and another for 40 euros, for couples with two minors.

You Citizens with proven residence in Arouca will continue to have free access to the new suspended pedestrian bridge by purchasing a resident card, as was already the case with Passadiços do Paiva. The cost of this document is now 5 euros (before it was 2.5 euros).

Always in line with the schedule of the walkways, in April, the new Ponte 516 Arouca can be visited between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Then, from May to September it will be open from 8 am to 8 pm, in October it will be open again from 9 am to 7 pm and from November to March it will only be available between 9 am and 5 pm.

Pay close attention to this detail: entry to 516 Arouca presupposes purchasing the respective tickets in advance. Purchase them in time to guarantee your visit, as entries are limited and tickets are not sold on site.

Unique beauty tour

The bridge connects the banks of the Paiva River in the vicinity of Cascata das Aguieiras and Garganta do Paiva, making it possible to appreciate these two points and the entire surrounding landscape from a higher level. The cost of the contract amounted to 1.8 million euros.

The Passadiços do Paiva became an absolute success, bringing millions of people to the municipality of Arouca.

Winners of the Tourism Oscar for two consecutive years, 2016 and 2017, the Paiva walkways have impressed all those who do not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy the incredible landscapes that the 8 kilometers of extension offer to everyone.

There are whitewater descents, quartz crystals and endangered species on the European continent and you will also pass by river beaches such as Areinho, Vau and Espiunca. If you like nature, and particularly biology, geology and archaeology, then this is a journey you cannot miss.

Inserted in the territory of the Arouca Geopark, Geological Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, the value of these walkways has been recognized, even internationally, which is why they received for 4 consecutive years (from 2016 to 2019) the distinction of the World Travel Awards.

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