Restless Genes: Walk Through the Paiva Walkways in Portugal
It’s spring again, it’s hiking time. It’s time again to slip one’s feet into hiking boots or sneakers and take to the hills and pathways of our magnificent world!
As you already know if you’ve been reading us, we are among those bitten by the wanderlust bug and we’re always thinking of new trips – travel ideas that we like to share with you.
Today we’re gonna go in Portugal, in the breathtaking landscape along the Paiva river, a place where engineering studio Trimétrica designed a walkway which offers visitors a two and a half hour walk alongside rivers, forests, peaks, beaches and waterfalls.
Commissioned by the municipality, these walkways aim to take visitors through a special journey in a natural landscape, entering areas that were previously hard to reach or even inaccessible on foot.
The walkways are made of solid wood and preserve the integrity of the area, while minimizing their impact on the natural landscape. Metal elements were only added where necessary, as fixings in the wooden beams or to support a rope bridge suspended across the waters of the Rio Paiva. The result is a seemingly simple structure that steps up hills, crosses waterways and weaves through woodland.
Paiva Walkways embraces the Paiva river with an extension of 8 km, providing a walking path with a breathtaking natural beauty, with picturesque landscapes, waterfalls and a variety of fauna and flora species. More than a simple walk in contact with the nature, this is an unique experience deeply characterized by a dramatic landscape!
photo credit: Nelson Garrido