"Hike the Spelunca trail." Porto Things to Do Tip by pfsmalo

Porto Things to Do: 6 reviews and 30 photos

  Pianella bridge
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  • Pianella bridge - Porto
      Pianella bridge
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  • Zaglia bridge. - Porto
      Zaglia bridge.
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  • The Spelunca ravine from the top of the climb. - Porto
      The Spelunca ravine from the top of the climb.
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  • View with the road bridge. - Porto
      View with the road bridge.
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  • Refreshing after the hard climb up. - Porto
      Refreshing after the hard climb up.
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This trail was perhaps the best, and most comfortable hike we did. Starting from Ota out and back hike is around 9 kms. You follow the river Porto most of the way until the trail starts climbing up into the ravines where it becomes the Talulella stream, you can no longer see it but can still hear it below. Along the way, first there is a Genoan bridge the Pianella which you cross to continue. The trail comes out behind the football stadium and a bit further you have to cross the road. This is the hard and rugged bit although for a hardened hiker it will pose no problem at all. A normal walker like myself should just take it a bit easier. The trail eventually comes out to the second Genoan bridge, the Zaglia. It is possible to continue to the village of Evisa, but most turn round here. For those that just want a good walk, drive down from Ota to the road bridge and start your hike from there. There is plenty of parking. In Ota you can park just behind the church. Although the Pianella bridge looks newer (perhaps renovated) it is in fact from the XVth c, whilst the Zaglia is only from 1797. Both are classed as historic monuments.

You may find herds of goats on the trail near the beginning, just take it slowly and they will move out of the way. Be watchful of the rams though.

Directions: Behind the church on the left, there is a set of stairs down. Follow these, turn right and follow the tarmac and you'll find the markings along there.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 26, 2011
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