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Where can you canoe in Portugal?

Sea kayaking near Lisbon


If you want to canoe in Portugal you can take your pick of destinations! Portugal has four major rivers: the Tagus, the Douro, the Guadiana and the Minho and many smaller ones so wherever you want to go you should have the opportunity to canoe. The sea kayaking is also a fantastic way to see the best of the coast and the spectacular sea caves.

As one of the least populated countries in Europe, taking to the rivers in Portugal lets you appreciate its natural beauty and traditional way of life. Even in the most popular tourist destinations such as the Algarve, spring in the Algarveyou soon feel miles from anywhere, floating past ancient orchards, white-washed cottages, even whiter storks and perhaps basking turtles! If you come in the spring bring your camera to capture orchards of almond trees swathed in beautiful sweet-smelling pink blossom but don't forget to bring some warm clothes too just in case the weather turns cool. The Ria Formosa wetlands offer a superb location for kayaking with a 60km long nature reserve and ever changing lagoon system consisting of sandy islands separated by natural inlets and channels and a haven for marine life. We offer guided tours of this area as well as kayak hire if you prefer to go alone.
Canoeing also gives you the option of exploring Portugal's remoter regions. In the Peneda-Gerês National Park in the North of Portugal and the surrounding areas you will find rugged mountains, hidden waterfalls, wild moorland ponies and ancient granite villages where jangling cow bells announce the return of the herd for milking. This summer we are offering 4 and 5 day kayaking holidays on the rivers Minho, Douro and Tejo (see below for more details) as well as day trips.

Further south in the Alentejo rivers wind through white washed villages nestling amongst perfectly rounded hills and gnarled olive and cork trees- perfect for nature spotting and a leisurely lunch or take to the lake at Alqueva, also in the Alentejo, - Europe's largest man made dam and an up and coming water sports destination.

Portugal's mild climate makes it ideal for sea kayaking which can be enjoyed many months of the year even by beginners. We currently offer sea kayaking tours in the Arrabida natural park, in the Algarve and Madeira.

Please ask us for full information on the canoeing trip(s) that interest you most or follow the links below.


kayak holidays

Canoeing Holidays

Guided trips:
Please contact us for a brochure with full information on these tours, the packages include guide, equipment, meals and camping and good company! Other dates may be possible for group bookings.

Rio Douro
19th-23rd July or 2nd-6th August, 5 days in the heart of the Douro Natural Park (wine country), lots of nature: griffon vultures, vultures, eagles and black storks, lots of culture and lots of fun! €265pp

Rio Minho,
23rd-26th August, 4 days on the most northerly river of Portugal between Melgaço and Valença. An exciting, restless river with lots of fun surprises! €210pp

Rio Tejo
26th-30th July, covering 100km of river in 4 days from Perais to Tancos, highlights include passing between the dramatic Portas de Ródão river cliffs and a castle full of mystery.... €200pp

canoeing on the Tejo
Self guided trips:

A two day kayak adventure in a remote wilderness environment exploring the stunning Mondego river! This is a self guided tour and the package includes: kayak instruction and orientation on arrival, map and river information, a safety briefing, all equipment, one night's wild camping at the water’s edge and pick up at the end of second day. €65 per person

Also available a three day package with hiking, mountain climbing and kayaking.
Please ask us for full information on the canoeing trip(s) that interest you most

Canoeing and Kayaking Day Trips

Canoeing in the Algarve
Algarve canoeing A great way to explore, discover the beauty of the Algarvean countryside and of course cool down on hot days! Our relaxing canoeing day trip takes you inland away from the hustle and bustle of the coast to the tranquil Arade river. Families and beginners welcome

Kayak Tour of Arrabida
Arrabida kayak tourA kayak tour is a fun and memorable way to explore the dramatic coastline of the Arrabida Natural Park with its towering cliffs, secluded beaches, spectacular rock formations and hidden coves. Transport from Lisbon can be provided.

Algarve Sea and Lake Kayaking
sea kayakingExplore quiet waterways, uninhabited islands and lakes and come close to nature on one of our Algarve kayak tours. A relaxing and peaceful day out, ideal for couples, families, nature lovers, bird watchers and photographers

Kayaking in Madeira
kayaking in MadeiraCome sea kayaking in Madeira a fun adventurous trip with beautiful coastal scenery. We have double and single kayaks and the trip is suitable for regular kayakers and beginners alike

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