Kayaking and canoeing holidays in Portugal are a great way to explore parts of the country that other tourists will never see and can be just as relaxing or as challenging as you like.
Fancy drifting down a sun dappled river to a riverbank picnic with the only sounds the splashing of paddles and birdsong? Getting that bit closer to Portugal's diverse bird, plant and wildlife? Or discover the 'real' Portugal this holiday? How about joining one of our multi day 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.
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
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
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
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
Kayaking and canoeing is safe and fun for adults and kids alike (just be sure to check with each centre for their minimum age limits) and can be practised in Portugal most of the year round. It is an easy sport to learn and once you have mastered the basics, your guide will probably have a few canoe-based games up their sleeve to bring out your family or friends' competitive side!
More experienced and intrepid canoeists can also enjoy sea kayaking, whitewater trips, or exploring one of Portugal's lesser known and less well travelled rivers.
There are two common types of kayak and canoe used in Portugal, although you may come across others. The 2 or 3 seater Canadian canoes are wide, open and stable and the canoeist sits on a raised seat and paddles with single or double bladed paddles. 1 or 2 seater Kayaks usually have closed decks, double bladed paddles and the paddler sits with their legs in front of them . Kayaks are designed for speed and manoeuvrability.
If you're going kayaking or canoeing on holiday don't forget to pack sun cream, a hat or cap if it's sunny, shoes that you don't mind getting wet, a camera or binoculars and maybe a change of clothes for kids. Always make sure that lifejackets are provided with the canoes.
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