Canoeing in the Arouca Geopark

Come canoeing and discover the hidden beauty of the Arouca Geopark, this fascinating destination located in the interior of Portugal offers an unforgettable experience for nature lovers and adventurers alike. As you glide over pristine waters surrounded by towering cliffs and lush greenery, you transported yourself to a world untouched by time.

In the Arouca Geopark you can find striking geological formations, crystal-clear rivers and rich biodiversity.

The canoe tours

Tugar offers tours on the Paiva River. The river is a whitewater river in winter months but in summer it is a calm river with some rapids. Each canoe has space for two people. This also makes this activity very suitable for families with younger children.

The guides

Tugar works with local guides who have years of experience guiding participants. They make sure everyone can enjoy the adventure with safety naturally coming first.

Our guides provide the materials and equipment. All you need to bring is swimwear and shoes that can get wet.

The Arouca Geopark

This geopark is known for its breathtaking landscapes and unique geological formations that are millions of years old.

One of the most striking features of the Arouca Geopark is the imposing Paiva Gorge, also known for Portugal’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, Ponte 516. The suspension bridge connects with the wooden footbridges that stretch for 8 kilometres and offer spectacular views of the Paiva River and the surrounding nature.

In addition, the Arouca Geopark is home to rare geological phenomena. Such as the Pedras Parideiras and the Mizarela waterfall. The park also has rich flora and fauna.

Other activities besides canoeing

There are plenty of other activities available in the Arouca Geopark. Such as canyoning, river tubing, river trekking and hiking. We also provide accommodation near the activities.

For more of our options, also take a look at Pick&Mix and Holiday Packs.

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