10 best kayaking routes in Spain

Nautical Channel
20 Jul 2023
NEWS | Canoe/Kayak

Spain has a great variety of rivers, lakes and reservoirs where you can practice this sport while enjoying the amazing aquatic landscapes that nature has to offer.

In recent years, kayaking and adventure tourism has become popular. More and more people go on trips taking into account routes and tours in order to practice some extreme sport that fills them with adrenaline. This is the case with kayaking or canoeing, a highly acclaimed water sport that many people want to try.

Below, we reveal different routes to practice in different locations of the Spanish territory:

Costa Brava, Catalonia

Enjoy crystal clear waters and breathtaking coastal scenery as you sail along the Costa Brava, which stretches from Blanes to the French border.

The Canyelles reservoir is the largest in Catalonia. It is a coastal town located in the province of Girona, in the region of Catalonia. It is known for its beautiful beaches and coves, which makes it an ideal place to practice water activities such as kayaking.

Undoubtedly this is one of the most popular tours for kayaking lovers, as it is an authentic adventure, which will start in Canyelles, south of the Costa Brava.

The tour begins at the Canyelles Dam, from where we access a pier, where we begin to navigate for 15 kilometers to Cosgosto de Montrebei. This is a route for experts only, as it is very difficult.

Atlantic Islands National Park, Galicia

Explore the protected waters around the Cíes, Ons, Sálvora and Cortegada Islands, where you will find idyllic beaches and diverse marine life.

The National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia is one of the best representations of the Spanish coastal ecosystems, and therefore constitutes a privileged space to appreciate and enjoy the natural values of the marine environment. That is why kayaking is one of the most practiced sports in this ecosystem. Since it is an activity that combines fun and nature conservation, allowing a very direct contact with the sea and not involving any emissions, noise or harmful impacts.

One of the best known routes in this national park is, as we mentioned at the beginning of this paragraph, the island of Cortegada, an extraordinary place in the Ría de Arousa. In this itinerary, the ideal will be to advance through the waters of the Ría de Arousa to cross places like Carril to reach the coast of Cortegada, very famous for its beautiful scenery and contrast of water with the vegetation of the area.