Water activity

Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

4.6 / 5

53 reviews

Activity provider: O Pioneiro Do Mondego
Water activity

Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: O Pioneiro Do Mondego

From US$ 27.15 per person

Kayak down the Mondego River Valley, Portugal's most famous kayaking river. Stop at natural river beaches and admire the scenery or go swimming.

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Duration 4 hours
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Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish


  • Enjoy a full-day kayaking tour to admire spectacular views
  • Stop at numerous river beaches for a swim and to relax
  • Discover the nature of Portugal from a different perspective
  • Take part in an a great activity suitable for family and friends
  • Enjoy easy kayaking with a gentle current to help you
Full description

After meeting your tour guide in the morning, you will be transported to Penacova and provided with the kayaking equipment and some instructions. Then, set off from the Carvoeira dam on a kayaking tour with a total length of 18 km (11 miles).  You'll be kayaking through the natural Mondego river valley, surrounded by extensive forests. As you travel downriver, you will pass by the small villages of Ronqueira, Rebordosa, Louredo, Foz do Caneiro and Casal. This part of the river is full of small beaches where you can stop for a picnic or go to go for a swim. On the river beach of Palheiros, you'll find a small bar where you can buy an ice cream or a cold beer. The river usually has a light current, which makes the kayaking easy and accessible to all ages. Finish in Torres do Mondego, after 3-4 hours of kayaking and breaks along the way. Expect to arrive between 15.00 and 17.00 pm.

  • Private parking place
  • Instructions in 5 languages (PT, EN, NL, ES, FR)
  • Guides on the more complicated parts
  • Use of kayak, life jacket, and peddles
  • Transportation between finishing and starting points
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Packed lunch
  • Water shoes

Know before you go

  • This activity is suitable for all ages and doesn't require previous experience
  • This activity has a great value-price relation and is very popular with locals, so expect to find some large local Portuguese groups on the river during weekends in the summer, and during high season between 20 July - 20 August
  • The provider does their best to organize things as smooth as possible and the Mondego is certainly a more relaxing and natural experience than most popular kayak rivers in Europe, but if you want to be the whole trip on your own in the nature, just don't travel in high season
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 53 reviews

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Best experience! The tour guide was very professional and knew all the currents and speeds of different parts in the river. This was my first time kayaking on my own and I had the best help and guidance. Also the rapid parts were very easy for me, the instructions really helped a lot. I’m ready for level 2! We went there in October and the view was amazing. It was quiet so a lot of wildlife and rare bird species appeared. This was very special to see. Although we brought our own lunch there is a beach club almost at the end of the tour, they have amazing pork sandwiches you should try those during the lunchbreak. I would definitely recommend them! These experts know the river very well and guided us during the 18 km journey.

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March 23, 2023

Downgrading to 4 stars due to lack of clarity of listing; this activity is not 4 hours! Unfortunately I didn’t read the reviews that this is a full day activity so didn’t know until the night before. Clearly you’re smarter than that if you’re reading this now. The kayaking trip was great, we were able to go mostly at our own rate. The scenery was gorgeous, the guides friendly and helpful. We were all in double kayaks. There were very small children along, sitting between two adults in one kayak. Our kids are 10 and 12 and they joined us in our kayaks. Definitely recommend, just plan to spend the entire day!

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March 23, 2023

Great experience to do when in Coimbra, beautiful river and fairly gentle kayaking so you don't need to be an expert. Instructors were friendly and travel from start point and to end point is included. Couple of things could improve this experience - 1 is clearer meeting point, as we weren't sure we were in the right place and others had same problem. 2 is it needs to be made clear that this is a longer activity- we started at 9.45 but in a bus, collected people at another place before driving to our start point, kayaked with a couple of breaks and ended around 5pm before being driven back to end point in separate vehicles. We were happy overall as weather was great and we didn't have any set plans after, but other people may have been put out by this.

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March 23, 2023

Product ID: 388950