Water activity

Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

4.8 / 5

18 reviews

Coimbra: Mondego River Kayaking Tour

Activity provider: O Pioneiro Do Mondego

From US$ 26.08 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 18 reviews

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Very nice kayak tour on the Mondego river. You go with the flow, but still work hard against a headwind. If you are not that strong or if you are in pain quickly, better skip it. But the view and the relaxing environment are well worth it! And staff were very friendly and helpful.

May 12, 2022

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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May 8, 2022

Lovely experience, beautiful region and helpful staff/guides. It wasn’t quite as described however- starting at 10:15 despite being told to arrive early for a 9:45 start and running much longer than the details online said. The team were helpful with this but it felt quite disorganised.

September 12, 2021

Product ID: 388950