Traditionally Rafting is a sport which consists of descending down fast moving rivers in inflatable boats called rafts.
For us rafting means the adrenaline of descending rivers, the fascination of being in a canyon surrounded by great mountains and the comfort of taking a hot shower at the end of rafting.
Finally as traditional foodies as we – Portuguese are, the icing in the top of the cake will be eating and drinking like it was our last day on earth.
That’s why rafting in Rio Paiva is so special and we have such a pleasure to make it possible for all the nature and adrenaline travellers that come to visit Porto.
Paiva River is characterised by it’s steep granite laced banks, green and dense vegetation and unspoilt natural beauty.
It is one of the clearest rivers in Europe and there is an abundance of fish and birds, so you may even catch a glimpse of an otter or some other fascinating kind of wild animal.
The river’s rocky landscape, considerable slope, winding journey and relatively narrow bed offers extreme rafting fun and natural obstacles including waterfalls, waves, holes, bends, trees and crazy jumps!
On the other hand, it is a very safe spot for inexperienced rafters to some degree and it has different levels of difficulty.
Rafting season usually starts around the end of October and finishes in the beginning of June. So you don’t want to miss your escape to nature when you come to Oporto during winter.
At the end of rafting you will be starving… so our suggestion is Arouca. It is the best place for meat lovers around Porto we assure you will discover a new indigenous wine, as every region in Portugal has their own grape varieties.
We don’t want to end this post without talking about the locals you will meet during our activities and in the regional restaurant. After this encounter, you will understand why Portugal is known by the hospitality of their inhabitants.