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This picture was taken during the kayak experience in Gerês National Park.

We usually land the kayak on small desert beaches in Caniçada. Then it’s only you, your kayak, calm water, landscapes and sometimes some strange wild life.

Kayak tour in Gerês National Park

Let’s start from the beginning…

Your day starts in Porto at around 8h30 am.

You see a 4×4 Land Rover parking in front of your accommodation, coming to pick you up.

The first thing that comes up to your mind is very probably: ”Oh my Goodness! I have booked a tour to Africa!!” Don’t worry… Gerês is closer than Africa but you will also be able to see powerful landscapes and amazing wildlife here.

It takes you about 90 min from Oporto to Gerês National Park by 4×4 (packed with fun getting to know the guide and other travellers like you!). The kayaks and paddles are already waiting for you.

You don’t need to have experience to do it, we provide the best equipment, insurance, and our guides will always be prepared to teach you and help you on your way…

No rush, take your time to breathe and absorb the powerful green surroundings, and without even realizing it, you will soon arrive at a small, golden beach of Gerês National Park.

Time to stop, relax, swim… But you will be not alone!!!

Crayfish (lagostins), our first travellers from the USA!

Oporto Adventure Tours was the first company in Oporto organizing one-day tours in Gerês National Park, curiously, our first travellers were Americans.

But they weren’t the ones bringing Crayfish to Gerês! Crayfish has been there for some time. We don’t know when but is possible that someone brought them from the United States.

One thing we’re sure. They don’t belong here!

You can lay down, relax and sunbathe without worrying about this little visitor. It doesn’t attack people. We are the predators here! It is also very common to find remains of crayfish in otter feces, those also being crayfish predators!

Crayfish are considered to be a pest to the Portuguese native wildlife, eating amphibians like frogs and salamanders, so I definitely support the idea of eating them!

Remember, why you should participate in a Kayaking tour in Geres National park when you travel to Porto?

During the kayak tour you can find:

  • Peace
  • Golden beaches
  • Calm clear waters
  • Fun
  • And tasty crayfish…

See you, soon!

Your local guide,


Author: Ricardo Guerreiro 

(Oporto Adventure Tours guide)