Best Places to Go Kayaking & Canoeing In Andalucia
The Southern Spain province, Andalucia is a sophisticated region rich in cultural heritage from old Mediterranean civilizations like Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians and Carthaginians combined with modern influences from the West.
The traditions and cultural attractions can be discovered by tourists throughout the entire region however Granada and Seville are the most visited cities in Andalucia due to the almost magical atmosphere that surround them. Another great place to visit in Andalucia is Antequera, a lesser-known treasure of the region that offers incredible experiences to visitors. Setenil and Olvera are the perfect introduction to the picturesque and calm country life of Andalucia’s inhabitants.
The Andalusian region is amazing to explore by land and by water. The kayaking tours are truly amazing and they offer incredible views of the rivers and their surroundings. River Palmones, River Guadiaro, Castellar Reservoir and Istan Reservoir are great destinations for kayaking in Andalucia and the tours are provided by operators who offer all the necessary equipment for a safe and fun kayaking experience.
1. River Palmones
The area around River Palmnones is a protected area renowned for its beauty and also one of the last marshlands in Andalucia. The wildlife site is home to a variety of bird and animal species and the authorities are trying very hard to conserve this wonderful ecosystem that is so rich and beautiful. While kayaking on the river, kayakers will be able to admire over 170 bird species that found shelter in the marshland including herons, warders, flamingos and raptors during the migration season and ducks, ospreys, cormorants, gulls and terns in winter.
2. River Guadiaro
Another rare environment in Andalucia, the wetland surrounding River Guadiaro is another favorite destination for some migrant bird species and other bird species including purple herons, flamingos, spoonbills, jack snipes, waders and gulls. Located in the Strait of Gibraltar, between the estuary of Guadalhorce River and the Palmones River, River Guadiaro offers amazing views for kayakers who paddle their way through its waters.
3. Castellar Reservoir
Located in Parque Natural de los Alcornocales, Castellar Reservoir is a magnificent kayaking and sightseeing destination that is home to a Moorish fortress and a beautiful castle located in a scenic village where visitors can discover the lifestyle of the locals. When the sky is clear tourists are able to see the African continent from the castle. Also, the castle provides the best views of the countryside and the nearby mountains.
The reservoir is situated in an isolated location and in order to reach it visitor need to walk for a while. However, the paths that lead to Castellar Reservoir are peaceful, quiet and they also enable visitors to see some wild animals along the way including turtles, rabbits, deer, otters and many bird species, such as eagles and vultures while they walk towards the splendid kayaking spot.
4. Istan Reservoir
Istan Reservoir is located in Sierra de las Nieves, another national park in Andalucia protected for all its wonderful natural treasures. Home to various species of mammals, amphibians and fish, Istan Reservoir is relaxing destination for kayaking that offers a great experience and amazing scenery.
By Veselina Dzhingarova