Rafting down the Paiva River, near Porto

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Spoken languages: English, French, Portuguese
Minimum age: From 14 years-old and up
Cancellation policy: moderate More info
Opening seasons:

Activity description

The Paiva River is characterised by its steep granite laced banks, dense green vegetation and unspoilt natural beauty. It is one of the clearest rivers in Europe and there is an abundance of fish, birds and you may even catch a glimpse of an otter or other wild animal.

The river's rocky landscape, considerable slope, winding journey and relatively narrow bed offer lots of rafting fun and natural obstacles including water falls, waves, holes, bends, trees, jumps etc. It is however safe for relatively inexperienced rafters and has varied grades of difficulty.

The river is fed by the rain water and the rafting season usually starts around the end of October and finishes in the beginning of June. This rafting trip can also be combined with a number of other fun activities. 

Nomadas will take you through a great section of the river for those who want to venture for the first time, but with adrenaline levels and high emotion.  

Course of events

6 hours including transport and changing time.

- You'll be picked up from your accommodation between Porto and Aveiro.
- Meet your guides at Espiunca
- Have an intital briefing about the activity and the safety protocols
- Change and get geared up in rafting equipment
- Get instructions, training and have a comprehensive safety talk
- Rafting approx. 1.5 – 2 hours to Espiunca
- Drive to the start of the rafting excursion (25 minutes)
- Break for a light lunch
- Drive back to your accommodation

Activity requirements

All participants must be able to swim autonomously.

Special terms

Please make sure you arrive 15 minutes before your activity start time.

  • Rafting equipment and professional guides
  • Free drink and snack after the trip
  • Free pick up from your accommodation in Porto or Aveiro
  • Insurance
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimming costume/shorts
  • Towel
100% secure payments
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Meeting point
You will be picked up at your accommodation from Porto or Aveiro. Alternatively, please make your way to Passadiços do Paiva, Espiunca Get directions

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity date
You will be automatically refunded for the full amount for the activity
10 days
Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity date
You are entitled to a 50% refund
4 days
Cancellation 4 days or later prior to the agreed activity date
No refund will be possible
Weather Guarantee
Regardless of the date, if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, you will be offered a refund or the chance to reschedule