28 Sept – 04 Oct 2024, 21-27 April 2024
1620€ in twin/double room, 1940€ in single room
7 Days

Kayaking in the Lakes of the Sabor river

The river Sabor and its affluents gave rise to an impressive complex of lakes, the Lagos do Sabor, after the construction of the Larinho and Feiticeiro dams. Kayaking is a great way to navigate these lakes that have significantly altered the original landscape, with some influence on the wildlife communities. We’ll hike near the Angueira and Maçãs rivers upstream, within protected areas that retain original characteristics with their landscapes strongly marked by the influence of the Mediterranean climate.
The natural vegetation is mainly dominated by scrubland, with areas of valuable woodland such as cork oaks, holm oaks and juniper trees. The most important floral communities are made up of species adapted to steep habitats and riverbeds, where boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) stands out. The characteristics of these valleys, with their steep, undisturbed banks, provide good nesting conditions for various bird species, particularly those typical of rocky environments. Threatened species such as the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Bonelli’s eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus) and peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) are frequent in these areas.
These territories are still very important for various animal species, directly or indirectly associated with the rivers, such as the otter (Lutra lutra), the water mole (Galemys pyrenaicus), the Mediterranean terrapin (Mauremys leprosa) and various species of fish and aquatic invertebrates, rare and endemic to the Iberian Peninsula.
The whole area of the reservoir is still in the process of adapting to the new ecological characteristics, with species typical of large bodies of inland water appearing more and more frequently.

INCLUDED Professional kayaking guides certified by the American Canoe Association and the Portuguese Canoe and Kayak Federation

Transfers from and to Porto city centre or airport.

All paddling equipment: sea kayaks, paddles, spraydeck, PFDs

All transports onsite

6 nights in rural accommodations of high quality

All meals from lunch of first day to breakfast of day 7

High quality accommodations and food

2 different lodgings during the stay

NOT INCLUDED Personal equipment (dry bags for your own clothes, camera, clothing)

Extra drinks


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21/04/2024 to 27/04/2024 Places available
28/09/2024 to 04/10/2024 Places available

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Price option1620€ in twin/double room, 1940€ in single room

Meet the Regional Natural Park of the Sabor

Hiking 9 Km
After check-in into our wonderful country houses, we will hike through the hills of the Sabor region, towards one of the most beautiful view point of the region, the Miradouro da Serpente do Medal, or the viewpoint of the Medal Snake. We will also appreciate our first wonderful dinner together and dig into the regional gastronomy.

Kayaking the Gorges of the Sabor

Sampaio – Quinta do Souto, Sabor, Kayaking 19 Km
We will kayak on the upper part of the Lakes of the Sabor today, starting as much upsteam as possible, paddling from North to South in the Valley of the Crags. The valley looks like a canyon above which evolve majestic raptors. Within a theater of water and rocks, the effects of light and shade on the declining day are unforgettable.

Kayaking in the Lakes of the Sabor

Kayaking, 18 Km
We will start the journey where we ended the previous day, today the river broaden as we paddle into the lakes of the Sabor. We will pass by the Strait of the sting and reach the Lake of the sanctuaries. We will then continue north towards the creek of Zacarias.

Kayaking from the Medal Snake to the Beach

Kayaking, 25 Km
We will start at the Medal Snake, nearby where we were on the first day, cross the Medal Lake, paddle through the Strait of the Sting again and head towards the Gorge of the Fraga do Fojo before we reach the Lake of Cilhades, a former village now submerged. We will end at the beach of Miguinhas. We will check in a new accommodation today, west of the Sabor river.

Let´s hike today

Hiking, 13 Km
We will visit Torre de Moncorvo and hike the trail of the wolf on the Serra do Roboredo. We will pass by the Chapel of St John Baptist and our Lady of Fátima, see former mines, the Chapel of St Lawrence and finally the Chapel of Our Lady of Conception from the XVIth century.

In between dams

Kayaking, 16 Km
We will paddle between dams on the straightest section of the river today, within the gorges that are the refuge of a number of raptors. We will enjoy our last dinner together.

On the road again towards Oporto

Farewell Sabor
It´s time to leave and go back to civilisation with tons of memories. We will head back to Porto where it´s time to say goodbye.

Kayaking route of the Lakes of Sabor

sabor river kayak expedition
sabor river kayak expedition