OUR 6 DAY ROWING TOUR
From Spain to Portugal
Come and discover Douro Wine Region Valley – World Heritage by UNESCO
208KM – 129.25mi
VEGA TERRÓN/BARCA D’ALVA to PORTO
OUR DOURO DAILY TOURS
BARCA D’ALVA – POCINHO
POCINHO – VALEIRA
VALEIRA – RÉGUA
RÉGUA – CARRAPATELO
CRESTUMA – PORTO
CARRAPATELO – CRESTUMA
ROWING TOUR ITINERARY
The Douro River rises in the Serra de Urbión peaks, in the Spanish province of Soria, at an altitude of 2160 meters (there named “Duero” ). It crosses the north of Portugal to its mouth near the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. It is the third longest river in the Iberian Peninsula. It is 897 km long, 572 km on Spanish soil, 213 km navigable in Portuguese territory and 112 km of international section ( as its course forms a Portuguese/Spanish border ). This last section, where the river tightens and its bed deepens, is known as Arrábida (the cliffs). Its banks were protected with the creation of the natural parks of Douro Internacional in Portugal and Arribas do Douro in Spain.
On December 14th, 2001, UNESCO included the Alto Douro Wine Region (45°68’N, 5°93’W) in the list of World Heritage Sites, in the category of “cultural landscape”.
Taking advantage of the high difference in level, especially in the Douro Internacional area, where the average difference in level is 3m/km, from 1961 onwards, the hydroelectric exploitation of the Douro was carried out. With the construction of the dams, thanks to the installation of locks in parallel, large reservoirs of calm waters were created, which came to encourage tourist and recreational navigation, as well as sport fishing, allowing the creation of a channel, where navigation is safe and calm.
The unevenness is overcome by 5 locks, whose chambers have lengths ranging from 86.0 to 92.0 m:
Crestuma-Lever Dam (1986) – maximum lock level difference of 13.9 m;
Carrapatelo Dam (1971) – maximum lock level difference of 35.0 m;
Régua Dam (1973) – maximum lock level difference of 28.5 m;
Valeira Dam (1976) – maximum lock level difference of 33.0 m;
Pocinho Dam (1983) – maximum lock level difference of 22.0 m.
The Douro River offers such fabulous landscapes that stay engraved in the memory of those who glimpse them. The special climate – a microclimate of its own due to the mountain range that protects it from the influence of the Atlantic Ocean – guarantees the essential and unique conditions for the production of the world-famous Port Wine and makes the landscapes even more beautiful, imposing and breathtaking, in any season of the year.
We are pleased to mention that our partners in the supply of equipment are mostly Portuguese.
Sea rowing boats are built by the Portuguese company AVEROWING BOATS LDA, in Fajões, Vila do Conde, canoeing boats are built by the Portuguese company ELIO , in Crestuma, Vila Nova de Gaia, the paddle boards to the Portuguese company Rimadestaque Surf, Lda., in Canidelo, Vila Nova de Gaia and the SB20 sailing boats designed by the Portuguese naval architect Tony Castro.
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Tour Details read Please: We propose Down River Tours from the international douro of Spain – Veja Terron , to the Atlantic Ocean conquering the more than 200 km navigable of the Douro River, in an active nautical sport modality, in an all-inclusive regime. In this 6-day program, tourists can choose to complete the entire route in a type of vessel or change vessel according to their wishes. The activities developed are suitable for tourists of any age, allowing to reconcile tourists regardless of the age group in which they belong, being the result of the tourists’ current physical condition, adjusted to the duration of the activity and the level of effort, adapting to any level. of previous experience of the “athletes”, which can be framed either as an initiation class, as an improvement class, or as a boat rental in which the “athlete tourists” will share knowledge with the coaches and other monitors. The boats used were specifically designed for these Down River Tours, whether in the rowing, canoeing or paddling aspect, as well as in the sailing aspect. Accommodation will always be in local hotel units, being chosen according to the proximity to the water plan, with meals being taken in typical establishments in the Douro (clearly differentiating factor from similar active tourism activities carried out in other places in the world). Magnificent Cuisine and Service of Trás-os-Montes restaurants, from O Lagar, in Torre de Moncorvo, Bago D’Ouro and Petiscaria Preguiça, in Freixo de Numão, Cais da Estação, in Ferradosa, Calça Curta, in Foz do Tua, Casa do Ecos , in Pinhão, DOP, in Folgosa, Quinta da Pacheca , in Lamego, Hotel Porto Antigo, Sirga DouroIn , in Penafiel, Restaurante Jardim do Arda, in Castelo de Paiva, Cais B Petiscaria, in Marco de Canaveses, at VoltaDouro , Porto. The target value of this tour package will be between €1,200 and €2,200 per person with a minimum of 10 people per event.