Galicia, the country of a thousand rivers, -as Álvaro Cunqueiro baptized it- is the ideal place to bet on active tourism, a way to know our community that enchants the most adventurous. In addition to refreshing ourselves in its waters, walking the paths that border it or fishing, our rivers offer various leisure options that will surely catch you.
Rafting is one of them. The idea is to descend the rivers on board of pneumatic rafts that are carried away by the currents of the rapids. Believe it or not, it is an activity suitable for all kinds of public and that, certainly, is the perfect remedy to release tensions and to forget the worries of the day to day.
If you finally choose our community to begin – or not – this activity, we recommend some of the most common rivers for rafting in Galicia. But keep in mind that the perfect sailing periods are usually between autumn and spring and you should never miss an experienced monitor on board your raft.
Specifically, a small stretch of 8 kilometres that descends between Bascuas and Cira, in the province of Pontevedra. A descent of almost an hour and a half that requires all our efforts to overcome the narrow and stony bed of the this river.
Precisely for this reason, it should be noted that this is a course not suitable for beginners. If it’s not the first time you’ve been rafting, maybe it’s the challenge you’ve been waiting for. After maneuvering without rest and with 100% adrenaline, you will surely think about repeating it.
The next meeting point is in the river Sil. If you are new to this type of activity, some sections such as the one that connects Sobradelo and O Barco de Valdeorras (both in the province of Ourense), are perfect for beginners in rafting.
It is a stretch of no more than 10 kilometres that descends without much difficulty. Do you fancy?
Do you know the Salto da Cabra? It is a well-known fast of the river Tambre that passes between Ponte Alvar and Portomouro, in the province of A Coruña. A navigation of about 8 kilometers in waters with a low level of difficulty that allow you to enjoy the activity as a family. The only requirement is that the flow is high, so the best time to descend is in the months of abundant rain.
In the river Ulla, the recommended section is the one that goes from Xirimbao to Herbón, in the province of A Coruña. In it, we will not only be able to appreciate the beauty of the Galician shore but also the mountains that rise around it or old mill dams.
Between five and eight kilometres of route that bring us practically to the mouth of the river in the Ría de Arousa.
Finally, the Miño River, one of the most emblematic rivers of our community. With miles and miles of flow, the most interesting routes to enjoy rafting are between the dam of Frieira and the parish of Arbo, in the province of Pontevedra.
A succession of quiet areas and others with more waves, will take us to a natural roller coaster of the most fun.
However, the easiest thing to do will be to have the help and advice of an expert team. If you are interested in trying, it will not be difficult to find different companies that offer the possibility of practicing this activity.
Perhaps it imposes a little, but surely it is an experience difficult to forget.