As one of the many different ways of exploring the Costa Brava, kayaking gives you the chance to discover the most secluded coastline on the Mediterranean. You can hire a kayak on your own or with a group of friends, join an organised excursion or go on a guided expedition. And kayaking is not just limited to the sea, either, with freshwater options like the river Ter or the placid Banyoles lake if you prefer. There’s something for everyone!

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Along the Costa Brava

The Medes Islands, the Montgrí Natural Park, Cap de Creus, caves and creeks hidden among the rocky cliffs, marine wildlife and crystalline water are just some of the things that you will see on a kayak excursion along the Costa Brava. Here are some of the areas that you can visit with professional kayak companies:

  • Portlligat: this tiny village is the departure point for various routes, including a half-day excursion for beginners to Cala Bona along the coast of the Mar d’Avall. There are also full-day options for more experienced kayakers, including the route to Cala Culip. No matter which route you take you´ll find remote coves, wild landscapes and transparent water.
  • Cala Montgó: you can kayak along the entire coastline of the Montgrí Massif Natural Park as far as the natural tunnel of La Foradada, passing imposing limestone cliffs and stunningly beautiful little coves and caves on the way.
  • Tamariu: here you can choose either to paddle south to Cala Gens by way of such famous coves as Cala Pedrosa, or else to go north to the Cova d’en Gispert, the largest and most spectacular cave on the Costa Brava, with a depth of 150 metres.
  • Platja del Castell: setting out from this beach with its historical remains of an Iberian settlement from the 6th century BC, you can paddle to El Golfet, via La Foradada de Castell, a natural tunnel in the rock large enough for small craft to go through – pure magic!
  • Medes Islands: one of the Costa Brava’s most distinctive places to explore by kayak. You can go right round the Meda Gran island and get a closer view of the amazing seabed, with L’Estartit as the starting point.
  • Cala Jóncols and Cala Montjoi: two routes setting out from two of the Costa Brava’s mythical coves to spend a half day exploring the whole coastline and its coves, with the option of trying snorkelling.

You can discover these routes with Kayaking Costa Brava, SK Kayak, Club Nàutic Sant Pere Pescador, Estació Nàutica Roses – Cap de Creus, Estació Nàutica L’Estartit – Illes Medes, Medaqua, Kayaking Palamós or Blue Compass. Wouldn’t you just love to paddle through reefs, discover the commonest animal species, find secret places that can’t be seen from the land and enjoy the panoramic views from the sea?

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Inland

Banyoles lake, the river Ter, the river Fluvià or the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park are all very different freshwater areas teeming with wildlife that are ideal for discovering by kayak.

  • River Ter: several parts of the river Ter are navigable, including from Colomers to Verges, from Sobrànigues to Colomers and from Sant Julià de Ramis to Flaçà. In places where there is thick vegetation on the river banks you will find it easy to see birds, turtles or mammals, according to the time of year.
  • River Fluvià: setting out from Sant Pere Pescador you can follow the last stretch of the river Fluvià as it flows along the edge of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Integral Natural Reserve, past Caramany island to La Gola beach, where it flows into the sea.
  • Banyoles lake: kayaking on the still waters of Banyoles lake is a pleasure in this unique setting and is ideal for beginners.

Kayak del Ter, Caiac i Natura and SK Kayak offer routes in these areas. They are normally guided but you can also choose to go on your own. Of course, before you set off you will always be given a short explanation of the most important things to bear in mind. Kayaking is an enjoyable way to learn more about the world around us!