10 Day Paddle Across Portugal from Spain to the Sea

Trip Overview

Join Douro Kayak Expeditions for a beautiful experience paddling across Portugal on the flat water Douro River from Spain to Porto, where the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. This ten-day paddle includes 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites. You'll start and finish in the Portuguese city of Porto where you will tour the World Heritage site of the old city. The following day you'll board the historic Douro Valley train to travel up the Douro River to near the Spanish border, where you will spend the first night. The following nine days are spent paddling through a very undeveloped part of Europe, eating great Portuguese food, and sleeping in wonderful B&B till you reach the sea. For Douro Kayak Expeditions, it's essential that clients have a superb Portuguese paddling experience and see a part of the wine country and life that most travelers don't see. Price includes everything from excellent guides to outstanding wine with your meals.

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Safety Notes

Douro Kayak Expeditions provides excellent single or double kayaks according to the clients wishes, PFD, skirts, jackets and all bottled drinking water. Guides are all BCU and first responder trained. They also carry communication gear as well as a SPOT device.

Gear Notes

Douro Kayak Expeditions provides excellent single or double kayaks according to the clients wishes, PFD, skirts, jackets and all bottled drinking water. Guides are all BCU and first responder trained. They also carry communication gear as well as a SPOT device.


Flat water

Trip Details

  • Departure Months: May, June, September
  • Trip Duration: Extended Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Services Available: Guided
  • Group Rates: Upon Request

Trip Location


Fantastic paddle with excellent guides and land crew.

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/14/2021
If you are looking to see parts of Portugal you would never ever see by yourself, stay in magnificient quaint accommodation with excellent local food and wine this trip is for you. Our 2020 plans of doing this magnificient trip again, this time with some of our paddling friends, was interrupted by COVID. However when we can we will be back. My wife and I have done extended multi day paddles in Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Alaska, Mynmar and Raja Ampat. The Douro Kayak paddle easily rates as one of, if not the best paddling, socialising, sightseeing, gourmet indulgent trips we have done at a reasonable price. Where else can you get 10 days transport, accommodation, meals, magnificent sceniery and great times for this price? Highly recommended and looking forward to doing it again.

Fun Paddling on the Duoro!

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/22/2020

This was a great trip. Met some fun fellow travelers, enjoyed the gorgeous scenery along the Duoro, dined on sumptuous meals (so much food!). Started with wonderful walking tour around quaint Porto with a very knowledgeable guide (it was quite hilly). Then train ride to our kayak starting point. All of the lodging was very comfortable and in lovely settings along the route. Jack and Rui did a wonderful job of planning and logistics and the weather & river were very cooperative. My only disappointment was not having a real wine tasting experience at one of the wineries along the way...but it was grape harvest time so everyone was in the fields. Great trip...recommend it to anyone looking for a kayak adventure.



Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/22/2020

Whenever I have a glass of port or other Douro wine, I’m reminded that I’ve paddled past the vineyards where these marvelous drinks come from--Ferreira, Graham's, Warre. Paddling the Douro creates lasting memories.


Outstanding trip

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/7/2017
July 19, 2017 Outstanding trip. Great to be with the Douro team and see parts of Portugal that are perhaps not on most itineraries. I had been somewhat dubious about the reasonably price but everything was wonderful. Joel Deaton

Carefree, delightful and interesting.

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 11/7/2017
Stephen L. Porter In September, four friends took the 10 day Douro trip with Jack and Rui as our guides. From beginning to end it was carefree, delightful and interesting. Three of us had no paddling experience, but we were quickly schooled on the basics and finer points (recovery after flipping) of kayaking. We felt safe, floated the river with confidence and left with a sense of accomplishment. The trip was well organized without glitches, not easy given the logistics of moving boats and people between the river and accommodations, rendezvousing with the sag wagon for riverbank lunches and passing through locks at designated times. Most unique (and appreciated) was the special care and interest that Jack and Rui displayed on our trip, both in planning and hosting. Within a day we were fast friends, with a sense of experiencing the trip together--whether playing pool in a 12th century monastery or laughing over card games in a quaint mountain village. The personal touch of our new amigos was shown in many ways: from the initial walking tour of Porto that provided a quick immersion into Portugal, to the variety of lodging and dining establishments, to the sumptuous lunches on the river featuring local cheeses, meats, salads and wines and by sharing the history, culture, cuisine and wine of the Douro region and Portugal. Some indelible memories: floating the remote and tranquil eastern half of the river, with blue herons our only companions ; the steep, terraced vineyards crafted and tended by hand since the Roman era; picking fruit from the river bank in our kayaks; slowly being lowered 128 feet in a creaking lock, which opened to a cruise ship awaiting entry; walking at sunset to a hilltop pagoda in Quinta de Vargellas, Taylor’s premier port vineyard; and paddling through Porto in tour boat traffic all the while being welcomed by crowds on the boardwalks. Steve