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Kayaking in the Costa Brava

Kayaking in the Costa Brava

Kayaking in the Costa Brava
The Costa Brava is about much more than lying on a beach and sunning yourself. Its deep crystal blue waters are the ideal place to experiment with new sensations and inject some energy into your holiday. The watersports you can try in the Costa Brava include scuba diving, sailboating, windsurfing, jet-skiing and kayaking.

Kayaking is one of the most accessible aquatic sports. It’s not too expensive, and as a leisure activity doesn’t require you to be in excellent physical form. Although you might have spent all year sitting down in front of the computer or lying on the sofa, you should be good to sail a kayak and have fun while you feel the sea breeze in your face.

The word kayak comes from the Inuit and means “man-boat”, given that kayaks are typically just for one person (although if you fancy rowing with friends or partners, you can also find canoes which fit two people). Since they were used by Eskimos for hunting, these narrow canoes have evolved greatly, and now there’s a variety of models which are easy to sail.

Sea kayaking is the most adventurous version of this sport. In the Costa Brava, you can manoeuvre your kayak through caves, rocks, coves and other attractive landscapes knitted from sea green. There are various sailing schools and centres where you can rent kayaks in the Costa Brava. Here’s a few of our favourites...

Kayak schools in the Costa Brava

Kayaking Costa BravaKAYAKING COSTA BRAVA – One of the best-known kayak-hire businesses in the Costa Brava. Its shop sells all kinds of specialised material. Offers courses of different levels, made-to-measure routes for groups and a large selection of guided trips through different areas of the Costa Brava. Where: L’Escala (C/ Enric Serra, 42). During summer, there’s also posts in Cadaqués (Platja de Portlligat), Torroella de Montgrí (Cala Montgó), Tamariu and Palamós (Platja Castell) where you can rent kayaks without previous booking. 

Fishing in a kayak in the Costa BravaSK KAYAK – Another canoeing school in the Costa Brava, which contains a shop well-stocked with clothes and material for canoeists, kayak rentals and courses. They organise excusions through the Natural Parks of Cap de Creus and Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, and among them some which combine kayaking with fishing, wine tasting and diving. Where: Llança (Pg. Marítim, 4), Sant Pere Pescador (Club Náutico), Empuriabrava (Gola de la Muga, on the beach).

Canoeing in the Costa BravaKAYAK CENTER GUIXOLS – Organise kayak activities and trips all year round. Offer children’s beginning classes, trips especially for birthday celebrations and stag/hen parties, packs which combine kayaking with nighttime tapas excursions and dolphin and other marine animal spotting trips. Where: Sant Feliu de Guíxols (on the beach, next to the Sailing Club).

On the Nautical Tourism in the Costa Brava website, you’ll find other kayak centres in the Costa Brava, and more information about other watersports in the area. 

Laura - Marketing Team

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