Europe is versatile about almost everything. The whole continent of Europe is full of so many languages, cultures, many natural landmarks and varieties of coastline. These coastlines offer many types of kayaking experience both at its shore and further. Few rivers and Lakes also extend the kayaking locations.
Mostly this used to be done for fun, adventure, sports and fishing. So it is hard to choose the top 10 kayaking destinations there at Europe taking many things in count. But if we are bound to choose the top 10 list, we have to consider different types and forms of kayaking which are enjoyed by the kayakers across the European continent.
1. Lake Garda, Italy:
When you start kayaking at Lake Garda in the morning, the calmness of the water will soothe your mind. The most beautiful period for kayaking there is the month of July and August. At that time of the year, the wind loses the consistency, and the water becomes calmer. You can savor the peaceful beauty of the surrounding countryside. On the other hand, for a dynamic kayaking, you cannot afford to miss the slalom of the River Sarca at the Lido of Arco.
2. Ardeche, France:
Come here for experiencing a great family trip in summer holidays. The summertime is beautiful here with lazy sunny days. Or you can visit here in spring when the water is flowing faster. There are numerous beaches, along with you can also go fishing and swimming. To have the ultimate kayaking experience, pass under the natural stone bridge named Pont D’Arc and take 60 kilometers down the river crossing the dams. For kayaking, there are shops for you to hire all the equipment you need for kayaking, and there are local guides who would help you.
3. Loire Valley, France:
This is another beautiful kayaking destination in France which offers some great water to kayak and wine to relax. There are many shops to hire canoe and kayaking equipment. The calm scenery of the river makes the kayaking a real soothing experience. The hills and the riverside architecture will make you outdoor trips more interesting.
4. Soca Valley, Slovenia:
Experience a beautiful kayak ride on an alpine river named the Soca River. The Soca River is almost 140 km long and runs through Slovenia and Northern Italy. This river has an elevation of 1100 meters, and it flows past Triglav, the highest peak of Slovenia. The Soca Valley is one of the world’s topmost kayaking destinations as it provides a lot of rapid grades, including some tight sections. This kayaking destination is ideal for those who love bits of adventure.
5. Normandy, France:
The primary kayaking destination in Normandy is Parc Naturel de Normandie-Maine which is situated on the Varenne and Sarthe rivers. You can choose tours according to your holiday as both one day tours and multi-day tours are available with guides. You can hire kayaking equipment and well-trained guides there. If you are into sea kayaking, the Mont St-Michel is the one for you.
6. Vilamoura, Portugal:
If you are into spending summer into both glamorous and a little adventurous way, come here in Vilamoura, the beautiful Algarve region of Portugal. Here you can enjoy both sunbathing and kayaking. You can enjoy the stunning coastline while paddling your canoe. The beginners can start their sea canoeing lesson here as the water is relatively calm. Those who are looking for the rapid white water, this place is not for them.
7. Isle of Scilly, UK:
These are an archipelago of Cornish peninsula of Great Britain. The warm and sunny weather here is different from the rest of the country. At the inner part of the Isle of Scilly, lies a shallow lagoon where you can paddle your canoe in absolute calmness in most weather condition. The inner side of the lagoon is the home of some fabulous beaches, and the outer side has many reefs. The thrill seekers can visit the dramatic swell of the Atlantic to the side of these reefs.
8. Albufeira, Portugal:
This is another top European kayaking destination. Kayaking at Albufeira is for those who want to enjoy the lighter side of canoeing. There are some natural rock and cave formation on the west coast of Logos, Algarve. You can hire a Kayak from the main beach, and you can go to explore all the caves which are hidden in the coastline of Algarve. You can also go to the inland upstream of the river, Aljezur to discover the uniqueness of the shore.
There is no particular part of Croatia that we can choose as the best place for kayaking. That is because you can explore the whole of Adriatic coast in a kayak. The magical blue water, the coves, and the islands are serene to paddle around. This entire country is one of the Europe’s best kayaking destinations, which is very rare to find. You can do both sea and river kayaking adventures and other experiences as well. If you want to go kayaking in peace, go kayak in Zrmanja River, where the water is calm and looks crystalline. The adventurous people would like kayaking in Mreznica River. The specialty in Mreznica River is the spectacular light effects the sun creates for few hours a day.
10. Bohuslän, Sweden:
This kayaking destination is made up of 8000 islands. Many of these islands are still wild and uninhabited. The water there is as clean as the air, and everything including the water and the small fishing villages just looks like paradise. The specialty of this place is the solitariness. Nobody will ever feel crowded. The calm water is ideal for the beginner to start kayaking.
Beside all these few places are also known as top sea-kayaking locations in Europe which are must to be explored for any traveler. These are like:
• Isle of Man, Near UK
• Anglesey, UK
• Lofoten Islands, Norway
• Sardinia, Italy
• Santorini, Greece
• Dubrovnik, Croatia