In this area of the Costa Brava, kayaking can be done in the open sea or on the River Ter.
Trip along the River Ter:
The River Ter originates in Ulldeter in the Pyrenees region of Ripoll, near the town of Setcases, and flows downwards until it reaches Gola del Ter, between the towns of Pals and Estartit. Different trips can be made along its river banks in modern kayaks or traditional Canadian canoes. These trips can be combined with hiking, mountain biking or bird watching.
Interestingly, during the Middle Ages, the River Ter was divided in two sections at Colomers. One section of the river led to the Gulf of Roses and flowed past the towns of Escala and Empúries. The other section flowed near to Estartit, further north of the river mouth’s current location; a diversion was made in 1790. Light-weight sailing vessels could sail on this final section of the River Ter to Torroella de Montgrí. The subsequent use of land for agricultural purposes meant that parts of the river became obstructed leading to floods that made sailing impossible.
Trip on the open sea:
The Costa Brava is known for its numerous and idyllic coves that are ideal for kayaking. Discover this area of the coast just as the famous rowing champion Paul Fidrmuc did in the 1950s with his renowned ´Don Tonto` canoe.
There are a range of day and night kayak trips from Pals beach and Estartit which circumnavigate the Medes Islands natural park and Cala Pedrosa until reaching the well-known Roca Foradada. As its name in Catalan suggests, Roca Foradada is a navigable passageway that small boats can use to sail from one side of the prominent rocky outcrop to the other.
An alternative route starts out from Pals beach in a southerly direction, following the coast round at Begur and passing the coves of Aiguafreda and Aiguablava, until reaching the acclaimed Cova d’en Gispert.