The Best Season to Experience Ebike, SUP and Canyoning Tours in Gerês
Peneda-Gerês National Park, located in northern Portugal, is a stunning region known for its natural beauty and adventure experiences. If you are planning a visit to this area and are eager to try out the various activities the park has to offer, it is essential to choose the best time of year to make the most of these outdoor activities.
Our suggestion includes activities that take you to discover the Peneda Gerês National Park in a more authentic and unique way: ebike tours, SUP (Stand Up Paddle) and canyoning with Tobogã - Portugal Adventure Tour. Although these activities can be carried out almost all year round (depending on the weather), we consider that at certain times the experience can be more pleasurable.
In this article, we'll explore the best times to experience each of these unique adventures in Gerês.
Ebike Tours: Spring and Autumn
Electric bike tours in Gerês offer an exciting way to explore the lush landscape, with challenges for cyclists of all levels: even for those who are not used to physical exercise or these routes. The most favorable times to try Ebike tours are spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November). Here are some reasons why:
Spring and autumn provide mild temperatures, making the experience more comfortable. The intense heat felt in summer and the low temperatures and rain in winter are avoided.
However, if you choose to do this activity in the summer, our routes include passing through lagoons and natural pools to cool off and have a day well spent in Gerês as a couple, family or friends.
Colors of Nature:
During these seasons, the landscape comes to life with local flora blooming in spring and vibrant colors of autumn leaves. In each of these seasons, you will find different landscapes in the same places, which makes this a unique experience.
Gerês tends to be less busy outside of the high summer season, allowing you to enjoy the trails more calmly and appreciate the surrounding nature.
SUP (Stand Up Paddle): Late Spring, Summer and Early Autumn
SUP in Gerês is a unique experience, as you have the opportunity to explore the region's stunning rivers and lakes. The best time to try SUP is late spring (May) and during summer (June to August) and early autumn (September). Here are the reasons to choose these times:
Summer offers warmer temperatures, making SUP refreshing and enjoyable. You can make the most of the crystal clear water and keep cool throughout the activity.
Although it is a more pleasurable activity during this season, on cooler days you can always wear a neoprene suit or shirt to enjoy the activity out of season, in a comfortable way.
Extra Hours of Daylight:
The days are longer at this time of year, providing more time to explore the waters of Gerês, taking advantage of the heat and clear light typical of this time of year.
Canyoning: Spring and Summer
Canyoning is an exciting adventure that will take you to explore areas that would otherwise be inaccessible, such as the waterfalls, lagoons and natural pools hidden in Gerês.
The best time to try canyoning is in spring (April to June) and early summer (June to September), however, it all depends on the amount of rain at these times of the year, as it influences river flows and puts the safety of the activity is at stake. See why these stations are ideal:
Adequate Water Levels:
In spring, water levels in rivers are higher, making canyoning descents more exciting. In summer, due to the low rainfall, flows tend to decrease and make the activity more accessible to everyone.
The climate in these seasons is generally stable, with pleasant temperatures, making canyoning more comfortable. However, despite being more interesting on hotter days, neoprene suits help maintain body temperature, making the experience equally interesting in milder/cooler weather.
Vegetation is in full force in spring, making the landscapes even more spectacular and worth appreciating
Remember that weather conditions can vary from year to year, so it is always advisable to check local conditions and consult local tour operators for up-to-date information before planning your adventure. Regardless of when you choose to visit Gerês, each season offers a unique experience to explore these exciting activities. So, get ready for an unforgettable adventure in one of the most stunning regions in Portugal.