Kayak tours in Galicia - wild river adventures on the Ulla from Padrón

Adventure holiday in Galicia: Canoe tours on the Ulla with guide and support and for all levels. The nature experience in the northwest of Spain on the most important white water river of the province A Coruña. Choose between easy routes from Padrón or follow the historical traces of the Way of St James on an ambitious half-day tour on the water.

  • Tour / activity duration: depending on selection
  • Languages: English, Catalan
  • Transfer: no, not included
  • The best insider tips
  • English-speaking service
  • Hassle-free booking change or cancellation
  • Usually cheaper than at site

Price overview

  • Kayak tour Galicia (Padrón - Vilarello - Valga) - 1,5 hours - per person (from 6 years) 25.-€
  • Kayak tour Galicia (Padrón - Catoira) - 3 hours - per person (from 6 years) 35.-€
  • Kayak tour Galicia (Villagarcia - Padrón) - 4 hours - per person (from 6 years) 45.-€
Nature experience on the white water river Galicia

Overview / General Information

Kayaking in the province of Coruña in Galicia

The Ulla is one of Galicia's most important rivers and its green banks offer a unique natural experience that you can fully enjoy during a kayak tour. More than 130 kilometres of river from the mountains to the sea, quiet but also wild stretches await you! You can also take the final stage of the Way of St James on the water, or take a nice family trip to the river beach of Vilarello at the mouth of the Ulla.


  • Duration: upon your choice
  • Days: daily
  • Months: possible all-year
  • Languages: English, Catalan
  • Pick-up not included


  • Wetsuit (if needed), kayak, professional guide, introduction, complete equipment, helmet, locker
  • Access to canoe base with showers, WC, parking spaces and restaurant

Option 1: Easy canoe tours on the Ulla

Two canoe tours lead through the Ulla estuary area, suitable for all levels and also for children aged 6 and over. The 5 km tour leads from Padrón over the river beach of Vilarello to Valga. About 1.5 hours are planned. The water on this section is calm and free of hurdles or other levels of difficulty. The journey from Padrón to Catoira takes a little longer. This route measures 10 kilometres and can be completed in about 3 hours. Before the start you will receive an introduction at the base. There you can change your clothes and lock your valuables. The equipment is included in the kayak tour. You will receive (on request) a wetsuit, helmet, paddle and kayak. The transfer from the base to the river and back is also included.


  • Duration: upon your choice
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Starting point: Padrón

Option 2: Medium canoe tour on the Ulla

For people with stamina the 20 km long canoe tour on the Route of St. James is made. It runs from Villagarcia to Padrón and takes about 4 hours. The starting point for the canoe trip is in Carril and goes over the Ulla to the last stage of the Way of St. James to Padrón, only a few kilometres away from Santiago de Compostela. The route coincides with the high tide, so despite the distance the physical effort is low. Along the way you will find beautiful landscapes, the mountains of the west, the island of Bexo and the river beach of Vilarello.


  • Duration: ~ 4 hours
  • Difficulty level: medium
  • Starting points: Vilagarcía de Arousa
Important information


  • Ability to swim
  • Minimum age 6 years

Please bring

Swimwear, towel, sun blocker, at least 1.5 l drinking water, snacks, suitable clothing, spare clothes

Detailed description

Kayak Tours in Galicia - wild river adventures on the Ulla from Padrón (A Coruña)

Nature lovers and adventurers will enjoy Galicia for its green hills, its romantic valleys, its beautiful Atlantic beaches and its many rivers. The region in the northwest of Spain is a very attractive destination for active holidays and family holidays, thanks to this natural setting. Canoeing is one of the many activities that adults and children can do together in the land of 1000 rivers. Quiet river landscapes, but also white water stages in virtually untouched nature parks offer a suitable travel route for every level of ability. The Ulla is the second most important river in Galicia. The clear water meanders over 130 kilometres from the mountains down to the Atlantic Ocean. The dreamlike estuary bay is the Ria de Arousa in the Pontevedra region. A little further north is Padrón (province of Coruna), the starting point for various year-round kayak tours. From there it is only a few kilometres to the most important destination of the many pilgrims who walk the Way of St James every year: Santiago de Compostela.

In Padrón a classic family kayak tour of 5 kilometres and a time distance of 1.5 hours starts. In the boat it goes without hecticness and obstacles up to the river beach of Vilarello. Previous knowledge is not required for the easy canoe trips - the routes follow the quiet estuary of the river. At the base in Padrón, you will be met and instructed in driving techniques, the route and safety precautions. In addition to a vest, a wetsuit and helmet are standard equipment. Enjoy an entertaining ride under alders and pastures, past cormorants and herons, well equipped. On the somewhat longer, approximately 3-hour kayak tour you paddle to Catoira - the city of the Viking games.

For ambitious paddlers with stamina, we recommend the half-day tour in Galicia, which follows the Way of St James on the water and leads from Villagarcia to Padrón. This route is an absolute highlight, not only because of the island of Bexo, the elevations of the west and the river beach of Vilarello. You will complete about 20 kilometres upstream in this river adventure and change from the province of Pontevedra to Coruna.

The guided kayak tours in Galicia are the right way to switch off, relax and enjoy an intense nature experience.


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

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Important notice!
Due to the high demand, especially for private boat tours, we recommend to book now!
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Book your boat tour or excursion right at the beginning or in the middle of your stay. If, for example, bad weather makes it necessary to reschedule, you still have a few days for a new date.