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Why paddle the Noguera Pallaresa: canoeing at its best?

Few rivers have all the necessary attributes for the practice of canoeing and its derived activities. The Noguera Pallaresa is one of them and it is within your reach to experience white-water rafting at first hand.

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Canoeing and Noguera Pallaresa are two terms that are difficult to understand without each other. The river of Lleida stands out for its long tradition in sport and recreation. Known as one of the nerve centres for the recreational practice of canoeing, with activities such as rafting, canoeing and kayaking routes aimed at the general public, it has made a name for itself in the world of outdoor activities. It is, without a doubt, a nerve centre for the practice of this type of sport and a must for elite canoeists of different disciplines.

So, whether you are a top-level canoeist looking for the best rivers for training or you want to experience white-water rafting for the first time, the Noguera Pallaresa is the right destination. Not for nothing is it considered one of the most popular rivers in Europe for activities such as rafting.

What makes it so special?

Thanks, among other things, to the conservation of the territory, its strategic location in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, the fauna and flora that accompany it and the diversity of waterfalls it has, it has become the birthplace of great canoeists. These include Aniol Serrasolses and Quim Fontané, Red Bull canoeists, and Olympic medallist Saúl Craviotto.

“A generation grew up in the Noguera Pallaresa that has now given rise to another generation that is between 20 and 30 years old and has a high level. A cradle is being created in Pallars”, says Lluís Rabaneda, founder of RocRoi. In fact, Sort has been the epicentre of world canoeing on several occasions over the last few decades with the organisation of world cups and world championships in freestyle kayaking and whitewater.

In fact, the 2019 edition of the World Championships left in the territory the first fixed freestyle stadium in Europe, something that during this time has been used to train new generations of paddlers and attract the arrival of the best international canoeing. A facility that has done nothing more than complete the training offer available in the territory and that has been fundamental in shaping these generations of paddlers.

Activities for all publics

As water sports have become increasingly popular, active tourism has expanded on the Noguera Pallaresa. Thus, every year the river welcomes thousands of people who want to discover white water rafting. From RocRoi’s base in Llavorsí, we offer this recreational activity for all types of customers with more or less long routes and with greater or lesser technical difficulty.

The most popular and sought-after river activity is undoubtedly rafting. Among the different sectors of the river where this activity is offered are those that go from Llavorsí to Rialp (14 km), to Moleta (5 km), to Montardit (20 km), to Sort (16 km), to Gulleri (8 km) and to Collegats (52 km), as well as the one that goes from Arboló to Collegats (14 km). Some of these routes offer additional services of traditional gastronomy of the area in a Pallaresan borda.

However, if rafting leaves you wanting more, the white water adventure doesn’t end here. On the one hand, there are all kinds of kayaking routes along the Noguera Pallaresa, whether it’s your first time in this type of boat, with beginners’ activities in immersion kayaks, or if you already have more experience, in open kayaks. On the other hand, if you don’t want to paddle and what you want is to let yourself be carried away by the river, you have hydrospeed, an activity that consists of descending on a water sled through white water in such a way that you can feel like you are part of the river.