Kayaking over the Guadalquivir in Cordoba
Imagine sitting on a boat, well, to be precise, in a kayak. The sun is about to set, whilst the river meanders towards the monumental city of Córdoba.
You float effortlessly towards the historic Roman Bridge whilst enjoying the view. The only sounds are your fellow kayakers and the birds nesting on the riverside.
Kayaking as a family
Before winter, the Guadalquivir is shallow, creating a slow relaxing flow. In addition, there is no motorized traffic on the Guadalquivir because of low water levels.
Thus ensuring safe passage, even for young children
The Roman Bridge in Cordoba
The Roman Bridge – the ultimate goal of this trip – was built in the early 1st century BC across the Guadalquivir River. The 247-meter-long bridge has 16 arches and is 9 meters wide.
Over time the bridge was several times restored. As a result, the 14th and 15th arches are the only ones remaining in their original state.
A kayak tour is a unique way to see this impressive construction from a different side. Most people will see the bridge exclusively from above.
The Guadalquivir is 657 kilometres (408 miles) long. Although in Roman times one could navigate all the way up to Cordoba, now only Seville can be reached from the sea.
The name originates from al-wadi al-Kabir, “great valley” or “big wash” in Arabic.
- The trip is short and, because of the minimal effort, perfectly doable with small children.
- The tour company offers kayaks with one, two or three seats.
- Maria Font, our local guide, organized this tour.
- In summer, it would be wise to bring a water bottle on board and plenty of sun cream.
- Wear sneakers, as flip-flops will get lost in the muddy underground when trying to enter or leave the boat.
- Hotels, hostels and other accommodations in Córdoba can be relatively expensive compared to other Spanish cities. Make sure to book your accommodation early to get a reasonable price.
- Whilst in Córdoba, visit the Medina Azahara, a Unesco heritage site.
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