In relation to canoeing in Orihuela, the past 4 years has seen a sudden growth in the practice of this sport, mainly through a succesful sports programme implemented in the town called 'Aventuring'.
Canoeing and kayaking in Orihuela will allow you to view our town from a different angle!
The municipality of Orihuela is crossed by the River Segura, which has slowly been regenerated by both Murcia and Valencia regional authorities and by Alicante province and various municipalities in the district of Vega Baja, including the municipality of Orihuela, and the institution that has the entire management of the Segura basin, known as 'La Confederación Hidrográfica del Segura'.
It is also important to note that Orihuela forms, along with other municipalities, a region that takes its name from the River Segura, since we are in the zone or area corresponding to the region of the 'Vega Baja del Rio Segura'.
The river Segura, has slowly been rehabilitated along its banks, enabling visitors to practice different sports such as hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking.
Currently, if we move along its banks, there is a hiking path or biking trail, which if we start at it's origin, begins in the city of Murcia and finishes in Torrevieja, a city on the Mediterranean coast where the river meets the sea.
On this route or trail along the banks of the River Segura you will be able to observe the numerous orchards and fields and the different towns of the region through which the river flows on its way to the Mediterranean. As previously mentioned, the banks have been recently rehabilitated and the authorities have replanted vegetation in an attempt to create an area od woodland around the river. In this area we can observe an important array of trees including large palm trees, mulberry trees and tamarisks.
From the city of Murcia the river level is pretty low, just about the ecological water level needed for its maintenance. Despite this, during 2011 in the Programme of 'Tierra y Mar' by 7RM, local Murcia television channel, a crossing of the River Segura was performed from its source to its mouth in canoes, showing that not only can one complete this circuit along the margns of the river but also throughout the main course of the river, whilst also being able to observe the local wildlife and stopping to see each of the towns it crosses.
If you are interested in completing this circuit, there are several companies in Murcia that offer this option, requiring you to register your request and meet several conditions. Our guide will give you the phone numbers for these companies that engage in offering detailed canoe and kayak routes of the River Segura.
The River Segura is of great importance to the people in Orihuela, because it is in our town that the river turns towards it's mouth, Guardamar del Segura, and makes its way towards the Mediterranean. Now you can make the journey along its banks either by hiking or biking, or you can choose to travel its course by canoe or kayak, along with a group of friends in single and double canoes, observing its abundant forests, wildlife or even the fisherman that still cast their nets in the part nearest the sea.
All you need to do to practice canoeing, kayaking or other watersports in the River Segura in Orihuela is to complete a pre-registration and payment of the tour or adventure and the company will establish with you the date, time and place from which to begin your trip.
Another option for kayaking is in Orihuela Costa, in the Yacht Club Marina in Cabo Roig, where you can rent kayaks for individuals or couples, for hours or days as long as the Mediterranean is totally calm. This way you can explore the small coves and marine reserves that emerge in some areas of Orihuela Costa with its rocky coastline of great environmental and ecological value.
Canoeing in Orihuela! Choose the River Segura or Orihuela Costa for your canoe or kayak adventure!
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