New Nautical disciplines to practise in the Region of Val...
New Nautical disciplines to practise in the Region of Valencia
During the summer months, the Valencia Region attracts thousands of tourists to enjoy its more than 600 km of coasts that offer multiple activities for all tastes. From relaxed snorkelling to energetic surfing, our beaches have all the attractions for any watersport according to each person's needs.
The high interest to take tours and crossings along the coast to discover practically unexplored corners has made proliferate various nautical disciplines in recent years. Active tourism companies adapt to offer this type of activities to the tourism of the Region of Valencia.
The first mention of coasteering dates back to 1973 in the Üthe book Sea Cliff Climbing, but it was not until 1990 when it became popular on the coasts of Wales. Coasteering consists of touring the coast combining several sports: hiking, climbing, high-altitude jumps into the sea from different heights, exploration of both terrestrial and aquatic caves, snorkelling, rappelling, zipline, etc. and all this happens while discovering spectacular coastal corners.
Since 2015, in the Region of Valencia there has been a considerable increase in the interest of carrying out this type of route, since the sport is combined with nature and local culture, the activity is always accompanied by an expert guide who explains the most relevant and interesting points.
Coasteering can be practised throughout the Region of Valencia, but the area of the Marina Alta highlights for its rocky coastline, full of coves, caves, and typical Mediterranean vegetation. This modality has four levels of difficulty: first and second grade, which are the simplest, the third level is for experts, and the kids level coasteering, adapted for the little ones.
This activity can be done both with family and friends and is primarily aimed at nature and adventure lovers. It is only necessary to have minimum physical conditions and being able to swim, in addition to always doing it with experienced professionals.
Paddle surfing, also known as Stand Up Paddle, or SUP is a nautical discipline that consists of gliding through the water standing on a large surfboard and using a paddle to navigate.
Unlike traditional surfing, paddle surfing does not require waves. You can go on long-term sea crossings, short-term or even practise other sports on the table such as yoga or stretching. In addition to helping tone our body and exercise, this modality offers a greater angle of vision when standing on the board from where you can enjoy the sea from a different perspective.
There are several companies along the coast of the Region of Valencia that offer tours adapted to the customer needs to enjoy the Valencian coastline. It is always advisable to be accompanied by a professional if you do not have much experience, to ensure that you do not suffer from any incident.
A canoe is a small boat used to move through the water with the use of a short paddle. On our coasts, we can see many variants of canoe every summer, and in recent years we have seen a canoe original from the exotic islands of Polynesia.
Outrigger or va'a is a type of canoe that carries on its left side a slider that gives it stability facing sea waves. Unlike the kayak, it is propelled with a single-blade interchangeable sideways according to the course you want to take. Its size is striking since it measures seven meters long, and although at first, it is necessary to get used to paddling in this type of canoe, once a little skill is acquired, high speed can be achieved.
Although this nautical discipline is not so widespread on our coasts, it is already possible to find nautical clubs that offer it among many other activities.
If you visit us this summer do not hesitate to try any of these new disciplines that you will surely love.