Kayak Rentals in Bilbao

Get to know Bilbao from the Nervión river on a kayak. Choose your own pace as you pass emblematic buildings from the Guggenheim Museum, Torre Iberdrola, Izosaki Towers, Casco Viejo, Calatrava Bridge, Puente de Deusto and much more
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Originally from the coastal town of Ondaroa, Txomin grew up surrounded by the sea, mountains, rivers and roads that shape the Basque Country. No stranger to hard work, before starting his company he worked in a factory mounting industrial pieces. He then moved on to work with one of the leading active tourism companies in the area where he learned about the industry and became an expert kayak and ski guide.

Early on, Txomin knew that the Nervión River offered a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors alike to appreciate the city from a new vantage point. Following the emergence of Bilbao as a tourist destination, successful efforts to clean the river, completion of the modern walkway and a bit of luck Txomin made his move. It was not easy, and it took two long years to convince the right people that his idea would work. Bilbobentura, “Bilbao+Adventure” is the very first business focused on active and sustainable tourism in the Nervión River, the company rents kayaks, bikes and provides guided tours of the river

The history of Bilbao has long been tied to the Nervión River, the estuary separates the left bank and the right bank of the metropolis. Over 700 years ago the villa of Bilbao was once an important intersection for trade, goods from Castilla would be shipped here for trade with Northern European regions. From then Bilbao passed on to become an important shipbuilding and industrial power, to a modern world-class city. 

While Bilbao’s history has always been closely tied to the river and the sea, the Nervión river, or La Ria as locals call it, was not always as you see it today. It was once a polluted industrial fare way, factories, mining and ship building crowded the river front, grey buildings and heavy machinery and goods were transported inland and no one swam in the river. 

Due to local conservation efforts in the past 20 years the river has been restored for locals and visitors to enjoy. It is a tranquil thoroughfare, fish have returned to the river and the clean water is now the location for various events such as the Bilbao Triathlon, Stand Up Paddle World Series and swim races throughout the year. From a kayak you can appreciate the evolution of the city from the historic Casco Viejo to the modern museum, buildings, bridges, river walks and scenery.

Showers and changing rooms are available.

  • All participants must know how to swim

  • Please wear clothing appropriate for water activities, swimsuit and bring a change of clothing and towel.

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Details & Reservation

Where: Bilbao
Length: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Group Size Recommended: 1-40 People

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