Paddling in the Alentejo

blue winter skies in Portugal
While the rest of Europe shivers we get outdoors!

Stand up paddle in the Alentejo

The Alentejo appears to be Portugal’s driest region, and I guess this is why it is home to two of the biggest dams in the country. The Barragem de Santa Clara-a-Velha, a few kilometres north of the Monchique and Foia mountains (they’re large hills really), is the second largest body of water in Portugal. The Alqueva Dam further to the North East is the biggest dam in Western Europe.

When some friends invited us up to the little rustic village of Saboia for the weekend (you can read about my first time in Saboia), it was high time to paddle in the dam. I was to teach a couple how to stand up paddle. It went exceedingly well… for my buddy’s wife.

For him, well he had a ton of fun (!) and please bear in mind that we had woken up with iced puddles all over the farm. The bushes were coated with a crispy covering of frost. In short it was FREEZING. However, by the time we managed to mobilize everyone it had warmed up to a tropical 12ºC.

Huge thanks to my daughter for assisting in setting everything up 🙂

We’re looking forward to teaching you how to SUP!