A selection of many possibilities picked at random:
Either in our salt water swimming pool or in the river. In summer there is hardly any current in the river, making it perfectly safe to swim.
Canoe and Kayak excursions
The river Mondego is one of very few rivers in Portugal where canoe and kayak excursions are possible all year round. You can canoe downstream from Retiro no Rio, for approx. 20 kilometres, to the water gates at the lake (Barragem da Aguieira). At this lake the rivers Mondego and Dão meet. From that point you can canoe up the river Dão. Journeys of several days, with or without wild camping, are possible in cooperation with our outdoor partner RockandRiver.
ATB / Mountain bike tours
Retiro no Rio is situated in the valley of the Mondego river, the perfect location for many challenging ATB tours. The yearly marathon of Tábua (BTTábua), usually held at the end of May, attracts many national and international participants.
There are quite a number of marked and described walks varying in length and levels. Also there are digital routes available.
Fishing (especially Carp):
In autumn, when the water level goes down, old terraces reappear, which subsequently slowly become overgrown. In spring, when the water level increases, those fields once again disappear underwater, becoming an Eldorado for the fish which spawn between the plants in these shallow waters.
There are a number of stables near Retiro no Rio which organize beautiful rides.
A drive of approx. 40 minutes will take you to the area south of Viseu, where you will find the beautiful golf course Montebelo. This 27-holes course is situated on a hill and provides stunning views of the surrounding area. The course is quite challenging but not too difficult to walk. During your stay at Retiro no Rio Montebelo Golf offers you a 25% discount on green fees (Montebelo golf course).
For mountaineering and abseiling we cooperate with an external organization.
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For a fee available at Retiro no Rio:
Mountain bikes, fishing rods, canoes, pedal boats, kayak, golf sets with trolley.