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The river/lake waters are clean and clear and during most months of the year the water is warm, certainly warmer than the Atlantic Ocean, and temperatures can go up to 30c.  Swimming in the River or relaxing on one of the river beaches is a favourite pastime for everyone who visits.


Rowing Boats/Kayaking

Rowing boats and Kayaks are available to hire in the area. Cruising up the river taking in the sights and sounds (of local birds of prey) is a wonderful way to spend your time here and highly recommended.  Details of rentals are available in the information pack at Casa de Lis.


Boat Cruises

There is a small boat (which can take up to 20 people) available from the small dock in Dornes and the captain is a charming Portuguese man who knows the river very well.  A trip up the river with him is both informative and a stress free way to see the sights.  Details to contact him are available in the information pack at Casa de Lis.


Mountain Biking / Cycling

The roads around Dornes are popular with cyclists as they offer such splendid views, however, there are no special tracks so always take care and be aware of traffic on the roads.  Off road biking is also popular and again while there are no laid out tracks there is ample opportunity to enjoy the local mountains.  Information on bicycle hire is available in the information pack at Casa de Lis.



The area around Dornes provides some splendid walks and the routes are graded per ability/endurance. A detailed map of the area is posted just outside the Tourist Information Office in Dornes.



Kayaking on River Zezere or Lago Azul



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