by yudani.riobo | The Minho river, the fourth most relevant river in Iberia after Douro (Porto), Ebro and Tagus (Lisbon), delineates a section of the border of Spain and Portugal. These 70 km are supposed to be the oldest border in Europe (remaining unchanged since 1143). Despite Spain and Portugal are different countries for a long time, this border is almost an imaginary line as there are a lot of shared traditions and a similar way of life between Galicia and northern Portugal.
The V edition of the Quobis Outdoor Camp was held in this scenario. This edition consisted of two main activities: a bike ride along the riverside and a descent of the Minho river by kayak. The bike ride started from Tui (Galicia) and went to Portugal by the International Bridge builded by one of the followers of Gustav Eiffel.
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We enjoyed a 12 km eco-route on the old railway from Valença (Portugal) to Lapela (Portugal). This route runs between a lush green area near the river with many pieces of land that are used to produce corn, potatoes, cabbage or wine.
This route included an individual time trial of 3 km between two abandoned train stations (Ganfei and Friestras). Congrats to the winners Sandra Domínguez and Andrés Estévez who won in their respectives categories.
As you can see in the photos, during this part of the day, a damp and cold fog covered the valley and gave a gloomy atmosphere. But it became in a warm and sunny morning just at the time when we had to get into the river.
This descent of the Minho river was a 9 Km route of fun through an idyllic scenery. This is a true haven of rest for birds and nature enthusiasts. After some dips into the water, splashes and stops at the river islands, we got the finish line exhausted but looking forward to the next. And then maybe we can try to transmit it via WebRTC 😉