Swim Camp Zêzere for Beginners
21ºC - 24ºC (70ºF - 75ºF)
What you'll do
Looking for fresh waters, calmer surfaces and a winding route, then a river swimming holiday may be the getaway for you.
Discover some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Center of Portugal with these truly unique swimming vacation along the River Zêzere. This incredibly beautiful trip features an adventurous itinerary where we’ll swim alongside some of the region's most remarkable natural scenery and have the chance to see the area's local wildlife in their natural habitat. During these wonderful swims our coaches will teach you open water swimming skills and safety. Every day we will help you to improve your stroke technique and make it more efficient. This way the swims are even more joyful and give you the best swim experience.
It’s not just the swimming that makes this a trip of a lifetime. Our itinerary see us explore the surroundings of the Castelo de Bode Dam as our journey takes us through Dornes, Penedo Furado, Tomar and Ferreira do Zêzere. The panoramic views we’ll have as we down the winding course of the river are impressive. We stay at Martinchel, which is a comfortable and rustic base for the duration of the trip.
Unleash your inner adventurer with this amazing trip!
Welcome to Zêzere
After your arrival at the Castelo de Bode Dam, you will have time to check in before meeting in the hotel's lounge for a safety briefing in which you’ll have a chance to meet your fellow swimers companions and SwimTogether guides.
Then, we walk to the river for our acclimatisation swim. Following this, it's time for our first delicious typical portuguese dinner.
Bring your technique to the next level
The morning will start at the Segredos do Vale Manso Hotel with a swim technique pool session and video analysis.
After lunch, our afternoon swim ventures into the charming small island called Ilha do Lombo, which was once a pleasant inn. Due to its geographical location it can only be reached by water, so this will be a very special swim, which few people have the opportunity to experience. The views during this swim are some of the most stunning of the whole week.
Islands, Waterfalls and Natural Pools
We start the third day of the trip swimming at the Praia Fluvial da Aldeia do Mato, a few kilometers from the hotel. From the beach, we swim along the left bank of the river until we reach two islands that we will swim around.
After lunch, we will visit one of the main belvederes in this area, the Penedo Furado, from where you can admire a fine panoramic view of the riverside and dive into the waterfalls and charming natural pools.
Views and a Lake
We embraced our peaceful scenery this morning as we drive to Praia Fluvial Vila Nova. From our starting point on the local river beach, we can clearly see the island we will explore in the afternoon. We enter the lake and swim north to contemplate the beauty of this area.
In the afternoon, we do a shorter optional swim from Cabeça Gorda, a small island set just in the middle of the lake.
The penultimate day of our trip will be special, as we are going on a boat tour to Dornes.
With several stops in the most interesting places on the winding route of the River Zêzere, we will finally arrive in the village of Dornes, with its rows of white houses and the pentagonal tower built by the Templars. Then, we’ll enjoy our lunch served on board with a spectacular view and a enjoyable sun.
After visiting this small village, we will slowly return to the hotel, embracing the clear waters of this river and dive in for short swims.
After finishing our last morning swim, we have a final chance to take in the beautiful scenery of this place on our drive back to Lisbon, where we drop you at Humberto Delgado Airport in order to catch your flight back home.
5 nights in a
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Dip in the waterfalls
of Penedo Furado
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