Coimbra is a city situated in the centre of Portugal, with good road and train access. The Mondego River is the longest river in Portugal. Coimbra’s reservoir facilitates rowing over a 4 km distance and there is no water traffic (except canoes and small sail boats).

The weather is warm almost all the year round. In the unlikely event weather is unsuitable for rowing in Coimbra there are alternative venues at Montemor-o-Velho Rowing Lake – 20 miles away (where the 2010 European Champs took place) and the Aguieira Reservoir – 20 miles, with more than 20 miles of calm water.

Coimbra has hosted many rowing teams as the University of London and Oxford (women’s team), the Polish canoeing national team and Ireland’s Paralympics rowing team. In August 2012 the Ireland’s and Canada’s Paralympics teams will be there before heading to London.

The students association Associação Académica de Coimbra, or simply Académica, is an eclectic club with more than 30 sports and over 5,000 athletes. The Nautical Sports section has been the Portuguese National Champion Club in 2008-2009-2010, with many top rowers and crews. Also were the M8+ champions in 2010.

There is the possibility to install a 2 Km buoy line for seat racing or taking times.


Rowing ergometers (17), gym, meeting room, wireless internet, showers.


Bungalows: from 10 €/person

Hotel: from 20 euros/person (B&B)

Meals: from 2.5 EUR/person

Full board or self-catering options are available.


Low-cost site (for clubs)

In the city centre

Rowing Club on site