Lozoya's Pinilla Reservoir, just an hour outside Madrid, is perfect for canoeing, whether you’re an old hand or are just learning (and there's definitely a bit of a learning curve, especially when it comes to maintaining balance, though wider canoes carrying up to 3 people are also available). Out here you can rent a canoe and have it on your own, or if you're a newbie you have the option, for a few extra euros, of having someone to accompany you. Since 2009 when the Lozoya Town Hall made 30 canoeing and 15 sailing licences available, the only company that rents and teaches so far is Meridiano Raid, which also offers additional adventure options in the area that can make for an entire day of outdoor fun. The boating season here runs from March to October, but the best time to go is summer. One caveat: in order to go canoeing here you must know how to swim.
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