Tirino River Canoeing:
After talking about rocks and mountains we decided to relax a bit exploring a territory that has long been hiding some of the most important historical and natural treasures of Abruzzo diving into the valley of the Tirino River Canoeing along its watercourse!
The name comes from the greek and means triple spring, in fact the river is formed by the three different springs merging together: Lago, Presciano and Capo d'Acqua that forms the homonymous lake in the Gran Sasso National Park.
The Tirino River is considered the cleanest river in Europe and certainly one of the most beautiful ones. The springs draw to the aquifera of the adjacent massive of Gran Sasso flowing downstream to throw, after just 16km, in the Pescara river. This time the best way to explore this gorgeous waterway is the canoe!
The waters of this river will immediately surprise you . Various shades of green and blue mix together to delight your view, a perfect mixture of vegetation and clear water will allow you to see everything on below and above the surface of this magical river.
Arriving at a little bridge and an old water mill, where you can enter in the water with the canoes, the wonder will be greater than you can imagine, you'll forget your life problems to live a true fairy tale along this watercourse.
As we said before, the true attraction of the valley is the Tirino River Conoeing, with its colored waters that not even photoshop may enhance more in these photos, We assure you that you won't believe how the greens and the blues paint billion tones and shades!! Along the river there are several tiny springs that come up directly from the bottom enriching these waters with minerals and it is precisely in these areas that the typical "bubbles of water" form, giving these areas without vegetation a really impressive turquoise color.
Mixed with this turquoise we find the brilliant green of underwater vegetation anchored to the substratum and harmoniously floating in the stream and where the water slows down they form real green carpets.
While we are fascinated by all this colors show, it is not difficult to see the fishes that populate these waters: Fario Trout. Due to the constant temperature of spring water, which occurs throughout the year at about 11 ° C, the Trout Fario is the only species of native fish to have its home here. Another very special inhabitant is the River Shrimp (Astro potamobius pallipes), especially because it is unfortunately very rare and protected by European environmental regulations. Once very abundant along our rivers, now its presence is restricted to a few areas that have become ZPS (special protection zones) to protect their reproduction. The presence of the river shrimp is a so-called organic bio-indicator because of its sensitivity to ecological changes and pollution, so the areas where it thrives can be said to be really healthy.
Returning to our Tirino River Canoeing we finally get the canoe in the water for a so-called guided slow rafting, I define it as a hike because more than a sport rafting aimed at fun and adrenaline this rafting is aimed at tranquility and discovery of the rich life of this area. The stretch of river we are going to explore has a very slow current and we will climb it for a few kilometers, immersing us totally in this uncontaminated nature.
The shores are decorated with huge and swaying silhouettes of centuries-old white willows, imposing black poplars, dense swampy reeds. Paddling in the presence of these beautiful plants, slipping slowly over the water through the branches of a giant tree down will be just some of the emotions that the Tirino River Canoeing will bring to those wandering above it.