What sports activities to practice near Perpignan? 12 ideas to fill up on nature all year round

Looking for ideas of sports leisure activities in the Pyrénées-Orientales ? You would like to combine sports with pleasure outdoor outings ? Extérieur Nature offers you its top 12 sports activities near Perpignan. Canyoning, via ferrata, hiking, mountain biking ou kitesurf : lovers of wilderness and environmentally friendly outings will find inspiration here for sports weekends as a couple, with friends or family. Ready ? Go… Breathe!

Sports activities in Perpignan

1. Canyoning: challenge the tumultuous waterways of the south of France

Explore the picturesque canyons of Languedoc-Roussillon with Extérieur Nature. Supervised by qualified instructors, these canyoning outings are suitable for all ages.

Baptisms for beginners and families with children from 8 years old ou sports course for thrill seekers, there is something for all tastes and all levels.

Are you already experienced and looking for adrenaline in torrents and waterfalls? So, venture into the extreme canyons: good atmosphere and memorable day in perspective.

2. Trail: warm up your calves in the heart of the Catalan landscapes

A true paradise for trail enthusiasts, the Perpignan region will delight you with the diversity of its landscapes:

  1. steep paths which lead to the legendary Canigou chimney;
  2. dense forests of Vallespir;
  3. customs road along the Vermeille coast from Port-Vendres to Banyuls;
  4. Carlit ridges from Lac des Bouillouses with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.


Whether you are a beginner or an experienced runner, the department offers courses adapted to all levels. No need to wait for the summer period to get started!

3. Tree climbing: gain height in Marquixanes

Just 25 minutes from Perpignan, the Extérieur Nature outdoor leisure park welcomes you from April to November for successful sporting outings.

12 treetop adventure courses with progressive degrees of difficulty are offered for children from 3 years old. The adventure park is also very suitable for teenagers and adults, accomplished athletes or not.

Climb trees safely and enjoy the coolness of the riverside! The wooded park is open from April to November, every day during school holidays, weekends and public holidays.

Among the many activities offered, you will find a unique Explor Games course. And maybe you will be happy to have a drink or taste the local cuisine? The terrace of the restaurant “Le Caillou” awaits you in the shade for a relaxing break.

4. Wingfoil: introduce yourself to the new sporting activity of the Pyrénées-Orientales

Wingfoil, a fusion of windsurfing, kite and foil, is emerging as the new trend in nautical activities. On a board equipped with a small wing, you glide above the waves, propelled by the wind. This sport offers a unique flying sensation, easily accessible to beginners.

The Catalan coasts, from Barcarès to Saint-Cyprien, lend themselves very well to this experience. With suitable bodies of water and favorable windy conditions, wingfoiling promises a fun adventure for all sea lovers.

Ready to defy the waves and fly over the Mediterranean?

5. Via Ferrata: overlook the Roussillon plain

Exciting and accessible cousin of climbing, the via ferrata of Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is open every day during the summer school holidays. If you don't have a fear of heights, follow qualified guides on equipped trails.

Ladders, cables and walkways allow participants to climb rock faces safely. This unusual outdoor leisure activity is well suited for adults and adolescents aged 14 and over.

6. Mountain biking: explore the essential circuits of Occitanie

You are quite enduro circuit in the mineral scenery of Corbières ou easy loop in the Nyer nature reserve ?

The mild weather in the Pyrénées-Orientales allows you to practice mountain biking all year round. Marked circuits or personalized itineraries, the trails cross the Catalan country, promising thrills to enthusiasts, whatever the level of difficulty chosen.

Take advantage of the spring or autumn holidays to ride: neither too hot nor too cold and vegetation that offers you a colorful spectacle.

Canyoning - Treetop climbing - Via Ferrata - Tubing - Climbing

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7. Tubing: float down the river for maximum fun

What if you tried a new sporting activity just a stone's throw from Perpignan? Join the Exterior Nature leisure center.

tubing is perfect for enjoying the pleasures of water and having a good time playing. Ideal for having fun in a group or with friends, get ready for a river tubing trip that will refresh you.

Excellent alternative to canoeing, tubing can be practiced in July and August. If you dream of water games far from the crowds during the summer holidays, these inflatable buoys have great sensations and a few laughs in store for you...

8. Hiking: walk the trails of the Pyrenees

There is no shortage of routes for walkers who wish to discover the Catalan country on foot. You will find lots of ideas on the department website.

All the information you need for your sporting outing in the Pyrénées-Orientales is there: starting and finishing point, GPS route, level of difficulty, indicative duration, elevation, distance. All you have to do is plan your picnic to make your day outdoors a success.

Our additional advice for two original hikes: the Boucheville forest for its ecological richness and its green landscapes and the tour of Lake Puyvalador for its authentic heritage.

9. Climbing: discover the Conflent cliffs

For your sporting outings near Perpignan, have you already thought about climbing?

Many sites are suitable for this and Extérieur Nature qualified guides will accompany you on the cliffs of Casteil. Several routes are open with levels suitable for beginners aged 6 and over, up to more experienced climbers.

The mineral environment, the mountain views and the thrill of the heights: this is a nature adventure that is a change from the seaside and fine sandy beaches. Get ready to experience an unforgettable and rejuvenating day for the whole family!

10. Kitesurfing: soar above the lagoons of the Mediterranean

It has long established itself as one of the sporting activities of choice in the Pyrénées-Orientales. But have you already tasted the joys of kitesurfing? To be practiced at sea in sea winds and on the lagoons in Tramontane, get your fill of sensations under the Catalan sun!

It is important to call on school to start and you will easily find them around the Salses-Leucate pond or that of Canet. You are in the region during the autumn or spring holidays: don't worry, the weather is mild all year round!

11. Cycle tourism: stroll around Perpignan

Do you like cycling, but sporting exploits don't thrill you? The Pyrénées-Orientales offer you many routes to cycle with very reasonable elevation changes.

Discover the surroundings of Perpignan, the Agly greenway or the wooded park of Lake Villeneuve de la Raho. You will even have the opportunity to take advantage of swimming breaks to swim a little and rest.

12. Horseback riding: change your perspective on nature

For a breath of fresh air and a friendly leisure activity, have you thought about horseback riding? For the day or for a few hours, you discover the environment differently, at the animal's pace.

If your children love horses, get involved with them and join an equestrian center on a human scale. It’s an opportunity to share with family an outing that they will enjoy and that will leave fantastic memories.

With these 12 suggestions for sporting activities, you can see the exceptional range of experiences that the Perpignan region has to offer outdoor sports enthusiasts. To turn these ideas into reality, immerse yourself in adrenaline and savor the natural beauty of the south of France, look no further.

Extérieur Nature offers you the opportunity to experience these unforgettable adventures with our experienced and passionate team ready to guide you. Canyoning, via ferrata, climbing, tubing, tree climbing: go to our reservation page to plan your next sporting outing!

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