All the answers to your questions for a canyoning trip near Argelès-sur-Mer

You spend your holidays in the Pyrénées-Orientales and you are looking for a outdoor leisure activity ? Do you like afternoons the beach under the sun, but you want to find the coolness of the shade and crystal clear water ? You enjoy relaxing by the sea, but you are not against thrills and good dose of fun ? How about trying a canyoning trip in Argelès ? Whether you are vacationers or residents, sportsmen or amateurs, a canyon descent is ideal for exercising while having fun in a preserved environment. Get ready to take the plunge, Extérieur Nature answers all your questions.

Canyoning trip near Argelès

Where to go canyoning in Argelès?

To practice canyoning, a river, gorges and a minimum of altitude difference are essential. On the Vermeille coast, you will find the long beaches of the Mediterranean Sea and small coves further south, but no natural canyon. So, how to do ?

If you like water parks, artificial and sanitized settings and queuing to access attractions, you can try the canyoning course located in the center of the seaside resort of Argelès-sur-Mer. Located near a campsite and on the edge of the main road, the setting is far from ideal…

But, if you prefer to go away from the crowds for a day: drive only 30 minutes. And come and experience an authentic adventure in the heart of the wild nature of the south of France. Natural slides, real waterfalls, pools, basins: everything is there to refresh you with a successful aquatic hike.

What are the best canyoning spots near Argelès-sur-Mer?

Located 30 minutes from Argelès and 40 minutes from Saint-Cyprien and Canet en Roussillon, Céret is a charming town. A jewel of Roussillon and Catalan culture, it is surrounded by a green natural setting ideal for white water sports.

The Extérieur Nature professional guides offer you their top 4 unforgettable canyon descents in this sector. Breathtaking landscapes, preserved nature, unusual routes and conviviality: canyoning fans on your helmets! You are only 30 minutes from Perpignan, but a change of scenery is guaranteed.

Baoussous Canyon

Level II, suitable for the whole family and for children aged 12 and over, you can join the baoussous canyon. Abseil amid abundant vegetation and treat yourself to thrills in a relaxed atmosphere.

The strong points :

  • gorges and waterfalls;
  • water jumps and slides that can be circumvented or abseiled over;
  • final zipline;
  • optional jumps up to 7 meters high;
  • reduced approach and return steps.

Gourg des Anelles Canyon

Full of sensations are yours with the descent of the Gourg des Anelles canyon nestled between impressive gorges! Be sure that fun will follow adrenaline in the slides, waterfalls and natural swimming pools that follow one another in this level II course, accessible from 12 years old.

The strong points :

  • rappel under a 25 meter high waterfall;
  • optional underpass;
  • jumps up to 8 m;
  • 12 m rappel-slide;
  • whitewater swimming.

Mas Calsan Canyon

The clarity of the water, the calm of the place, the alternation between the mineral decor and the vegetation? It will be difficult for you to determine what you preferred about this sporting activity in the great outdoors. Participate in the descent of Mas Calsan Canyon, it is an assurance of keeping an unforgettable memory of your vacation in Occitania.

The strong points :

  • passage through a narrow 40 m fault;
  • abseiling up to 13 m;
  • optional jumps up to 6 m;
  • natural pools and rocks for jumping;
  • climbing on the rocks.

Salt del Pi Canyon

Nicknamed “the falls from hell”, they are in reality a true paradise for canyoning enthusiasts who want to get their fill of thrills. Freshness, deep and wild canyon, blocks sculpted by erosion: you will be amazed! Get off the beaten track and measure yourself against Salt of Pi.

The strong points :

  • 20 m rappel-slide;
  • optional jumps up to 7 m;
  • very short return walk;
  • slide down slides;
  • swimming under the large waterfalls.


These last two canyons are classified level III and are suitable for sports audience from 14 years old.

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When to practice canyoning in the Pyrénées-Orientales?

You can practice the canyoning in Languedoc-Roussillon from spring to fall, i.e. from April to October. These months provide suitable weather conditions and water levels for activity.

Some courses are more easily accessible to beginners in summer when the water level is lower. So, if you stay in the region in July or August, you will also find plenty to swim, climb and have fun.

Who can go canyoning?

Canyoning near Argelès is an adventure for all ages! From beginners to more experienced adults, everyone can have fun.

To children from 8 years old, you will reach the Prades sector, but teenagers will find what they are looking for everywhere.

You must be in good physical condition for descents from level II onwards. But if you are not very sporty, level I is more suitable. If you are comfortable in the water, able to swim 25 meters and you submerge yourself without fear: you are ready!

Families with athletic teens ages 12 and up will enjoy the thrill and action. As a couple, with friends, in a group or on vacation, canyoning awaits those looking for an original outing to live a strong experience.

How to prepare for canyoning?

Get ready for a fantastic challenge in just a few simple steps!

Book your outing and Extérieur Nature will take care of the rest. We welcome you at the meeting point near the canyon, with all essential equipment : neoprene suit, harness, helmet.

Your checklist is simple: your swimsuit, a towel, sports shoes and a small picnic for day trips. Be sure to leave your aquashoes and water sandals at home, sneakers are best suited for a safe adventure. Everything is planned so that you just have to have fun and enjoy this worry-free experience!

Is canyoning dangerous?

Canyoning can be risky. But, it can be practiced safely thanks to adequate equipment, compliance with safety instructions and supervision by a trained guide.

With the Exterior Nature team of guides, you are in good hands! Passionate, qualified and experts, they know the canyons by heart and adapt each outing to the participants, for guaranteed pleasure.

Before setting off, a complete briefing prepares you for the adventure. You will be equipped with all the necessary equipment, including harness, carabiners, rope, and descenders, checked daily for your safety. Then, it’s time for conviviality!

Find all the information to understand the rating of canyoning courses on the website of the French mountain and climbing federation.

Ready to try the nature adventure of canyoning in Argelès? Whether you are on school holidays or on a weekend, book your outing now!

During the summer period, our team of professional guides is ready to welcome you every day. Normal, it's high season! With top-notch supervision, a relaxed atmosphere and a guaranteed good mood, your experience will be unforgettable.

And to top it all off, we're offering you a special gift to keep the memorable memories of your canyoning outing: the photos of your descent! To share as much as you like!

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