The 3 best rafting descents a few km from the Pyrénées-Orientales

You are in holiday or weekend about Pyrenees-Orientales (66) and you want to program a rafting outing ? Very good choice ! The descent into Rafting is a great white water sports activity, ideal for spending beautiful moments in family ou With friends. This recreation in nature consists of descending sections of rapid river, in an inflatable boat called raft. The raft is steered using paddles, handled by several crew members (up to nine people including the instructor). So, where to go rafting in the Pyrénées-Orientales? Exterior Nature explains everything to you:

Where to go rafting in the Pyrénées-Orientales?

Can you go rafting in the Pyrenees-Orientales?

We immediately give you the answer: there are no rafting spots in the Pyrénées-Orientales. Rivers, rivers and streams are not suitable, because they are not wide enough or with too low a water flow. But the good news is thatthere are superb rafting trips in the Aude (11), just on the border of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

The Aude is a river that has its source in the Pyrenees chain, at Lake Aude, at an altitude of more than 2 meters. Over the centuries, it has carved beautiful mineral gorges into the limestone, rising over 000 meters high. He also gave his name to the department of Aude (300). AroundAxat, at the foot of the Pyrenees, are the best spots for rafting, a few kilometers from the Pyrénées-Orientales.

The magnificent wild landscapes offered by the Aude gorges are well worth a short one-hour drive, aren't they? Exterior Nature takes you on a discovery of three most beautiful rafting descents in the south of Languedoc-Roussillon. There is something for all tastes and all levels: beginners, children, amateur and experienced athletes.

1. Rafting discovery in the Gorges of Saint-Georges

The framework :

Located in the Aude valley, the Saint-Georges gorges are made up of sumptuous limestone cliffs over 100 meters high. The rafting descent begins upstream of Axat and for 7 km, it crosses varied landscapes, rich in endemic fauna and flora.

This discovery outing is perfectly suitable for children, beginners and people looking for an outdoor, fun and accessible activity.

It is made up of alternating small, turbulent rapids and calmer passages, including the crossing of the pretty village of Axat, at the end of the course.

Useful information :

  • Difficulty : for beginners, children, families – know how to swim 25 meters and immerse yourself – class II – III rapids.
  • Age : normal course: from 8 years old / course reduced to the last 5 km: from 6 years old.
  • Duration of activity : approximately 2 hours including 1 hour 15 minutes of descent, 30 minutes of welcome and equipment, and return shuttles.
  • Meeting place : in Axat, 1 hour from Perpignan and 1h15 from Argelès-sur-Mer, Saint-Cyprien, Canet-En-Roussillon.

2. Sports rafting in the Pierre-Lys gorges

The framework :

The magnificent Pierre-Lys gorges offer breathtaking canyons. Its vertiginous cliffs constitute an ideal wild setting for a sports outing in the heart of nature.

This time, the activity begins downstream from Axat, on the most committed part of the river. Intended for amateur or experienced athletes, this 7 km long rafting descent consists of a succession of large rapids, the difficulty of which increases.

The first kilometers are rather calm, with the crossing of the pretty village of Saint-Martin-Lys. Then, on the second part, beautiful rapids of classes II, III and IV follow one another.

Useful information :

  • Difficulty : for amateur or experienced sportsmen – know how to swim 25 meters and immerse yourself – class II – III – IV rapids
  • Age : from 12 years old.
  • Duration of activity : approximately 2 hours including 1h1 of descent, 5 minutes of reception and equipment, and round trip shuttles.
  • Meeting place : in Axat, 1 hour from Perpignan and 1h15 from Argelès-sur-Mer, Saint-Cyprien, Canet-En-Roussillon.

3. Integral rafting in the Aude gorges

The framework :

This "integral" rafting trip combines the two courses presented above, for 14 km of fun and aquatic pleasures.

In a splendid wild setting, embark on a sporty rafting descent of increasing difficulty. First of all, the gorges of Saint-Georges and the crossing of Axat and Saint-Martin-Lys. Then, the torrent rushes into the Pierre-Lys gorges, with turbulent rapids rich in sensations.

This 2h30 whitewater descent is ideal for athletes having a good physical condition, in order to adrenaline rush !

Useful information :

  • Difficulty : for thrill-seeking athletes – know how to swim 25 meters and immerse yourself – class III – IV rapids
  • Age : from 12 years old.
  • Duration of activity : about 3h30 including 2h30 of descent, 30 minutes of reception and equipment, and return shuttles.
  • Meeting place : in Axat, 1 hour from Perpignan and 1h15 from Argelès-sur-Mer, Saint-Cyprien, Canet-En-Roussillon.

Exterieur Nature: your rafting service provider at the gates of the Pyrenees-Orientales

Book your rafting outing with Exterior Nature! Accompanied by trained and qualified guide, embark on one of the most beautiful rafting descents near the Pyrénées-Orientales, in complete safety!

Alone, as a couple, or in a group, let yourself be tempted by a refreshing water sport accessible to all. If you are a group of eight people, you can book your own raft and personal instructor. If you are less numerous, no problem! You will share your boat with another small group.

All the necessary equipment is provided: the raft (inflatable boat), the paddles, the neoprene suit, the life jacket and the helmet. The only ones things you need to plan for your rafting trip are:

  • a swimsuit ;
  • a towel ;
  • a pair of sports shoes.

We are white water nature sports enthusiasts. Canyoning, hydrospeed, rafting and tubing hold no secrets for us. We share our passion and our good humor with you, to make you live an unforgettable experience! Rafting is an outdoor activity by reservation:

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