Home to a wellspring of culture and history, Bouches-du-Rhone has the geology to match, providing unique limestone and granite paths cutting through picturesque scenery. From the Rhone in the west to Var in the east, action-packed canyoning trips steadily flow throughout the southern reaches of this wondrous French region.
Bouches-du-Rhone is a southern department in France within the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Region. Located at the mouth of the Rhone River, it is home to Marseilles – France’s second largest city – as well as Camargue and the Calanques. The limestone and granite rocks jutting into the Mediterranean Sea have turned this impeccable territory into an outdoor wonderland, primed for canyoning expeditions and climbing of every discipline. Canyoning trips here take advantage of pristine pools and lagoons for an array of routes, all within reach from a number of urban areas like Marseille, Arles, and Aix-en-Provence. Many paths will feature abseiling, jumping, and swimming, though itineraries may vary from location to location.
The Mediterranean climate is conducive to outdoor activities, with hot summers and mild winters. Spring and autumn, while not particularly rainy, do have sudden downpours.
Marseilles is one of the largest metropolitan areas in France, so making your way into the region is seamless and straightforward. It connects directly to London, Frankfurt, Brussels, and Rome, as well as Istanbul. High-speed trains also stop in Marseille, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence, with international trains servicing the region from Italy via Nice and Spain via Narbonne. Additional regional airports include Nimes-Arles-Camargue and Avignon-Caumont.
The climate is accommodating for most of the year, but the best time to visit Bouches-du-Rhone for a canyoning trip is late spring and summer. Favorable conditions can begin as early as April and last well into October.
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