The iconic peaks of the Pyrenees give way to epic canyons and ravines, loaded with rivers and lakes for an exciting adventure through a network of canyons. Les Anelles, Llech Canyon, and Thues-Entre-Valls are well known for their natural water parks, and at just a few hours from Barcelona and Toulouse, you are close to a life-changing canyoning trip the minute you touch down in France!
The French Pyrenees are the northern peaks associated with the mountain range on the border of France, Spain, and Andorra. The rugged terrain and geology of the mountain, combing with the network of rivers flowing around them, have led to a substantial collection of exciting gorges. These canyons connect streams with pools all the way into the French countryside. The most notable areas for canyoning are found outside of Perpignan, which is a train stop heading to and from Barcelona from French cities like Toulouse, Montpellier, and Narbonne. Many gorges offer varied jumps and climbs, which means you can test your canyoning mettle with a mix of abseiling, sliding, and swimming.
The humid subtropical climate in its foothills leads to the cold weather at altitude. Snow and precipitation occurs less in the east than in the west, and summer months boast comfortable temperatures for outdoor adventures.
Flying into Toulouse may be one of the best options, with direct flights from Munich, London, Paris, Madrid, and Istanbul, to name a few. The rail system that connects European cities and country also runs through Toulouse for a scenic transportation option. Other possible cities that can get you close to the region are Montepllier to the northeast and Barcelona across the border in Spain. Trains to Perpignan will place you at the edge of most canyoning trips.
The best time to visit is during the summer months, generally aiming for warm weather from April or May to September or October.
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