Action Adventures - beyond the limits!
in the Pyrénées-Roussillon, South of France
What better place to take part in exhilarating adventure sports, than in Europe's largest wilderness - the Pyrenees. In small groups of 6-10 persons, under the safe and competent leadership of certified mountain guide Rollot Marco, you can enjoy an unusual action holiday in a spectacular nature area, combined with comfortable accommodation and excellent food. Canyoning, hiking, caving and climbing, ... to expand your limits.
Day to day programme
Arrival Perpignan Airport and transfer to Village Catalan, 1 hour. Welcome aperitif and briefing in the village club house. Dinner and evening in Vernet-les-Bains.
We start the adventure with a soft, half day of canyoning in a beautiful small gorge. This is your initiation, where you can familiarize yourself with the equipment and the techninques and try a few jumps and waterslides. Return to Village Catalan early afternoon. You may want to rest and enjoy the views from the terrace in the village, - and a solid lunch, because it will be an unusual night...
In the evening we embark on a hike up the Cady valley towards the Canigou, the sacred Catalan mountain (2785 metres). (A night hike is only a responsible undertaking with an experienced moutain guide, so do not attempt to do this on your own). We camp at approx. 1700 metres altitude, and after a simple picnic meal, sleep under the stars among the silhouettes of the mountains.
Waking up to the fresh mountain air, spectacular scenery and the sound of abundant birdlife (spring) is an unforgettable experience. The hike to the top of the Canigou is not technically difficult, yet it is a challenge for most. It is about 4 hours walk to the top. Weather permitting, we can have lunch on or near the top, where on clear days you can see far into Catalunya, both on the Spanish and the French side, the Mediterranean coast and into the Pyrenees. We return to Village Catalan via a different route to arrive late afternoon, time to relax and enjoy a well deserved 3-course dinner with wine in the evening.
Half-day speleology, caving . Equipped with headlamps and ropes we venture into stalagmite caves beyond the point any conventional tourist would ever go. Afternoon at lesiure, dinner at restaurant Les Temps de Cerises.
The day of the main canyoning adventure has arrived. Down the Llech gorge, a true exploration of raw nature, the challenge of overcoming the obstacles of canyoning. Experience unspoilt natural beauty, the rockpools, waterfalls, abseiling, the thrill, the happiness...let the photos tell the story....
Energizing picnic lunch. Return to Village Catalan late afternoon. 3-course dinner at the restaurant. To participate you should be in good shape, be a good swimmer and not afraid of water. Wetsuit, helmet and other equipment are supplied.
At leisure. It is market day in Vernet-les-Bains 8 AM to 1 PM and a good day to soak in the atmosphere at the local cafe. A few suggestions: there is just an hour hike to two beautiful waterfalls above the village, or take swim in the pleasant thermal baths nearby, or just relax and enjoy the views from your own terrace in Village Catalan. We meet for another excellent evening meal at 8 PM.
Climbing is on the programme, but realizing this may not be for everyone, there are optional activities., this is an opportunity to discover the pleasures of mountaineering; our qualified instructor will teach you the techniques if you have no climbing experience. Any experienced climbers will form another group and should find a degree of challenge on a 150 metres climb to the top of a granite rock. Climing is in small groups of 2-5 persons. Optional activities include hores-riding or mouintain-biking. Farewell dinner in Vernet-les-Bains at 8 PM.
Morning at leisure. Saturday is another market day in Vernet. Transfer to Perpignan Airport for your return flight (..unless you are staying at Village Catalan for a second week ).
Click here for Dates and cost
Return to excursion index
Return to Village Catalan index
"The adventure programme is organised by Rollot Marco for Action Adventures/ Association Les Amis du Roussillon and available when pre-booked only and subject to minimum 5 participants.
Or create your own group of 5-10 participants for this package at any time.
Photos: Copyright © Rollot Marco, Los Masos . All rights reserved.
F-66820 Vernet-les-Bains, France
Tel: 0468056571, Fax: 0468056574
International phone: +33468056871 , Fax: +33468056574
Email: Village Catalan