Canyoning Holidays Pyrenees FSHP
French High Pyrenees & Spanish Sierra de Guara – 1 week
This exciting week-long trip gives us the best of both worlds, tackling canyons in both the French and Spanish Pyrenees. We love the startling contrast between the two different areas – in the character of the canyons (although , although both sides have a great mix of aquatic and vertical canyons, and beautiful scenery), and also the landscape, culture and local foods.
Where will we stay?
The French half of the week is based in the traditional mountain village of Barèges, from our lovely catered chalet “Les Cailloux”.
For the second half of the week we transfer to Spain and the legendary canyoning area of the “Sierra de Guara”. Just over the French border, and around the base of the spectacular Mont Perdu (the second highest peak in the Pyrenees), the landscape is characterised by stunning gorges, limestone pinnacles and smooth canyons carved from the soft local rock. We’re based at the comfortable “Casa Castro” hotel, in the village of Alberuela de la Liena. The hotel has spacious en-suite bedrooms, a drying area for canyoning kit, and an excellent restaurant serving typical Spanish cuisine.
What’s included in the price?
The price of our week long canyoning holiday is based on 2 people sharing an en-suite room. The price includes:
- three nights hotel accommodation in the Bareges valley
- continental buffet breakfast and 3-course, set evening meals
- 3 nights half-board accommodation at the homely, 2-star, Casa Castro Guest House in Spain
- 6 packed lunches
- qualified, experienced local canyoning guide
- all specialist equipment.
Please note the holiday price does NOT include airport transfers or transport to and from the canyons. For this holiday your group will need your own vehicle. Please enquire about prices if you would like us to provide transport.
Please read our kit list for suggestions on what to bring on your canyoning holiday.
Saturday – arrival
Arrive in France and transfer to Barèges. We have a detailed information sheet on the different ways to get to Barèges. Please ask us and we’ll email it to you.
There will be a welcome talk on Saturday evening, when we will go over plans for the week, take a look at the local maps and answer any questions that you may have about your holiday.
Sunday – rope skills course and Canyon de Viey
The week begins with a rope skills course in the morning, before putting your skills into action at the local Canyon de Viey.
Before we tackle the canyons themselves, we have a relaxed morning looking at the techniques of abseiling and rope safety, familiarising everyone with the kit and giving your canyoning guide a chance to get to know you.
After lunch we head to the local Canyon de Viey. This pretty, vertical canyon culminates with an exhilarating abseil of 45m in a cascading waterfall. We’ll also have lovely views over the meadows of the Bareges valley and up to the high peaks.
Monday Canyon de Heas, near Gavarnie and Canyon de Cheze
Today we’ll visit two very different canyons, with a real contrast in their character.
The Canyon de Heas is an exciting aquatic canyon, with water chutes and jumps amongst smooth, sculpted granite boulders and deep pools. The afternoon’s canyon, Canyon de Cheze, is a dramatic vertical canyon with some challenging technical abseils and a verdant “Lost World” feel .
Tuesday – transfer to Spain and the Formiga Canyon
We leave from France first thing in the morning. On our way to the Sierra de Guara, we stop off for an afternoon in the Canyon Formiga, a stunning aquatic canyon with beautiful green pools and colourful polished conglomerate walls – nothing too technical, but a good place to practice jumps and dives.
Wednesday – Oscuros del Balces canyon
The Sierra de Guara has many famous canyons and we’re going to spend the day exploring this absolute classic – the Oscuros del Balces.
The Oscuros del Balces is another aquatic canyon with an amazing calcified boulder chaos and flooded turquoise galleries. Floating through the narrow passages, you almost feel like you’re cave-diving in the blue lagoon. Bring your cameras!
Thursday – Rio Vero canyon
Today we head to the Rio Vero river gorge to explore the Rio Vero canyon, before ending in the historic village of Alquezar.
We begin with a walk through typical Aragonais countryside before descending an airy dry-canyon into the Rio Vero river gorge. A spectacular 50m abseil is the highlight of the morning, followed by a picnic lunch beside the river.
In the afternoon we float downstream – exploring scoured river channels, maze-like boulder chokes, and blue pools beneath the towering cliffs. The trip ends in the historical fortified village of Alquezar, with its rambling cobbled streets and sleepy tapas bars.
Friday – Foratata canyon, return to France
The grand finale of the trip – Foratata canyon with an immense abseil!
This is a little-known route with mind-blowing scenery – a dry canyon ending in a superb 150m free-hanging abseil, a descent is so vast that the sense of scale is difficult to comprehend.
Return to France in the evening for a celebratory meal out.
Saturday – Depart
Time to head home and begin planning the next trip away…
Canyoning Dates & PricesPlease see our planned canyoning trips below. If you have other dates in mind, we can arrange a bespoke trip for groups of 4 or more. We do add more dates through the season as people book, so please keep checking if you’re interested in a trip that is not yet confirmed.