Once the snow melts in the spring, rivers throughout the Pyrénées transform into wild white waterways. There are plenty of great places for white-water rafting, including Cauterets, Luz St Saveur and Gavarnie.
Sports and Activities
The Pyrénées are a walker’s paradise in the summer months, with trails and routes suitable for all levels from holiday strollers to serious hikers. The most challenging routes can be found on the GR10 trail and HRP (High Pyrenean Route).
If you’re over 14 and have a head for heights, you’ll have a great time exploring the treetops of Gourzy Forest on rope walkways. There’s a mini course for younger visitors and those who like to be a little closer to the ground.
You’ll need thighs of steel for some of the cycling routes around this area. It’s a great place for road cyclists and those how like to go off-piste on their mountain bikes - you can even try out some of the Tour de France cols. There are plenty of places to hire bikes.
What could be more satisfying than bringing home a freshly caught salmon for dinner?
This area is ideal for freshwater fishing with miles of tranquil rivers such as the Ourse, while the Gave d’Oloron is a famous salmon river. Just make sure that you have acquired your permit or Carte de Pèche from the local tackle shop or tourist office first.