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Canyoning: The Complete Guide to This Activity

Do you love adventure and thrills? Outdoor activities? Discover the exceptional sensations of canyoning. On Funbooker, you can book a guide for your next canyoning outing anywhere in France.

What is Canyoning?

Canyoning, sometimes called canyonism or canyoneering, is a sport practiced in the great outdoors. This sport combines numerous disciplines: hiking, swimming, climbing, and even sometimes caving.

The principle is simple: you descend a watercourse, typically a gorge or canyon. You alternate between swimming, rappelling, and occasionally climbing. A route without vertical difficulty is called "aquatic hiking."

Different Types of Obstacles

During an outing, you'll encounter various natural features:

  • Natural slides: you'll slide along the rock
  • Jumps from waterfalls
  • Rappelling, ranging from 3 meters to 50 meters
  • Ziplines
  • Floating: lying on your back, you let yourself be carried by the current.

Depending on the difficulty of the canyon, canyoning may require good physical condition and experience for safety. It's best to go with a state-certified guide for 100% safety.

How Does a Canyoning Outing Work?

The process is quite standard regardless of the canyon:

  • Welcome and briefing on the route and safety instructions by the certified guide.
  • Equipment with necessary gear: neoprene wetsuit, helmet, socks.
  • Approach hike to the canyon's starting point.
  • Descent of the canyon, which can last from 2 hours to a full day.

This activity is fantastic for families or friends during summer vacations. It's often done for bachelor or bachelorette parties.

Where to Go Canyoning in France? Our Selection of the Most Beautiful Spots

Gorges du Verdon

Straddling the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Var departments, the Verdon Gorge, with its turquoise waters and breathtaking landscapes, is the largest canyon in Europe.

Between Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, it offers several very different spots, both in terms of difficulty and types of obstacles. You'll find vertical, horizontal, or mixed routes that will give you thrilling experiences.

Pulischellu Canyon in Corsica

Descending from the Bavella ridges, the Pulischellu canyon in Southern Corsica is suitable for all skill levels. Renowned for its ease and accessibility, it offers a very pleasant descent.

Thanks to its playful nature, you can tackle slides, jumps, and other obstacles. It's considered the most playful canyon in Corsica; some even compare it to a natural water park. Consequently, it's highly favored by families and participants in bachelor or bachelorette parties organized in Corsica.

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Montmin Canyon near Annecy

Located at the foot of Lake Annecy, the Montmin canyon offers a very aquatic route. Its fresh, clear, and limpid water allows for a convivial experience.

Dotted with numerous natural slides and jumps, it also offers the opportunity for rappelling. With a moderate difficulty level, it suits most participants, provided they know how to swim and aren't afraid of putting their heads underwater. Ideal for canyoning in Annecy.

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Beaume Canyon

For a family canyoning session, head to the Beaume Gorges in Ardèche. Located 15 minutes from Largentière, this spot is accessible from the age of 6 (minimum weight of 20 kg) as long as your child can swim.

This aquatic walk reserves natural slides, waterfalls, clear water pools, and small jumps for you. You can easily avoid water if some passages seem too difficult. It's a true initiation into this sport that awaits you.

Furon Canyon near Grenoble in Vercors

The Furon Canyon, 20 minutes from Grenoble and 1 hour from Lyon, is a must-visit in the Vercors massif. It consists of two parts: the upper part, which you can do in half a day, and you can complete it with the lower part for a full day of adventure.

The upper part of the canyon is quite playful, allowing you to indulge in jumps, slides, zip lines, and rappels. As for the lower part, it allows you to navigate through pools, siphons, jumps, and rappelling descents. Ideal for canyoning near Grenoble.

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Rieussec Canyon near Vallon Pont d’Arc

Rieussec Canyon, or Rieusset, is located in Southern Ardèche near Vallon Pont d’Arc in the municipality of Salavas.

It is dry almost all year round except for certain periods, in autumn and spring, after heavy rains. Therefore, few lucky ones can appreciate the aquatic side of this route.

However, if you manage to visit, you will discover numerous potholes, waterfalls, and hollowed basins that will allow you to make multiple jumps and use several slides.

Riou Canyon

Riou Canyon, near Moustiers-Sainte-Marie at the exit of the Verdon Gorges, is one of the jewels of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.

Dry all year round except in spring, you can only practice it during this season. Suitable from the age of 16, it consists of two parts: the first follows the watercourse in a narrow canyon with some small obstacles such as jumps and slides.

The second part is very vertical and technical with rappels in waterfalls up to 45 meters high.

Pont du Diable Canyon

Very close to Chambéry and Annecy, the Pont du Diable canyon is ideally located in the Bauges massif in Savoie.

More suited for athletic individuals, it remains accessible to families due to its possibility of adjusting routes according to participants' levels. On the agenda: slides, rappels, jumps, but also a sporty passage in a very narrow gorge where you will have to swim in whitewater. That's why you should be comfortable in an aquatic environment.

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Sierra des Guara

The Sierra des Guara is located in the Spanish Pyrenees, just a stone's throw from the border. At 3 hours and 30 minutes from Pau, you can discover the various canyons it offers.

You will find different spots with different interests both in the variety of activities and in difficulty. Everyone can choose the course that suits them: from aquarando to more playful circuits including torrent rappelling, slides, jumps, siphons, swimming, and hidden caves. Adventure is guaranteed.

Luchon Canyon in the Pyrenees

Located in the heart of the French Pyrenees, 1 hour and 30 minutes from Toulouse, the Luchon region offers very varied canyons.

You can initiate yourself in family-friendly discovery courses. If you are already comfortable with canyoning, more challenging circuits are available with obstacles such as rappels, jumps, slides, and siphons. For the most daring and experienced, the Gouffre d’Enfer is an absolute must-try; it's the most technical descent in the Pyrenees, culminating in a 60-meter rappel.

Gorges du Tarn

The Gorges du Tarn are located to the east of the Occitanie region, between Lozère and Aveyron. They are dotted with numerous canyons offering varied routes for all levels.

If you can swim, you can try jumps, rappelling descents, aquatic slides, and bubbling pools along the large clear waterfalls, according to your tastes and physical abilities. Regardless of your choices, you will experience adrenaline-pumping moments.

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Angon Canyon

Home to one of the most beautiful spots in Haute-Savoie, Angon Canyon around Lake Annecy is known to offer several difficulty levels.

Comprising several waterfalls, you can rappel multiple times. Its course also features beautiful slides and numerous jumps. You can practice “Winter Canyoning” here, experiencing the circuit with water between 2 and 7 degrees Celsius. To withstand these freezing temperatures, you will be provided with a waterproof suit, gloves, and a hood.

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