We invite you to discover the most beautiful places to practice canoeing. The southern regions of France are ideally located between the Mediterranean Sea and the southern foothills of the Massif Central. This geographical situation benefits from numerous waterways for canoeing enthusiasts. Venture into the most beautiful rivers and lakes of southern France and find your spot!
The difference between canoeing and kayaking?
Canoeing and kayaking are two disciplines that are often confused. At first glance, one might think that they are the same water sport. However, there are many differences between these two activities.
On the other hand, canoeing is done on your knees or sitting down. It all depends on the type of discipline. In slalom or downriver, you will be on your knees to have more height and benefit from a more efficient paddling movement. For touring canoes, you can find a bench on which you sit.
The kayak paddle is double, the shaft has a pass at each end. It is also longer than the canoe paddle.
There is therefore a difference in the way of paddling : on both sides of the boat or on one side only.
Our top 5 best spots!
The Gard is a river located in the south east of France in the Occitanie region. Experience a succession of emotions all along the natural reserve of the Gorges du Gardon. The river is one of the wildest in the south of France.
For a canoe descent we invite you to visit the spot of Canoë Collias. Whether you are with friends or family, you will find a trip adapted to your desires.
The site offers 6 courses, ranging from 8 to 31 km and all this in a peaceful and quiet environment home to various species. You will be able to cross Bonelli's eagles, beavers, perches, pikes, grey herons, ... Don't miss to admire the Pont du Gard. Spectacular landscapes for moments of relaxation and absolute nature!
The Canyon of Verdon
This is surely one of the most spectacular spots ! Enjoy a canoe trip in the biggest canyon in Europe. The lower Gorges of the Verdon offer a perfect setting for the practice of board sports. On the program, canyoning, rafting, swimming, and waterfalls in a unique green color.
You will discover discreet passages where the light plays with the water and where the cliffs are covered with a natural vegetal wall of beauty.
Above you, you will discover sensational views of the canyon's geology, starting with the imposing limestone massifs and their emblematic folds. Follow in the footsteps of your ancestors by visiting the prehistoric caves.
Higher up appear the Cadière de brandis, cliffs reminiscent of the Italian dolomites.
Let yourself be charmed by this exceptional environment! Find your activity for this summer with Les verdoniens, Secret River, Verdon canoe paddle, Aquaventure Park.
The Canyon of Ardeche
One hour south of Valence, discover the famous Ardèche gorges, a paradise for canoeists and kayakers. Immerse yourself in this unmissable destination with its breathtaking cliffs and mountainside villages. The 32 km of Gorge are classified as a national nature reserve since 1980.
Admire this magnificent region on 24 km of descent. Along the way, the discovery of the gorges is breathtaking, the highlight of the show, the Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, a natural arch of 54 meters high, dug by the river and become the symbol of the Ardèche.
Nearby, the world-famous Chauvet cave, testifies to the presence of prehistoric man. It was used as a refuge against bad weather.
The cultural richness and the various water activities of the Ardeche make this place fascinating.
In the Occitan region, head for an exceptional natural setting. Between Mediterranean vegetation (olive tree, thyme, lavender) and limestone rock, the surroundings of the Gorges de l'Hérault offer many leisure activities: canoeing, hiking, climbing...
Let yourself be seduced by a steep and steep rocky landscape that is a natural habitat for plant and animal species. Linking Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and Aniane, the Devil's Bridge marks the beginning of the famous Gorges de l'Hérault. It is considered as one of the oldest medieval bridges in France and is classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO.
At the border between fresh and salt water, the lez is also very popular.
The Canyon of the Tarn
Located in Lozere, the Gorges of Tarn are a destination for canoeing trips, with nearly thirty kilometers of canoeing. You will discover the typical places of the region while passing by semi-troglodyte villages (half in the rock and half in the outside) and the castle of La Caze.
After passing the bridge of La Malène, you are immersed in the wildest part of the gorges. The straits of the gorges offer a magnificent landscape with large cliffs rising on either side of the river. With a little luck, you will come across rare species such as vultures.