Pyrénées (Spain/France Border)

Good variety of low-medium volume paddling with reliable (snow-melt) levels.

When to go

The rivers are fed by snowmelt which occurs from April to May/June. The thaw starts earlier in Spain (mid-April to the start of June depending the snowpack) than in France (mid-May to the end of June).

How to get there

Cheap flights into Carcasonne. Europeans will often choose to drive.


You will need your own vehicle, but shuttles are short and direct and would be possible to hitch/cycle. It is a popular kayaking destination so it may be possible to hook up with other groups to share the shuttle. Longer runs like the Noguera Pallaresa run along a main road making it easy to hitch.


Wild camping would be difficult but there are good clean official camping grounds near most areas. There are plenty of hostels/hotels in both Spain and France, or hire an apartment at one of ski resorts which because it is in the off-season can be very cheap.