As you’d imagine, the choice on offer when it comes to multi activity holidays can be quite bewildering, as can the range of destinations available. Our multi activity holidays guide will help you narrow it down, whether you want to be eased gently into low-key hikes and bikes or thrown head first into an adrenalin fuelled break.
MULTI ACTIVITY HOLIDAYS IN THE PYRENEES
Escape into Andorra’s eastern Pyrenean peaks, valleys and mountain foothills and learn to hike, bike and raft in some truly exceptional settings. This is a wonderful environment for a centre based activity holiday with some of the finest scenery in the Pyrenees providing plenty of challenges for travellers looking to experience the great outdoors in a new way, or simply enjoy time outdoors in the crisp alpine air.
Joining a weeklong, small group activity holiday allows everyone to learn, have fun and get active in the safest and friendliest environment possible. Local instructors and guides are trained to assist all levels of ability and can help mixed ability groups get the most out of each activity, without pushing them too far beyond their comfort zones. You don’t need to be extra fit or have much previous experience – although you will need to be able to swim for rafting. Solo travellers are welcome, as are friends, couples and families with older children; there is a minimum age of 15. All instruction, equipment, breakfasts and evening meals, and support vehicles – good for catching a rest – are included, so all you have to do is put in some fitness training before you go and be prepared to go with the flow.
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The beauty of being based on the slopes of the Pyrenees is that it’s just a 10-minute drive to reach high altitude trail heads. Your hiking adventure begins at an altitude of 2,000m, at Grau Roig, at foot of the Circ de Pessons. Here, the gorgeous glacial lakes and Pyrenean peaks add to the exhilaration of walking at altitude, with steep downhill tracks ensuring you can catch your breath and enjoy the epic views. Another great walking trail takes you through the pine forests of the Incles Valley via Cabana Sorda Lake, which sits at the foot of an impressive natural rock amphitheatre. Optional ascents allow for panoramas at 2,600m before heading back down into the valley for a well deserved soak at the local spa.
Mountain bikingThe Cortals Valley is one of many fantastic areas for mountain biking in the Pyrenees. From the top of the trailhead it’s downhill all the way to the flat tracks and more challenging woodland trails around Engolasters Lake. Across the lake, a zip-lining and high ropes centre makes for a great excuse to enjoy some time off the saddle. A nearby bike park is a great opportunity to get to grips with new tricks and techniques. Your day of mountain biking completes with a 10km road descent to Andorra la Vella. From switch backs and forest trails to single tracks and empty roads; the Pyrenees are why mountain bikes were invented.
White water raftingCrossing into Spain, over the (2,000m) Port de Canto mountain pass, you’ll find an excellent white water rafting centre ready and waiting your arrival. After you’ve been kitted out with helmets, buoyancy aids and wetsuits you’re good to go. Listening to instructions is the key to this awesome outdoor activity as you begin a 14km ride on the Noguera Pallaresa River over rapids that are graded up to Class III. This is one of the world’s top white water rafting routes for safe exhilaration. Nothing is left to chance when it comes to riding the rapids in this unforgettable outdoor playground.
BEST TIME TO GO ON A
PYRENEES ACTIVITY HOLIDAY
Our small group activity holiday here run from mid-May to late September. Summertime is the season to get outdoors and active in the Pyrenees. Snow has melted, orchids are adorning alpine meadows, and weather conditions are much more consistent than what you’ll find either side of May and September. June brings a bounty of flowering rhododendrons and sun-striped pine groves, before the woodland berries of midsummer and September’s wild mushrooms appear before eagle-eyed foragers. Rivers will be colder and quicker in May, but nothing that a wetsuit can’t handle. Sun block, shades and sun hat are recommended at any time of year though, thanks to the altitude and lower latitude.
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