Activities in The French Pyrenees – Canaveilles

Canaveilles and the surrounding countryside is the most beautiful playground you could imagine. It’s the perfect place to unwind, but there’s plenty for those looking for something to do too.

The amazing ‘Route Des Canons’, extremely popular and renowned locally for both walking and mountain biking, leaves straight from the front door of our gîte.

Walking In The Massif Du Canigou And French Pyrenees

By far the most popular pursuit of guests staying at La Rose Des Vents is walking. We are simply spoilt for choice with routes throughout the Massif Du Canigou and the rest of the Western Pyrenees.

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The GR (grande randonnée) walking routes are dotted throughout the region, the most popular being the GR10 which runs the length of the Pyrenees and passes to the south of Canaveilles. You will also find local ‘Sentiers d’Emilie’ footpaths. For the GR routes you will come across red and white markings, the Sentiers d’Emilie are distinguishable by their yellow markings.

Gorges De La Carança


A truly majestic spot just 20 minutes from the house, Les Gorges de la Carança take you on an exhilarating walking route across rope bridges and platforms, through the gorges and into the open spaces which offer breath-taking mountain views.

Not for the faint-hearted, but not as challenging or dangerous as you may think either. The standard loop will take in the region of 3 hours. There’s a lovely little ‘ginguette’ to welcome you back with a cold beer or a bit to eat.

Canyoning, Rafting And Other Activities

Here are some words from Adventure Active (site in French but he also speaks English).

This is what we do around here now since  about 15 years: 

– Whitewater rafting in the “Gorges de l’Aude” in between Axat and Quillan. We have a whitewater sports camp there in Saint Martin Lys open from April to September.

– Canyoning in hot water (35°) all winter in Thues near Canaveilles.

– Canyoning in “Gorges de Galamus” in Saint Paul de Fenouillet for families and children.

– Canyoning in Ceret and Prades for adults.

– Hiking on the Canigou on springtime and autumn.

Adrenaline junkies are more than well-catered for, so whether you want to leap from waterfalls, be tossed around by rapids, take to the air or fly headlong into a pool having been catapulted into the air, you will not be disappointed.


Cycling And Mountain Biking

The mountain bike trails are legendary. For the experienced mountain bikers there are the bike parks of La Molina, Les Angles and Vall Nord. There are also plenty of well know routes in Font-Romeu and more local trails (Route des Canons passes the front door!) for those of all abilities.

For the road cyclist the routes are endless. As you can imagine there are plenty of impressive climbs and serious climbers won’t want to leave without attempting the 1760m of the Col De Mantet.

*We have a small ‘Casot’ which can be used to store bikes and other equipment. This can be locked.

Winter Sports

Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoe walks: it’s all on our doorstep.

Ski, Snow Exploration

St Pierre Dels Forcats, Font-Romeu 2000, Les Angles, Formiguères and Puyvalador are all resorts within 30-45 mins of Canaveilles. Add to that a host of other resorts and Andorra at just over an hour away, we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to winter sports.

*Our small ‘Casot’ can be used to store ski gear and other equipment. This can be locked.

Hot Baths And Thermal Resorts

The region blossomed in the early part of the 20th century as people flocked to benefit from the healing abilities of the natural thermal baths in places such as Vernet-les-Bains and Molitg-les-Bains.

That trend continues to this day and as well as being able to benefit from the lovely local hot baths at Saint Thomas, those in the know also spend time in hidden spots where naturally occurring hot springs can still be found.

Le Petit Train Jaune

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‘Le Petit Train Jaune’ is the most beautiful, scenic mountain railway imaginable. Essentially a tourist train but also serving the ski resorts of the Pyrenees, a day out will take you over Roman Viaducts and through breath-taking countryside throughout the year.

You can pick up the train at Thuès-Les-Bains, a tiny little station which you can actually see from the house. It is way down in the valley and takes about 30 minutes to walk. Otherwise you can drive to nearby Olette. More information on the history and journeys here, with some up to date information in French on the SNCF website.

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