Let’s Get Physical!

Hands up if the nearest you have got recently to partaking in sporty sunshine activity is raising that glass of Roussillon red or refreshing San Miguel to your lips. OK. Put your hands down! Did you know that there are around 100 calories in that small glass of wine and even more in that cold beer? So let’s get physical!

There are so many possibilities in this land of sun, sea and sexy mountains. And you don’t have to be super fit for all of them. We have put together a few fun activity suggestions, supervised by competent and friendly professionals, which are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a tingle to your body.

And what could be more exciting on a summer’s day than hurtling down a rushing river on a raft? How about starting off with ‘hot-dogging’, two people in an inflatable canoe, or why not try ‘hydrospeed’, swimming turbulent waters clinging to a rather special float? Are you tempted?

rafting with Exterieur Nature

Maybe you would prefer to try ‘canyoning’, jumping into natural pools, abseiling down spectacular waterfalls, shimmying and sliding over rocks in a watery cascade, surrounded by mind blowing scenery?

Or perhaps you would prefer something slightly gentler, like ‘tubbing’ down the river on a specially designed inflatable tyre. Great fun.

With two fabulous locations in Axat and Marquixanes, Extérieur Nature is well set up to guarantee unforgettable adventure.


For white water frolics such as rafting, tubbing, hotdogging….. all roads leading to their Axat location are a delight to drive.

Whether the D117 from Estagel towards Quillan or from Prades to Mosset and over the Col de Jau to Axat, the countryside through which you pass is dramatic and grand.

Arriving at the roundabout of the bears, at the junction of the D117 and D118, continue towards Quillan. Almost immediately on your left is a restaurant. Take the next left.

You will be kitted out in wet suits, life jackets and helmets, driven to a launch pad……. and you’re off , swirling through Axat, round the bear’s roundabout, through Martin de Lys in an exhilarating, whirling watery ride down the Aude.

And if someone in your party just fancies a cold, beer, wine or coffee (hot) at the side of the river, a nearby cafe offers front seat views.

All the guides have state diplomas, they speak English, they are experienced, professional,  fun…..and their enthusiasm is infectious.


Set in a wooded adventure playground by the river, Extérieur Nature in Marquixanes just off the N116 between Ille sur Tet and Prades will introduce you to parts of the P-O lesser mortals never see.

Jumps, short natural slides, abseiling, leaping and sliding through waterfalls…..
Or try the increasingly difficult runs high up in the trees, a series of nets, ropes, zip wires and other obstacles, which will all challenge your skill and courage.

Extérieur Nature

Non participants can sit in the on-site café and watch their loved ones swinging through the branches or bobbing down the stream.

And don’t forget that you can ‘get physical’ all year round – it’s not just a summer thing. Rafting,, tubbing, canyoning, acrobranch, quadbiking, mountain biking, horse riding, water sports, climbing are just a few of the many activities available to you here in the Pyrenées- Orientales. Many of them are open all year round. Watch this space for more suggestions on how to get physical in the Pyrénées-Orientales.


And that’s not all.

Check out a whole host of other fun activities to put the wind in your sails and a smile on your face.

A sunbaked slice of paradise: sea, sail and sun beds galore.

Horses galore! From gentle beginners & horse-drawn carriage rides to racing through the Pyrénées

Sail the Med, or moor up, swim, eat, nap…..

Discover the thrill of Stand up Paddling on some of the most beautiful rivers in the Pyrénées Orientales.

It’s all in the name…Paddling Paradise

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