As the rain clouds gathered on Thursday morning, I jumped in the car with two adventure-loving pals and headed up to the ominously-named Pont du Diable (Devil’s bridge) in Céret to meet up with our guide from Extérieur Nature.

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?

If you’re a fan of thrills and spills, (and we wish you more of the first and less of the second bien sûr!), you won’t be able to resist a visit to this ‘téléski’ in Port Barcarès, to try out, practice or perfect your water-ski and boarding skills. Wakeboard, waterskiing and kneeboard await – maybe with a few ’Air Tricks’ once you’ve become a bit of a pro