Kayaking the Ardeche Gorge | Top 5 European Kayaking Adventures
Have you seen the spectacular Gorges de l’Ardèche? A protected natural reserve only reachable by canoe or by hiking, it gives you the chance to kayak under the impressive 60m high Pont d’Arc. Surely the perfect place to add to our kayaking adventures across Europe. Let’s find out!
Perhaps it’s because Kayaking and Canoeing are ideal activities for families on a family summer holiday. Or maybe because it’s something which can be enjoyed by both beginners and those with more experience…. but as a family we love the thrill of kayaking rapids as much as a gentle back-to-nature paddling experience along a river
Although we kayaked the gorge in late September, the weather was a pleasant enough 23°C and the water warm enough to paddle in without fear of hypothermia. We were also fortunate to kayak just after a rainy night, so the rapids were certainly in full flow…
The kayaking itself is split into a series of gentle curving meanders with wildlife wherever you glance… White Egrets and Herons fly overhead whilst Barbels and Black Bass swim lazily underneath avoiding the much larger catfish… in fact if you’re as lucky as we were, you might even catch a Bonelli’s Eagle grabbing its lunch! (find out more about this and other places of interest in the Ardèche region by clicking here)
With panoramic views in front of you like the above, it’s no surprise we’ve already started planning a return to this region in the hopes we can add to our experiences in the Ardèche. This time hoping to add more from this stunning region including: