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Canyoning

There are a lot of magnificent spots for canyoning around Nice.

The French Riviera is the ideal place to discover canyoning, a summer sport which consists in walking, swimming, jumping and toboganning down a river, and abseiling with a rope (except for grade one canyons). More about the techniques here.

The Nice area is perfect for this water sport which is a good way to escape from summer heat with friends or family. It is a relaxing experience you will relish under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

How strenuous is it?
Even if some canyons are reserved for daring sportsmen, quite a few are accessible to beginners and unexperienced people. Some of them are quite suitable for 8 years old children. Practitioners must be able to swim and must not suffer from medical impediments.

Canyon grades

Grade 1 canyons, half a day (40 euros per person if there are more than 6 people, or 45 euros per person for smaller groups):

Jumps are less than 5 meters. No abseiling in this grade! Obstacles are easy to avoid. These canyons are suitable for families as you can bring 8 years old children and for people who do not favour risky ventures.

Mind you: if more daring people join the group, they will be able to slide down waterfalls and jump from higher spots.

Example: Gorges du Loup

Grade 2 canyons, half a day (45 euros per person if there are more than 6 people, or 50 euros per person for smaller groups):

You will learn all the basic technical skills: tobogganning, jumping from 8 meters high spots and abseiling down for 15 meters and after that you will be able to try most canyons in the area.
A lot of fun with moderate challenges.  Accessible to beginners. Suitable for children more than 10.

Examples:
Gorges du Loup, Cramassouri, Gours du Ray…

Grade 2, full day canyons (60 euros per person if there are more than 6 people, or 65 euros per person for smaller groups):

Descents are accessible to beginners provided they like sports and they can walk 4 hours. You will jump from 10 meters high spots if you wish and abseil down 20 meters cliffs. These are suitable for children over 12 .

Examples:
Bollène, Barbaira, Challandre, Guiou…

Grade 3, full day canyons (65 euros per person if there are more than 6 people, or 70 euros per person for smaller groups):

Reserved for experienced and fit practicioners. The rythm will be faster and sustained. Possible jumps of 12 m. Big slides and abseiling under waterfalls. The stream can be strong… You must be over 14. You may have to walk a long way to reach the canyon or come back…

Examples:
La Maglia, Riolan, Siagne de la Pare…

Grade 4, full day canyons (70 euros per person if there are more than 6 people, or 75 euros per person for smaller groups:

The most demanding canyons. You must be used to abseiling down 70 meters waterfalls. Technical challenges will be higher. You have to be really fit.

Examples:
Morghé-Maglia, Cascade de Courmes…

Fees from 40 euros per person. You can also book for a private guide for your team.
All the rates are here

Mind you: you don’t have to jump or slide if you don’t feel like it. There is always an other option.

What do you need?: swimming suits, sportshoes with laces, towels, picnic lunches.

Gear: all the gear necessary will be provided and will respond to high safety standards: wetsuits, helmets, harnesses with longes and abseil devices, ropes, water bags and waterproof containers for full-day trips.

Where?

Whether you are in Antibes, Nice, Cannes, Grasse or Frejus, you will have a lot of canyons within a short range. We have selected about thirty of them, the nicest and most amusing ones.

For more informations about canyoning, contact us

Discover the canyons in Alpes Maritimes

Both beginners and daring experts will find suitable canyons, with a wide range of challenges.