Flowing through the two départements of Aveyron and Tarn et Garonne, the River Aveyron is another top canoeing destination, through a gorge dotted with cliff-top villages.
Perfect for beginners
Generally, these rivers consist of alternating stretches of calm water and fast-flowing sections presenting no major difficulties. Fun and not particularly technically challenging, they are perfect for family outings and easy exploration.
The River Célé, a tributary of the Lot, is for example particularly well suited to first-time paddlers.
This 75km-long river generally provides easy paddling (grade I, with some grade II stretches and the odd grade III section when the river is in spate) through unspoilt surroundings of rocky walls and dense vegetation.
The Dordogne, Tarn and Dourbie, and also the upper section of the Lot (near the village of Entraygues in Aveyron) offer a slightly more challenging option but are still very accessible, providing a more intense experience in contact with untamed nature carved into amazing shapes by the elements.
Not just canoeing; rafting too
On some rivers, notably the Dourbie and Aveyron, in the spring and autumn when the volume of water in the rivers is greater, various white water sports outfits organise rafting and mini-rafting trips (the latter are also known as hot dogs).
The raft, crewed by several paddlers, is steered by an instructor; on a mini-raft you are either on your own or there are two of you steering downriver. Whichever you choose, on these inflatable structures you are sure to experience some unforgettable thrills !