If you like water sports, you better go towards the Pyrenees of Lleida. This area, in the northwest of Catalonia, is a true hub for adventure sports. It’s guaranteed you will have a unique and exciting experience, in both wild and calm waters. There are plenty of specialized companies with experienced instructors who provide assistance and guidance on a wide range of activities: canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, riverboarding, or water skiing, just to name a few.
The most popular is, of course, whitewater rafting, perhaps because the river Noguera Pallaresa is one of the best places in Spain to do it. The reason? This river is fast. Probably the fastest. Has its source at 2,000 meters and travels for 146 kilometers before it merges into the river Segre.
Experts say you don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy the experience. It’s quite the opposite, really. You just have to bring a bathing suit, a towel and a good attitude. The rest of the gear is provided by the company who organizes the descent: wetsuit, helmet, specially designed shoes, the inflatable boat, of course, and also accident coverage.
Llavorsí, a good starting point
Roc Roi is one of the most seasoned extreme sports schools in the area. They specialize in setting up customized whitewater rafting trips. One of the most popular is the one that takes you from the town of Llavorsí to Rialp. It is an adrenaline-charged 7-mile ride that lasts two hours.
If you come with kids or consider yourself a beginner, maybe you want to start with the 5-mile descent between Llavorsí and Escaló. However, if you believe to be ready for an extreme experience, you can join an all-day trip, starting and ending in Llavorsí. It will take you 32 miles away, as far as the ravine of Collegats. Either way, the most important thing is to be aware of your own strengths and always follow directions from the pros.