/ Climbing in south of France near Spain, any suggestions
I'm off to the south east of France not far from Perpignan and very close to Ceret in the Pyrenees. I'm going camping with my kids. I'd like to do a bit of climbing both for me and the kids, 5 and 7. Is there any climbing in that area, if so what type?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Best one I've found is Tauteval. The climbing is in a delightful, friendly river gorge with safe bathing. Others in the same area would be Vingrau (much more full on and strictly speaking closed at the moment due to bolt maintainence) and Opoul (not climbed there, but did go for a reccy a month or so back - looks good).
There is now one local guide which covers all 3 venues.
Ceret's not really in the right valley for climbing!
The next valley north has a few interesting places on the way up to Targasonne, including Eus, but that's an hours drive away:
The map on ClimbingAway is pretty exhaustive, and usually has up to date access info. If you zoom out, it shows a few crags on the Spanish side and down nearer Perpignan.
Incidentally, I think that pretty much all of Vingrau/Tautavel/Opoul are still banned. Alfredito(?) who posts on here is based somewhere around Perpignan, and could confirm if he sees this.
I wonder if anyone has recommended the Ariege while I've been typing this - it's about two and a half hours drive away... bit far for cragging with kids.
In fact, if it's not stinking hot you could drive over to La Clape near Narbonne in about an hour - there are definitely child-friendly crags there and a huge beach (well, a very large flat windy beach anyway).
Tauteval and Opoul seemed to be getting plenty of traffic a few weeks ago !
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