Spain is a country surrounded by mountains and mountain ranges practically on all sides. It also stands as the second highest country in Europe, only surpassed by Switzerland. That’s why, it is not surprising that it is so attractive to practice canyoning in Spain.
In these territories it is possible to find mountains of all sizes cut by wild water currents that have sculpted authentic ravines throughout history where all kinds of sports can be practiced. Today we bring you closer to those who have a special charm for being the favorites for the practice of canyoning.
Canyoning in Spain, an ideal territory
With more and more following, this adventure sport has the grace of its diverse geolocation. In turn, as happens with other sports, we will have to wait for appropriate dates, as the best option to practice canyoning it is to do it when the snows of the summits melt and give life to the abundant ravines of this country.
What we will list below are 5 very attractive places to do canyoning in Spain. The best, the most outstanding, the most risky and also the most affordable.
1. Picos de Europa (Asturias and Cantabria)
With Potes and Cangas de Onís as the main destinations for canyoning in Spain, this area located to the north is conducive to canyon tasting in all kinds of modalities. Of course, you have to be careful with flash floods. Vallegón and Carangas are some of the favorite ravines in the upper part of the Sella.
The Rubó river ravine is located in the Cares river basin and only 10 kilometers from Arenas de Cabrales; it is full of small accumulations of transparent water from the Picos de Europa. To make this descent, it is advisable to have practiced canyoning at some time and to have enough physical resistance.
During the tour, you will find rappels up to 12 meters high, narrow areas, pools to cool off, slides and jumps. Without a doubt, this is an ideal activity. Also, as a curiosity: did you know that part of this route is carried out through a century-old forest of chestnut trees? From movie!
2. Barranco de las Chorreras (Basin)
The Cuenca mountain range is another recommended environment, given the spectacular nature of its ravines. Immersed in karstic terrain, the Júcar ravine; the Poyatos ravine, with its slides and rapids; the impressive Ventano del Diablo canyon; The Hoz Somera or the Chorreras ravine are perfect for a relaxing dip.
In this case, the canyon is located in the province of Cuenca, exactly in the municipality of Enguídanos. Here the descent is made along the course of the Cabriel River.
The duration of the journey is 2 to 3 hours and the excursion It has many areas to jump and jump down the rocks as if it were slides. If you like adrenaline, you will be in the right place.
3. Formiga Ravine (Huesca)
In the Pre-Pyrenees of Huesca there is the largest concentration of practicable ravines in Spain and in Europe, a festival of limestone and conglomerate formations called the Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park. On this site, there are about 200 ravines in just 50 square kilometers.
The Barranco de Formiga is one of the most popular ravines in the Sierra de Guara. It is a short, easy, fun and aquatic canyon which brings together a multitude of canyoneers during the summer.
Here, beyond the sports activity itself, it is worth enjoying the attractions offered by the environment through which it runs, such as the Cueva de las Polvorosas, the characteristic limestone conglomerates shaped by karstic erosion, the sighting of carrion birds that They are inhabited by vultures, Egyptian vultures and even bearded vultures, and some of the pools accessible on foot, outside the canyoning itinerary.
4. Papuos Ravine (Cáceres)
The jewel of adventure tourism in the Jerte Valley, the Papuos Gorge, offers a very complete route between slides, jumps, climbs and rappels, of which the most spectacular is the Chorro de la Ventera —cover image—, 30 meters high, which reaches an immense pool excavated in the granite.
It saves a drop of more than 200 meters from the 1075 meters of altitude at its beginning to the 845 meters of the bridge. However, the equipped section ends higher, after about 600 meters and 150 meters of difference in level, from where it is approximately half the way to the bridge, already more agile, without projections that require equipment.
5. Sierra Nevada (Granada)
On one side, the Genil River, on the other, Sierra Nevada. Here are framed Las Alpujarras, territory of mighty and technical ravines. Further on, the Río Verde ravine, an eminence in Andalusia.
The route along the Verde River, located in the province of Granada, It is one of the most attractive and demanded routes by lovers of this sport.. This beautiful canyon is located in the Sierra de Almijara, near Almuñécar beach.
The descent section usually lasts about 4 or 5 hours and the difficulty is medium-low. From here you will leave completely hypnotized by its crystal clear waters and its surroundings.
Canyoning, a sport for the brave
Canyoning or canyoning is an adventure sport that consists of descending the bed of a ravine or canyon facing the obstacles that are found in the descent such as rappels, slides, jumps or climbers.
This activity can be practiced without previous experience, as long as it is carried out by the hand of an experienced guide. The rest is put on a tray by the territory, Spain, a country full of mountains and mountain ranges ideal for releasing adrenaline everywhere.