Adventure sports, or how to fulfil the most elusive dreams in the middle of nature

More and more clients are demanding exclusive and personalised activities adapted to their interests and which go beyond a standard activity service. These are VIP experiences to meet all their expectations with nature as a backdrop.

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Whether it’s a morning on the beach with access to all the adventure activities and services or a day’s rafting with a stop at a top restaurant, everything is within reach at adventure sports centres. The offer of these places is no longer a closed package of activities, but is tailored to the interests and desires of each client to create an exclusive experience adapted to their dreams.

It is not just about offering a sporting activity but a unique, personalised experience, designed and managed by the client themselves. The combination of sport, nature and services guarantees that travellers’ dreams or ideas come closer to being realised. VIP experiences in nature are a growing phenomenon with infinite possibilities both in the Noguera Pallaresa River and in the Mediterranean Sea.

These offers include days on the beach with catamaran trips, kayaking and paddle surfing, plus the possibility of tasting an assortment of rice dishes on the beachfront or rafting descents of more than 50 kilometres, which include an aperitif service based on the gastronomy of the area, as well as the possibility of stopping and photographing some privileged places in the surroundings that cannot be accessed without the accompaniment of a guide. This is a closed product for a small group of people, with many extra complements that can be decided by the client and that add to the uniqueness of the product.

To do this, the centres launch tailor-made programmes for clients with exclusive programmes that include special activities for all types of personalities, adapted to their fears, difficulties or needs. “We once worked with a famous French actor who wanted a programme that was out of the ordinary,” explains Carlos Rabaneda, co-founder of RocRoi, one of the leading companies in southern Europe in the organisation of outdoor sports activities and experiences.

In the case of the nautical base located on the Garraf coast, the following proposals stand out: a day at the beach in a kayak, paddle surfing or sailing activities. In addition, clients have access to a rice menu and cocktail service from a beach club while they make the most of the hours of sunshine on the beach. Another of the most sought-after experiences are the guided sailing trips or catamaran trips with which to witness the views of the Garraf.

River activities are not limited to rafting and kayaking, but canyoning is beginning to make inroads among the more exclusive events. From the Barranc de Berrós, with the presence of a specific guide for small groups, anyone who wants to try it will have to go through three abseils, several slides and natural pools carved into the rock. This activity is aimed at adventure lovers who want to enjoy the Torrassa Reservoir and the Alt Pirineu Natural Park.

The company offers joint packs of unique experiences in the natural environment as well as gastronomic or accommodation services thanks to agreements with high quality restaurants and hotels. These include the La Daurada Restaurant and Beach Club for those who want to spend the day on the beach in Vilanova i la Geltrú.

Although it is aimed at both domestic and foreign consumers, the majority of the clientele comes from France, the United States and China. However, in the face of the Covid-19 health crisis, a door has been opened to appeal to the domestic consumer with outdoor activities in small groups. For example, in the case of white-water rafting, customers can get a long-term white-water experience with only their family or friends present.

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