Rain on holiday? The 5 best activities to do with children in the Pyrenees

Rain is not an impediment to water activities in rivers and lakes, but what are the five best activities to do with children in the Pyrenees?

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It is common to associate summer with good weather. The sun and the heat form a binomial that invites you to spend your holidays in the mountains, escaping the high temperatures of the coast and next to a lake or a river to cool off in. However, summer storms are also a classic worry for families who fear having to entertain the little ones indoors in their homes, flats or hotels. The good news is that sport is also an ally at these times: rain is not an impediment to water activities in rivers and lakes because, while the activity is taking place, as the participants are already wet, they do not even notice that it is raining.

What activities to do in the Pyrenees when it rains?

Paddle surfing is not only an aquatic activity at sea, it is also one of the most popular activities to practice on the lake due to the conditions it offers as there are no waves. In this same category is the Big SUP, which is ideal to practice it with family or friends as the board allows up to 10 people to paddle together. RocRoi has a centre on the lake that also offers floating inflatables, which are one of the most fun activities for the youngest members of the family, even on rainy days. Where can you do these activities? At Torrassa Laked, which is one of the most popular destinations in the Catalan Pyrenees due to its proximity to the Alt Pirineu Natural Park.

There are also options in the Llavorsí area. This mountainous area of Lleida has become a mecca for rafting, which is one of the most popular outdoor activities on the river Noguera Pallaresa. Contrary to popular belief about the convenience of descending the river on a clear day, rafting is even more fun when it’s raining.

A white-water descent on the Noguera Pallaresa in an inflatable raft and accompanied by expert guides with life-saving certification, safety is guaranteed. This activity is ideal for groups of friends or with the family between April and October, which is the rafting season. Of course, you need to know how to swim, come rain or shine

Opting for rafting is an option for rainy days to live an extreme experience in nature accompanied, as the boats have the capacity to carry between 6 and 8 crew members, who carry a short paddle and steer the boat, overcoming obstacles and under the baton of the instructor.

And, continuing with extreme outdoor experiences, hydrospeed is a winning bet with or without rain. It’s an intense activity that consists of paddling down the river on a water sled, always following the instructions given by the monitors, who lead the group. Hydrospeed on rainy days can be even more fun, especially if you do it on rivers like the Noguera Pallaresa.