River swimming and water sports in Aude - near Quillan and Couiza plus self-catering holiday accommdodation
River Swimming in the Salz and Aude Rivers
Please also see lakes in Aude for more information about swimming and water sports.
The river Salz is a tranquil and gently flowing tributary to the Aude. Ten minutes walk (or two minutes drive) from Gite des Artistes, is a beautiful natural pool (shown above) with a sloping beach into the water and deeper areas for the accomplished swimmer. It is possible to spend a relaxing day sunbathing and cooling off in the river with plenty of shady and sunny spots to suit everyone. The water is so clear that you can even use a snorkle and mask.
On the doorstep of Gite des Artistes is a lovely deep swimming spot near some stepping stones, not as private as many swimming places, but still a fabulous way to cool off after a hot summers day sightseeing. There are also several other swimming spots up and down the Salz and we're happy to provide directions of how to reach some of the best of them to our guests.
At Rennes-le-Bain, just a short drive away the river is blocked in July to create a fantastic natural outside swimming pool and there is also a warm cascade that offers a refreshing shower to anyone sitting beneath it at any time of year. Click to see weather in Languedoc-Roussillon.
If you're looking for something other than swimming, there are boats for hire at most of the lakes in the area such as Arques and Montbel (pictured to the right). The river Aude is also great spot for water sports and national championships are frequently held here. The source of the river Aude is in the Pyrenees mountains and it is normally deep enough throughout the year for water sports. The area around Quillan (10 minutes drive from Couiza) is ideal for white water rafting, canoeing and canyoning.
Canoeing on the river Aude is in 6 sections, classified from 1 (safe and easy) to 4 (difficult and risky). The sections are:
Limoux, Limoux - next to the large
play park, which you can see over
the river as you approach Limoux from Couiza. To reach Canoe Limoux,
you reach a small roundabout in Limoux and turn right past the Ecole de
Musique. Turn left and then take an immediate right over the bridge, then
turn right again and follow the road next to the river and turn right
at the sign for the Tennis club to reach Canoe Limoux and the play park.
Rafting & Canyoning, Fenouilledes, Pyrenees Orientals, France.
Evasion, 5, Place Boyer, 48400 Florac, France.