Calella de Palfrugell Sports & Outdoors

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - No prior technical skill

    by Jerelis Written Oct 12, 2012

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    Reading the hand-out of the ROC Aqua rafting company learned that a raft is an inflatable boat and that you need to manoeuvre it down the river with paddles. It's the best way to get a touch of white water sports without any prior technical skills. Of course with the help and support of a river guide onboard. How hard can it be, so for us (I did it with two friends Sjoerd and Patrick) it was just time to get acquiped and enter the raft, which can accomodate a crew of 8 people maximum.

    For us rafting is a rather challenging recreational outdoor activity. In our case it was done on some different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite us as much as possible! We knew that it is considered an extreme sport, as it can be dangerous. But of course we wanted to seek a thrill and entered the raft. Before we were getting started we learned some of the rules to secure each other safety. The guide told us for example that one of the most simple ways to avoid injury while out of a raft, was to swim to an Eddy (a calm spot behind a rock in the water which the current disperses around) to avoid being taken downstream.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    • Rafting

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - Own level of difficulty.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 12, 2012

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    The ROC Aqua Rafting Company has 3 trips to undertake.

    The beginners trip (2 trips available):
    The St George gorge: beautiful itinerary (level 3), of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the morning.
    The Pierre-Lyse gorge: aprogressive itinerary (level 4) of about 7 kilometres, that usually is practiced in the afternoon.

    The sportive trip (1 itinerary only):
    A wonderful trip (level 5) along the river Aude of about 14 kilometres. This is one we took.

    We took this thrilling ride down the river Aude right in the beautiful and fascinating mountain range of the Pyrenees. It is definately an heavily adrenalin fuelled sport. The river Aude in Spain is considered a mecca for European rafters and we learned why.

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    • Rafting

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    Rafting in the Pyrenees - What an amazing ride!

    by Jerelis Written Oct 12, 2012

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    We were descending the powerful rapids of the Aude river in this rubber dinghy, using peddles to steer away from the rocks and move along other obstacles. We found out that boat used (zodiac type) was very safe and had a great resistance to the blows. We sat in the raft with eight people and the instructor at the back. We all sat on the edges of the boat and holded on for life, as we braved the rapids. The instructor at the back looked out for obstacles and guided us in the right direction. His job is to plot the course with the oar and to give the necessary instructions to the rest of the group to advance the boat down river down. So every now and then we had a rock splats, a nose dunk and did a pirouette to avoid some rocks.

    At first it might seem like a dangerous sport, but it’s not really. Falling into the water won’t do you much harm. We were well equipped with a helmet, life jacket, full wet suit and neoprone boots. We experienced this because at some point of the course the instructure cap sized the boat on purpose and we all fell into the cold river and had to swim our way to the side of the river to reorganise the team. But anyway, it was an amazing ride!

    Equipment: * An inflatable raft (with auto bailing device);
    * A single paddle;
    * A high performance life jacket;
    * A helmet;
    * A neoprene wet suite;
    * A rain jacket if necessary.

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    • Rafting
    • Adventure Travel

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    Snorkeling – Booking the Safari Tour.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 17, 2012
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    Initially L’Estartit was a fishing village, but the influx of a large sum of visitors to the town during the summer months made a hug change to the village. Like many other tourist resorts around the world, massification and uncontrolled growth led the town to lose the charm that had made it popular in the first place. Lucky enough for L’Estartit there is the underwater beauty of the Illes Medes and the large and well-equipped sports marina that keeps divers, sailors and snorkelers coming back year after year.

    During our summer holiday of 2012 we stayed at the campground Mas Patoxas in the village of Pals. At the reception we read a folder about snorkeling the beautiful blue water of Illes Medes and of course the kids were enthusiastic immediately. Because the trip from Pals to L’Estartit was only 25 minutes we decided to go for it and book a ‘Safari Tour’, which not only included snorkeling, but also a visit to the Medes Islands as well. The start was the next day at 11:00, so not to be rushed the next morning.

    Equipment: The only thing you need is a snorkeling mask and snorkel. Both are provided by the snorkeling company.

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    • Family Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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    Snorkeling – Unique in the Mediterranean.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 17, 2012
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    So, off we went for our drive from Pals to L’Estartit and 25 minutes we arrived at this huge (free) parking lot at the Passeig Maritim. A 15 minute walk along the sea side brought us to the small office of the snorkeling company. They gave us 5 snorkels and the ticket to go on board. Just a short period of time we had to wait as the boat was right on time. Of course the unavoidable picture of us all had to me made when we were boarding. Later we on we were able to buy this picture for €5,-. We were glad that we booked in advance, because this snorkeling trip was quite popular and therefore busy.

    We had great weather when we went on board, but learned that due to the natural protection of the Medes Islands we were nearly guaranteed perfect snorkeling in all weather conditions. We were definitely ready to discover this emblematic archipelago and natural marine reserve unique in the Mediterranean. Once we left off we follow the dramatic and beautiful coastline. Finally we stopped at a tranquil bay where we were told that we could swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water. But it was also good to enjoy the spectacular views it had to offer from the boat itself.

    Equipment: The only thing you need is a snorkeling mask and snorkel. Both are provided by the snorkeling company.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Family Travel
    • National/State Park

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    Snorkeling – Unexpectedly colorful.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 17, 2012
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    I can easily state that everything was taken care of perfectly by the organization. They launched a trampoline (for the kids) into the water and gave us perfect instructions how the handle the equipment en telling us about all the possible dangers and the no go areas. It's the calmness of the water and the crystal clarity makes this an ideal destination for snorkelers. We saw rocky coasts turn into caves and caverns under the water creating a fantastic topography to explore. For us it was time to jump into the water and explore the underwater treasures. When I went into the water I saw some friendly fish which was fun to see. The fish I saw: stone fish, cuttlefish, urchins and moray eels.

    The sea surrounding the coastline is nearly tide-less and the visibility can easily be 30 and 40 meters in depth. Snorkeling was really fun and easy for us to do without much instruction, especially because we are strong swimmers. After an hour we left the area for a tour around the Illes Medes. The Medes Islands are a set of seven islets and we had the pleasure of boating around this beautiful seascape enjoying it with some free sangria. Conclusion: the underwater life is unexpectedly colorful and will add a memorable experience to your life. A must do!

    Equipment: The only thing you need is a snorkeling mask and snorkel. Both are provided by the snorkeling company.

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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • National/State Park

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    Snorkel in Medes Islands

    by Aidasss Written Mar 31, 2005
    Snorkel in Medes Islands

    In all the area you can practise snorkelling. Do it by yourself or through some of the companiest that offers the possibility of taking you to the most famous places to do it. I reccomend the trip by boat to Medes Islands (natural park). Most of the companies offer this midday-trip.

    Equipment: Basic snorkel equipment.

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    • Beaches
    • Diving and Snorkeling

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