Places to Visit
THE CHAIN OF THE PYRENEES
The chain of the Pyrenees, a natural frontier between France and Spain lies down over 420 kms from east to west. The Pic du Midi is one of the symbols of the Pyrenees. But the highest mountain is the Pic d'Aneto (3404m). In the French Pyrenees, the Vignemale reaches 3298 m.
LOURDES (10 mn)
Second worldwide famous city after Rome for its catholic pilgrim. The most visited places are the cave, the crypt, the basilicas…Lourdes is also a charmful city with an historic and very rich natural heritage.
Castle, lake, railway to the pic du Jer.
JARDIN MASSEY DE TARBES
Located in the city centre, the inhabitants are very proud of "their park".
Placide Massey, horticulturist and director of the Trianon park in Versailles in the 1900's created this typic british park where numerous botanical species are found.
TARBES STUD FARM
Situated in the center, it was built by Napoleon and it represents an harmonious and astonishing architectural place.
All the buildings seem to be out of the empire style with a sober and classical beauty.
The stud farm has about sixty stallions of the most widespread species in the region.
A complete, easy and magical excursion in the wonderful mountainous landscapes (view on the Pic du Midi). A railway drives on the mountain side where you slide over the summits with the highest european train.
THE SPANISH BRIDGE
7 km away from Cauterets, in the National Pyrenees Park, here is a remarkable place. The cascades way brings to this exceptional beauty spot. Here are listed 160 species from wild fauna and unrivalled flora in Europe.
LE PIC DU MIDI
Since 1880 it has been used for the exploration of the universe. The Pic remains a high place of observation and research. At the top (2877m) the sight is imposing. A 360° panorama enables to observe the whole chain of the Pyrénées until the foot-hills of the Massif central.
LE PARC ANIMALIER DES PYRÉNÉES
In Argelès-Gazost, come and discover animals from the Pyrenees: bears, wolves, marmots, fox, otters, roe deers feel free to wander. Come and be a privileged observator of their wild life.
LE DONJON DES AIGLES
From the feudal castle of Beaucens you could see and take pictures of the most prestigious birds of prey from all over the world: vultures, falcons, eagles, owls, buzzards and exotic birds.
Most appreciated destination of the inhabitants of the region thanks to its easy access, to its view on the Pic du Midi, to its forests, its lake and thanks to the Valley of Campan from where you get there.
Payolle attracts in summer time as well as in winter time. You can even keep on walking to the famous Col d’Aspin if you feel like it.
LE CIRQUE DE GAVARNIE
The circus is wonderful, with its eternal waterfalls. The highest in Europe reaches 423 m and is part of the National Park. It is recognized worlwide by UNESCO in its heritage.
Well located at the bottom of the chain of the Pyrénées, they are the Hautes-Pyrénées with their wonderful forests and authentical villages. Here are some important touristic places: Escaladieu Abbey, Tournay Abbey, Mauvezin Castle, Saint Bertrand de Comminges' Cathedral.
Caves of Médous, of Bétharram, of Gargas, of Labastide, of Loup, Mines de vielles Aures, gouffre d'Esparros bring up the wonderful trip in the Earth's center where we find an intense past, a rich heritage.
SAINT-BERTRAND DE COMMINGES
N'oubliez pas de visiter la cathédrale romano-gothique (XIe - XVe siècles) de Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, toute proche, halte sur le chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle. À voir : clocher-porche roman et narthex (XIIe siècle), stalles sculptées, vitraux Renaissance et buffet d'orgue (XVIe siècle), trésor de la cathédrale et cloître roman (XIIe siècle), son village perché aux rues en pente.