Manon Vallin
Observe the colors in autumn in the Pyrenees

Autumn
a season of sweetness

  • Autumn
  • Discovery and heritage
  • Sport and discovery

    Each season has its charms in the Gavarnie Valleys, autumn in particular. Nature is gradually putting on its most beautiful fire gear to embark on a final performance, before bowing out and falling asleep peacefully until spring. It's time to enjoy the Pyrenees in complete privacy. Hikes, mushroom picking, deer slabs and the first snowflakes will punctuate our discovery of this new season. 

    Go for a colorful ride 

    The tumult of summer subsides, the pace slows down and the temperatures refresh gradually. 

    Outings in autumn

    Benefits

    The opportunity to escape for a weekend or an improvised vacation to treat yourself to more intimate one-on-one with the Pyrenees. From golden forests to the shores of lakes in which to observe the waltz of the seasons reflected, there is no shortage of places to soak up the warm atmosphere of autumn. 

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    Autumn colored forest above Gavarnie
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    Visit Lac du Tech in the fall
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    Bike ride along the banks of the Gave in Argelès-Gazost

    Hiking
    on foot or by bike

     

     Fall hikes

    ou the autumn sun, we take advantage of peaceful walks or more challenging hikes during which we allow ourselves moments of calm and serenity in landscapes conducive to disconnection.

     Forest trails

    Leaf-lined paths are also perfect for testing mountain bike outings : banks of the Gave, Lienz forest and many other spots are to be discovered before the arrival of winter. 

    Find a route

    Meet the king of the forest 

    Autumn is also the time of love in the Pyrenees. 

    Rutting period in the Pyrenees 

    deer embark on a frenzied parade to conquer the hearts of the females who populate the peaks. This is called the rut.

    On this occasion, the king of the forest begins to bawl to warn the does of its presence and dissuade other males from approaching.  

    How to observe it? 

    This very singular roar resounds in the forests of the mid-September to mid-October.

    Outings accompanied by professionals such as Hadrian Brewer ou Walking are organized so that everyone can attend this sound show and try to observe this beautiful moment that nature offers us.  

    © Manon Vallin
    Observation of deer roar in the Pyrenees

    Participate in a mushroom picking 

    Here, we take the harvest of ceps and other edible mushrooms very seriously as they are tasty! 

    Mushroom corners

    a well kept secret 

    Like a precious heirloom, the little places where they grow are passed down from one generation to the next in the greatest of secrets. The lucky ones will perhaps come across a resident of the valleys who will agree to share some of their hiding places...  

    Otherwise, to the entrance of autumn during a walk in the woods, we open our eyes wide, we arm ourselves with a lot of patience and a little bit of luck to unearth these gustatory nuggets. Please note that picking is prohibited in the Pyrenees national Park and in the Neouvielle Nature Reserve.

    Benefit from expert advice

    Guided outings

    To increase the chances of having mushrooms for dinner, it is best to sign up for outings organized by the guides of our valleys. The opportunity to take advantage of their wise advice and their sharp eyes to fill our basket! 

     

    Melanie Mengarduque
    Basket of porcini mushrooms from the Pyrenees

    Experience an autumnal sunset 

    The lights offered by autumn are also an exceptional spectacle to savor in the four corners of the valleys. At golden hour, the orange glow goes perfectly with the colors of the faded vegetation. The ocher reflections instantly give a soft and soothing appearance to the mountains. It's time for the amateur photographers to try a few shots to try to capture this very special atmosphere. From the Hautacam ridges to the Pic des Tentes via the Tourmalet or even the Col de Spandelles and the Bergons valley, these places will serve as ideal observatories during these late autumn days... 

    Our best views

    Witness the transition of the seasons   

    A tasty transition between summer and winter, autumn offers a collection of evolving scenes in which to get lost again and again. 

    Ever-changing landscapes 

    Nature serves as a blank canvas on which the seasons have fun applying their own color chart. Sometimes tinted with 1001 orange colors, sometimes sprinkled with an immaculate white, the landscapes are rediscovered from day to day.  

    © Manon Vallin
    Snowy peaks in autumn in the Pyrenees
    © Antoine Garcia
    Alternative text (SEO) Afternoon tea and hot chocolate by the fireplace

     

    Watch the snow fall in front of a good snack 

    Near the chimney in one of our cafes, in front of a nice snack, we enjoy the show while looking out the window at the changing landscapes. One, two, three... a thousand snowflakes gradually wrap nature in a thick blanket. Well covered, she is ready to fall into a deep sleep from which she will not wake up until next spring...  

    Good places for snack

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