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GATEWAY TO THE PYRENEES NATIONAL PARK

Cauterets – Spain Bridge

  • 4 saisons
  • Relaxation
  • In nature
  • Sport and thrills

    Perched 950 meters above sea level, this spa town is located at the gates of unmissable natural sites. From the Pont d'Espagne to the Lac de Gaube via the Pyrenees National Park, in Cauterets there are many possibilities for hiking and adventure. In winter, the valley is adorned with a white coat to make way for two ski resorts. The Cirque du Lys, a ski area for all levels and the Pont d'Espagne, a Nordic paradise. 

    The village of Cauterets 

    A SKIING RESORT AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAINS  

    How good it is to stroll through the alleys of Cauterets to soak up its atmosphere. At the bend of each street, we take a real journey through time in this village at the foot of the mountains and its Ski stations. 

    In the heart of the Pyrenees 

    Nestled in the hollow of the valley and surrounded by numerous peaks that watch over it, this town is a real cocoon in the heart of the mountain. Lively and dynamic, let yourself be seduced by a visit to the town, its unique buildings, its architecture. A visit which allows you to meet its traders and its inhabitants to immerse yourself in the mountain spirit which reigns here.  
    In winter, Cauterets turns into a village resort, with its gondola leading easily to the Cirque du Lys or its route that goes up to the Nordic area of ​​the Pont d'Espagne.

    © David Courriades - Cauterets
    The village of Cauterets in winter

    The thermal baths of Cauterets

    Cauteresian architecture represents the remains of a rich history. The Grande Epoque and the development of hydrotherapy have largely shaped the skyline of the city center with its grand hotels, its monumental facades with small details that add astonishing charm. After welcoming many figures and celebrities, the Baths of the Rock and the Griffons thermal baths still offer spa treatments. The naturally sulphurous spring waters are renowned for healing its visitors. For a cure or to take care of yourself and relax, it is always possible to relax in the pools of the Bains du Rocher.

    ©David Courriades - Cauterets
    Alternative text (SEO) Les Bains du Rocher, spa in Cauterets

    Cauterets – Spain Bridge

    a Grand Site of Occitanie 

    From the village, there is easy access to one of the most beautiful sites in the Pyrenees, the Pont d'Espagne. In all seasons, in the heart of Pyrenees national Park, the fauna and flora thrive in an exuberant and protected nature.  

    Hike to the Pont d'Espagne

    In Summer

    In summer, let yourself be guided by the sound of the waterfalls and the hum of the river to reach the impressive Pont d'Espagne. It's a accessible hike of all, to walk in this area where forests, rivers and open plateaus mingle. And to make the pleasure last, from the Pont d'Espagne, whether on foot or by chairlift, you can also access the Gaube Lake.  

    Along the sandstone paths and valleys, peaks over 3 m such as the Vignemale open the way to more mountainous outings to climb this natural barrier with Spain.

    Hikes in Cauterets

     

    © Antoine Garcia
    Hike to the Pont d'Espagne in Cauterets and view of its natural waterfalls
    Anthony Garcia
    Woman facing a casade in fiver

    The Bridge of Spain

    In Winter 

    In winter, the crystallized waters and snow-covered fir trees offer an enchanting setting for the practice of Nordic activities. In snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, the marked trails in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park lead to vast clearings, forests and frozen waterfalls.

    To gain more speed, go to the alpine ski or toboggan runs. A multi-activity area that will appeal to all family members for the winter holidays!

    Visit the Pont d'Espagne in winter

    “What I like about Cauterets is that you can find everything you can find in the Pyrenees concentrated in one valley. We have magnificent primary forests which have remained intact thanks to the conservation of the Pyrenees National Park in a superb granite massif with waterfalls, lakes... When we get closer to the high mountains we find the Vignemale which is the highest massif. alpine of the Pyrenees with its 900 m high vertical wall, a glacial dimension and this side of limestone cliffs. 

    Pierre Meyer – Photographer and guide
    © Pierre Meyer AE Medias
    Hike to the Cerisey waterfall in Cauterets

    A gourmet visit 

    DISCOVER CAUTERETS SPECIALTIES 

    During his holidays in Cauterets, one can wonder what specialties not to be missed ? At the turn of a visit to the city, by pushing the door of the various shops, one enters each time in the universe of a producer or an artisan to discover his work. Focus on two sweet must-haves to taste.

    Pyrenean Pie 

    It's the snack local par excellence ! A perfect balance between crispy edges, a tasty interior and sometimes bits of fruit that balance it all out.  
    Extra-soft and delicately scented, this sweetness is comforting and makes everyone agree for a break. to taste or for the dessert. Generally with blueberries, there are also pies with raspberries, chocolate, almonds or pistachios, something to satisfy all palates.

    © Manon Vallin
    Pie from the Pyrenees, a local specialty

    The berlingots of Cauterets 

    In the past, these little sweet candies were used by spa guests to reduce the sulfur taste of natural thermal water during throat treatments. Small solid and multicolored sweets, the berlingots are available in all colors and all tastes. It is possible to attend the manufacturing demonstration and discover the process of homemade of these pyramid sweets. We observe in particular the meticulous work of the dough, which once cooled is worked in the form of a long cord. An almost hypnotizing spectacle, as delicious for the eyes as for the taste buds!

    © David Courriades - Cauterets
    Berlingots, local Pyrenean gastronomy in Cauterets
     The label

    Land of Mountaineering 

    Long admired, then climbed, the peaks of Cauterets have aroused the wonder and curiosity of mountaineers in search of new horizons or challenges. To promote its history, but also the perpetuation of this practice, the city was labeled Land of Mountaineering

    Today, it is a question of making future generations of mountaineers aware of this subject by instilling in them values ​​such as courage, respect for the environment, mutual aid and confidence in oneself and one's climbing companions. The aim is also to bring people together around this activity, by creating new dynamics so that this intangible heritage continues in the years to come. 

    Cauterets, Land of Mountaineering

    © Antoine Garcia
    The Vignemale from Oulettes to Cauterets
    Anthony Garcia
    River and fir in the mountains
    Pierre Meyer
    Aerial view of a high mountain peak and its glacier

    Cauterets Tourist Office

    Anthony Garcia
    Mountain village and its peaks
      Cauterets

    Place Maréchal Foch
    infos@cauterets.com | cauterets.com
    +33 (0)5 62 92 50 50

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