Pierre Meyer
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Valleys of Gavarnie

Spring remains the ideal season for strolling on the flowery paths of the Gavarnie Valleys. Discover our selection of easy walks to take advantage of the spring mildness and stroll in the heart of generous nature.

The Saugué plateau

GAVARNIE-GEDRE 

This excursion without great elevation will take you to the Saugué plateau at an altitude of 1 meters. She presents a easy loop an hour and a half of walking over 2 km which leads to the middle of the mountain pastures with their herds of cows and sheep. This family walk reserves one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the Gavarnie Cirque.

To join the route, go up to the parking lot of the Saugué plateau by a small road located just after the village of Gèdre in the direction of Gavarnie. The Plateau de Saugué trail starts on a rocky promontory then winds its way between barns and meadows with a superb view of the peaks in the background. In June, you can admire whole carpets oforchids

Hike to the Saugué plateau

The flower walk

ARGELES-GAZOST

 Opt for a pleasant promenade of 4 km through the alleys and parks of Argelès-Gazost.

The circuit " the flower walk begins on the church square.

Tristan Buchot
Fountain in Argeles Gazost

Follow the yellow signs marked with a red flower to explore the small heritage of Argelès-Gazost with its squares, its fountains, its wash house... Then walk along the alleys of the thermal park and admire the flower beds between the green lawns and garden rock gardens.

Anthony Garcia
Reflection of the thermal baths of Argelès-Gazost

Made pause in the shade of the weeping willows, white poplars, lime trees and sycamore maples that surround the small pond. We discover a thousand and one wonders of nature mixed with the heritage of the past. 

Topo flower walk

Anthony Garcia
Pond in the spa park of Argelès-Gazost

The flowery mountain

BAREGES

This 12 km hike on the heights of Barèges runs largely through the century-old Capet forest created to protect the valley from avalanches. This 4-hour route begins with a series of switchbacks in the woods. Once you have taken the height, you will observe the beautiful valleys of the Pays Toy.

Along the way, we meet the most beautiful species of wild flowers such asIris of the Pyrenees or lys martagon. The highest point of circuit of the flowery mountain offers a magnificent belvedere over the Ardiden and Néouvielle massifs. 

 

Flowery mountain itinerary

Pierre Meyer
Pyrenean lily
Anthony Garcia
Fairground barn in the Pyrenees

The Artigaux barns

VAL D'AZUN 
 

How about an easy 2-hour hike, in the middle of the mountains? Follow the route the Artigaux barns from the village of Marsous. A 5 km loop will take you along the paths of yesteryear traced by the shepherds. We discover very beautiful pastoral landscapes between ash hedges and traditional barns. After the first hills of the Col du Soulor, the track descends towards the Artigaux plateau, a remarkably maintained bucolic space. Here, the old barns restored hay fields form veritable summer hamlets above the villages of the valley. 

Top of the hike

The circuit of the three villages

LUZ VALLEY 

Discover the picturesque villages du Pays Toy along a 9 km loop for 3h15 of walking. The start of the circuit of three perched villages starts at Sazos then crosses the villages of Grust and Viscos.

While walking on the forest trails carpeted under the beeches and hazel trees, you cross the heart of the towns which have preserved a rich heritage traditional Pyrenean building.

Anthony Garcia
Village on the mountainside

There are fine examples of herrades, these alleys or paths laid out on the steep slopes with schist paving and small steps. The well-signposted route takes long and short hiking trails. 

Detail of the hike

MAAD Films
Aerial view of a mountain village

Hike in spring

Tips and recommendations

In the spring, the melting snow, the presence of snow and the changing weather conditions are to be taken into account before preparing your hike. For all the latest information on the practicability of trails, contact our Tourist offices.

 

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