Manon Vallin
Mountain landscape in the Pyrenees
Valleys of Gavarnie

The Major Sites
from Occitanie

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    Coming to the Hautes-Pyrénées means meeting big names in the Pyrenees: the Pyrenees - Mont Perdu complex including the Cirque de Gavarnie and the Breche de Roland, the Pont d'Espagne and its waterfalls near Cauterets or even the Pic South of Bigorre.  

    The circuses of Gavarnie 

    It is in Gavarnie that nature and time have given birth to natural amphitheaters of unparalleled beauty. The Cirque d'Estaubé, whose small size is the charm and beauty, the vast and peaceful Circus of Troumouse and finally the most famous of all: the Circus of Gavarnie. These three natural gems are discovered according to the seasons. 

    In Summer 

    In fine weather, these natural monuments can be discovered in 1 ways. In hikes, a plethora of circuits awaits you, from simple walks to roaming routes, there is something for all profiles and all tastes. Tours to road bike ou enduro also allow you to meet these giants. 

    © Tristan Buchot
    Hike between Lac des Gloriettes and Cirque d'Estaubé in the Pyrenees
    Anthony Garcia
    Ascent of the Col des Tentes by road bike
    Gavarnie in winter 

    Once covered in snow, the Cirque de Gavarnie offers new perspectives. On downhill skis from the Gavarnie-Gèdre station, you can observe the beautiful breach of Roland. On snowshoes, several routes allow you to go to the snowy circus encounter. On the ski touring during outings supervised by a guide, beautiful winter walks await snow lovers.

    Pierre Meyer
    Snowshoe hike facing the Cirque de Gavarnie in winter

    Snowshoes

    AE Media
    Group ski touring in the Pyrenees

    Ski touring

    Pierre Meyer AE Media
    Hiking in winter in the Cirque de Gavarnie

    Walking

    Cauterets – Spain Bridge  

    Located 7 km from Cauterets, the Pont d'Espagne site is a must in the valleys. This Grand Site Occitanie impresses with its bridge dating from 1, under which flows a large waterfall in the middle of the pines.  

    THE BRIDGE OF SPAIN AND THE LAKE OF GAUBE IN SUMMER

    Accessible in just a few minutes on foot, the Pont d'Espagne is ideal in summer for cooling off near the waterfall. It is pleasant to take a short break there.Pont d'Espagne hostelry to enjoy a small snack of local flavors on the terrace. 

    To prolong the discovery, after 1h15 of walk one reaches the Gaube Lake and its turquoise waters. The less athletic can choose the ski lift option to access it without any difficulty! 

    © Antoine Garcia
    Easy hike to the Pont d'Espagne in Cauterets
    © Antoine Garcia
    Visit the Pont d'Espagne in Cauterets in winter
    THE BRIDGE OF SPAIN IN WINTER

    In the mountains, winter always brings a magical dimension to the landscapes. This is even more true at Pont d'Espagne. The peaks sprinkled with fresh snow combined with the crystallized waterfalls give the place a certain charm. During this season, the Pont d'Espagne is transformed into skiing paradise Nordic and Alpine and is the starting point for beautiful snowshoe outings. On the clot plateau, toboggan runs and snowball fights await families! 

    Discover Cauterets – Spain Bridge

    Tristan Buchot
    Pont d'Espagne waterfall in the Pyrenees National Park in Cauterets

    The Pic du Midi

     THE PIC DU MIDI IN SUMMER

    In summer, the Pic du Midi is also accessible by hiking, to the delight of walkers. But for those who prefer two wheels, it is also possible! During the summer, two lifts per day are dedicated to mountain bikers to set off on the various downhill courses that surround the Peak. A pure moment of adrenaline! 
    The Pic du Midi in summer also means concerts on the most beautiful of the Pyrenean stages with the horizon as a backdrop.  

     THE PIC DU MIDI IN WINTER

    In winter, well covered, it is also possible to enjoy the terrace with the view of the snow-capped peaks. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts can take the cable car to set off on the freeride area. Without marking or facilities, these descents are unsafe, we recommend calling on mountain professionals. It is also possible for the most experienced to try an unusual practice:ice climbing on the Pic du Midi accompanied by an experienced instructor. 

     
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