© Pierre Meyer
The Gavarnie Festival stage at the heart of the Circus

Highlights of the year

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  • Sport and thrills

    The Gavarnie Valleys invite you to enjoy memorable experiences all year round. In the heart of these majestic landscapes, discover our highlights: from sporting competitions to cultural celebrations, through well-established local traditions and international festivities. Join us for intense moments, share our passions and explore the hidden treasures of these picturesque valleys.

    Sporting Events

    Adrenaline in the Gavarnie Valleys 

    Trails, cycling races, ski mountaineering competitions, and many other challenges will stimulate your endorphins on the Pyrenean peaks. Here are some of the many sporting events to experience in our valleys. 

     

    Le Tour de France

    Epic mountain stages

     

    The Gavarnie Valleys are one of the key stages of the legendary Tour de France. Col du Tourmalet, Hautacam, Col du Soulor, Col de l'Aubisque, Col de Spandelles, Cambasque, Col des Tentes, Ardiden... so many names that echo the history of the Grande Boucle. 

    Mountain stages as we like them and which have great surprises in store for the spectators! 

     

    The stages of the Tour de France

    © Manon Vallin
    Arrival of the Tour de France in Hautacam in the Pyrenees

    Trails and white trails

    Running in the mountains in all seasons 

    In summer, mountain running enthusiasts will be spoiled for choice to challenge themselves during the many organized trails. In winter, there is no respite for trail runners! They will be able to take advantage of the many white trails to run in the snowy valleys and feel the contrast between their body heated by the effort and the fresh air of the season. An exquisite feeling!  
     

    © Tristan Buchot
    Trail in the snow in winter at Luz Ardiden
    © Antoine Garcia
    Start of a trail in the village of Barèges
    Tristan Buchot
    Ski touring event in Luz Ardiden

     

    The Altitoy

    Major ski mountaineering event  

    The Altitoy, the biggest ski mountaineering competition in the Pyrenees, is an unmissable winter event in the Gavarnie Valleys.

    This international race, which is practiced as a team, offers two routes: a technical and demanding one and a gentler one, thus offering great sporting moments! 
     
    The next edition of the Altitoy 

    Traditional events 

    The living cultural heritage of the valleys 

    In these valleys resounds a strong ancestral culture, traditions that men have continued over generations so that the echo of their ancestors will never be silent. For a day, an evening or a weekend, take part in this echo and live to the rhythm of the valleys! 

    Trad’Azun Festival 

    A celebration of local culture 

    This traditional music festival takes place in Val d'Azun. On the program, a farmers' market, polyphonic songs, bigourdane dances and a ball await you to spend a moment immersed in local traditions!  
    Know the Trad'Azun 2023 program 

    The Chop Fair

    A pastoral and gastronomic celebration 

    On Saint Michael's Day, the shepherds of the valley celebrate the end of the summer pastures at the cutlet fair in Luz-Saint-Sauveur! This unmissable event combining pastoralism, gastronomy and local culture is an appointment not to be missed.

    © Manon Vallin
    Flock of sheep in the Gavarnie Valleys

    The Argelès-Gazost market 

    A gourmet journey into the history of the Valleys 

    The tradition of the Argelès-Gazost market has endured for over 700 years.

    Each Tuesday morning, find the essentials of gastronomy and the Pyrenean region in the heart of the village: cheeses, jams, mountain honey, sheep and beef meats, fresh vegetables and seasonal fruits.

    From foie gras to charcuterie specialties, the baskets fill up quickly, just follow the stands and their aromas. 

     

    Find all the markets of the valleys 

    Gerard Ganglion
    Regional products market

    Cultural events

    Explore the soul of the valleys 

    Discover beautiful cultural events all year round that will make your heart beat to the rhythm of the Gavarnie Valleys. Among them, the Gavarnie Festival, the Fête du Ciel at the Col de Couraduque and Jazz à Luz have intense emotions in store for you. 

    Gavarnie Festival 

    Theater under the stars 

    Here, in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, one of the most striking shows takes place every summer. Up there, perched at an altitude of 1 m, attend a unique theater play with the reliefs of the Cirque de Gavarnie in the background, stars as spotlights and the moon as a projector... 

    Discover the 2023 program 

    © Manon Vallin
    Gavarnie Circus Festival

    The Sky Festival 

    A celestial journey to the Col de Couraduque 

    It is at the Couraduque pass in the Val d'Azun that the magnificent sky festival takes place. Between kite-making workshops, demonstration stands and discoveries, observations of birds of prey, shows, projections, conferences and hot air balloon shows, beautiful moments await you! 

    Take part in the sky party 

    © Manon Vallin
    Hot air balloons at the Val d'Azun Sky Festival
    © Manon Vallin
    Val d'Azun Sky Festival

    Jazz in Luz 

    Four days of music and celebration 

    A festival anchored with passion in a beautiful mountain valley where during four days of music and celebration, each curious and adventurous person is invited to survey unsuspected musical territories, to discover music at the crossroads of crossroads in a friendly atmosphere.

    A festival where brass bands, musical walks, shows for young audiences, concert aperitifs and the most contemporary creations rub shoulders. 
     
    Discover the program of the next edition 

    © Antoine Garcia
    Concert at the Jazz Festival in Luz
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