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View of the Argelès-Gazost valley and the Pic de Viscos
ARGELÈS-GAZOST - PIERREFITTE-NESTALAS - SAINT-SAVIN

Argelès-Gazost and its valley

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  • Relaxation
  • In nature
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    At the crossroads of the rivers, which we call here the Gaves, at an altitude of 460 m, Argelès-Gazost is an essential passage in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Located a few minutes from Lourdes, it is a real convergence point of the Gavarnie Valleys which offers many points of interest both in summer and in winter. There

    The town of Argelès-Gazost

    History and heritage

    Time and history have shaped Argelès-Gazost into two sets that are as different as they are complementary: the upper part and the lower part of the city. Both bear witness to a rich historical past that it is good to discover along the streets and alleys... 

    Vieuzac and Ourout

    The merger of two villages 

    Originally, the city was divided into two communities, Vieuzac et Ourout, gathered around the traditional market which still persists today. Vestiges of this period such as the Tower of Vieuzac, Mendaigne Tower or Urut castle are still visible and blend wonderfully with the architecture of more modern buildings. 

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    A spa town

    In the heart of the mountains

    At the end of the 19th century, Argelès experienced a major boom thanks to the arrival of the railway, bringing with it many tourists seduced by the mild climate and proximity to the mountains. It was at this time that the city acquired the thermal springs of sulphurous waters of Gazost and developed the hydrotherapy in the Argelesian plain. It then becomesArgeles-Gazost”. Even today, many spa guests come to the Argelès-Gazost thermal baths for the treatment of respiratory tract and phlebology. We also come here for a moment of relaxation at the Jardin des Bains, the thermal spa dedicated to well-being.  

    The Thermal Park of Argelès-Gazost

    In front of this beautiful thermal establishment with facades made of brick and pebbles from the Gave stretches a large English-style spa park and a casino. It is in this lower part of the city that we find villas and hotels in an eclectic style which largely contribute to the charm of this pretty spa town!

     

    Map of the town of Argelès-Gazost

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    The thermal baths of Argelès-Gazost from the Thermal Park
    The thermal baths of Argelès-Gazost

    The villages

    of the Argelès-Gazost valley 

    If Argelès-Gazost reserves its share of surprises, the small surrounding villages also promise great discoveries. Their churches, chapels and other historical monuments allow you to continue your exploration of the valleys and its heritage far from the rain or the strong summer heat! The washhouses, mills and flowered fountains contribute to the charm of a picturesque stroll under the Pyrenean sun.

    Saint-Savin

    Typical Pyrenees village

    The charming village of Saint-Savin, with its pretty fountain and its half-timbered houses, is an aerial parenthesis with its unobstructed panorama of the surrounding peaks and the valley below.  
    The ancient and imposing abbey Romanesque church of Saint-Savin as well as its museum-treasure bear witness to its rich monastic past.   
    Away from the village, we find on a promontory the chapel Our Lady of Pietat. The ideal place to enjoy a beautiful view and savor a moment of calm and tranquility. 

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    Village of St-Savin and the Massif du Pibeste-Aoulhet
    Village of St-Savin, above Argelès-Gazost
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    Abbey of Saint-Savin seen from the outside
    The Abbey of Saint-Savin

    Pierrefitte-Nestalas

    An unsuspected heritage

    two steps away, Pierrefitte-Nestalas and its unsuspected heritage transport you in the footsteps of the royal road, the thermal road and more recently in the footsteps of workers and miners along the old tram line. Further on, the castle of Beaucens hosts one of the largest raptor collections in its medieval setting. A unique show takes place every afternoon in summer!

    The art of living well

    Upper Pyrenees

    What makes the Argelès-Gazost valley so charming is also its atmosphere and its way of life. Here we take the time to take time, to feel every emotion that nature arouses in us and to breathe the pure and fresh air of the mountains. 
     
    On foot in the alleys of the villages and on the paths of the Pibeste-Aoulhet nature reserve, or by bike along the Gave and on the Greenway, we let ourselves be carried according to our desires in panoramas conducive to disconnection.  

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    Sunset from Hautacam with a view of the Argelès-Gazost Valley
    Enjoy the sunset over the Argelès-Gazost Valley from Hautacam
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    Sunset and view of the Argelès-Gazost Valley
    The last rays of the sun on the Argelès-Gazost Valley

    During the visit, we meet friendly traders and craftsmen who are committed to sharing their love for their region through local products. To the sound of their singing accent, they like to share a few anecdotes and stories valleys. These exchanges are as passionate as they are fascinating! 
     
    Coming here is also a taste of flavor of the Pyrenees : pie, garbure, trout from the Pyrenees, jam... A palette of flavors that is sure to spice up the discovery of Argelès-Gazost.  

     A must

    The Argelès-Gazost market

    For more than 700 years, there is an essential moment here: the market. Much more than just a place of commerce, it is above all a tradition, a real plunge into local Argelèsian life. Smells, flavors and good mood mix here! We do beautiful but above all good shopping to bring home delicious gourmet memories of Pyrenees.

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    Cheeses from the Pyrenees at the Argelès-Gazost market
    Cheeses from the Pyrenees at the Argelès-Gazost market

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