Architectural Heritage

Towns and villages with character

Religious sites

Historic sites

Towns and villages with character

From the pretty villages that make up the Val d'Azun to the hilltop villages of the Luz Valley passing through the spa towns of Argelès-Gazost or Cauterets, the Gavarnie Valleys invite you to stroll through the narrow streets of these villages and towns and look up to the preserved landscapes that surround them.

Religious sites

It is good to stroll through Saint-Savin! With its 12th century abbey, medieval half-timbered houses and traditional buildings, this pretty village offers an incomparable view of the Argelès-Gazost valley.

Continue your visit in Val d'Azun at the chapel of Pouey Laün which majestically dominates the village of Arrens-Marsous.

Full of stories and legends, the Chapel of Héas is at the foot of the majestic Troumouse cirque.

In Gavarnie, take time to visit the Notre Dame du Bon Port church and the Pyrénéistes cemetery to relive the history of Pyrénéisme.

Departing from Barèges or Sers, do not miss the climb up to the cross and the Saint Justin chapel where you can enjoy the view of the Pic du Midi and the hilltop villages of Labatsus.

Historic sites

Around Luz, there are lots of witnesses of days gone by! The Sainte Marie castle dating from the tenth century offers a panorama of the valley and its hilltop villages. At the heart of old Luz, the Templar church is remarkable, as is Napoleon’s Bridge at 60 meters high - a thrilling delight for bungee jumpers!

While today it takes just 15 minutes by cable car to reach the summit of the Pic du Midi, in years gone by the climb was not as easy. The seven hour walk to get there required courage and tenacity. However, from 1850-1860, neither the harshness of the climate nor the steep incline of the climb managed to discourage a handful of scientists who had what was seen as a madcap idea to create a meteorological station at 2,877 metres above sea level. Discover the epic feat of the construction of the Pic du Midi!