Tourmalet – Pic du Midi
Now recognised worldwide thanks to the Tour de France, the Tourmalet is a must see during your stay! From a height of 2,115 m, it offers spectacular views. Do you dream about heading up to the summit and getting closer to the stars? Welcome to the Pic du Midi! At 2877 m altitude, you "fly" over half of the Pyrenees before exploring the universe! Did you know that NASA used this high altitude astronomy site to help them decide the landing sites on the Apollo missions? You are now in the largest ski area in the French Pyrenees: the Grand Tourmalet, with its two fun and action packed resorts of Barèges and La Mongie located on either side of the Tourmalet pass. Do you prefer summer hiking? Get ready for some great walks: the Néouvielle Nature Reserve and its many enchanting lakes, the green Campan valley and its ancestral barns ... enjoy an adrenaline rush? Head to the Pic du Midi for an incredible downhill mountain bike ride ... or challenging skiing! 1,800m drop in elevation and memories as big as your adrenaline rush! But that's not all: with paragliding, climbing, water sports ... Pyrenean nature, welcoming and untouched yet again allows you to explore invigorating experiences! Ouuuuf! What if we relax a little? For physical and mental well-being, there is nothing better than the power of thermal waters. At Bagnères-de-Bigorre, at Aquensis you are at the grass roots of Pyrenean thermal water therapy! Baths and massages are available to help you to relax ... especially if you have just cycled up the Tourmalet! Are you still hungry for new experiences? Here, there are a thousand ways to savour local traditions! Enjoy some lamb or mutton ribs or the famous Bigorre Black pork. And why not meet the Mounaques of Campan! Who are they? Well, they are all part of the amazing things we have yet to tell you about and that will make your stay truly unforgettable!
Switch to "well-being" mode, you are in Bagnères-de-Bigorre! With its gardens, its nature areas and its "Aquensis" health spa. Bagnères-de-Bigorre offers a well-being atmosphere all year long. This is the true town of Blue Gold, it was the first spa town in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Dynamic or relaxing stays, family holidays ... Bagnères combines a multitude of experiences...be with a sporting or family focus and hosts unmissable annual sporting and cultural events: the Piano Pic festival, the Rencontres Lycéennes de Video, (High school video event) concerts, street theatre…..as well as the Tour de France, International tennis tournaments or famous rugby matches. At the foot of the Pic du Midi and the Aspin and Tourmalet mountain passes, Bagnères is the ideal location for a high octane or a relaxed sporting holiday. Mountain biking thrills, high adrenaline canyoning, exciting skiing, exhilerating paragliding and many other activities to enjoy!
Campan & Payolle
The Campan Valley reveals its lush landscapes, beautifully maintained thanks to both a thriving pastoralism and local heritage. At Campan, you can wander at leisure from the magnificent sixteenth century hall, to the church and onto the magnificent cloister. Along your way, you will pass many fountains, wash houses and half-timbered facades. Heading up the valley, houses with covered balconies and thatched barns are scattered amongst the hamlets. The valley of Campan is also an area full of hiking possibilities amongst rich and untouched nature. In winter, the large expanses of snow and the Pyrenean summits await discovery. The ski resort of Payolle offers forest trails in and around the lake. Here, you'll find wild nature on your snowy walks, wild toboggan rides and memorable snowball fights! Throughout the year you can enjoy mountain biking, fishing, paragliding, suspended tree top trails, canyoning, rafting ... In the Campan Valley you are nature's guest.