Things to do
The Hautes-Pyrénées is an area of outstanding natural beauty with some of the highest peaks in the Pyrénées range of mountains. There is plenty of walking to do in the area, you will see (according to the time of year) wild flowers in abundance, birds of prey, vultures and often marmots. Sitting by a mountain stream is a great place for a picnic and chance to take in your surroundings.
Some 30,000 hectares of the Pyrénées have been listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 and include the magnificent Cirque de Gavarnie which is a must to visit during your stay.
The area is also full of breath-taking waterfalls, and there is no where better to see them than Pont d’Espagne followed by Lac Gaube, which can either be done on foot (its not too difficult) or chair lift. At Lac Gaube you’ll be in the very heart of the Pyrénées, you can see Vignemale with its glacier which is the highest of the French Pyrénées summits.
Pyrénées Motorcycle Tours is also ideally located between several interesting towns, so there is plenty of sightseeing to be found.
The nearest historic spa town of Bagnères-de-Biggore was a Roman settlement- famed for its warm waters, which can now be appreciated in the stylish Aquensis spa, featuring an impressive vaulted pool area, marble steam chambers and a rooftop terrace with mountain views. Bagnères is also home to a great golfing range, and the nearby Médous Caves are filled with spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.
Lourdes is a 25-minute drive away, discover the hill-top Chateau fort de Lourdes and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, where Bernadette was said to have been visited by Mary and where holy water flows from the magnificent building’s taps, also the Grottes de Betharram in nearby Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre.
Pau being 45-mintues away is a beautiful town to visit with its lovely chateau, formerly used by Napoleon as a holiday retreat, it is home to the famous Pau Circuit, which hosts the annual Grand Prix de Pau and has the oldest golf club in continental Europe dating back to 1856. Pau is also good for shopping and from the terrace cafés you get beautiful views of the Pyrénées mountain range.
For the adrenaline junkies, the Gascony district offers extreme sports such as water kayaking/rafting, canyoning, paragliding and fantastic skiing.
The wonderful twisty roads are perfect for keen cyclists and bikers alike. Many of the local mountain roads are included on le Tour de France route