This morning we paid a second visit to the Védére café for breakfast – coffee and cake. The tea/coffee room is a converted railway carriage with many original features and period photos of the area and has a wonderful view of the Pyrenees. The biscuit/cake factory and café are next to the old railway line that ran from Tarbes to Bagneres de Bigorre and they even have a diesel locomotive sitting on rails next to the track, which is still intact.
If you are looking for somewhere to have a snack and sample the delicious cakes and biscuits they make in the factory next door they are open most days of the week. Biscuiterie Védére 423, route de la Gare, 65200 Montgaillard
Today we rode from Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours in Vielle-Adour to the Col du Tourmalet via La Mongie. As you can see from the photos there is still lots of snow in the high mountains, the road was clear to the top but its still not possible to go down the other side into Bareges, we will keep you posted on this.
Le Grand Tourmalet is the largest ski resort in the French Pyrenees (under an hours drive from Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours) and opens Saturday 29th November until Monday 6th April, with more than 100km of runs at an altitude between 1250m and 2877m. Tourmalet is the second oldest ski resort in France, Chamonix in the Alps being the oldest and the host of the 1924 Winter Olympics. On the east side the village of La Mongie and to the west Bareges, the two resorts join on the Col du Tourmalet, one of the well know climbs for Le Tour de France during summer and in winter its covered in snow and becomes part of Le Grand Tourmalet.
Le Grand Tourmalet offers fun at all levels, the resort has 22 green, 21 blue pistes and for the more advanced skier there are 23 red runs and now 6 black runs, as well as lots of off-piste potential. The lift to the observatory on the Pic du Midi is open to anyone wishing to attempt the off-piste descent from an altitude of 2877m down into the Bareges side of the resort.
A 50 million euro investment program spread over seven years until 2020 will increase Le Grand Tourmalet from 200 to 360 hectaires.
Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours is based in the village of Vielle-Adour, South West France, in the region of Midi-Pyrenees, department Hautes-Pyrenees, district of Tarbes, the village Marie is Jean-Christian Danos. At an altitude of 407m (min) to 558m (max), we live here with 501 other habitants. The Canal d’Alaric flows all year round through the village, fed by the main Adour river, the source of which is Pic du Midi (Col de Tourmalet) and flows into the Atlantic Ocean through Bayonne.
The 2015 Tour de France route was announced at the ‘Palais des Congrès’ in Paris yesterday, being the 102th tour. Good news for us, the tour will be in the regions for three days, busy times ahead 🙂
We often get asked ‘what is the weather like’? or ‘when is the best time to visit the Pyrenees’?
October, again, has been a beautiful month with temperature in the high 20’s, Monday it was 30 degrees, what more can we say.
Here are selection of photos taken in Bagneres this afternoon.