Excursions

Sightseeing Tours and Activities
Our area is rich in wildlife and very impressive scenery, where a number of activities and tours are available. It’s a paradise for nature lovers and we propose at least 30 excursions and trips of interest; accompanied or on your own. Rafting, mountain biking, cycling, rock-climbing, canyonning, target shooting and gentle walks by the lakes and streams are just a few of the sporty adventures on offer.
Many of our guests get together for picnics and trips.
 
We can lend you maps and guides and have links with many agencies for adrenalin type action such as rafting, caving or hang-gliding. In the mountains it isn’t uncommon to see vultures with 9ft wingspans and various eagles and we frequently have red kites and hen harriers over the house.
Or, when the weather is bad, there are caves and chateaux to explore. And, of course you can choose to chill out by the pool and do nothing except unwind.
If all that is not enough to tempt your sense of adventure, Spain is a mere 75 minutes away.  With its impressive gorges and canyons, a drive across the border to experience the contrast differences between the French and Spanish Pyrenees. Very different scenery and quite spectacular.
With all that’s on offer, it’s of no surprise that so many of our guests return as the area is so diverse and beautiful.
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Here’s a suggested list of 20 favourite things to do and visit when you are here!
Just look what you can do!
This is an important reason why some couples have been coming down to visit us for so many times.
Suggested itineraries/ideas for your stay :
This is a very short selection – leaflets available on more activities.
1.
Visit to the Chateau Fort of Lourdes.
The town itself is a bit commercial because of the religous shrine. But the chateau itself is very interesting. You can combine this excursion with a trip to the Donjon des Aigles* or Gavarnie* to make a brilliant whole day outing.
76 miles 2 hours round trip to Lourdes center.
2.Trip to Spain visiting the ancient restored town of Ainsa, via the gorges of the Rio Cinqa.
Excellent restaurant with menu from about 30 euros.
Buy cheap wine, cigarettes at Bielsa.
About 150 miles (200k) there and back; 4 hours drive return.
Best to leave before 10.00am. so that you can lunch in Ainsa, or better still skip breakfast to have  a longer day. This is a must do trip.
There are a number of walks from here, some through gorges and canyons.
3. The Pic du Midi telecabin via the ski resort of La Mongie.  Spectacular drive following the famous Tour de France route.  The Pic has an observatory with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside and is one of the highest local mountains at 2877 metres.
Outstanding views – best obviously for a clear day. You can call the station beforehand to confirm the weather on the top and at the telecain lift there is a screen showing the weather on top.
80 miles 2 hours 30 minutes round trip.
4.
Visit to the Lac d’Ôo (pronounced “Oh”)
Drive to Bagneres de Luchon and an easy 1 hour walk to the lake and cascade.
Mountain refuge provides a simple lunch. Beautiful stunning scenery for a shortish walk.
A further 2 hours and you reach the lake and refuge d’Espingo (for confirmed mountain walkers only).
Very safe and gentle.
130 miles 3¾ hours driving round trip.
5. Lac Bleu – 900 metres of ascent ( day trip) either via Col de Tourmalet or valley de la Gripp.
72 miles 2 hours 20 minutes round trip.+ 5 hours walking.
Superb day out walking, refuge offers meals/refreshment. For confirmed walkers only.
6.Visit to Chateau de Mauvoisin. 15 minutes from Lannemezan; jousting displays in August, combine this with a visit to the Abbey d’Escaladieu
7.
Col d’Aspin and Payolle.
Site of the most determined battle between the Resistance and German occupying forces.
Beautiful woods and lake and favorite picnic area.
Excellent views from the col d’Aspin.
Good steak and chips available.
77 miles 2 hours 20 minutes round trip.
8.
Reserve Naturelle de Neouveille.
A condensed lake district with some easy walks around some of the lower lakes in view of the Neouveille itself at 3004 metres; also the base for more serious walks for confirmed walkers.
Ask us about which walks you prefer.
95 miles 2 hours 45 minutes round trip.
9.
The Fortified Cathedral of St Bertrand de Cominges.
Charming village with large 13th century Cathedral, shops and art gallery.
Excellent book shop for those that like art.
49 miles – 1½ hours driving round trip.
10.
The Market of Bagneres de Bigorre (Saturday morning) interesting local produce, casino, spas. Gateway to the Col de Tourmalet and Col d’Aspin.
Quaint old fashioned town. Now equipped with a super spa centre
49 miles, 1 hour 40 minutes driving round trip.
11.
Lannemezan Market  fruit and vegetable market and lots of clothes, tractors and farm animals. A typical french market.
Interesting local produce and much bigger than the Bagneres market.
12.
Le Petit Train d’Artouste If you really can’t be bothered to walk yet want to see the mountains in a typically tourist fashion. Fantastic views.
Great view of the Ossau mountain.
And visit to the Lac d”Artouste via a small choo-choo train.
Rather touristy but fun. A whole day outing through magnificent scenery.
Around 3-3½ hrs for the trip. 170 miles round trip.
13.
The Jazz festival of Marciac.
Usually first fortnight of August.
All the big international stars play here – great atmosphere.
14.
The cave systems of Medous, Betharam, and Esparros.
For those that wish to see beautiful cave formations and best reserved for a wet day.
Leaflets available.
15.
Gailhou-Durdos.
Speciality shop selling fine fois gras, pâtes and conserves for those who wish to purchase Gourmet items.
Based in the center of Tournay.
16.
Rafting/Canyoning.
Various points of departure available.
These activities are monitored by specially trained personnel – great fun for all ages!
17.
Mountain walking.
By arrangement
18.
Donjon des Aigles.
Very spectacular falconry display with free flights of vultures, red kites and eagles. Probably one of the best  displays in Europe.
Well known and highly respected.
Near Argeles Gazost.
Combine with a trip to Lourdes or Gavarnie.
100 miles round trip about 3½ hours driving.
19.
Gavarnie. Spectacular cirque with Europe’s highest free falling cascade.
Walk to the cascade and have lunch there.
Crowded at the height of the season but a beatiful and remarkable setting. Classified a world site.
140 miles round trip 4 hours driving

 

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