The French Pyrenees: short stays, holidays, accommodation, ski resorts, hiking, snow report

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Pic de Campbieil

Panoramique Pyrénées

Pic de Campbieil rises to an altitude of 3173 metres. It stands in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, in the Néouvielle Massif, where it’s the second highest peak (the first being Pic Long (Long Peak) at 3192 metres).

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Pic de Néouvielle

Panoramique Pyrénées

Pic de Néouvielle, or Pic d'Aubert (Aubert Peak), rises to a height of 3091 metres. It’s the fourth of thirteen peaks over 3000 metres in the massif. It’s at the heart of the Néouvielle Nature Reserve in the Pyrenees National Park. Its summit offers stunning views of the many lakes that surround it.

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Mont Perdu

Mont Perdu is a grandiose limestone massif that rises to 3355 metres. It was conquered for the first time in 1802 by Louis Ramon de la Carbonnière. Located on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees, it’s visible from the Aragon Plains.

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Gavarnie

Panoramique Pyrénées

The Cirque de Gavarnie (Gavarnie Cirque), listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, is one of the largest glacial cirques in Europe. At the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, it contains an outstanding waterfall 423 metres high and 15 metres wide.

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Pic du Taillon

Taillon, peaking at 3144 metres, is a popular peak for the beauty and the variety of its panoramas, particularly towards the Cirque de Gavarnie, Vignemale and Balaïtous.

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Vignemale

Panoramique Pyrénées

Vignemale, rising to 3298 metres, is the largest glacier in the French Pyrenees. It’s located on the border between France and Spain. It’s one of the favourite routes for seasoned mountaineers.

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Balaïtous

Panoramique Pyrénées

Balaïtous is the first summit to the west of the chain that exceeds 3000 metres (3144 metres). It’s a very craggy granite massif, relieved by bright blue lakes. Its top is made up of limestone rocks which contain the fossils of marine animals.

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Massif de l’Estibète

The Massif de l’Estibète, 1851 metres high, is located in the Pyrénées Atlantiques (Atlantic Pyrenees) and offers panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

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Pic du Midi

Panoramique Pyrénées

The Pic du Midi is a unique and fabulous place, listed as a national natural site since 2003 for the beauty of its landscapes. Its location, at the front of the range, means you can contemplate more than 300 km of summits. At 2877 metres above sea level, its famous astronomical observatory is now open to the public who can have lunch, picnic or sleep here and, of course, admire an exceptional panorama of the Pyrenees.

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Pic de Néouvielle

Panoramique Pyrénées

Pic de Néouvielle, or Pic d'Aubert (Aubert Peak), rises to a height of 3091 metres. It’s the fourth of thirteen peaks over 3000 metres in the massif. It’s at the heart of the Néouvielle Nature Reserve in the Pyrenees National Park. Its summit offers stunning views of the many lakes that surround it.

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Pic de Ger

Panoramique Pyrénées

Pic du Ger dominates Eaux-Bonnes (Good Waters) on one side and Gourette on the other, forming the start of the cirque. Standing 2613 metres above sea level, it’s the main summit and the most famous of this multi-peak range.

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Aiguilles d’Ansabère

The Aiguilles d’Ansabère stand in the Cirque de Lescun (Lescun Cirque) in the Aspe Valley. This site, remarkable for its very original beauty, is formed of limestone peaks, the highest of which offers a wall 350 metres high.

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Pic d'Anie

Panoramique Pyrénées

Pic d’Anie, 2504 metres above sea level, overlooks the Cirque de Lescun in the Aspe Valley and Pierre Saint Martin, famous for its chasms. In Basque mythology, it was considered the domain of Jaunagorri (the Red Lord). There was a wonderful garden here where the fruit of immortality grew. But those bold enough to try and take it were driven back by thunderstorms and hail storms triggered by this deity.

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Pic du Lion

Pic du Lion, reaching 2099 metres above sea level, offers a magnificent panorama of the surrounding peaks such as Perdiguero, Néouvielle, Aneto and Vignemale.

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Pic de Campbieil

Panoramique Pyrénées

Pic de Campbieil rises to an altitude of 3173 metres. It stands in the heart of the Pyrenees National Park, in the Néouvielle Massif, where it’s the second highest peak (the first being Pic Long (Long Peak) at 3192 metres).

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Pic de Néouvielle

Panoramique Pyrénées

Pic de Néouvielle, or Pic d'Aubert (Aubert Peak), rises to a height of 3091 metres. It’s the fourth of thirteen peaks over 3000 metres in the massif. It’s at the heart of the Néouvielle Nature Reserve in the Pyrenees National Park. Its summit offers stunning views of the many lakes that surround it.

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Arbizon

Panoramique Pyrénées

Arbizon, with a height of 2831 metres above sea level, offers a remarkable view of the whole Aure Valley and a great viewpoint over the Néouvielle range and towards Gavarnie. Its summit is a flat square that’s adorned with three magnificent cairns. Arbizon is a great High-Pyrenean classic not to be missed.

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Pic du Midi

Panoramique Pyrénées

The Pic du Midi is a unique and fabulous place, listed as a national natural site since 2003 for the beauty of its landscapes. Its location, at the front of the range, means you can contemplate more than 300 km of summits. At 2877 metres above sea level, its famous astronomical observatory is now open to the public who can have lunch, picnic or sleep here and, of course, admire an exceptional panorama of the Pyrenees.

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Pic du Gar

Often mentioned in the same breath as its neighbour Cagire, Pic du Gar, at 1756 metres, is part of the massif of the same name. Highlights for cavers and a beautiful forest of beech and fir also mark the landscape.

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Pic de Crabère

Pic de Crabère, at 2629 metres, is an exceptional viewpoint where you can admire the pre-Pyrenees as far as the Toulouse Plain and the Pic du Midi, Néouvielle and Aneto, to name just a few of them.

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Aneto

Panoramique Pyrénées

Aneto is the highest point of the Pyrenees at 3404 metres high. Emerging from a 60-hectare glacier, Aneto is located in Spain, in Haut Aragon (Upper Aragon), right in the middle of the Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. With Pic-Russell (Russell Peak), it makes up the south-eastern part of the Maladeta Massif. The Garonne has its source on its slopes at "Trou du Toro" (Toro Gap).

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Pic du Canigou

Panoramique Pyrénées

The "Catalan Olympus", Canigou rises to 2784 metres above sea level; it's the easternmost of the Pyrenean summits. Detached from the range, it offers an extraordinary view of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Pic de Tarbézou

At 2364 metres above sea level, Pic de Tarbézou offers beautiful views towards Ariège on Mont Valier and the Pyrénées Orientales (Eastern Pyrenees) where you can see Canigou.

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Roc Blanc

Roc Blanc rises to a height of 2542 metres. The view of the mountains of the Pyrénées Orientales (Eastern Pyrenees) is magnificent, and of the Orlu National Reserve with its many small lakes and the famous Dent d'Orlu (Orlu Tooth).

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Dent d’Orlu

Dent d'Orlu, located in the department of Ariège, 2220 metres above sea level, is a very famous summit for its climbing routes of all levels. The granite needles of Main and the Dent d'Orlu offer over 1000 vertical metres.

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Carlit

Panoramique Pyrénées

Carlit rises to a height of 2921 metres in the Pyrénées Orientales (Eastern Pyrenees). From the top, the view is amazing over the lakes and ponds of Bouillouses.

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Montcalm

The Pique du Montcalm (Montcalm Peak) reaches 3077 metres. With Pique d'Estat (Estat Peak), Pic du Port de Sullo (Port de Sullo Peak), Pic Verdaguer (Verdaguer Peak) and Punta Gabarro (Gabarro Peak), all over 3000 metres, it makes up the Montcalm Massif, straddling France and Spain. It offers an extensive view over the four compass points. There are various routes to the top.

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Massif de la Maladeta

Panoramique Pyrénées

The Massif de la Maladeta, located on the Spanish side, features the famous Aneto, the highest peak in the Pyrenees, rising to 3404 metres. Its remarkable panorama is made up of peaks and glaciers. This massif is also home to the main source of the Garonne, where it rushes into the Forau dels Aigualluts, which the French call the Trou du Toro.

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Mont Valier

Panoramique Pyrénées

With its position dominating a perpendicular secondary range, Mont Valier, at 2838 metres above sea level, shares a similar situation with the Pic du Midi (Midi Peak). Around 452, a certain Valérius, Bishop of Couserans, placed a cross at its summit after a legendary ascent and gave his name to this place. During the Second World War, an escape route from St Girons to Esterri in Catalonia crossed the Mont Valier Massif. This "Route to Freedom" allowed 782 people to escape between 1940 and 1944.

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Pic des Trois Seigneurs

Pic des Trois Seigneurs, rising to a height of 2199 metres, is a very interesting viewpoint offering a panorama of the west/south-west of the chain. It’s part of the Trois Seigneurs Massif with its vast mountain pastures and a well-defined glacial relief. According to legend, the three lords of the valleys of Massat, Vicdessos and Rabat-les-Trois-Seigneurs argued, on the flat slab of the summit, over the rights of the valleys they administered.