Sculpted by nature and revered by men, poets, writers, and mountaineers, the Cirque de Gavarnie is one of Europe’s largest glacial cirques. The Aragonese Mont Perdu massif together with the Gavarnie cirque are a unique formation, and have been included on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1997. The site also represents a typical European rural mountain landscape.
The greatest, including Victor Hugo, have been charmed by Gavarnie:
“It’s both a mountain and a wall.
It is the most mysterious of any architect’s edifice.
A Colosseum of nature:
Gavarnie. “


The Pyrenees-Mont Perdu site has been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1997.
Anyone can reach the cirque which is situated in the centre of the Pyrenees national park, on foot, on a donkey or a Mérens horse.
The glacial Cirque de Gavarnie has a diameter of 800 metres at the base, and is 4 kilometres at the top with a series of three tiers. It is crowned by some of the Pyrenees’ most famous 3,000 metres: the Grand Astazou (3,071), the Marboré (3,248), and the Tallion (3,144). To the south, on the border is the monumental Brèche de Roland, like a smile in the mountain.
And of course, the magical waterfall - 423 metres high and 15 metres wide - one of Europe’s highest.
The Gavarnie ski slopes, with 29 pistes for all levels, have a unique setting with breathtaking scenery over the cirque and the Brèche du Roland.