Thermal Spa town
Ideal base for
Trips to the Cirque de Gavarnie
Numerous marked and unmarked walking routes
Picturesque spot for paragliding
450km mountain bike trails
Skiing at nearby Hautacam
Skiing from 1500m to 1800m
15km cross country skiing
26km downhill slopes
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Argelès-Gazost stands at the crossroads of the Lavedan valleys, the town itself rising up from the rivers edge to its medieval core. Like other Pyrenean spa towns, Argelès-Gazost was most popular in the late XIXth century hosting rich spa visitors. It is still possible to see some of the impressive houses built in that era, the casino and an English-style park of 20 hectares. For architectural gems neighbouring Saint-Savin is also worthy of note for its twelfth century heavily fortified Romanesque abbey. The fortifications were needed not only to protect from Aragonese invaders but also from the locals, as the wealthy monks carried a reputation for luxury and ungodliness.
There are 450km of mountain bike trails on the doorstep, of varying length and technical difficulty. There are also cycling routes for those who want to take things a little easier, including an eight mile flat marked cycle track running between Argelès and Lourdes.
The area is also a walker’s paradise with an endless selection of marked and unmarked routes waiting to be explored. You can take a stroll and a picnic with the family, or experienced hikers can challenge themselves with a walk into Spain. Whatever route is chosen there is fantastic scenery along the way and a rich and unusual array of birds, animals and plants.
Other summer activities include swimming, horse riding, tennis, climbing, paragliding, fishing and water sports.
Nearby the small family ski resort of Hautacam has an exceptional panoramic view. There are 26km of downhill slopes and 15km of cross country skiing as well as snow shoe tracks, dog sledding and prepared sledging pistes.