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Lively Thermal Spa town
At an altitude of 950m
Genuine all year resort

Ideal base for walking in the Pyrenean National Park
On the GR10 coast to coast walking route
Centre for excursions to the Vignemale peak at 3298m

Downhill Skiing from 1300m to 2500m
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36km Cross country skiing at Pont d’Espagne
Lively après-ski scene

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The thermal spa town of Cauterets provides an ideal base for climbing or walking. Situated on the Pyreneean wide GR10 walking route and bordering the Pyrenean National Park with its extraordinarily rich fauna (most important concentration of isards of the Pyrenees) and a flora quite as generous (160 indexed species) there are numerous routes to explore. Cauterets is a centre for excursions, the Monn (2 723 m.), the Cabaliros (2,333 m), the Pic de Chabarrou (2,910 m), the Vignemale (3,298 m), and other summits being in its neighbourhood.

There are 110kms of marked out circuits which run all around the village. All these paths are maintained and easy access and propose stroll or excursions adapted to each level.

Cauterets village is at 950m altitude and is of exceptional beauty that is able to combine traditional and modern. With the turning of each street you will find testimony of a rich past and one of an authentic village life.

Just outside Cauterets is the legendary Gaube lake where you can gaze at the reflection of the Vignemale (3298m), the highest summit in the French Pyrenees. The breath taking walk to the lake takes approximately 1hr 30minuntes but for those looking for a more relaxed journey the lake is accessible by taking the Pont d'Espagne chairlift followed by the Gaube chair lift.

The Cirque de Lys is also accessible by cable car. At 2450m altitude the panoramic views are spectacular and the informative viewing point helps you to distinguish the many peaks and valleys of the Pyrenees. Keep an eye out for the wildlife here as this is a popular spot for adorable marmots.

This is very much an all year round resort and in winter caters well for both cross country and downhill skiing. There are 36km of cross country tracks set amongst breathtaking scenery and 25 downhill pistes between 1300m and 2500m suited mainly for beginners and intermediates and one of the liveliest après ski scenes in the Pyrenees.

More recently Cauterets has also found fame from Channel 4’s ‘No going back’ series, following the trials and tribulations of a young family attempting to build a ski chalet and gite business.
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