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Historic Spa Town

Skiing
Skiing from 1400m to 2500m
100km downhill slopes
23 green
19 blue
21 red
6 black
Snowpark

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Activities
Cycling – take on the Col du Tourmalet
38km of mountain bike trails

On the GR10 coat to coast walking route
Good base for walking in the Néouvielle nature reserve

Choice of 5 paragliding sites
The picturesque high mountain spa village of Barèges sits on the edge of a delightful pine forest and offers a warm welcome to visitors all year round.

In winter, Barèges serves the vast Tourmalet ski domain, the largest ski resort in the French Pyrenees providing 125km of pistes between 1400 and 2500m altitude. It is in fact the second oldest ski resort in France after Chamonix and hosted the 1926 Winter Olympics. Considerable investment in the lift system has brought in new high speed chair lifts across Tourmalet. The slopes above Barèges provide ski access back to the village and entry to the slopes is efficiently provided by a free bus service from Barèges to the lifts at Tournaboup 4km away.

Tourmalet’s signature run is the much heralded, guided off piste descent from the Pic du Midi Observatory. For decades this classic cable car was reserved for privileged scientists making their way to the exploratory perched at the top of the Pic. However the cable car is now open for skiers and snowboarders who can hire a local ski guide and tackle a memorable off piste descent. As well as the vast skiing area you can enjoy snowshoeing, dog sled rides, snowmobiles and cross country ski runs.

In summer, Barèges is a mountain activity centre boasting bike rental, horse riding, rafting and a choice of 5 paragliding launch sites. The coast to coast GR10 walking route passes through Barèges heading southeast on an appealing route through the Néouvielle Nature Reserve. For cyclists the nearby Col du Tourmalet is a firm favourite on the Tour de France. It has been part of the tour over 50 times holding a reputation as one of the toughest days on the tour and is a magnet for cyclists looking for the ultimate road cycle challenge.

The thermal spas at Barèges were used as one of Napoleon’s military thermes and the military connection still exists through an army R&R facility in the village. The spas are housed in a lovely turn of the century building constructed using local marble and now serve as an excellent place to relax away aches and pains after a hard days trek or ski.

Within 5km of the village are the Tourmalet botanical gardens. There are numerous walks around the 2 hectare site that displays the wild flora local to the Pyrenees.
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