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Sweetness of life

Ideal base for
Lugdunum Roman remains
Montmaurin roman villa
Saint Bertrand-de-Comminges cathedral
Volcabrere church
Gargas caves

Summer pursuits
Walk through the spectacular scenery
White water raft on the mighty Garonne
Cycle the Col des Ares
100’s kms of Mountain bike trails
Downhill biking at Luchon and Le Mourtis

Winter pursuits
From Skiing to dog sledding at nearby slopes:
Le Mourtis
Luchon Superbagneres
Peyragudes

Enjoy rich local delicacies
Foie gras
Armagnac
Nestled in the foothills in the middle of the Pyrenean chain, the Comminges benefit from an enviable location being less than an hour away from both Pau and Toulouse airports, half an hour from several ski resorts and yet close enough for day trips to either the Atlantic or the Mediterranean coast for those wishing to combine invigorating mountain activities with beach relaxation.

The name Comminges dates back to before the French Revolution when it was an important province of Gascony, famed for its douceur de vivre (sweetness of life). A well deserved reputation when you consider the area’s rich food delicacies such as foie gras and armagnac, the immense beauty of the landscape and warm, sunny climate. In fact, dating back to pre-Roman times evidence of its magnetic attraction as a place to dwell can be seen in the Comminges at the interesting remains at Lugdunum and at the beautiful villa at Montmaurin. Other notable historic sites include the imposing cathedral at Saint Bertrand-de-Comminges, one of the most inspiring buildings across the Pyrenees, the ornate Romanesque church at Volcabrère and the prehistoric Gargas caves. The area is indeed steeped in history.

The Comminges encompass the upper valley of the mighty Garonne River and its many tributaries give rise to a host of water sports, notably canoeing and white water rafting whilst the spectacular scenery lends itself well to both walkers and cyclists. Cyclists can follow in the footsteps of the tour de France by taking on the challenging Col des Ares, which featured on the 2006 tour and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice with numerous local trails and converted chair lifts to take bike and passenger open during the summer at nearby Luchon and Le Mourtis for downhill biking aficionados.

With the onset of winter come the snow capped peaks and the chance to enjoy all manner of winter sports from skiing to dog sledding at the nearby resorts of Le Mourtis, Luchon Superbagneres and Peyragudes .
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