The roads in our area have been approved by the French Cycling Federation with signs showing the incline of the next stage and the distance to the Col, many of these routes have been used by the Tour de France and we have only missed out twice on the TDF in the eleven years we have been here.
2015 stage 10 the Tour passed through our village of Aramits with mountain top finish at La Pierre St Martin where Chris Broome left the rest standing and sealed his victory in Paris.
The area offers many sportive events for all to enter if you are fit enough,
Tour de France
We have easy walks with spectacular views and for the experts we have walks to excite and satisfy them, the French have provided many parking areas with signs showing the routes with all the details of ratings, distance and inclines plus many have picnic tables.
The gorges are just 20 minutes drive away, these are on the famous GR10, it is possible to do both gorges in a day but if you take the long way round you will need two days and it will be worth it.
Back at Lae de Haut we have guides and maps to show you where to park and walk
It is one of the bigest cave systems in the world, 1965 it was declaired the deepest hole in the world (Not now) We have done the 1 hour tour which was easy, other tours up to 5 hours and we class this attraction as a must do.
We have many circular routes these take alone one valley up to the mountain pass into Spain and return via the next valley back to France and LDH also we have shorter routes.
First you take the ski lift up to the restaurant then catch the small train around the mountain side up to the reservoir at the top and again we class this as a must.
We have done the train journey a number of times but now we just take the ski lift and have a meal at the restaurant on the balcony with views over the lake.
Also it is possible to take your mountain bike up on the Ski-lift and ride down or even walk down.
A simply amazing place!
It is the largest cave in the world open to the public. An unusual sight that I recommend without hesitation.
To see more info, photos and videos
20 August 2017
Just 3 miles away in Arette, we take a picnic with us and find a scenic spot along side of the river, enjoy the day with the event.
70% hill climb
There are food & drinks
stalls and others.
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Jurancon Wine tasting routes
There are many Wine produces you can visit and taste their own product.
You do need a non-drinking driver
I love the Jurancon sweet wine, expensive but a great treat also they do a sec which is prefered more by our friends and is much cheaper around about 5 Euros a bottle.
Petit Train at Artouste
First stage of your journey starts at the lake via a ski lift to the restaurant with these views, here you catch the train which takes you round the mountain to the lake at the top.
We have done the Train ride a few times and now we just take the ski lift to the restaurant for a meal and enjoy these views, many ride down the mountain on mountain bikes,
Enjoy Quad adventures at ESCARY, just 2 miles away
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