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Mountain lakes you can drive to

5 easy-to-reach lakes

Wondering how to admire the mountain lakes without having to walk for hours? You’ll be delighted to hear that some of the lakes are accessible by car. Fall in love with these scenic places and the unique views they offer.

Tech Lake

Accessible by car from May to October, Tech Lake is a perfect place to watch nature and the herds in their summer pastures. It’s also a starting point for hikes to other lakes in the Pyrenees National Park, especially Suyen Lake. This spot is appreciated by fishing and walking enthusiasts alike. Follow the information signs around the lake for an educational walk. Part of the marked path is accessible to people with disabilities.

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Gloriettes Lake

This large dam lake is located at the gateway to the Cirque d’Estaubé, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gloriettes Lake offers a pleasant and quiet setting, ideal for families. Admire the Pyrenean fauna and flora, and you’re sure to be enchanted by the turquoise blue water! On a walk around the lake, you will find information signs about the mountain environment and high-altitude landscapes.

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Payolle Lake

Payolle Lake is set in an exceptional environment, full of things to enjoy on a day out, so we can guarantee there will never be a dull moment! In summer, a wide range of activities are available around the lake: horse-riding, mountain biking, archery, water sports, treetop adventure course, etc. So there’s something for everyone. And when winter comes, the activities adapt to the changing landscape. You can go there to enjoy skiing, snowshoe walking or even a dog sled ride. For the foodies among you, there’s a restaurant on the lake shore.

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