Travel on the most beautiful roads in the Pyrenees
Free-wheeling through the Pyrenees
We love our dear Pyrenees, their varied altitudes, their landscapes that comfort us and bring a smile to our faces. Because everyone has different tastes, we can’t recommend one destination in particular, but one thing is sure: you should take advantage of the Pyrenees’ most scenic roads to see what our area has to offer.
The Col du Tourmalet road
The Col du Tourmalet is internationally famous on the cycle touring scene, and culminating at 2,115m in altitude, it’s the highest road pass in the Pyrenees as well as one of the busiest in summer. This is where the stories of the most popular event, the Tour de France, are written. At the top, be sure to take a souvenir selfie with the Géant du Col, a 3 metre-tall sculpture of a cyclist standing on his pedals, in tribute to Octave Lapize, the first racer to cross the Col du Tourmalet in 1910. From up there you will also see an equally famous location, the Pic du Midi. Much more than just a natural beauty spot, the Pic du Midi is known for its astronomic observatory at an altitude of 2,877, where scientists rub shoulders with astronomers and meteorologists all year round. The most beautiful vista in the Pyrenees mountains is also a listed International Dark Sky Reserve due to the Pyrenees’ clear night skies. This magical place offers visitors a unique experience.
Travelled numerous times by the Tour de France cyclists, the Col d’Aspin is wilder and less frequented than its neighbour, the Col du Tourmalet. On your ascent along the pass, take a break at Payolle Lake, surrounded by pine trees, and be enchanted by the view. Accessible all year and to the whole family, you can enjoy a wide range of sports and tourism activities there.
The Hourquette d’Ancizan is a mountain pass that culminates at an altitude of 1,564 metres. It connects the Payolle Valley and the Aure Valley. Less busy than the Col d’Aspin but equally remarkable, it’s a great place to admire the stunning landscapes and animals in their summer pastures.