West Pyrenees

West Pyrenees

The Pyrenees offers cyclists everything from rolling terrain to the north of the region to high mountain peaks to the south.

From visiting the Pyrenees, you can find some of the most well-known Cols of the Tour De France, including the Col du Tourmalet, Aspin, Aubisque, Luz Ardiden and Hautacam which can all be found within an hour’s ride from your hotel. 

The West Pyrenees

The Hautes-Pyrenees department is situated along the French border with Spain and includes the central area of the Pyreneean mountains. The department is part of the Midi-Pyrenees region of France.

Most of the scenic highlights as well as cycling climbs are in the high mountains to the south, and the pilgrimage town at Lourdes is the most important of the places to visit towards the north.

The department is quite different in character in the north around Tarbes and Lourdes with much flatter landscapes and to the south in the high mountains of the Pyrenees National Park, with the mountainous region being found to the south of Lourdes.

 

Lourdes

The small market town of Lourdes is the second most visited destination in France behind Paris due to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes which is one of the World’s most important religious sites. The town has an abundance of accommodation and is also seen as the gateway to the Hautes Pyrenees, allowing easy access to the fantastic cycling of the area.

Argeles-Gazost

Ideally located in the heart of the Pyrenean mountains and at the crossroads of mythical passes that have come to fame from the Tour de France, the valley of Argelès-Gazost offers a vast playground for all cycling lovers. There are also plenty of restaurants, cafés, shops and other Tourist attractions for those that are not cycling all day every day.

Flights

You can fly to Toulose or Lourdes

Bike highlights

Route highlight

The highlight of your trip to the west Pyrenees will of course be the nasty detour itself, the Col du Tourmalet. The Tour de France’s most popular climb, the Tourmalet has been ridden since 1910 and has become the main focus for cyclists visiting the region ever since

Bike difficulty

Difficulty level

Offering everything a cyclist could want in a compact area, the Pyrenees varies in terrain from the gently undulating plain of the Tarbais foothills to uncompromising mountains of the Tour De France. As you are in the mountains, the main daily routine will be climbing and descending

Bike best times

Best time to go

The best time to go is mainly dependant on the weather as you will only be able to ride the famous Cols between May and October due to snow on the peaks. For the best chance of a sunny day with quiet roads you will want to pick a date in June or September

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