Bagnères-de-Luchon

New life for the Baths

Bagneres de Luchon is renowned for its thermal baths and for its “Espace Bien Etre” equipped with the only natural Turkish bath in Europe. A survey conducted in 2013 revealed that its location, its customers and the environment made it necessary for the thermal baths to be enlarged to remain competitive, the Vaporarium remaining their main asset. The ambitious plan would lead to an important increase in activity and a diversification of the attendance.
The extension, estimated ad 300 m2, would include a spa, a Wellness space, a children area and an outside pool with extended opening hours.
Thermal activity is back in fashion nationally and the aim of years to come is to make Luchon a part of this new drive. The first concrete improvement will take place in 2014 when water will be recycled to heat the Thermal Baths premises.

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La villa Luisa qui hebergea les princes de Monaco © Jean-Michel Emportes, Bagnères-de-Luchon
Stage town for the 52nd time
Capital town of Haute-Garonne (31), Mountain tourist resort
Population : 2,800 inhabitants (Luchonnais)
Economy : “four seasons” tourism, hydrotherapy, agropastoralism
Culture : Luchon-Superbagnères, doyenne of the Pyrenean resorts, Casino, Spas, Villa Edmond Rostand, outstanding parks and gardens, Museum of the Pays de Luchon, Aeronautical Museum, Hospice de France Museum, Cog
Railway Museum, Maison du Curiste. Festivals: Audiovisual Festival, Flower Festival, Jazz Festival
Sport : La Lapébie sportive, Route du Sud, Luchon Aneto Trail. Activities: ski, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, white water sports, skate park. Top level sports teams (Toulouse FC, football, Spacer's Toulouse Volleyball, Fenix Toulouse handball)
Specialities : pétéram (a dish prepared from sheep tripe) pistache (mutton based cassoulet), gâteau à la broche (cake cooked on a spit), “Dardenne” chocolates, Mineral water from Luchon, organic Oô trout, Pyrenean soap factory
Sustainable Development : shuttles to link up the spas and the ski slopes, cycle paths, Energy for Citizens Award 2012
Labels : Grand Site Midi-Pyrénées, 3 fl owers, European Association of Historic Thermal Spa Towns, classified tourist resort

From Lapize to Voeckler... and Bourlon

The 52 stage finishes in Bagneres-de-Luchon earned the thermal town the nickname of Queen of the Pyrenees, a title it also deserves as the host of the first mountain stage won by Octave Lapize in 2010. Since Tatave, the man who would not set his foot on the ground, countless cycling greats wrote the legend of the Tour in Luchon – from Jean Robic's attack in 1947 to his victories on Allees d'Etigny in 1949 and 1953 to shows of strength by HugoKoblet, Federico Bahamontes, Eddy Merckx or Luis Ocana, all final Tour winners first crowned in Luchon. Some had hard times to like Bernard Hinault in Superbagneres or Pascal Simon, who crashed in 1983 while he thought he had the Tour won. Closer to us, Thomas Voeckler put his name at the bottom of a fantastic list by winning the last two stages in Luchon, in 2010 for the centenary of the Pyrenees, and in 2012. There is however a rider too often overlooked in this roll of honour, modest Albert Bourdon. Gone to catch a bonus on the 1947 Tour, the former Renault worker crossed the line 16 minutes ahead of the rest of the bunch at the end of a 253-km breakaway, still the longest in the Tour history. Albert Bourlon went for his longest breakaway in 2013, at the age of 96.

Stage town for the 52nd time
Capital town of Haute-Garonne (31), Mountain tourist resort
Population : 2,800 inhabitants (Luchonnais)
Economy : “four seasons” tourism, hydrotherapy, agropastoralism
Culture : Luchon-Superbagnères, doyenne of the Pyrenean resorts, Casino, Spas, Villa Edmond Rostand, outstanding parks and gardens, Museum of the Pays de Luchon, Aeronautical Museum, Hospice de France Museum, Cog
Railway Museum, Maison du Curiste. Festivals: Audiovisual Festival, Flower Festival, Jazz Festival
Sport : La Lapébie sportive, Route du Sud, Luchon Aneto Trail. Activities: ski, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, white water sports, skate park. Top level sports teams (Toulouse FC, football, Spacer's Toulouse Volleyball, Fenix Toulouse handball)
Specialities : pétéram (a dish prepared from sheep tripe) pistache (mutton based cassoulet), gâteau à la broche (cake cooked on a spit), “Dardenne” chocolates, Mineral water from Luchon, organic Oô trout, Pyrenean soap factory
Sustainable Development : shuttles to link up the spas and the ski slopes, cycle paths, Energy for Citizens Award 2012
Labels : Grand Site Midi-Pyrénées, 3 fl owers, European Association of Historic Thermal Spa Towns, classified tourist resort

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Luchon, an exceptional architecture

While the old town retained its Pyrenean identity, the thermal town is marked by a great variety of styles and currents: neoclassical, Victorian or neo-gothic, chalets with a Swiss inspiration, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and the traces of the Second Empire typical of spa towns in the late 19th century.

Luchon-Superbagneres

The oldest ski resort in the massif, Luchon-Superbagnères has the great chance to be directly linked to the town by gondola. It takes eight minutes and a breath-taking view over the Maladeta massif and the Aneto summit to reach the ski slopes.

Thermal Baths

Since Roman times, the town is linked to the prestigious history of thermal baths. The most popular resort in Haute-Garonne and Midi-Pyrenees, Luchon joined in 2011 the European Thermal Towns network.

Luchon Pyrenees

The Queen of the Pyrenees is surrounded by somme of the most beautiful valleys in the massif: Larboust, Oueil, Lis are ideal for a variety of mountain activities, hiking, mountain biking, angling, canyoning, rafting or paragliding.

Hospice de France

In a grandiose setting of waterfalls, pastures and forests, Hospice de France (1,380 metres) is a historical place once used as a hostel for pilgrims to Compostella. Entirely renovated, it is now a restaurant providing accommodation and a small museum.

Luchon/Superbagnères ski resort and its exceptional panorama © Jean-Michel Emportes, Bagnères-de-LuchonThermal baths and the park © Jean-Michel Emportes, Bagnères-de-LuchonSpring water drinking point © Jean-Michel Emportes, Bagnères-de-LuchonOueil Valley © Jean-Michel Emportes, Bagnères-de-LuchonHospice de France inn in a grandiose setting © Jean-Michel Emportes, Bagnères-de-Luchon
Stage town for the 52nd time
Capital town of Haute-Garonne (31), Mountain tourist resort
Population : 2,800 inhabitants (Luchonnais)
Economy : “four seasons” tourism, hydrotherapy, agropastoralism
Culture : Luchon-Superbagnères, doyenne of the Pyrenean resorts, Casino, Spas, Villa Edmond Rostand, outstanding parks and gardens, Museum of the Pays de Luchon, Aeronautical Museum, Hospice de France Museum, Cog
Railway Museum, Maison du Curiste. Festivals: Audiovisual Festival, Flower Festival, Jazz Festival
Sport : La Lapébie sportive, Route du Sud, Luchon Aneto Trail. Activities: ski, snowshoeing, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, white water sports, skate park. Top level sports teams (Toulouse FC, football, Spacer's Toulouse Volleyball, Fenix Toulouse handball)
Specialities : pétéram (a dish prepared from sheep tripe) pistache (mutton based cassoulet), gâteau à la broche (cake cooked on a spit), “Dardenne” chocolates, Mineral water from Luchon, organic Oô trout, Pyrenean soap factory
Sustainable Development : shuttles to link up the spas and the ski slopes, cycle paths, Energy for Citizens Award 2012
Labels : Grand Site Midi-Pyrénées, 3 fl owers, European Association of Historic Thermal Spa Towns, classified tourist resort

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