Hautacam

Mountain and only mountain

Close to Argeles-Gazost and several world famous sites like Lourdes, the circus of Gavarnie, the Aubisque pass or Cauterets, Hautacam is a leisure resort in full nature and easily accessible. In the winter, visitors can enjoy alpine skiing, Nordic skiing or snowshoeing in a gorgeous setting of nearby mountains (Breche de Roland, Pic du Midi) and fir trees. For the rookies, a learning space, ideal for children, is dedicated to the discovery of skiing. 

In the summer, Hautacam can be approached more slowly in a preserved natural setting with no houses or equipment spoiling the view. Sport fans can then turn to trekking, paragliding, mountain biking or cycling. For the mere nature lover, the scenery is extraordinary and perfect for daydreaming in a rural atmosphere. Every year in June, the transhumance celebrations are a chance to follow the herds up the mountain and share a bit of the shepherd's lives. For families, several activities are fit for a day's visit – thrills on the mountain luge, great laughs on strange machines (devalkart, rollerben mountain board) going down the slopes and more challenges to be attempted on the mountain biking area. On the way back, a stop at a local inn for a bilberry pie is a must!
www.hautacam.com

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Chapelle d'Ortiac - Hautes Pyrénées © HautacamEstives à Hautacam © HautacamMoulin à eau Beaucens © Hautacam
Stage town for the 5th time
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65) joined with Argelès-Gazost
Population : 3,500 inhabitants (Argelésiens). 7,500 inhabitants in the 16 communes of the Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost Community of Communes
Economy : winter and summer tourism, hydrotherapy (11,000 beds), mountain farming, hydroelectric energy
Culture : Saint-Savin Abbey, donjon des aigles, animal park in the Pyrenees, tropical aquarium, thermal spa. Festivals : Muchas Bandas, Fiesta Mômes, Estiv'art, Pyrénées Dog Festival, transhumance, Confrériales gastronomiques
(traditional festival celebrating the garbure - French stew)
Sport : winter: alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, dog sled, luge. Summer : hiking, fi shing, paragliding, rafting, tree climbing, devalkart, mountain boarding, grass scootering, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning, 180 km of mountain bike trails, FFC Cyclosport Centre, parapente, eaux vives, acrobranche, devalkart, mountain bord, trail des Neiges race, Enduro Mountain biking, Grand Raid des Pyrénées, La Pyrénéenne
Specialities : garbure bigourdane (French soup/stew), gâteau à la broche (cake on a spit), porc noir de Bigorre (Bigorre black pork)
Sustainable Development : Gaves Green Route, 18 kilometres cycle paths, Tourism and Handicap label, Agenda 21 (Argelès-Gazost), Nature Reserve 2000
Labels : 4 flowers, environmentally friendly resort, Argelès-Gazost classified resort

Mountain and only mountain

Four Tour de France stages finished at the top of the long climb to the resort overlooking Lourdes. France's Luc Leblanc was the first to conquer the hill in 1994, just before becoming world champion in Sicily. Hautacam was also a tuning point in Cadel Evans's career in 2008 when the Australian earned his first yellow jersey with a one-second lead over Frank Schleck. This first experience of the yellow jersey only lasted five days as he was forced to hand it over to the Luxembourg rider in Prato Nevoso. Eventually, Evans finished second in that edition, 58 seconds behind Carlos Sastre. His other yellow jerseys he wore in 2010, for one day, and finally in 2011 when he became the first Australian to win the Tour.

Stage town for the 5th time
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65) joined with Argelès-Gazost
Population : 3,500 inhabitants (Argelésiens). 7,500 inhabitants in the 16 communes of the Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost Community of Communes
Economy : winter and summer tourism, hydrotherapy (11,000 beds), mountain farming, hydroelectric energy
Culture : Saint-Savin Abbey, donjon des aigles, animal park in the Pyrenees, tropical aquarium, thermal spa. Festivals : Muchas Bandas, Fiesta Mômes, Estiv'art, Pyrénées Dog Festival, transhumance, Confrériales gastronomiques
(traditional festival celebrating the garbure - French stew)
Sport : winter: alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, dog sled, luge. Summer : hiking, fi shing, paragliding, rafting, tree climbing, devalkart, mountain boarding, grass scootering, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning, 180 km of mountain bike trails, FFC Cyclosport Centre, parapente, eaux vives, acrobranche, devalkart, mountain bord, trail des Neiges race, Enduro Mountain biking, Grand Raid des Pyrénées, La Pyrénéenne
Specialities : garbure bigourdane (French soup/stew), gâteau à la broche (cake on a spit), porc noir de Bigorre (Bigorre black pork)
Sustainable Development : Gaves Green Route, 18 kilometres cycle paths, Tourism and Handicap label, Agenda 21 (Argelès-Gazost), Nature Reserve 2000
Labels : 4 flowers, environmentally friendly resort, Argelès-Gazost classified resort

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Places to see

Argeles-Gazost

A discreet tourism resort and spa, Argeles-Gazost is nestled in the heart of an open and sunny valley. It is the ideal starting point to discover the neighbouring sites – Cauterets, Lourdes, Gavarnie, Pic du Midi, Aubisque, Tourmalet – and for mountain activities such as trekking, paragliding or rafting.
www.argeles-gazost.com

Pyrenees Animal Park

“Another view on nature”.  Their eyes wide open, visitors can sneak into the intimacy of wild animals. A unique experience.
www.parc-animalier-pyrenees.com

Keep of the Eagles

The 11th century castle offers a large panoramic view over the valley and the Pyrenees chain. It is home to one of the largest collection of birds of prey in the world. In the summer, a bird show is organised daily.
www.donjon-des-aigles.com

Saint Savin

A picturesque little village on a hill, famous for its 11th century abbatial church, formerly part of a Benedictine monastery. An imposing capitulary room remains with its treasure and a rich collection of religious objects.

Jardin des Bains

A spa offering a journey through time and space – theme boiling baths take you to the Emerald Forest or to Turkish baths.
www.lejardindesbains.com
 
Green Way of the Gaves

On foot, on a bike or roller-skating, the 17-kms path winds through the Argeles-Gazost valley with stops at the historical sites, perched villages amid preserved landscapes. The course is suited to disabled persons.
www.vallesdesgaves.com

Argeles-Gazost © HautacamPyrenees Animal Park © HautacamKeep of the Eagles © HautacamKeep of the Eagles © HautacamSaint Savin © HautacamJardin des Bains © HautacamGreen Way of the Gaves © Hautacam
Stage town for the 5th time
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65) joined with Argelès-Gazost
Population : 3,500 inhabitants (Argelésiens). 7,500 inhabitants in the 16 communes of the Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost Community of Communes
Economy : winter and summer tourism, hydrotherapy (11,000 beds), mountain farming, hydroelectric energy
Culture : Saint-Savin Abbey, donjon des aigles, animal park in the Pyrenees, tropical aquarium, thermal spa. Festivals : Muchas Bandas, Fiesta Mômes, Estiv'art, Pyrénées Dog Festival, transhumance, Confrériales gastronomiques
(traditional festival celebrating the garbure - French stew)
Sport : winter: alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, dog sled, luge. Summer : hiking, fi shing, paragliding, rafting, tree climbing, devalkart, mountain boarding, grass scootering, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning, 180 km of mountain bike trails, FFC Cyclosport Centre, parapente, eaux vives, acrobranche, devalkart, mountain bord, trail des Neiges race, Enduro Mountain biking, Grand Raid des Pyrénées, La Pyrénéenne
Specialities : garbure bigourdane (French soup/stew), gâteau à la broche (cake on a spit), porc noir de Bigorre (Bigorre black pork)
Sustainable Development : Gaves Green Route, 18 kilometres cycle paths, Tourism and Handicap label, Agenda 21 (Argelès-Gazost), Nature Reserve 2000
Labels : 4 flowers, environmentally friendly resort, Argelès-Gazost classified resort

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