Cauterets - Vallée de Saint-Savin

Like in the Belle Epoque!

Public spaces and private estate were especially taken care of in the last decade. A preservation zone for local heritage, architecture, urbanism and landscapes was created. Subsidies were given for the renovation of facades and the embellishment of shop windows. Monuments were restored. The small spa town of Cauterets polished the Haussmanian architectural treasures inherited from the 19th century when the jet set came to enjoy the local baths. These jewels deserve to be rediscovered like the Hotel d'Angleterre or the Continental residence, both listed as historical monuments. But Cauterets also takes great care of its modern architecture and restored the superb esplanade of  Les Oeufs in 2014. The square in the heart of town was originally a promenade for the beautiful people attending the spas. It had gradually lost its cachet as cars invaded it. The Esplanade has now been turned back to its appearance during the Gilded Era.

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3 times a stage town
1,200 inhabitants
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
www.cauterets.com
Economy: agriculture, spas, tourism
Specialities: berlingot (boiled sweets), black Bigorre pork, apple stuffed with foie gras, tastou (truffle bread), Tarbes beans, Jurançon
Sport: skiing, cycling, rugby
Personalities: Saint Savin, Gaston Fébus, Marguerite de Navarre, Bernadette Soubirous, Sim
Festivals: Free Ride Film Festival, Latino Roc, Oxygen for the Ears, Garosnow

Drama and victories

Cycling fans will well remember the day the Tour finished in Cauterets in 1995, as it was marked by one of the major tragedies in the race's history. Following a heavy fall when descending, Olympic champion Fabio Casartelli died just after crossing the Col de Portet d'Aspet. A memorial now commemorates the 1992 Olympic champion. This year, that pass will be crossed the day after this stage and the traditional tributes will be paid to the Italian 20 years on already from his death. That 1995 stage was one of Richard Virenque's most spectacular victories, the Frenchman finishing alone in Cauterets, 1-17 ahead of Claudio Chiappucci. The first stage into Cauterets in 1953 featured the climb of the Col de Cambasque. It was also the scene for some drama, fortunately less serious on that occasion. Tour winner in 1951 and the big favourite for the title again, Switzerland's Hugo Koblet abandoned after hitting a pylon at full speed on the descent of the Soulor. Victory that day went to the Spaniard Jesús Loroño, the best climber that year and winner of the Vuelta in 1957. In 1989, another Spaniard on the rise won his first Tour stage victory there: Miguel Indurain.

PAU/CAUTERETS - Miguel Indurain - 10/07/1989 © CLEMENT/Presse Sports
3 times a stage town
1,200 inhabitants
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
www.cauterets.com
Economy: agriculture, spas, tourism
Specialities: berlingot (boiled sweets), black Bigorre pork, apple stuffed with foie gras, tastou (truffle bread), Tarbes beans, Jurançon
Sport: skiing, cycling, rugby
Personalities: Saint Savin, Gaston Fébus, Marguerite de Navarre, Bernadette Soubirous, Sim
Festivals: Free Ride Film Festival, Latino Roc, Oxygen for the Ears, Garosnow

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Places to see

Le Pont d'Espagne
Located 7 km from Cauterets in the Pyrenees National Park, the Pont d'Espagne is one of great sights of the Midi-Pyrénées. This protected area is the perfect setting for walking and hiking.

National Park Museum
Located opposite picturesque Cauterets station, this museum's themes are the isard (Pyrenean chamois), water and bats.

Boulevard Latapie-Flurin
Several notable buildings from the late 19th century can be found here, including the Hôtel d'Angleterre, the Hôtel Continental and the Casino Club.

Les Bains du Rocher
At the heart of the charming Pyrenean village of Cauterets, 2500m2 dedicated to pampering and relaxation await you in a magnificent setting.

The abbey church of Saint-Savin
Built in the 12th century, it was the church of the abbey whose lands extended to Cauterets' upper valley. Many religious objects are on display in the adjacent museum.

Le Pont d'Espagne © Jean-Christophe BENOISTHôtel d'Angleterre © JLPCCasino © Père IgorThe abbey church of Saint-Savin © Pierre MEYER
3 times a stage town
1,200 inhabitants
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
www.cauterets.com
Economy: agriculture, spas, tourism
Specialities: berlingot (boiled sweets), black Bigorre pork, apple stuffed with foie gras, tastou (truffle bread), Tarbes beans, Jurançon
Sport: skiing, cycling, rugby
Personalities: Saint Savin, Gaston Fébus, Marguerite de Navarre, Bernadette Soubirous, Sim
Festivals: Free Ride Film Festival, Latino Roc, Oxygen for the Ears, Garosnow

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Pyrenees National Park

Cauterets, the stage's town of arrival is located in the Pyrenees National Park, which stretches the length of the border with Spain, spanning six valleys. This is where Atlantic and Mediterranean climatic influences converge, and the area boasts a diverse range of natural, cultural and landscape features. It is home to more than 4,000 animal species and has some of the most original flora in Europe, including asters and the Pyrenean lily. Since 1987, the Park has been working on a project to reintroduce the Iberian ibex on the French side of the Pyrenees.

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Vue sur le Parc national des Pyrénées © P. Meyer / Parc national des Pyrénées
3 times a stage town
1,200 inhabitants
Mountain resort in the Hautes-Pyrénées (65)
www.cauterets.com
Economy: agriculture, spas, tourism
Specialities: berlingot (boiled sweets), black Bigorre pork, apple stuffed with foie gras, tastou (truffle bread), Tarbes beans, Jurançon
Sport: skiing, cycling, rugby
Personalities: Saint Savin, Gaston Fébus, Marguerite de Navarre, Bernadette Soubirous, Sim
Festivals: Free Ride Film Festival, Latino Roc, Oxygen for the Ears, Garosnow

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