Among the most faithful stage cities, Bagnères-de-Luchon, also known as Luchon, appeared on the map of the Tour de France on 58 occasions as a starter or an exit of the Pyrenees program. The last time the common welcomed the start of a mountain stage was back in 2012 for a long ride towards the resort of Peyragudes that entered the Tour club that year, and where Alejandro Valverde conquered the win.

Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet

During the winter, the Pyrenees resort is under the spotlights thanks to its two prestigious children, Xavier and Paul-Henri de Le Rue, World and Olympic medal hunters on their snowboards. In the summer, on frequent occasions, the climbers of the Tour take on the show. A winner there, Lucien Van Impe both built his final victory in 1976 but also consolidated his polka-dot jersey in 1981. It was also the case of Mariano Martinez (1978) and more recently Rafal Majka (2014), on the heights of the village at Pla d’Adet. 

On the road


Population: 1,335,333
Prefecture: Toulouse
Sub-prefectures: Muret ,Saint Gaudens
Surface: 6,309 km²

Specialties: Aeronautics (Airbus, ATR, EADS, Thales, Aeroscopia), Space (CNES, City of Space). Cassoulet, Toulouse sausage, foie gras, duck breast, Toulouse violet, AOP Fronton wine, AOC Cadours garlic, Pyrenean IGP lamb, Bigorre black pig (AOC), Lauragais red calf (Label Rouge).

Sport Clubs: Stade Toulousain, Toulouse Football Club, Fénix Toulouse Handball, Toulouse Métropole Basket, Spacers Volley, TOXIII, Union Sportive Colomiers Rugby

Festivals: 31 Summer Notes, Jazz sur son 31, Festival of television creations of Luchon, Printemps du rire (Spring of laughter), Rio Loco, Comminges Festival in Saint Bertrand de Comminges, Toulouse Organs

Economy: Aeronautics and space, Tourism, 4 ski resorts, viticulture (Fronton)

Remarkable sites: The vaporarium of the thermal baths of Luchon, Saint Bertrand de Comminges listed as "Most beautiful villages of France", Martres-Tolosane and Revel labeled "Cities and Crafts of Art", Lake of Saint Ferréol, Canal du Midi listed by UNESCO with its green way, Lake of Oô in the Central Pyrenees, Museum Forum of the Aurignacian Rugby, caving, water sports on the Garonne (canoeing, hydrospeed, rafting), sports (mountaineering, horse riding, climbing, hiking) Winter sports (skiing, snowshoeing, sled dogs), mountain biking (Espace FFC Pyrénées Comminges), Sailing (paragliding, glider, ULM)

Websites / FB: www.haute-garonne.fr / hautegaronnetourisme.com / www.facebook.com/tourisme31.fr

Km 4.5




St Aventin Romanesque church
The 11th and 12th century church, with its two towers, is remarkable for the sculptures of its porch and its capitals adorned with scenes of the life and martyrdom of St Aventin. The outside walls include several stones and altars for old pagan cults in the Pyrenees. Inside, several monumental paintings can be seen. The valleys of Larboust and Louron are famous for their typical Romanesque churches.

Jacinthe des Pyrénées 
Parc national des Pyrénées

Km 6



St Anne church
Listed as a historical monument in 1921, the church is noted for its 15th century frescoes painted by a local artist and another from Catalunya. They were painted over in 1790 and rediscovered in 183 by local artist Bertrand Bernard. The fresco in the apse depicts the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The three frescoes on the right-hand wall depict the birth of Eve, the original sin and Adam and Eve driven out of Eden. On the left wall are shown the crowning of the Virgin Mary, St John the Baptist preaching and the final judgment.


Population: 228,582
Prefecture: Tarbes
Sub-prefectures: Argelès-Gazost, Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Surface: 4,464 km²

Specialties: Bigorre black pork (AOC), Tarbes beans, wine (Madiran and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh AOC), Barèges-Gavarnie AOC sheep, Trébons onion, Gascon hen, garbure (soup), foie gras,

Sports Clubs: Tarbes Pyrenees Rugby, TGB (basketball)

Sport: skiing, nordic activities, ski touring, sledding, dog sledding, snowmobiling, biathlon, mountaineering, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, angling, horseback riding, cycling, paragliding, water sports, canyoning, golf. Events: Downhill mountain bike World Cup (Lourdes), Giant Tourmalet, Grand Raid of the Pyrenees, Pyr'Epic

Festivals: Festival of Gavarnie (Theatre), Tarbes in tango, Festival of equestrian creation in Tarbes, Festival of Sacred Music (Lourdes), Festival of Jazz (Luz St Sauveur), Piano Pic in the Grand Tourmalet, Festival of small churches (Louron Valley), Festival of the Mariolles, Fair of cheese, Wine festival in Madiran, Festival of the dogs of the Pyrenees, , Tradeshow in Loudenvielle.

Economy: food industry, railway industry, aeronautics, hydroelectricity, tourism 4 seasons, Pilgrimage to Lourdes, hydrotherapy centres, winter sports, mountain hikes, Pic du Midi de Bigorre, Cirque de Gavarnie, Pont d’Espagne (Cauterets), Pyrenees National Park, more than 300 lakes, 35 peaks over 3,000 m, Tour de France passes (Soulor, Tourmalet, Aspin, Val Louron Azet, Peyresourde, Ancizan)

Websites and social networks: www.tourisme-hautes-pyrenees.com / www.hautespyrenees.fr / www.pyrenees-trip.com / www.instagram.com/hautespyrenees/ www.facebook.com/hautespyrenees / www.facebook.com/departementHautesPyrenees

Km 27



A small mountain village in a picturesque natural environment, Loudenvielle is proud of its culture and identity and has restored and embellished its architecture in recent years.
Are to be discovered the St Marie Madeleine church, the Arixo, a museum set in an restored farmhouse dedicated to cinema and to the history of the region and its religious art.
Like Genos, Loudenvielle has a hot spring with sulphur water valorised by the Balnea thermal centre, inviting visitors to the discovery of all the forms of bath in the world.
The Genos-Loudenvielle lake, at 1,000 metres of altitude, also provides various water activities, swimming, canoeing and boating.
Loudenvielle hosted three Tour de France stages in 1997, 2003 and 2007. 


(un peu d'ardoises)

The valley of Aure, magnificent glacial trough valley, was for a long time the seat of slate mining. Slates, old clays that have been naturally compressed, become clay again by alteration, illustrating that in nature everything has its cycle.

MNHN – Patrick De Wever, professeur 

Km 29

GÉNOS (Pop: 100)

Two monuments are worth visiting in Genos, the beautiful St Roch church and the 12th century Notre-Dame du Bien chapel on the village heights.

Km 40.5

AZET (Pop: 150)

With its beautiful listed church (12th century), Azet is also home to the Pyrenean House of pastoralism. Visitors climb through time as they change floors to discover the many aspects of this activity. The house is also a development tool for professionals. A museum retraces the history of pastoralism in France and in the world. A documentation centre, Internet connections and meeting rooms are also available in an institution also devoted to international cooperation across the border through common projects.


Oule-Pichaleye natural heritage site in the Néouvielle massif

The end of the stage, Col du Portet marks the entrance to the Néouvielle massif, known locally as 'region of the lakes'. It is partially protected as a natural heritage site and offers easy hiking routes with great landscapes. This elevated granite massif enjoys an exceptionally dry and sunny climate, which encourages the growth of high-altitude forests alongside many natural and artificial lakes and rows of mountain pines with their iconic silhouettes.

Km 48.5

VIGNEC (Pop: 230)

A small portion of the communes of Cadeilhan-Trachère and Vignec was used to created the Pla d’Adet resort. Vignec was then split in two parts by the extension of the Soulan resort but it retained the eastern part of the skiing domain and the revenues from the ski lifts.

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