Argeles-Gazost won't leap out from a map page and attract your attention, and it might seem a bit on the small side, but this neat Pyrenean village has much to offer. It has a compact centre lined with shops and cafés, a thermal spa and a casino. It is not that far from popular ski slopes, a medieval abbey, several lakes and numerous mountain peaks.
Tucked among the northern foothills of the Pyrenees, Argeles-Gazost is an excellent alternative to larger and more expensive resorts nearby, and
ideal for walkers, cyclists and other nature-lovers who prefer to be based in quieter,
more civilised settings.
The name of Argeles-Gazost's department, Hautes-Pyrénées, says it all, the High Pyrenees, a wonderful, expansive region of seriously high mountains, even at their most docile...snow-topped summit after summit rippling away into the distant blue haze. And the modest town of Argelès-Gazost is a perfect base from which to explore...and, yes, there really should be an accent!
The French rail system stops in Tarbes and Lourdes, but not Argèles. If you plan to visit Argelès-Gazost, you will need a car, but then you discover the great charm of Argelès-Gazost – its proximity to the mountains, the hinterland of Cauterets and Pont d'Espagne, as well as the unbelievably complex mountain roads often used during the Tour de France, and the long and splendid drive down the valley to Gavarnie.
The Argèles-Gazost valley showcases much that makes the Pyrenees unique, from remarkable flora and fauna to a distinct pace of life, traditions, local language and food – you know immediately that you have come to somewhere really special.
Drive along the mountain roads at your own pace. Visit the pretty villages in the Val d'Azun or the ancient village of Saint Savin, places where history comes alive.
Take the cable car up to the Pic du Midi and enjoy the numerous vantage points from the Observatory, with breath-taking panoramas of the Pyrenean chain. Take the time to experience some of our most beautiful and unexpected tourist attractions and enjoy excursions that will literally take your breath away!
If you're looking for the ideal place for cyclists, when it comes to biking, Argeles-Gazost valley really has it all. With its ideal geographical layout and large range of biking trails, the valley has everything a cyclist could want, catering for all disciplines (road bike, mountain bike...), levels of difficulty and tastes. From legendary road climbs up mythical Tour de France routes including the Hautacam, the col du Tourmalet and the col d'Aubisque, to a much gentler ride along the traffic free 'voie verte', one of the most scenic cycle paths in France, there really is something for everyone.
Chancel, 15 Place de la République, 65400 Argelès-Gazost
Tel: 05 62 97 00 25