An ideal location for cycling, in The Circle of Death, it has easy access to the most famous climbs of Le Tour de France. It is in general a great location for a Pyreneen adventure, on or off the bike. Within 15 km there are over 30 categorised climbs, including Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aubisque, Hautacam, Cauterets, Luz Ardiden and many more. For cycling it is number one in the Pyrenees. If you only ever make a trip to the Pyrenees once, this is the place.
Argeles-Gazost is a town in the Vallée du Lavedan in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées. Vallée du Lavedan is one of the 7 valleys which makeup Vallées des Gaves. It is the principal town of the valley which extends for 50 km north to south. From Lourdes to the Spanish border. And 50 km west to east from Col d’Aubisque to Col du Tourmalet. There are also several smaller towns and many villages in this valley.
Argeles-Gazost is at 400 metres altitude, well below the snowline which is above 1000 metres. It is well served by transport links. It is 35km (mostly dual carriageway) to the A64 Autoroute. There is a TGV station 10km away in Lourdes and an airport at Tarbes , 30 km away. Driving time is approx 2 hours from Biarritz to the west, 2 hours from Toulouse to the east and 3 hours from Bordeaux to the north.
It is a very pleasant town with many fountains, magnificent villas, a thermal spa and an English park dating from the 19th century. On Tuesday morning there is a farmer’s market, which started in 1292. Market day is the perfect opportunity to tempt your taste buds by sampling locally produced cheeses, honey, foie gras, charcuterie and the local speciality dish “la garbure”.
Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, boasting a rich and well-preserved cultural identity, and offering a wide diversity of outdoor leisure pursuits all year round, Argèles-Gazost is without doubt, one of the best mountain holiday destinations on offer. Whether you like walking in the mountains, historic towns and villages, the buzz of the ski slopes, suffering on a Cat HC climb or relaxing by mountain streams and lakes, this is a place for you, in winter or summer.
You’ll love it so much, you may never want to leave!
|Col du Tourmalet||Col d’Aubisque||Col du Soulor||Col des Borderes||Col de Couraduque|
|Hautacam||Cauterets-Cambasque||Luz Ardiden||Col des Tentes||Cirque de Troumouse|
|Col de Spandelles||Pont d’Espagne||Lac d’Estaing||Col de Berbrust||and many more|
Recommended places to stay.
Argeles-Gazost is the main town in this valley. We are 1km from town. In this town you will find everything you need. Hotels, restaurants, campsites, supermarket, boulangeries, souvenirs, pharmacies, swimming pool, thermal spa, park, casino, cinema and bike shop. Our store is 1km from Argeles-Gazost.
Hotel au Primrose
This hotel in Argeles Gazost is 1.5km from us and is very popular with cyclists. Secure bicycle garage with cleaning and maintenance area.
L’Arrieulat, Auberge des Pyrénées
Hotel near the town center. Very popular with cyclists and the restaurant has a very good reputation. The cuisine is based on fresh products from the valley. Free relaxation area with sauna and heated outdoor jacuzzi and Billiards room. Secure bicycle garage with cleaning and maintenance area.
Le Miramont*** Hôtel & Restaurant Des Petits Pois Sont Rouges
The Miramont is a three-star hotel in the heart of the spa district of Argelès-Gazost. The restaurant is very highly rated.
Hotel Les Cimes
2 star hotel within a 5 minute walk of the center of Argeles-Gazost.
Hotel Villa Bon Repos
3 star hotel in Argeles-Gazost. No restaurant.
La Villa du Parc
Beautiful b&b beside the park and thermal spa.
Camping Les Trois Vallée
4 star campsite. The kids will love it.
Camping du Lavedan
2.5 km from us Camping du Lavedan is 4 star.
Self-Catering Rental Homes
For self catering rental homes search Gites de France.
Camping de la Bergerie
Aire Naturelle de Camping Bellevue
Small village on road to Lourdes with campsites and hotel.
Hôtel Chez Pierre d’Agos
Pyrénées Camping Soleil du Pibeste
Le camping Airotel la Châtaigneraie
Camping Domaine de la Tour
Beautiful little mountain village in Val d’Azun, 4km from us.
Maison de Beatrix
B&B 1.5km from us near the village of Arcizans-Avant.
Auberge Le Cabaliros
Small family run hotel. Great restaurant and fantastic views.
Camping du Lac
4 star camping. 1.8km from us.
Pyrenees Cycling Lodge
Obviously this is top of the list. Our own cycling lodge. Booking early is advised. For June and July book by October.
Le Viscos Hôtel Restaurant
Hotel and restaurant in Saint-Savin only a short walk from us. It has the best restaurant in the Pyrénées.
Very nice b&b.