Bagnères-de-Bigorre Travel Guide

  • La Mongie
    La Mongie
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  • Pic du Midi, terrace of the observatory
    Pic du Midi, terrace of the observatory
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  • All season bobsled in Hautacam (French Pyrenees)
    All season bobsled in Hautacam (French...
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Bagnères-de-Bigorre Things to Do

  • Tourism Office

    The photo of the Tourism Office, was taken during one of the "fog-days". The area is otherwise quite charming. Info about weather, hikes, lodging, tours… Check out the second photo to see where the Office is situated. Good website, but… the English version is not working (yet?).

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  • Strolling in the village

    Apart from restaurants, and shops with souvenirs and ski gear and outfit, there is not much to see in the village. The town is on the small side and beside some newer ski resorts, most buildings are from the seventies, which is synonym of ugly. But there are some cosy corners and the town is upgrading.

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  • Col du Tourmalet

    The Col du Tourmalet is the highest road mountain pass in the central Pyrenees. Elevation 2115 m and about 4 km from La Mongie. The pass is very popular because it’s a climb in the famous Tour de France. Every day we saw cyclists from different countries struggling to make the climb or coming down the mountain at dizzy speed, trying to avoid the...

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Bagnères-de-Bigorre Hotels

  • Hotel Des Pyrenees

    Place Des Thermes, Bagneres-de-Bigorre, 65200, France

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Restaurant De La Paix

    9 Rue De la Republique, Bagneres-de-Bigorre, 65200, France

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • La Residence Des Thermes

    24/26 Place Des Thermes, Bagneres-de-Bigorre, 65200, France

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Bagnères-de-Bigorre Shopping

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    by Martinewezel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    From the outside, the supermarket looks quite ugly, but inside it is neat and clean.
    The store has a rather funny "detailed" internet site (see below). I found this promising website before starting our trip and decided it would be the best place for our supplies . The real thing, however, was very disappointing. Probably they have a larger choice in high season, which is in Winter, but in July... one needs to be satisfied with wrinkled fruit and vegetables.
    No bad word however about the service. The manager and the staff are very friendly.

    What to buy: All pre- packed items, such as cheese, drinks, canned food, dried sausages, wine, drinks...
    Limited choice, but far enough to survive.

    What to pay: Average

    8 �� huit -  La Mongie
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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

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Bagnères-de-Bigorre Local Customs

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    by Martinewezel Written Aug 22, 2008

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    This is a tradition which is still remaining in the Pyrenees.
    In June, the farmers of the lower villages, such as Campan (see my last "off the beaten path tip") drive their herd of cattle and flocks of sheep towards the unfenced hig mountains. The animals will remain there, running free and grazing the fresh high mountains pasture all Summer, until it's getting colder again. Then they are brought back to the stables.
    The farmers recognize their animals because they have a coloured stamped mark on their back, and also remain in the same herd. Some of the sheep and cows wear a bell and this jingling sound was omnipresent in La Mongie. The animals don’t restrict theirself to the pastures, they graze all the grass there is, and they walk shameless into the back yards and in the centre of the town, searching between the houses and the cars after a tasty weed sprouting between the pavings. Idyllic, … but watch out for their "presents". :-)

    sheep with marks on their back cow with bell
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking

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Bagnères-de-Bigorre Warnings and Dangers

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    by Martinewezel Written Aug 19, 2008

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    A dense fog is not rare at this altitude. Our first day was very foggy, and locals told we were lucky the other days were sunny. I can assure you, a bit of fog is fun, but seeing NOTHING at all is depressing.
    The photo shows the view we had from our balcony the first day. Compare with the photo on the intro page.

    Fog
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    • Family Travel

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Bagnères-de-Bigorre Off The Beaten Path

  • Campan, the first town downhill

    We drove a lot of times through this nearby town Campan. And now I am home, I regret I have no photos of it, while this town was really something special. Apart from the old rural character, with the typical houses and barns, the old customs are still applied. Everywhere in town we saw life-sized old-fashioned fabric dummies, dressed in different...

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  • The Bobsled in Hautacam

    When we watched the report of the Tour de France 2008 on TV, with the arrival in Hautacam, we also watched a publicity of this all-season mountain bobsled. As we are always into some fun and quite impulsive, my husband and I looked at each other and said : let’s go there! That’s how we got the idea to go to the Pyrenees.Only a week later, we rode...

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  • Day trip and hike to the Cirque de...

    The Cirque de Gavarnie is a classic must do, when in the area. I remember my parents (now in their eighties) went there too, when there were young. It's an impressive solid Pyerean rocky mountain wall, a natural fronteer between France and Spain.Drive to the town of Gavarnie and leave the car (obligatory) on one of the parking lots (4€ /day). The...

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Bagnères-de-Bigorre Favorites

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    by Martinewezel Written Aug 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: In Spring and in Summer, the high mountains of the Pyrenees are full of flowers. They belong to the patrimony and cannot be picked. Besides, they don't survive in a vase and wilt after picking. Some flowers are protected, such as the wild thistle.

    photo2: Lotus Alpinus
    photo3: Campanula Schenchzeri
    photo 4: Iris of the Pyrenees

    Wild thistle (cisium rivulare) Lotus Alpinus Campanula Schenchzeri Iris of the Pyrenees
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