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Summer activities

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Mountain biking

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Cycling an étape


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White water rafting

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The rope adventure course

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Paragliding

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The hot tub after a long day out

 

Located in the heart of the Pyrénées, the area around Les Artigaux is pure paradise for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Other activities available locally include horse riding, white-water rafting, paragliding and fishing. For nature lovers, the unspoilt natural environment is bursting with mountain flora and fauna, including marmots, eagles, vultures and chamois.


Walking

Throughout the surrounding countryside, there are numerous marked paths for walkers - some of which are accessible from the grounds of Les Artigaux. There are fairly gentle circuits suitable for families, or more challenging routes such as the GR10 which passes through Arrens (the GR10 runs along the Pyrénées from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean). Locally-based guides also offer escorted walks into the mountains.


Road Cycling

For two or three days in July each year, the Pyrénées are centre stage for the Tour-de-France. Climbs such as the Tourmalet or the Aubisque, and the mountain-top finishes at Lourdes-Hautacam or Luz-Ardiden, are some of the most challenging climbs in the entire race. For cycling enthusiasts, following in the tyre tracks of the Tour is the ultimate challenge and there are many routes from Les Artigaux, which incorporate the most famous climbs.


2010 Tour de France and Etape du Tour

In 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Tour de France stage in the Pyrénées the Tour will climb the Tourmalet twice. On Tuesday 20th July the Luchon to Pau stage will climb the Tourmalet from the La Mongie side and on Thursday 22nd the stage from Pau will finish at the top of the Tourmalet for the first time ever after climbing from the Barèges side. Both these stage will go right past the front gate of Les Artigaux as they climb or descend the road from the Col du Soulor. On Sunday 18th July the Etape du Tour will follow the route of the Pau to Tourmalet stage as 9,000 amateurs experience what the professional riders will face just a few days later.


Cyclosportives

For some the Etape du Tour is the ultimate challenge, but due to it's popularity it is sometimes difficult to get an entry. There are smaller events which include major climbs such as the Tourmalet and are well organised with proper marshals and feed stations. The most local of these to Les Artigaux are:


La Hubert Arbes (late June or early July). Starts and finishes in Lourdes. Two courses - "La Hubert Arbes" is 159km and includes Le Tourmalet and the Col du Soulor. "La Petita" is 105km and includes the Tourmalet.


La Pyrénéenne (mid June). The start and finish rotates between Argelès-Gazost, Bagnères-de-Bigorre and Saint-Lary-Soulan. In 2009 there were three courses of 174km, 131km and 103km all incorporating the Tourmalet. For those with energy to spare, on the Sunday afterwards there was a time trial from Argelès to Hautacam.


If you would like to participate in either of these events we can provide further information and help with entry. 


Mountain Biking

The stunning Val-d’Azun has over 450km of marked trails for mountain bike enthusiasts, but tackling the cols and longer trails will require a reasonable level of fitness. For those needing to build up to these challenges, there are a number of relatively gentle mountain bike routes to start off with. For those wishing for a more relaxing experience, there is a virtually flat paved cycleway along an old railway track between Lourdes and Argelès.


Paragliding (Parapente)

Val d’Azun is the ideal location for paragliding. There are two schools in Aucun which offer flights in a dual harness with an instructor. They also run courses (up to a week) to teach participants to fly solo. A number of our guests have tried paragliding and thoroughly recommend the experience. The price for a dual flight is 50€.


White-water rafting

White-water rafting is available at several locations along the Gave-de-Pau (near Argelès-Gazost). Some of the routes are suitable for young children; others are more challenging and exciting. Kayak and canyoning trips are also offered locally. A white-water rafting trip costs around 20€ per person.