The Culture

You can experience so many different things when you stay at Mas des Hirondelles and many of these will allow you to experience just some of the culture of this delightful and distinctive area of France.

Markets

The market is a French tradition which has to be experienced. Every reasonably sized town has one and that includes our nearest town of Argelès Gazost on a Tuesday. This market dates back nearly 200 years. We provide a full list of all local markets in the house so you can always pick up locally sourced fruit and vegetables.

Animal Park

The Parc Animalier des Pyrénées in Argelès Gazost presents the animals of this area in vast spaces where, bears, wolves, chamois, marmots, lynx, roe-deer, otters, foxes, squirrels live in semi-freedom. More than a hundred species live in about 10 hectares of park situated on a hill, giving a magnificent view on the mountains. Children will love the opportunity to get up close to some of the creatures, being able to play and feed animals like the marmots.

Visit www.parc-animalier-pyrenees.com for more information.

Donjon des Aigles

The Château de Beaucens houses one of the most prestigious collections of birds of prey. In the summer months, there is a bird of prey show which should not be missed, as spectators get up close and personal with these large birds.

Lourdes

While Lourdes is best known for its shrine which brings in coach loads of tourists every day, Lourdes has other attractions too. A trip on the funicular railway at Pic du Jer offers spectacular panoramic views of the Pyrenees. The thousand-year-old fortress is a listed historical monument and a museum of France. This site offers exceptional views of the city, the Sanctuaries, and the Pyrenees.
For more information visit Lourdes Tourism.

Pic du Midi de Bigorre

The Pic du Midi de Bigorre rises to 2877m above sea level offers stunning views over the Pyrenees. The scenic splendor is the Pic du Midi has been a classified national natural site since 2003. From La Mongie, a 15 minute trip in a cable car takes you to the summit. Not the cheapest day out but one you will remember.
Visit www.picdumidi.com for more information.

Pont d’Espagne

At the edge of the Pyrénées National Park, the Pont d’Espagne (1 496 m) is a protected corner of the countryside where you can discover the most beautiful waterfalls that can be seen in Hautes-Pyrénées. It gives access to two major valleys that are worth exploring on foot; the Marcadau valley, where the high prairies give way to a wonderful landscape of pleasant lakes and peaks, and the Gaube valley, with a lake that can be reached by chair lift. The top end of the valley leading to the lake is closed off by the north face of the Vignemale, the culminating point of the mountain range on the border with Spain.

For more information visit www.cauterets.com

CIRQUE DE GAVARNIE

The legendary Gavarnie Cirque has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997 for its natural and cultural value. The less well-known but equally resplendent and impressive Estaubé and Troumouse are gems of scenery and culture, in what is incontestably the most famous place in the Pyrénées.

Visit gavarnie.com for more information.

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