PIC DU MIDI
The Pyrenees' balcony
THE ULTIMATE PYRENEAN TRIP
Summer and winter
At an altitude of 2877m, the purity of the air and the light are the secret of the Pic du Midi, famous for its astronomy observatory.
Admire the endless ocean of Pyrenean peaks from the panoramic terraces. Take a gourmet pitstop at the restaurant. Feast your eyes on a view that's so fascinating you could easily spend half a day up here.
Brave the skywalk at the top of the mountain on a 12m long bridge hanging over the void: a thrilling experience recommended by Anthony, one of our tourism experts.
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In the shadow of the Pic du Midi at an altitude of 2115m: the Tourmalet mountain pass is legendary. The Tour de France covers it every year and cycling enthusiasts from all over the world come here to tackle the ascent from Barèges or a ride from Campan.
Into the history and life of the Pic du Midi
Explore the history of the Pic at the fully interactive Expériences planetarium and centre. It all began when a weather station was built in 1882. The feat was brought to life by scholars, scientists, builders and transporters.
The Pic du Midi, where the moon's map was drawn up for NASA in 1969, is the oldest high mountain astronomy observatory in the world. It's also the only Dark-Sky Preserve in France.
NIGHTS, EVENINGS AND EVENTS AT THE PEAK
The site conjures up magic at night too. The Pic du Midi hosts stargazing nights with dinner and astronomical entertainment (book well ahead!).
Go one step better: spend a night on the summit. You can book to be one of the lucky few to sleep on the iconic peak and share magical moments under the stars. Keep an eye on the Pic's schedule. There are amazing concerts, festivals and sporting competitions all year round.
La Mongie, at the foot of the Pic, provides access to the largest ski area in the French Pyrenees: Le Grand Tourmalet. A medium-sized resort attracting experienced skiers and families alike.
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The spa city
25km from the Pic du Midi is Bagnères-de-Bigorre, a spa resort whose 19th century heyday gave it stylish architecture, landscaped parks and a certain taste for culture. Your visit will take you past the Allées des Coustous, the neo-classical Grands Thermes, Thermes de la Reine, casino, covered market hosting the local market on Saturdays, 14th century Tour des Jacobins and more.
Don't miss the Salies Museum and Marble Museum based in the Salut Valley.
Unwind in Bagnères-de-Bigorre at one of the best thermal spas in the Pyrenees: Aquensis. Soak up the joys of hot and invigorating thermal water in a peaceful luxury haven.
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You're spoilt for choice when it comes to great family holidays here: via ferrata with Vertige de l’Adour (min age: 8), Lou Farfadet tree-top adventure on the stunning Payolle Lake site (min age: 2). The Trait Nature educational trail in Barèges is peppered with 14 drawing desks (min age: 2). Try dog sledding withAttelage altitude (walk pulled along by a dog) or dog cycling.
HOTEL LA MANDIA
LA MAISON D'HOURSENTUT
RESIDENCE DE TOURISME MER ET GOLF LE TOURMALET
CAMPING LE LAYRIS
The Pic du Midi is in the Hautes-Pyrénées. You can reach it from La Mongie ski resort.
- By car: A64 motorway, junction 12 then the D935 or 14 then D918 to Bagnères. La Mongie is accessible all year. In summer you can get there via Barèges and the Tourmalet mountain pass.
- By plane: from Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées (1 hr), Toulouse-Blagnac (2.5 hrs) or Pau-Pyrénées (1 hr 45 mins) Airports.
- By train: from Tarbes station. Toulouse-Tarbes TER line and Paris-Lourdes-Tarbes TGV line. Bus and taxi transport to La Mongie.