Pyrenees Summer Holidays

A Pyrenees summer holiday can be full of mountain activities – everything from rambling to bungee jumping – or full of nothing other than idling about in the garden with the occasional outing to the swimming pool or one of the many little bars scattered about town. You can just come here and chill out or scare yourself witless by jumping from the Pont Napoleon attached to a stretchy elastic rope. In between these extremes, there are a virtually infinite number of walking options from gentle strolls starting from the village to 12 hour mountain peak days.

Walking and Trekking
 Here’s a few recommendations.

Simple family walks: The Lac du Gaube, Cirque of Gavarnie, Augues Cluses valley
Peaks in a Day: Peak Viscos, Madamette, Pimine.
Harder and Higher: the Breche de Roland, the Taillon, Vignemale, Neouvielle.
Two days: Monte Perdido, Aztazou, Grand Fache
Multi day treks: GR10, GR11, HRP

But there are literally thousands of walks. If you want to plan your own, try ‘Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees‘  or ‘Trekking in the Pyrenees’  for a good guide book. Or, if  you fancy joining a guided group get in touch with our friends at Pyrenean Odysseys who can also organise maps and walks notes for you if you are going it alone. They can also sometimes join you to a day walk or mini trek with a guide. Many British people avoid this option imagining it is like walking in a gang but in fact groups can be small and you will find paths you would never have discovered alone and learn a lot about Pyrenees geography and traditions.

Activities

Apart from walking there are a whole load of activities in the valley:

  • white water rafting
  • rock climbing
  • canyoning
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • parapente flights
  • horse riding
  • ropes courses
  • tennis
All of these activities can booked easily through Pyrenean Odysseys,  the Luz Aventure guide office,  or through Sian at the Hotel Templiers.  There are groups for kids and adults.
If you’re really nuts you can always try this:

Swimming and the Thermal Baths

Luz has a great outdoor swimming pool and there are one or two great places that you can swim in the rivers. Families with small children might like the safety of the rocky shores of the lac d’Argeles which you can drive to. Alternatively visit the thermal baths:

 

Events in the Valley

In July and August Luz and the surrounding villages all have a programme of  ‘animation’. There’s something happening somewhere almost every day: a night market, live music, demonstrations of old farming techniques, sheep dog competitions, a circus, Led Zep covers bands, contests between local mountain choirs, tennis competitions, the Fete des Cotelettes and of course boules. Keep your eyes open around town for posters advertsing various events or check out the programme at the Tourist Office.

 

Summer Photo Gallery