Jazz à Luz is fabulous, taking place in high summer in a wonderful village right in the Pyrenees national park 30km south of Lourdes. They put on exciting acts, including improvised music and contemporary jazz interlaced with poetry, dance, cinema and percussion using different groups. This year you'll see Hors-Ciel, the trio Michel Doneda, Michel Raji & Paul Rogers, the bassist Barry Guy, Le Bonheur et NIPI.
More InformationFestival website
Tickets free or 18 to 35 euros per day. All four days 90 euros
Luz Tourist Office
Where to StayLe Montaigu
9 route de Vizos
Tel.: 00 33 (0)5 62 92 81 71
42 rooms in a hotel at the foot of a ruined chateau. Big rooms, some renovated recently. Ask for one with a balcony and mountain view.