Nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains just a short drive south of Lourdes and close to skiing, this makes an excellent getaway spot for nature-lovers who also prefer to be based in a civilized and charming town.
The name of Argeles-Gazost's department, Hautes-Pyrénées, says it all. It translates to High Pyrenees. The area’s cities, Tarbes, Lourdes and Argeles-Gazost, are nestled into plains and valleys. At almost any spot in this department, you are either on a mountain or have a splendid view of snow-capped peaks.
The French rail system also stops in Tarbes in Lourdes, but not Argèles. If you plan to visit Argelès-Gazost, you will need to rent a car to reach the mountainous area.
Things to Do in Argeles-GazostFor hiking excursions, consult the local Compagnie des Guides de Haute Montagne des Pyrenees (located on avenue M. Lemettre in Argelès-Gazost), a consortium of area high mountain guides.
Scale the trees above at the Chloro'Fil adventure park. The site has various courses for skill levels as low as a three-year-old.
The Hautes-Pyrénées region boasts an amazing eight thermal spa villages and more than a hundred hot springs. The premier spot is, of course, right at Argelès-Gazost. Neighboring spa towns include Beaucens-les-Bains, Cauterets, Luz-Saint-Sauveur, Barèges-Barzun, Bagnères de Bigorre and Aquensis.
This is also a prime area for water sports. Visit the Wild Gaves (located at 2, avenue des Pyrénées in Argelès-Gazost), who offers canoeing, kayaking, rafting and canyoning.