It's the Bigorre and another jewel! Welcome to the Hautes-Pyrénées to hikers, curists and pilgrims. The department has attractions for everyone, from Lourdes to the Pic du Midi via Gavarnie, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Cauterets and Pont d'Espagne. This department combines all the charms: well-being, sumptuous mountain landscapes, soothing in the plains and wet valleys, spiritual sites (Lourdes but also the sanctuary of Notre-Dame de Garaison)... without forgetting the daily well-being, the welcome of the inhabitants and the gastronomy around the duck and the delicatessen and some local products such as the Tarbes bean, the black pig of Bigorre, the sheep of Barèges-Gavarnie, the madiran in the glass and the cake on the spit in dessert. It is also the kingdom of balneotherapy with very tempting ski-spa proposals, for example, and thermalism (eight thermal resorts). The hiking or sports trails to reach the highest peaks, quiet in the valleys and in the country of the Coteaux, reveal landscapes and cross villages, markets, producers who delight the eyes and taste buds. Motorists and motorcyclists enjoy driving along the passes. All orientations combined, the Hautes-Pyrénées are a destination where you can enjoy the sweetness of life, ideal to recharge your batteries, treat you, come with your family or in love, hike, fly over, elevate you, meditate..

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Two high tourist seasons for the Hautes-Pyrénées: summer and winter. And two regions that delight different tourists. To the north: Tarbes and the country of the hills, home to a mild and peaceful tourism, mainly in summer, Lourdes which sees pilgrims flocking all year round, with a peak in mid-August for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. To the south: the Pyrenees, their peaks and valleys for outdoor sports lovers in both summer and winter. The mild northern climate is not without a few rainy episodes even in summer. But no heat wave, no drought. In the mountains too, you will not suffer from the heat, even in the middle of August. On the other hand, some sites are black at the height of the summer tourist season, including the Gavarnie circus and the Pic du Midi. Stay informed about the festivities that take place in the cities and valleys during the summer season, including Equestria (Tarbes), Tarbes en Tango, Jazz à Luz, Music and wine in Madiran. In summer, it is also the season of the patron saints in the villages, great festive moments with bandas in all authenticity. In winter, it is in the ski resorts that the festival takes place. About ten downhill ski resorts and Nordic ski areas await the gliders.

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