THE PIC DU MIDI DE BIGORRE
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Classified as a great national natural site, the Pic du Midi culminates at 2 887 m and marks the landscape of the whole region. It is the lighthouse and the symbol of the Pyrenees. Your adventure at the Pic du Midi begins with a cable car ride from the La Mongie station (every 15 minutes). The ascent lasts fifteen minutes of an aerial journey. Little by little, the dome of the astronomical observatory gets closer. Because this enchanting natural site is also a place of research and scientific studies. Since 1873, it has been offering scientists equipment to enhance an incomparable view of solar and atmospheric activity. The center is equipped with a telescope, the Lyot telescope, which allows the observation and study of stars and galaxies. The site opens to the public a modern, didactic and very original interpretation center that challenges your senses and your perceptions of space. It presents the history of the observatory, its construction, its human epic. You get to know the pioneers who braved the impossible to build its legend. The celestial night landscapes are fabulous, from storms to climatic events, the skies are an infinite spectacle. From the famous esplanade where the light and air are of a rare purity, the horizon has no limit. From Catalonia to the Basque Country, the mountain range extends as far as the eye can see. And in the sky it is the same infinity! Thematic workshops are offered and you have access to observation equipment. On site, a panoramic bar-restaurant and the highest planetarium in Europe. In complete immersion within the Baillaud dome, an 8 m screen curved in the hemisphere broadcasts 2 films that take you on a journey through the universe.
Overnight stay at the Pic: The package includes the ascent, welcome cocktail, sunset observation, dinner, stargazing, and overnight stay. Sunrise and visit to the scientific quarters. 12 double rooms and 3 single rooms, limited to 27 persons/night.
Skiing: Skiing down the Pic du Midi is for the technically and physically fit. It is the only 100% freeride area in the Pyrenees and is neither supervised nor marked. Qualified guides with excellent knowledge of the high mountains can supervise you.
The highlight of the visit is the transparent pontoon above the void, a 12 m metal footbridge offering a breathtaking view and the impression of flying.
Information on THE PIC DU MIDI DE BIGORRE
Open all year round. Adult 45 €, family package 108 €. Fixed price per night at the Pic from 439 € in a double room.
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