Camping holidays in the Hautes-Pyrénées
Reach for the skies with a family holiday in the most mountainous department in south-west France. With Spain to the south, the Gers to the north, the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and the Haute-Garonne to the west and the east, the Hautes-Pyrénées department is an ideal holiday destination.
On your agenda: Verdant forests, high-altitude lakes, a world-renowned spiritual site, awesome French astronomy, the most attractive balneotherapy centres in the region... whether you’re a wanderer, the scientific sort or simply looking to unwind, you’ll find inspiration here. So select your campsite in the heart of the Pyrenees Regional Natural Park and enjoy a memorable holiday in the great outdoors!
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Mobile home rental in the Hautes-Pyrénées
Unpack your suitcases or your backpack in an all-comfort cottage or tent and start your adventure in the Hautes-Pyrénées. This French destination is just as popular in summer as in winter thanks to its array of outdoor activities, appealing to holidaymakers who love a stay in the mountains.
With family or friends, on a camping pitch or in a mobile home, opt for a campsite with swimming pool between Lourdes and Cauterets! Take the opportunity to see Tarbes, the department’s capital with its National Stud, and Pau with its famous castle where Henri IV was born.
At our campsites, your children will also be treated like royalty! With the activities and children’s clubs thoughtfully organised for 5-17-year-olds, they won’t get bored for a minute. With creative workshops, treasure hunts, team sports, board games... there’s something for everyone! And we’ve even thought of your tiniest campers with the baby kit you can hire or use for free in our Premium accommodation!
Adults will also be delighted to discover the choice of activities and amenities available at our campsites, including aquagym, a fitness room, pétanque, yoga, evening entertainment, and more. Then there are the services, with a high-quality reception, eateries, grocery store and bakery, all ready to serve you. Your holiday will be synonymous with joy and relaxation.
Another big benefit of a campsite in the Pyrenees: the flourishing nature and the highest peaks of the Pyrenees will be right on your doorstep. For example, you can visit Vignemale, the highest mountain on the French side of the massif, at the gateway to Spain, a real landmark for mountaineers. Hire a mountain bike or pull on your finest walking shoes and tackle these trails.
Did you know?
The current territory of the Hautes-Pyrénées, formerly called Bigorre, is closely linked to Caesar and his conquests. His people, the Bigorrians, were subjugated by Lieutenant Crasus. The present village of Cieutat is said to be the former capital of Bigorre, “Bigarra”, and many Roman roads can still be seen today. You can head for Capvern or follow the route connecting Bagnères-de-Bigorre to Vallon du Serris.
What can you do while camping in the Hautes-Pyrénées?
Looking for nature?
Nature remains peaceful and unspoilt in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Explore the Pyrenees National Park to see for yourself! This is an area where water features high and the scenery is stunning, where you’ll experience emotions that only nature can evoke. The Cirque de Gavarnie is a perfect example.
A must-see in the region, this glacial cirque is now a natural park included on the UNESCO World Heritage List and recognised for its grandiose landscapes and exceptional biodiversity. Just as wild and wonderful, the Néouvielle massif boasts an incredible natural environment formed of numerous lakes, rivers and pine forests.
Make the most of hiking paths, mountain bike trails and canyons in these extraordinary places, where you can even go skiing in winter. Sports, leisure and discovery will all be on your agenda during this camping holiday!
Or keen for culture and city visits?
Besides the bountiful natural environment, the Hautes-Pyrénées also offers a variety of cultural and urban attractions. Pilgrims come from all over the world to visit Lourdes, especially the Masabielle grotto and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, sites of miracles, prayers and spirituality.
Are you more keen on cycling or just dying to slip into a whirlpool? Argelès-Gazot is the perfect spot for both of these activities in summer! It is the capital of cycling in the Pyrenees and is also home to a magnificent spa: Le Jardin des Bains, perfect for a full spa treatment or simply for a relaxing stay. Savour the soothing serenity you can feel in these places. Finally, the Pyrenees animal park is a must when in Argelès-Gazost, and is sure to please campers of every age.
Then, take a break in Arreau, one of the region’s most charming villages. The town hall-covered market building and the Maison des Lys are both worth a visit. They bear witness to historical heritage that dates back to the Middle Ages and are still well-preserved today.
And don’t forget to visit Tarbes, the capital of the Hautes-Pyrénées! This lovely city welcomes you with a host of delicious restaurants, parks – including the Massey Garden – and plenty of historic monuments. Take a break for lunch and sample the local gastronomy:Tarbais beans, Noir de Bigorre pork, Garbure or Madiran - a full-bodied and robust wine. Sample these delicious local products right at the source at the lively markets where local producers sell their wares.There is so much to see during your camping holiday in the Hautes-Pyrénées.
Finally, don’t leave the Hautes-Pyrénées without admiring the breathtaking vista formed by the massif from the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, 2,876 metres above sea level. To broaden your horizons even further, you can also visit the astronomical observatory. Take the cable car from La Mongie to get there. The perfect way to end your camping holiday in the Hautes-Pyrénées on a high!
What are the sightseeing attractions in the Hautes-Pyrénées?
As you’ll have gathered, there is plenty to see and do in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Here’s a quick list of the must-sees:
- Pic du Midi de Bigorre
- Cirque de Gavarnie
- Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
- Cirque de Troumouse
- Néouvielle Nature Reserve
- The Massey Garden
- The Pyrenees Animal Park
- The Bridge of Spain site
- Le Tourmalet pass
What are the activities on offer in the Hautes-Pyrénées?
The Pyrenees are just as suitable for walking and relaxing as they are for extreme sports. Be sure to head back home with a heart full of memories of your various experiences.
- Hiking in the Pyrenees
- Rafting on the Gave de Pau river
- Canyoning on the Gave de Héas or in the Ossau Valley
- Bungee-jumping from the Napoleon Bridge in Luz-Saint-Sauveur
- Skiing in Peyragudes, Cauterets, Luz Ardinen or Piau Engaly
- Snowshoe or sled dog excursions in La Mongie
Which are the most beautiful lakes in the Hautes-Pyrénées?
The Hautes-Pyrénées would not be the same place without its large stretches of water. The mountain lakes always add an extra touch of calm and tranquillity to the idyllic setting.
- Gaves Lake
- Gaube Lake
- Cap-de-Long Lake
- Orédon Lake
- Estom Lake
- Aubert Lake
- Aumar Lake