Holidaymakers looking for a scenic place to stay in the south of France should try the beautiful village of Argeles-Gazost. Located in the Haute-Pyrenees region this commune provides a great base for holidaymakers to find plenty of things to see and do. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, cottages, B&Bs and campsites.
This is a very scenic location and is the perfect destination for cyclists with an eight mile marked track from Argeles to Lourdes. There is also 450 kilometres of mountain bike trails on the doorstep too. The village and places like the Pyrenees National Park can be explored by hiking and horse riding as well. During the winter months there are ski resorts just a short drive away at Cauterets and Hautacam. There is a golf course at Lourdes 15 kilometres away and visitors can also play tennis in the area. Other activities available to holidaymakers here include fishing, rafting, kayaking, mountaineering and paragliding. Argeles-Gazost has shops and a supermarket as well as a market on Tuesdays for self catering holidaymakers to buy a few provisions and souvenirs from. Visitors can enjoy some fine French cuisine from restaurants, cafes and bars.
There are many wonderful places to visit in and around Argeles-Gazost including very interesting historic buildings and sites. These include Tower Vieuzac, the Casino and the city fountain in Argeles-Gazost. The village is also renowned for its thermal spas. Nearby, holidaymakers can also visit the Ancient Abbey of Saint Savin, the Chapel of Our Lady Pietat also in Saint Savin and Sainte Chapelle Casters in Lau-Balagna. Wildlife lovers might like to visit the Animal Park of Pyrenees at Ayzac-Ost, The Tropical Aquarium of the Pyrenees at Pierrefitte Nestalas or the Dungeon of Eagles at Beaucens. The spiritual retreat at Lourdes is only 15 minutes away and is home to the Sanctuary of Our Lady.
The warmest month of the year in this region of France is July with an average high temperature of 26 degrees centigrade. January is the coldest month with an average high of seven degrees and average lows of zero degrees centigrade. Rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year. However, the wettest month is generally November when the average rainfall is 111mm, whereas the average in July is just 52mm.
Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport (LDE) is approximately 30 minutes drive from Argeles-Gazost. Flights arrive here from Bergamo (BGY) and London-Stansted (STN) with Ryanair and Brussels (BRU) with Thomas Cook and TNT Airways as well as seasonal flights from Manchester (MAN) and Rome-Fiumicino (FCO). Alternatively Pau Pyrenees Airport (PUF) is about an hour away and has flights from London City (LCY) as well as seasonal flights from Amsterdam (AMS) and Dublin (DUB). There are car hire firms at both airports.