Exploring the breathtaking Pyrenees

  • Midi Pyrénees

    Midi Pyrénees

  • Midi Pyrénees

    Midi Pyrénees

  • Midi Pyrénees

    Midi Pyrénees

  • Midi Pyrénees

    Midi Pyrénees

Exploring the breathtaking Pyrenees fr

France has everything you can image to make the most out of an adventurous, active journey.

You can board a train in Paris and before you know it be transported to Provence where you will be wowed by the rolling landscape or find yourself exploring the numerous castles of the Loire Valley. If you are a nature lover you cannot pass up the opportunity to go canoeing along Ardèche’s river or hiking in the Pyrenees.

This summer, our focus is on the stunning areas surrounding the breathtaking Pyrenees. The mountain range, with an elevation of over 3,400m, separates the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of Europe. Stretching more than 430km between Spain and France the area features an abundance of hiking trails that take in the spectacular landscapes and vistas of the Pyrenees.

Located at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains, the towns of Pau and Lourdes are surrounded by gorgeous landscapes, authentic heritage and architecture. Both towns can be base camps for an unforgettable exploration of the south west of France and become your gateway into the Pyrenees.

Easily accessible from Bordeaux and Toulouse by train (2h10 trip), Pau is a lively and cosmopolitan city. Upon your arrival at the railway station, take the free cable-car, inherited from the Belle Epoque era, to reach the town centre. Pau, which is the birthplace of King Henry IV, is home to the Château de Pau, once the home of the King and today a classified monument and museum.

Alternatively, you can begin your journey into the Pyrenees from Lourdes. Lourdes is easily accessible by train from Toulouse or Bordeaux with a 1h42 and 2h33 travelling time respectively. From Lourdes, take the hundred-year-old funicular train up to the summit of Pic du Jer, where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the town and the Pyrenees Mountains. At 1,000 metres, the view will take your breath away.

Afterwards, head up to Cauterets-Pont d’Espagne, a protected natural area where you will stumble across waterfalls and take in views that are picture-perfect and what postcards are made of! While you are in this area you can also ensure that you make your way through Gavarnie, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with 17 summits at over 3,000 metres. We recommend that you finish the day at the Pic du Midi de Bigorre Observatory. At an altitude of 2,877 metres and with an exhibition covering an area of 4,000 square metres, you will discover an unforgettable and unrestricted views of the Pyrenees from one of the highest points in Europe.

With almost one million kilometres covered daily by its trains, travelling by the SNCF (French National Railroads) In France is the easiest and most comfortable way to discover the scenic regions of this beautiful country.

So sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving...

Your adventure throughout France starts right here on the train. 

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