Traveling around the Pyrenees , Best places to see and stop please

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  1. Mici

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    We will be traveling down through France ( stopping to see a friend nr Limoges on the way) to amble around the Pyrenees beginning of Sept.
    Need the best places to stop in the Pyrenees mostly french, but may go over to the Spanish side. we love views, walking, quite places and quaint old villages.
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    We stayed in the valley of the vultures a couple of years ago. Vulture centre itself well worth a visit as have webcam on the nesting area. Valley d'ossau, stayed at the aire at Laruns ( village with bars and TO) and up to a lake at the top of the valley where you could also park up I think it was Artouste Fabergé's but haven't checked. We also stopped for lunch at Gourette by a waterfall. Lovely valley, we do plan to go there again.
     
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    Hi.
    Try this one,you will not be disappointed.

    www.camping-pyrenees-natura.com/fr/?lang=en

    If this link does not work,just type in Camping park natura pyrenees.
    Walks from site,5 min jingle up the road,takes you to Lac D Estaing ? Various walks signposted from here with approx journey times.
    Site ? As clean as a whistle, owners could not be more helpfull
    CAUTION>
    As you are getting near the site,a sign post to the village appears,IGNORE that,keep on the main road for a while,and you will see another post,with "Coaches lac d Estaing" go up there,you will eventually come to a T junction,tirn right,up there,the site is on your right,and the lake ...+5 mins.When we went,we had a Twin axle "Gin Palace skeggy box" Read the then advice,and it had a restriction on C/v length,so gave them a ring,he said come ahead via the bus route,thats how they got some statics up there
    Use ALL cards ACSI-CC-ADAC etc. Enjoy.
    Tea Bag.
    PS. They had just opened a tunnel through the Pyri whatsits, while we were there,it was? free,comes out in Spain (Nr Jaca ?),but a ride over the top is very good as well,did that on a bike what seems like a hundred years ago LOL
    PPS. You are not far from Lourdes,call in coming or going ? Argells Gazost ? spelling is nice to.
     
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    Lourdes - Disneyland for Catholics, but worth a visit. Could be packed this time of year.
     
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    I loved Lourdes and I'm not a Catholic. Was described to me as Blackpool with religion. visited several times while we lived about 90 minutes drive away and enjoyed the atmosphere. Those teenagers who volunteer to push wheelchair users and run for candles, drinks etc.. In over 40C are stars.
    Foix is worth a visit.
    Le Pic du Midi. Go up in the cable car. Stunning views and you may sight Eagles.
    Lac Bleu, camping allowed for 48 hours and then it's a 2 hour hike to the lake.
    Cannot recall the location of the cave system we visited. I'll post if it comes back to me. You have to book as number of people admitted is limited.

    It's all beautiful. Best place I've ever lived and wish we were still "we" and living there still.
     
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    wow - thanks everyone , looks like we may need more than two weeks down there , interesting that the Spanish side has better weather.
    Keep the suggestions coming- I have the map out and I am already marking up!
     
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    The Pyrenees are a great area, these pictures are from an earlier trip which you can find described if you click on the B on my avatar and then scroll right through the first blog to almost the end where there is another blog called Two Go to Spain.

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    And some locals...

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    For a one or two day visit try the city of Pau. A walk along the boulevard de pyrenees should get some excellent photos of the mountain range.

    A castle and lots of shopping. Free parking available at place de verdun and a short walk into the city centre. (Approx 7-8 mins)
     
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    If the weather in France in September is bad and you decide to go over to Spain (could still be verrry hot there then) the Mallos of Riglos is worth visiting if you go through the Somport tunnel. There are parking areas near the village and motorhomes are allowed to overnight. We were there last Friday but it was toooo hot to stay.

    Other good areas in the Spanish Pyrenees are Ordessa National park and Aguestortes National Park.

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    Mallos de Riglos
     
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    Second that.
    Lovely site and nice people. We may go back there ourselves in a few weeks time.
    As Tea Bag says, Lac D'Estaing is stunning. We spent two nights wilding there a couple of years ago.
     

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    Hi Clarky.
    That shot brings back memories,in your photo,the then..younger growler..LOL,insisted on swimming down in the direction of your m/h,same side,she is getting on now,and i think the weight of her wet fur,would drag her down....sad,she loved swimming. There was a lovely walk up the otherside,going back up,away from your m/h.
    A mate went on our reco. one year,and went back the next,will we be "Bach...LOL". YES. Cannot put pics on site,but i have a super one of our outfit and the view it commanded from the front windows..you could not buy it.
    Glad you enjoyed it as well.
    Tea Bag.
    PS. Was the little "Well" building there,with several foodstuff items that may be needed out of shop hours,that you could go and fetch stuff from and pay in the morning ? Oh,first wife has just said "It's 2016 NOW!! LOL"
     
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    Oh yes, the 'hypermarket' at Camping Natura.
    Rickety stone floor where you could see the water rushing past underneath. Collect what you wanted, weigh the fruit and veg yourself, then go to reception to pay when they were next open.
    Did you try the takeaway meals that they had prepared by a local chef and frozen. Just order in advance and collect in the evening, take your own dish or plate for the chips. Yum,yum!
     
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    We stayed in quite a few places in the Pyrenees around March this year. Favourite was the aire at Payolle. Great views of Pic du Midi du Bigore, aire is next to a large leisure lake with lots of walks and cattle with bells wandering around.
    Then take a drive over Col d'Aspin for some spectacular views and an interesting drive. The tunnel to Spain is close by too.

    View from the Col....
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    Just found a picture of the 'Hypermarket' at Camping Natura.
    Might bring back some memories @Tea Bag
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    We went on this http://about-france.com/tourism/yellow-train-pyrenees.htm. Great fun, beautiful scenery and there was snow on the mountains. A must for any train fancier, but worth it for just the journey. Big car park for campers at the Villefranche station, Aires & campsites nearby, as is a medievial town & fort.

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