Summer Activities

Grapes in summerThe vineyards of Madiran, Cotes de Gascogne, Gers and Jurancon are all within a short drive, and there are plenty of opportunities for a “petit degustation”. About 30 miles to the North are the Armagnac producers, many of whom offer cellar door tastings and sales. You will also discover plenty of local producers of fine cheese, mainly made from ewes milk (brebis)

There are opportunities for local walks and spectacular drives.

The Pyrenees (50 miles) will provide you with delightful walks with stunning views of the mountains. Paragliding, canyoning, rafting, mountain biking and fishing are all available. A ride on Europe’s “highest train” at Artouste (May to September) is a must.

The seaside resorts of Biarritz and St.John de Luz are situated 80 miles to the West, along with the longest beach in Europe with spectacular dunes which runs all the way North to Bordeaux.

Just to the North of Biarritz are two of Europe’s finest Golf Courses, Seignosse and Moliets, as well as many other good tests of Golf. More locally, Pau boasts the oldest Golf Club on continental Europe, and there are scenic courses at Lourdes and Bagneres de Bigorre, around 30 miles away.

Pau has one of Europes best Steeplechase courses and there are a plethora of meetings in the Spring. The Tour de France runs through the area in July, and the streets of Pau are closed the last weekend in May to host some seriously good motor racing (The first Grand Prix was held in Pau in 1901)

The world famous Jazz festival at Marciac is held over two weeks in August

The pilgrimage city of Lourdes with its famous basilica and caves is less than 45 minutes drive away, a must visit any time of the year. Following the claims that there were apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, Lourdes has developed into a major place of Christian pilgrimage.

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