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Mountains around Vernet Les Bains

Mountains around Vernet Les Bains

John Owens

Looking at a list of Regions and Departments, we find that the mountain departments are split between three regions: Pyrénées Atlantiques comes under Aquitaine; Haute- Garonne, Hautes Pyrénées and Ariège come into Midi -Pyrénées and Pyrénées Orientales comes under Languedoc. On this site all these departments are covered here.

The departement of the Hautes-Pyrenees, or High Pyrenees offers just that - lots of high mountains. In winter it's great for skiing, with a sun a bit hotter than in the Alpes and snow just as white. In summer it's great for hiking and other outdoor activities. The Pic du Midi is the highest mountain, with great trekking and skiing opportunities. Other famous resorts include Luz Ardiden and Val Louron.

If you are not able to hike, bike, ski or walk, head for Lourdes the major tourist city in the departement. Since the virgin Mary appeared to a few peasant gilrs here, miracles have been plenty...


November 12, 2004 change by davidx (1 point)

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