The breathtaking Pyrenees in Summer
For this European 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.
How to get there
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.
Travel made easy
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.
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