There is plenty to do in the surrounding area. There is a tourist office in town and lots of information on http://uk.luchon.com. Here are some of the highlights and some useful links:
The ski resort of Superbagnères is a 10 minute drive from the house. Alternatively drive down to the town of Luchon, 12 minutes away and travel to the top by gondola (combined with a bit of shopping or a lazy lunch). The resort of Peyragudes is also an easy drive and there are also a number of ski resorts over the border in Spain, including the famous Baqueira Beret.
As well as downhill skiing, there is snow boarding, a snow park and cross country trails. Winter skills courses are also available.
Bagnères de Luchon is a Roman spa town. The Thermes are right in the centre of the town with a unique vaporium (natural sauna), thermal baths and numerous treatments.
There are many hiking tracks. The GR10 long distance trail along the length of the Pyrenees threads along the top of the valley and can be accessed at Supebagnères. At the end of the valley - a 10 minute walk from the house - there are easily accessible walks to waterfalls, including the famous Cascade d’Enfer, mountain lakes and mountain huts. Many other walks to suit all interests and abilities are only a short walk away.
There are trout in the Lys which is just behind the house and we have heard tales of great fishing adventures if you head uphill at the end of the valley. You will need to get a permit (which are available from the Intermarche or the tourist office).
With famous mountain climbs on all sides, Luchon has been a favourite of the Tour de France since its early days. Visitors can challenge themselves on the cols, or go on a supported ride. For those who prefer mountain biking, there are many tracks as well as some novel options such as fat tyred scooters to test your nerve.
The town of Luchon well deserves its title of the Queen of the Pyrenees, with the wide plane tree lined Allée d’Etigny, Casino and Spa. There are many cafes and restaurants and interesting shops to potter around. Luchon is also the base for lots of more active pursuits including paragliding, swimming (an indoor pool, and outdoor pool in summer), crazy golf, a 9-hole golf course, tennis, horse riding, a climbing wall, and an ice skating rink in winter
Spain is 12 km from Luchon over the Col de Porthillon, with a short drive down to the Val d'Aran and the nearest towns of Bossost and Vielha and their delis, pottery shops and tapas bars. Even in winter, you can retrace your steps to St Beat and cross into Spain following the route of the Garonne without going via the Col. There is a wildlife park on the way to Bossost via the Col.
Within an hour or two are Pau, the monastery of St Bertrand de Cominges and the pilgrimage town of Lourdes.
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