Where: Luz St Sauveur

When Pyrenean Mountain Tours, our predecessors, chose to make Luz St Sauveur their base for summer activities they did so for two reasons.  First, the setting is quite breath-taking. Above the old slate roofs of Luz, the skyline is one of the most dramatic you could hope for. The town is encircled by mountain peaks above 2000m (the town is at 700m), and even in the heat of the summer, you can still see traces of snow. Secondly, the town is well positioned for all kinds of summer activities.  Two rivers meet here, one valley leading to Gavarnie with its famous cirque and footpaths to Spain, the other up the winding Tour de France route to Barèges and the famous Col du Tourmalet.  Luz is half way between Lourdes and Gavarnie, and at the cross roads of Gavarnie and the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, with Cauteret and the Pont d’Espagne easily accessible.  So Luz is an excellent base from which to see the Pyrenees “Grand Sites“.

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The charming stone villages around Luz are all built on the hillsides above the valley floor, which was originally reserved as prime farmland and often flooded. Between villages there is a network of well worn footpaths which make this area a great pleasure for walkers. Even we have not finished exploring them all.  The GR10 footpath runs past the back of the town on its way between Cauterets and Barèges, and eventually either to the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea. There are two bus bus networks connecting Lourdes with Barèges or Tarbes with Gavarnie. See our Transport page for up to date information.

Luz is also excellent if you want a less active holiday as there’s plenty to do just around the village. There are small bars and restaurants, a big, colourful market on Mondays and a popular open air swimming pool. Ten minutes walk away is the linked village of St Sauveur, where you’ll find the Napoleonic thermal baths. It’s not difficult to imagine rich Edwardian women parading these marble corridors in their long skirts, although now its visitors go wrapped in white towelling robes moving from treatment room to treatment room. The baths are open to the public and you can try any number of different ways of taking the waters, from a thermal power shower to an aromatherapy massage in thermal steam. There are single treatments and 5 day all inclusive packages. Talk to us about the options if you like the sound of this.

Protected by mountains to the east, west and south, and separated from the plain to the north by the Pierrefitte gorge, Luz feels like it is cut off from the outside world, even though it is only a 1/2 hour drive from Lourdes. You can’t find a better place to take a breather from the modern world .