Every year, intrepid travellers from across the globe flock to the southwest of France to tackle the majestic Pyrénées. Excellent footpaths and a temperate climate create ideal walking conditions, so if you’re staying in one of our South of France villas, stretch your legs with these five hiking trails.
Conques via the Way of St James
Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims past and present by following the Way of St. James from Golinhac to Conques, a charming village overlooking the Dourdou River in the Pyrenean foothills. Be sure to visit the Abbey-Church of Sainte-Foy’s collection of medieval treasures, with gems including the priceless 11th century ‘A of Charlemagne’.
The Cirque de Gavarnie sits on the Spanish frontier, making this walk a fantastic way to take in some of the most famous sights of the Pyrénées. Your journey begins at Col des Tentes, continuing on foot into the mountains on a trail that curves round Europe’s highest waterfall, the Grande Cascade, and up to La Breche de Roland, the famous pass between France and Spain. Visitors wanting to stay in holidays villas in France might well want to consider Château Siregarde which is close to Toulouse can stop for a bite at Gavarnie village on their drive south.
Château de Peyrepertuse via the GR36
Perhaps the best preserved of the legendary Cathar castles, this breath-taking 13th century fortress looks out over dense Mediterranean forests and limestone peaks. The climb from Rouffiac via the GR36 takes around an hour, but is well worth it for the incomparable views.
Lac d’Oredon via the GR10
Many seasoned walkers consider the Lac d’Oredon a sight capable of rivaling the Cirque de Gavarnie. Nestled in the secluded Néouvielle National Reserve, visitors should loop around this pristine lake via the GR10. Stay in our Treybo Farmhouse to make sure your three-hour trek ends in a well-earned rest.
The Petite Vignemale via the Ossoue Glacier
Conquering the colossal 3298m Vignemale might be a bit ambitious for most, but the 3032m Petit Vignemale provides a great alternative. The approach via the Ossoue glacier is by far the easiest, and passes through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the Hautes-Pyrénées. Visit during the summer months for unrivalled views across the Ossoue and Gaube valleys.
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