Cauterets Pyrenees Apartment (studio)
by Richard Rowe
Great in summer
Cauterets is great for summer activities including hiking, walking, trekking, mountain, rafting, caving and potholing. Beautiful scenery within minutes, at Pont D'Espagne, and within 30-60 minutes' drive to neighbouring areas.
A great location for winter skiing and snowboarding, with a new beginners' area and a freestyle park for the more advanced. Good range of ski runs, also has Pont d'Espagne nearby for those who prefer ski de fond.
Just 40 mins' drive from neighbouring resort of La Mongie if you have a car and fancy a change of scene.
Bayonne/Biarritz on the Atlantic Coast is within 90 minutes' drive.
The Midi-Pyrenees / Hautes-Pyrenees region
Stunning scenery and loads of activities, from pleasant walks to tough hiking expeditions, skiing and snowboarding in winter, mountain biking, rafting and numerous other mountain sports in summer.
A very 'French' area, with great local food and friendly atmosphere, not too busy on the roads (or on the pistes) - the area offers several ski domains and a purpose built mountain biking area with varying degrees of difficulty.
Cauterets is a friendly, lively place, tucked neatly away up in the rugged mountainous area just south of Lourdes. Its ski domain is unique in that it sits nicely in a glacial corrie, a parabolic bowl meaning all runs lead back to the one restaurant. This means it's almost impossible to get lost, and meeting up with family and friends for lunch or at the end of the day after perhaps skiing separately is easily achieved.
The town boasts several bars and a casino, though these are certainly not raucous or very late night affairs, but rather at the more civilized end of the market, suitable for the discerning customer.
Restaurants are numerous and of superb quality, I would be happy to send you in the direction of several of the best. All are friendly and have excellent service.
Overall - a beautiful, quaint, charming town with plenty going on both in summer and winter.
Sleeps up to: 4 (Studio)
Rates: £125 to £250 per week
Nearest beach: Biarritz: 200 km
Will consider: Long term lets (over 1 month)
Short-breaks (4 days or fewer)
Changeover day: Sat
Access: Car not necessary
Lift access to property
Nearest amenities: 0.05 km
Family friendly? Suitable for children of all ages
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes: No pets allowed
No smoking at this property
How to get there
Flights to Lourdes/Tarbes, Pau, Biarritz, Toulouse or Bordeaux in order of proximity.
www.skyscanner.net is a good general site for searching budget airline routes and prices.
Driving - roads are terrific, it takes less time than you might think and it is an advantage having your car there, especially in summer for trips out to local places of interest and more spectacular scenery.
www.aferry.com has great deals on crossings at bargain rates.
If driving, aim for Lourdes, then Argeles-Gazost and finally Cauterets.
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