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Apart from all the activities the mountains and the countryside have to offer, there are plenty of other opportunities for sightseeing: cathedrals, museums, architecture, art, prehistoric caves, historic buildings and ruins dating back to roman times, and more.

St Bertrand de Comminges, one of the most imposing sites in the Pyrenees in an exceptional setting, with its medieval cathedral Sainte Marie surrounded by the old town, and the vast remnants of the ancient Roman city of Lugdunum below, which spread out over 30 hectares and was home to up to ten thousand people in the 2nd century. St Bertrand de Comminges was also a stop on one of the pilgrim ways of the St James's walk to Santiago de Compostela.

Throughout July, August and September St Bertrand becomes the venue for the Festival du Comminges, focussing on Ancient and Baroque music, but significant classical, romantic and contemporary pieces have been added to the recent repertoire.

When in St Bertrand don't miss to visit the nearby Basilica de Saint-Just de Valcabrère from the 12th century, one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture in the Pyrenees. Click here for info Click here for info


Gallo Roman villa at Montmaurin
A definite must see only 10km from us: the expansive remains of one of the largest Roman villas ever discovered in France, a listed national monument, built during the 1st century. Archaeologists have revealed amazing mosaics, marble decorated rooms, courtyards, courtyards and much more
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When you visit Montmaurin, it's only a few minutes drive to another sight, the Gorges de la Save, where the River Save has cut a gorge of around five kilometres into the limestone leaving vertical cliff faces, there are also prehistoric caves. A great area for a gentle walk, with the ruins of Chateau de Lespugue nearby, and it also remains cool on hot days. From the top of the cliff edge there are some lovely views into the gorge and the countryside beyond.
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There is another site of a Gallo Roman villa, at Valentine, 20 minutes from here, in the direction of St Gaudens, Click here for info


Or why not go to another country? The closest route into Spain takes 1 hour through Le Vallée de Luchon. The town Bagnères de Luchon (the locals call it La Reine des Pyrénees, the queen of the Pyrenees!) has been a well known spa town for centuries, famous for its Thermal springs, first discovered by the Romans, and elegant town houses. It has a lovely town centre with a wide tree lined Avenue with lots of small restaurants, cafes and bars.
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Also a very worthwhile visit is the Spanish medieval village of Ainsa, via St Lary Soulan through the tunnel of Bielsa approximately a two hour drive from us.

Chateau Valmirande at Montréjeau
Stunning fairy tale like chateau, built around 1892, in 40 acres of landscaped gardens and listed parkland, guided visits in July and August
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Grottes de Gargas
This system of prehistoric caves, once used by stone age hunters, impresses with animal carvings, wall drawings but mostly due to the collection of more than 200 hand prints on the cave walls left behind by those Stone Age hunters, still a mystery for historians.
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Pic du Midi de Bigorre
For an unforgettable experience, be sure to visit the Pic du Midi observatory, over a 1000m above the Col du Tourmalet. The 360 degree views are quite stunning, an evening visit (requires booking in advance) for stargazing is also highly recommended. Click here for more info
Lourdes
This famous place of pilgrimage, is 1 hour away from us. Millions of pilgrims visit the Lourdes area every year to take in the Grotto site of "Miraculous healings" where the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared before Bernadette Soubirous on a total of eighteen occasions. The candlelight evening parades are quite a moving experience irrespective of your faith.

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Toulouse
The capital of the Midi Pyrenees region and France's fourth largest city is only 1 hour away and is well worth a day visit. Called La Ville Rose due to its buildings made of pink bricks, it has a lot to offer, from historic centre and architecture, to the Aerospace centre, there is something for everyone.
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Martres-Tolosane
If you're interested in ceramics and pottery then plan a visit to the pretty town of Martres-Tolosane, famous beyond the Pyrenees and France for its hand painted china, called Faience, since 1739. Several potteries and galleries are situated within the old town centre, they keep this tradition alive.
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Biarritz
We are approx 2 drive from the Atlantic coast, worth a day trip to visit the elegant seaside resort of Biarritz with its grand hotels lining the seafront, and to enjoy a good lunch in one of the many restaurants. Or spend the day at St. Jean de Luz, a picturesque seaside village with a pretty centre with strong Basque influences, lovely beach. There are Basque festivals throughout summer, with street music and a great atmosphere!



Other places to visit

Museum de Lespugue: Click here for more info
Vallée de Barousse: Click here for more info
Lac d'Ôo : Click here for more info
Chateau de Mauvezin: Click here for more info
L'Abbaye de l'Escaladieu: Cistercian abbey close to Chateau Mauvezin Click here for more info
Gouffre d'esparros : Click here for more info

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