Your hol: Pyre­nees

This beau­ti­ful, moun­tain­ous re­gion of France is stun­ning, no mat­ter what time of year you visit!

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1 See amaz­ing views Take the Fu­nic­u­lar du Pic du Jer for beau­ti­ful views from 1,000m. At the top, walk to the ob­ser­va­tory for an even big­ger view of the Pyre­nean chain. 2 Go for a walk The Cirque de Gavarnie is an hour’s easy walk or stroll along the river from Gavarnie vil­lage to the foot of the im­mense UNESCOlisted box canyon (the ‘cirque’) with its stun­ning snowy peaks and beau­ti­ful wa­ter­falls. 3 Get mov­ing At­ten­tion adren­a­line junkies! Take a Trotti scooter or fat­bike for the two-and-a-halfhour ride from Luz Ar­di­den down to the val­ley – the GR 10 trail is suit­able for chil­dren from age 9. Or take to the grassy slopes on a sum­mer sledge! 4 Visit Lour­des The Grotto of Mass­a­bielle is the cave where, in 1858, the Vir­gin Mary ap­peared to 14-year-old Ber­nadette Soubirous – now Saint Ber­nadette. She fol­lowed the Vir­gin’s in­struc­tions to un­cover the mirac­u­lous famed, heal­ing spring. Be warned, it gets very busy! 5 En­joy an­i­mal magic Visit the Pyre­nean An­i­mal Park, voted best in France last year, and visit The Ea­gles’ Tower, a fan­tas­tic birds-of-prey show in the fortress at Beau­cens. 6 Stay some­where fab Sunelia Les Trois Vallees re­sort has a fab­u­lous 2,000m wa­ter park and great val­ue­for-money ac­com­mo­da­tion, from camp­ing to de­signer­ar­chi­tect lodges.

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