Hautes Pyrénées

Hautes Pyrénées

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Hautes Pyrénées is a department in southwestern France. It is part of the Occitanie region. The département of Hautes-Pyrénées was created at the time of the French Revolution, on 4 March 1790, through the influence of Tarbes politician Bertrand Barère, a member of the Convention.

The Western Pyrenees National Park covers a significant area, and includes well-known attractions such as the Cirque de Gavarnie and the Pont d’Espagne. The entire area is a favorite destination of hikers and mountain enthusiasts.

The area has been known perhaps since Antiquity for its hot springs, and several towns were built around these, most notably CauteretsLuz-Saint-Sauveur and Bagnères-de-Bigorre.

A notable lake in the area is Lac Bleu d’Ilhéou, southwest of Cauterets

There are a number of popular ski resorts in Hautes-Pyrénées such as BarègesLa MongieGavarnieLuz-ArdidenCauteretsHautacamPiau-Engaly and Saint-Lary-Soulan.

The area is a nearly-permanent fixture on the Tour de France’s itinerary, with significantly difficult passes such as the Tourmalet, the Aubisque and the Soulor.

The region’s premier avant-garde jazz festival is held each year in Luz-Saint-Sauveur: Jazz a Luz. Tarbes hosts an annual horse festival, Equestria, and a Tango festival, Tarbes en Tango.

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Country France
Visa requirementsVisa is not needed for EU citizens.
Languages spokenFrench
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)4,464 km2

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