There are 80kms of countryside paths, or 20 different hiking routes around Vic-en-Bigorre and Montaner. It goes through old towns and villages and borders a river. The land is particularly good for its different landscapes and its territories rich in ancestry. It is the discovery of a 3 time millennium and an authentic, sustainable area. It will amaze you.

You can ask the tourism office in Vic-en-Bigorre or visit their website to see their plan:



Château de Montaner – Gaston Phoebus Tower : (8 kms)

This impressive brick tower hits us by it’s grandeur and by it’s particular shade of red… It was an ancient medieval fortress, a place full of history. When visiting the museum, we dive into a world of knights. Completed with the rest of the village, there is a theatrical scene of grandeur known as “Médiévales de Montaner”, a festival that takes place every year on one of the weekends of July.

It’s one the most important and realistic recreation events of its time, with artists known from around the world.



Maubourguet : (11kms)

Maubourguet is a small medieval town, fortified by the English in the 15th century. Destroyed several times during religious wars, its church, dedicated to Saint-Martin was built in the 11th century. Les Rencontres de Maubourguet is a very festive gathering from the 1st to the 20th of August 2017. The festival is theme around the Art of Sport. It allows sportsman and artists to visit the public. These gatherings can be based around a knight, a book, a game of rugby or an exposition, characterized by the local ambiance of the South-West.

‘Le Théâtre des 7 Chandelles’ offers a theatrical program of a dozen plays per year. You will find both professional and amateur performers.

The program : http://theatreles7chandelles.com/saisons-culturelles/



Madiran : Wine festival (22 kms)

The small town of Madiran is reputed for its AOC strong wine. It is produced on this land since the gallo-roman era, as it’s marked by many archaeological remains. 1300 hectares of vineyard, divided between 3 departments: Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées and Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The vineyard produces well-structured red wines, with a strong personality.

Each year, this small town holds a celebration known as ‘La Fête du Vin’. For 3 days in August, the town celebrates tasting and sampling as well as thrilling concerts…

The program can be found on the town hall’s website:


La Foulée de Madiran

In 2015 ‘La Foulée de Madiran’ proposes a Trail of 23km – 92 trainers, a 15km race – 130 runners and a 14km walk – 476 walkers. This gathering is inscribed in ‘Octobre Rose’ (breast cancer month) in partner with the league against cancer and for this cause, each woman had worn the pink t-shirt.

If you’re going on a road-trip in Madiran, you will find a route suggested by the tourism office to discover the unique domains of the Madiranais in the link below.

Visit to website office de tourisme

In 7 steps, you will be able to explore to the most popular sites like the Château Montus and Bouscassé or still the Château de Crouseille. There are also curious places such as the Labranche Laffont which is the last exploitation of vineyard de Tannat to have survived the “phylloxera” virus that had destroyed the vineyard in 1890.








Armagnac is a large and beautiful region that spreads across three departments: Gers, Landes and Lot et Garonne, reputed for its gastronomy, its wines, and most importantly its holy water. An old gasconne legend tells us how the Armagnac holy water was created… It is one of God’s tears, saddened for having forgotten a piece of the Gascony when he created the world. This tear would be the first tear drop of Armagnac liquor! No surprise that it lends the area many kinds of virtues…

The vineyard extends to this day across 15000 hectares, and more than 160 000 hectoliters of wine is distilled each year to later age under oak wood, the incomparable holy water of Armagnac, is distributed in more than 130 countries.

Places to visit in Armagnac:

Condom (Gers): Musée de l’Armagnac, a gothic cathedral with monestries and several distilleries, including la Maison Janneau… A bandas festival takes place at the beginning of May.

Condom’s other picturesque sites are must-sees: the Cirstercian Abbey of Flaran in Valence sur Baïse, the Château de Busca-Maniban in Mansencôme and the Château fortifié de Larressingle that dates back to the 13th century and its distilleries.

You can also find The Gallo-Roman villa of Séviac with it’s famous mosaics and its magnificent roman baths, it is a remarkable archaeological site to see. Situated in the town of Montréal du Gers, you can also visit the museum that exposes all kinds of marvelous discoveries found during excavations (everyday objects, jewelry, sculptures…)

Eauze: Gothic church and the house of Jeanne d’Albret

this town is a true ancient capital and holds many well preserved sites from its occupation during the gallo-roman times. It is a vast Renaissance heritage with its church a its villa purchased by the mother of the future King Henri IV , which served a a rest stop for the family during their travels between the Béarn and the Nérac region. More info on the site:


Le Château de la Cour of Henri IV in Nérac: this castle form the 15th century became a true royal court during the time of Henri IV and his first wife, Queen Marguerite de Valois. Visiting this palace will transcend you in the heart of the Renaissance period and the times of wars on religion, on traces of the “Bon roi Henri”.


The legend of Saint Fries and the village of Bassoues in Armagnac…

Charles Martel beat the arabes in Poitiers in 732, the army followed by Abder Rhaman fall back in their effort to take over the South and win over the Pyrénées. During their retreart, their come across a small troupe of Francs, commanded by Fries, in the small town of Bassoues.

The Francs were victorious, however their commander was killed during combat. The fallen hero was carried by his horse near a small river where his men buried him.

The legends says that a cattle farmer noticed that one of his cows would often separate itself from the herd to go lick at a stone close to the river. The cow was the most beautiful of his herd… When the farmer brushed around the rock, he found a tomb, where rests the warrior, intact in his armor… Not a doubt for the farmer, he had found the body of the martyr of Bassoues.

Wanting to offer the man a proper burial worthy of his story, he attempts to move the body of the warrior, however non of his cattle could move Fries body, so they decide to have the small cow that would lick the stone try, and miraculously it pulled the wagon…

Ever since then, Bassoues is a place of miracles and pilgrims come from all around the world to visit. Monks have built a convent in the community.

Bassoues is today a highly touristic area, a small medieval town where sits a magnificent dungeon from the 14th century.

Vic-Fezansac: a passage through a roman path, this town is traditionally a crossing and a place of rest. Ideally situated on this roman path, the monastery of Notre Dame, today a hot spot in Armagnac, welcomed pilgrims on their way to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle in the Middle Ages.

You can also visit the arenas and make the most of the festival Tempo Latino that takes place end of July…

The Château de Castelmore in Lupiac (Artagnan)

Country Music Festival in Mirande

Nogaro and its surroudings:

The car circuit and its regular races: coupe de Pâques, auto and motor championship…


The Romanesque collegiate church of the 12th century: from a simple chapel from around the year 1000 to a collegiate church over the centuries, the church was at the heart of wars on religion and was often destroyed and restored… The last restoration of the 19th century initially gave it an austere feel, a feeling that vanished as soon as you walked through its porch. We find ourselves in a jewel of Romanesque art, where stained glass windows from the 2000s are perfectly integrated with plant motifs, created by a master glass maker from the Lot.

Another magnificent Romanesque church, the Church of Panjas and its wonderful frescoes.

Le Donjon de Termes d’Armagnac: a medieval military palace from the 13th century dominates the surrounding valleys. All year, the area follows a rhythm of activities: concerts, plays, tales, activities for children, games… Things to help dive into the world of knights in a time of Jeanne d’Arc.


Thermes de Barbotan: Known for the benefits of its thermal mud for centuries, Barbotan-Cazaubon spa welcomes you for a moment of care and well-being.


The wood covered arenas in Estang: the architecture of these arenas is very rare and picturesque…

Temple de la couse of the Landes with écarteurs (toreros) who compete in skill to avoid the horns of a bull, these 120-year-old brick and wooden arenas are classified.

Gothic bell tower of Mauvezin: Mauvezin became the capital of Fézensaguet, a disbanded territory from the Count of Fezenzac around 920. Stronghold of the famous Jeanne d’Albret, mother of the future King of France Henri IV, it is a place of wars on religion. It was in turn in the hands of the Catholics, then later the Protestants and experienced its share of destruction and violence. The church and convent were also partly destroyed. All that remains is the magnificent bell tower that dominates the town with its height.

The bell tower of Montégut du Gers: this brick church with a low church bell and reinforced buttresses has the appearance of a fortified dungeon. Montégut is a town perched around an imposing castle and is to be inhabited since the Gallo-roman era.

13th century tower in Hontanx: Hontanx is a small town in the lower part of Armagnac on the department of the Landes. It is a 12th and 13th century bastide that houses the Château d’Aon, a traditional “Landes fortified house”. The village was originally entirely fortified, accessed through a guarded gate. These strongholds were used to conquer new territories and served as outposts.



Tarbes : 17kms

Jardin Massey and museum:

Placide Massey, botanist, director of the gardens of the Château de Versailles, elaborated this garden between 1825 and 1850.

Today, it is a very beautiful park with bicentenary trees, classified as a “remarkable garden”… Enjoy a moment of peace and quiet by strolling through the garden’s paths, admiring the sculptures, monastery, the greenhouse and its collection of succulent plants, wild birds, water features, flower beds, rare species…

Come have a picnic under the cedar trees and… watch out for squirrels!

Musée des hussards:

At the end of the garden, there is the hussars museum, where you can admire a grand collection of military uniforms, numerous artworks as well as temporary exhibitions.


Around the ‘Maréchal’ (Marshal):In Tarbes, you can visit Ferdinand Foch natal home… and take a look at his famous statue, facing the 1st Regiment of the Hussards parachutists, at the end of the court Gambetta…


Museum of Deportation and Resistance:


Cultural town

Tarbes is known for its many festivals where art, culture and sport are featured…

Equestria : Equestrian art festival, 2nd half of July.

Tarbes en Tango : An argentinean Tango festival, in the heat of late August, associated with the sensuality of Tango, there are bars at the Jardin Massey and the whole town dances to the rhythm of the music…

You can find the program for all of the departments performances by going on the network’s De Scène en Scène website :


Haras (stables):

Le Haras National de Tarbes (The National Stable of Tarbes) is a remarkable place full of history. It was created in 1806 by Napoléan I and its architecture has been conserved since the 19th century with well preserved Empire style stables of its time.

You will discover different kinds of pure blood breeds, ponies, workhorses….

In an area of 9 hectares right in the center of the town, the stable is a haven of peace and countryside dedicated to equidae, and various activities are offered throughout the year, demonstrations, shows, visits…

The highlight is of course the famous Equestria festival in July with its fabulous night full of different creations, but also many performances to show.

Tennis tournament

Les Petit As:International tournament for junior tennis players, the best junior players go head to head during the second half of the month of January. Among them, the future stars of tomorrow. This tournament, that just celebrated its 35 years, has seen celebrities from Martina Ingis to Rafael Nadal…

Lourdes: 32km

The sanctuaries

Hotspot of pilgrimage for its catholic church, Lourdes is a must-see for its touristic appeal and its rich history. Lourdes built itself around the story of Bernadette Soubirou, a young, illiterate peasant girl claiming to have seen appear the Virgin Mary.

Its superimposed churches set on the edge of the Pau river. The Basilique de l’Immaculée Conception is built on the old crypt and contains magnificent stained glass windows, the Basilique Notre-Dame du Rosaire is famous for its 15 chapels with superb mosaics…

Further along, the Basilique Saint Pie X, built in the 50s is astonishing for its size and modern architecture in reinforced concrete, in a buried position, below the level of the gave.…

On the heels of Espélugues, you can admire a magnificient chemin de croix from the beginning of the 20th century. With hundreds of life size bronze characters and its 1500 meters of paths that wrap around the tress.

Another chemin de croix, called “chemin des croix des malades” is more accessible for the elderly or for people with reduced mobility. It was created in 2001 and contains 17 stations carved in marble.

From April until October, you can also attend big Eucharistic celebrations, masses, daytime processions and night-time torchlight processions…

La Grotte de Masabielle

Lourdes is a curious place for its religious tourism. We come across all kinds of nationalities, pilgrims or onlookers wandering in the forest of candles and lanterns, with dancing flames and the smell of wax… This path leads us to the grotte where the young Bernadette had seen the Virgin Mary and where a healing spring flows

Outside, souvenirs shops and small “kitch” and colorful shops will change your scenery.…

Le château de Lourdes

This robust medieval castle, situated in the heights of Lourdes, was built more than 1000 years ago and conserved all of its attributes from the Middle Ages (drawbridge, harrow, fortified walls, murderous dungeon, watchtowers…). It will allow you to take a step back to times of war in the region and times of franco-spanish conflict…

The funicular railway from the Pic du Jer

The Pic du Jer, loacted 1000 meters in altitude, dominates the town of Lourdes. We can access it by going on a century old funicular railway that gently bring you to the summit, allowing you time to enjoy the scenery. Once arrived, a small path leads you to a lookout point that offers you a panoramic view on the triangle that is Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau and the South towards the mountains and summits…


Pau: (45 km)

Pau is the natal town of King Henri IV, it’s a charming town with a royal past.

Equipped with an enclosure built by Gaston Fébus, Pau became the capital of the Béarn in 1450.

Pau also has English residents. From the monarchy of July onward, residents fought on the territory in 1814.

The Château Henri IV must be visited, you will discover luxurious pieces, apartments and tapestries. The Château was entirely restored and redecorated in the 19th century by Margaret d’Angoulême, it’s an essential monument to visit in Pau. Your love for art and culture will find their place by visiting Le Musée des Beau-Arts, in the heart of the student district, where the great names in painting and sculpture meet equally talented local artists…

You will enjoy strolling through the picturesque streets of the old town, with its shops, antique shops, small bars and romantic tea rooms.

For the followers of the great Napoleon era, his natal home and the Museum of Marshall Bernadotte, who became King of Sweden in 1818 and who turned against France…

The Grand Prix of Pau in May

7 different platforms, races both during the day and at night, many different types of vehicles, old and new, single-seater or sedan races, this is the Pau Grand Prix.

The circuit wraps around the town centre, a beautiful shows, adrenaline… There is something for everyone from speed enthusiasts to minds sensitive to old and beautiful mechanics…

For more information, please visit the site:


Bagnères-de-Bigorre: (45km)

Small town at the foot of the mountains, Bagnères has been a water and resort town ever since Roman times. Thriving from an intellectual and artistic way of life, it was nicknamed “l’Athènes des Pyrénées” [Athens of the Pyrénées].

All of Paris is in a hurry and this at all times, which means that Bagnères has seen many celebrities… from Henri IVs mother, to Georges Sand, or still Alphonse de Larmartine…

Known for it’s history and traditions, Bagnères-de-Bigorre is still to this day, a place of well-being and culture, bringing together in season, people coming to enjoy the benefits of the thermal waters and curious tourists and hiking enthusiasts.

If we often talk about thermalism and thermoludism, Bagnères is still nevertheless a city of Pyrenean tradition with its halls, its local market and many local producers.

Bagnères has also kept its tradition as a cultural and intellectual city, and is home to many artists and creators, as well as numerous cultural initiatives, shows, concerts… It is also the starting point towards the famous Pic du midi. Up there, at 2872, the observatory and its research centre is a world-renowned site, well known to astronomy enthusiasts. Harboring an exceptional viewpoint, you will discover its museum with its 4000 m² of exhibition space.

It is now possible to sleep there, on the occasion of certain astronomical events, an unforgettable moment (La Nuit des Etoiles), the Piano Pic festival…