The Cirque de Gavarnie
The great Pyrenean limestone cirques owe their existence to the work of immense glaciers that now no longer exist. Gavarnie, in the Hautes-Pyrénées, is the most famous of them.
With its many peaks over 3000 m, and the largest waterfall in Europe (427m), the Cirque de Gavarnie cannot be described; it is contemplated and discovered. 6.5 km in diameter, with its 1500 m wall, it has been recognised as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Access to the village of Gavarnie is simple. From the village, with an easy 1 hour 30 minute walk, you will find yourself at the foot of the cirque where the old hotel stands. The walk can be done on foot or on horseback; it gives a truly theatrical dimension to the appearance of Gavarnie.
This is the only cirque that is accessible year-round. From a family walk to those looking for a thrill, there is something for everyone here.
Less known but equally impressive, the Estaubé and Troumouse cirques are also doable for everyone.
The village of Gavarnie is 74 km from the Nay Region (1hour 30 minutes).