Argelès-Gazost (Agos Vidalos)

Driving distance from Calais:

711 miles (Approx. 9hrs 55m)


Why Argelès-Gazost?

  • Great base for nature lovers to explore the unspoilt valleys and their natural delights
  • Gateway to many of the region’s top attractions ‘Grands Sites’ (Gavarnie, Pont d’Espangne)
  • Rich cultural heritage
  • Traditional and charming village with premier thermal spa

Argelès-Gazost, the emerald of the Pyrenees, is a small and Charming Pyrenean spa and ski village that provides a gateway to an array of natural attractions including the world famous UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cirque de Gavarnie.

The town of Argelès-Gazost is quite compact but it has much to offer. An adorable downtown is lined with shops and cafes that ooze an authentic Pyrenean spirit. A leisurely wander through the village squares and along the streets will reward you with many hidden treasures ranging from fountains to magnificent villas and beautiful parks and gardens.

Food fans and gastronomy lovers should be sure not to miss the local farmer's market which takes place every Tuesday morning. A rich selection of tantilising taste sensations await, including local cheeses, honey, foie gras and cured meats.

The surrounding area of the Argelès-Gazost valley is one of outstanding natural beauty and offers a diverse selection of outdoor activities and leisure pursuits from hiking to water sports. Hikers have several lakes and numerous mountain peaks on offer while water babies can choose from canoeing, kayaking, rafting and canyoning on the local rivers.

The Pyrenean peaks are a play ground for cyclists. Here you can cycle on roads where legends have been made and where some of the great sporting feats have been achieved. Due to Argeles Gazost's geographical location, a large amount of the mythical passes of the Tour of France are well within riding distance; from the steep slopes of Hautacam, to the legendary Tourmalet, to the twists and turns of Luz Ardiden and the tough Aubisque and Soulor.

The Hautes-Pyrénées region is famed for its thermal spa towns and boasts an amazing eight thermal spa villages and more than a hundred hot springs. Neighboring spa towns include Beaucens-les-Bains, Cauterets, Luz-Saint-Sauveur, Barèges-Barzun, Bagnères de Bigorre and Aquensis. The premier thermal spa is, of course, right at Argelès-Gazost and is a must try experience during your stay.

The village also has a rich cultural heritage which is portrayed through its architecture, gastronomy, handicrafts and ancient farming practices. Boasting an abundance of natural riches, including close proximity to the four "Grands Sites", Argelès-Gazost is in an ideal base for exploring the local area and is a perfectly placed getaway location for nature-lovers who also like to be based in a traditional and charming town.

Agos Vidalos
For those who prefer a traditional village feel to their stay, the pretty village of Agos Vidalos, at an altitude of 440m is a perfect location. It is a real haven of peace and just 5km outside of Argelès Gazost and the Pibeste-Aoulhet Nature Reserve is situated right on its doorstep.

The Tourist Information in Argelès-Gazost is open every day during the season and their comprehensive website is full of useful information, tips and suggestions.

Office de Tourisme de la Vallée d'Argelès-Gazost
15 Place de la République, 65400
Tel: +33562970025

  • Opening Times
  • Activities
  • Eating
  • Access
  • Resort News
  • Other Amenities
Opening Times

Argèles-Gazost opening dates: All year.


Argelès-Gazost and its valley offers a wide range of summer activities. Please click on an activity type to go to the dedicated page.


Sports & Leisure


Les Thermes d'Argeles Gazost

Road Cycling and Mountain Biking

Grand Tourmalet Mountain Bike Park



Horse Riding
Rafting, Kayaking, canoeing air boating and hot dogging
Rock Climbing/ Mountaineering


Go to the Sports & Leisure Page >


Culture and Heritage


Vieuzac Tower
Parc Thermal du Casino
Le Jardin des Abeilles
Tower of Vidalos
Ancienne Abbatiale de Saint Savin
Chapelle Notre Dame de Pietat


Go to the Culture & Heritage Page >


Natural Wonders & Nature


The Pyrenees Animal Park
Chloro'Fil Adventure Park
Donjon des Aigles
Aquarium Tropical des Pyrenees
Reserve Naturelle du Pibeste-Aoulhet
The town of Lourdes

Cirque of Gavarnie
Cirque of Troumouse
Cirque of Estaubé
Gavarnie Village
Sights in Gavarnie
Pont d’Espagne
Pic Du Midi
A Night at the Pic du Midi
The Pyrenees National Park (UNESCO SITE)
Néouvielle Nature Reserve
Les Grottes de Bétharram (Caves of Bétharram)
Médous Caves
Esparros Caves


Go to the Natural Wonders & Nature Page >


Child Specific


Chloro'Fil Adventure Park
Hautacam Mountain Luge
Hautacam Deval’Kart
Hautacam Downhill Scooter (Trottinette)
Donjon des Aigles


Go to the Child Specific Page >


The Food in Argelès-Gazost

1 place d'Ourout, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562970010/+33562971019,,

Le petit futé, Michelin
Number of place settings 60
This attractive restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner daily and serves food prepared in the local tradition. On sunny days, enjoy beautiful views from the bar patio. Large windows give the impression of eating in the garden while admiring the surrounding mountains.

Adult set menu: From 18 € To 32 €
Child menu: 9 €
The dish of the day: From 8 € To 12 €

Open from 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
Lunch 12:30 to 13:30
Dinner 19:30 to 21:00

33 Avenue des Pyrénées, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562970136/+33562970270,,

Number of place settings 100

Exquisite traditional dishes all lovingly prepared by the Chef. The Chef's soup, made with fresh vegetables from the local market, is a must try. So delicious! Spanish and English spoken.

Adult set menu: From 12 € To 30 €
Child menu: 7 €
The dish of the day: 9 €
A la carte menu: From 12 € To 30 €

Open from 15/04/2014 to 31/10/2014

7 Rue du Capitaine Digoy, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562901340,

12 Avenue des Pyrénées, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562970657/+33562979306,,

Number of place settings 65

Come enjoy the authentic Garbure, exquisite soup from the south west that combines goose or canard confit, beans, and other vegetables that will charm you forever.
In the menu you will also find fish, different meats and home made desserts! English and Italian spoken.

Open from 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
Closed on Sunday evening - Monday - Saturday noon

3 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562426854/+33622578042,

Number of place settings 120
Located near the Tourist Office, the restaurant serves a simple menu with local products which can be enjoyed on the shaded terrace in the heat of the day - the perfect place to make a break. English and Spanish spoken.

Adult set menu: From 12 € To 25 €
Child menu: 7,5 €
A la carte menu: From 9 € To 16,5 €
The dish of the day: 8,5 €

Open from 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
Lunch 12:00 to 13:45
Dinner 19:00 to 21:45
Closed on Sunday evening - Wednesday evening - Thursday

17 Avenue des Pyrénées, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562970868/+33562970460,,

Le petit futé, Michelin
Number of place settings 150

The Soleil Levant has been serving fine French cuisine in a charming atmosphere for over three generations. Recommendations: sweetbread with 3 different perfumes and vegetables; lamb chops with cheese sauce and lamb stew; Garbure soup; burbot and red mullet hotchpotch with butter… Hungry yet? English and Spanish spoken.

Adult set menu: From 13,5 € To 45 €
Child menu: 9 €
A la carte menu: From 13,5 € To 24,5 €

Open from 25/01/2014 to 05/04/2014
Lunch 12:00 to 13:30
Dinner 19:15 to 21:00

Open from 14/04/2014 to 23/11/2014
Lunch 12:00 to 13:30
Dinner 19:15 to 21:00

Open from 20/12/2014 to 31/12/2014
Lunch 12:00 to 13:30
Dinner 19:15 to 21:00

28 Avenue des Pyrénées, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562971448/+33970626504,,

Restaurateurs de France, Le petit futé, Le Routard French hotels and restaurants
Number of place settings 30

So close to you… Feel like home in this brand new dining room completely renovated with natural materials -its chimney creates a very intimate atmosphere. Feel free to have dinner on the bar table, facing the piano and the kitchen while the chef explains the daily menu. The menu changes regularly according to the Chef's creativity and the seasonal products found on the local market. Evening service only.

Adult set menu: From 28 € To 50 €
Child menu: 15 €

Open from 01/01/2014 to 31/12/2014
Dinner 19:45 to 21:00 (Closed on Sunday evening – Monday)

5 Rue Pasteur, 65400 Argeles-Gazost, Tel: +33562945621

Driving distance from Calais: 1137km, 9hrs 55
Driving distance from Le Harve: 921km, 8hrs 20
Driving distance from Caen: 872km, 7hrs 40
Driving distance from Cherbourg: 962km, 8hrs 35
Driving distance from Saint Malo: 801km, 7hrs 15
Driving distance from Bilbao: 320km, 3hrs 5
Driving distance from Santander: 415km, 4hrs 5

International Airport Tarbes – Lourdes to Argèles-Gazost: 27km, approx. 30mins

International Airport Pau - Pyrenees to Argèles-Gazost: 78km, approx. 55mins

International Airport Toulouse - Blagnac to Argèles-Gazost: 191km, approx. 1hr 55

International Airport Biarritz to Argèles-Gazost: 181km, approx. 1hrs 45

Private taxi transfers from airports to Argèles-Gazost are pre-bookable via Pyrenees Collection.


Bus transfer
Shuttles available for passengers on flights Paris-Orly and London Stansted from Tarbes – Lourdes Airport.

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Other Amenities


Argelès Gazost Market Days: Tuesday morning
The biggest market in the valley since 1292 and known for its stallholders and their kindness as well as the quality products on sale: cheese, honey and jams.

OTHER REGIONAL MARKETS: Luz Saint Sauveur: Tuesday morning, Arrens Marsous: Sunday morning in July and August, Pierrefitte: Saturday morning, Cauterets: Friday morning (from may untill october), Bagnères: Saturday morning, Lourdes and Tarbes: Thursday morning

6 Rue Alsace, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562975181/+33682942639,,

Products: confectioneries, canned goods, foie gras, cheeses, cakes, biscuits, pastry, wine.
Farmhouse cheese, wine en vrac, regional bottled wines, liqueurs, regional aperitifs, homemade pork based products, pâtés, confit, Tarbais beans, sweets, jam, honey, homemade pastry and other gift ideas.
New for 2015: purchase your products on line.

2 Place du Foirail, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562922515/+33688396906,

Handcrafted sweets, jams, homemade pastry like the famous Pyrenean blueberry pie.
Come discover the real recipe of the Basque cake and other delicious homemade cakes prepared with wild blueberries and give in to temptation!
Sweets variety: “Berlingots” or “Coucougnettes”; regional wines and mountain honey.

39 Route du Stade, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562970662/+33562971372,

Allow yourself to be guided through an extensive selection of wines from all the regions of France as well as a range of international wines. The exceptional wines on offer are a result of the expertise of the winemakers, their selection of grape varieties and the high quality of their region.

21 Rue Maréchal Foch, 65400 ARGELES-GAZOST, Tel: +33562342680/+33562310027

Products: wine, liqueur and canned goods from the Pyrenees, salt meat (sausage and ham), cheeses, “Gâteau à la broche” (Bigourdan Pin Cake). Homemade aperitif: La Pitchouli (cherry-Espelette pepper).

Other Accommodation In: Argelès-Gazost (Agos Vidalos)
Hotel Pierre d’Agos
3* Hotel
A charming family run hotel located in the pretty village of Agos-Vidalos close to Argèles Gazost and Lourdes. Onsite leisure activities as well as great access to nearby walks and classic cycling routes.

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