Barèges - Grand Tourmalet

Resort height: 1400m – 2500m

Driving distance from Calais:

710 miles (Approx. 10 hours 45m)

Resort Info

Why Barèges (Grand Tourmalet)?

  • Authentic Pyrenean Village
  • The largest ski area in the Pyrenees
  • Iconic descents such as Le Tourmalet and Pic Du Midi on your doorstep
  • Gladed runs in the beautiful ‘Ski Forest’
  • The healing waters of “Ciéleo” the spa and wellbeing centre

Barèges, located at 1,250m, is an authentic Pyrenean village within “Le Domaine Du Grand Tourmalet”, the Pyrenees’ largest ski area. A small and intimate village with the River Bastan running through it, its reputation is built upon the healing powers of its waters. Today Barèges combines excellent summer activities and healing spa relaxation making it an ideal summer destination.

Barèges is located at the foot of the “Col du Tormalet” and the “Pic Du Midi” and lines the banks of the Bastan River. Its starting points for summer hikes and walks is at “Tournaboup”, 4 km up the valley where you have access to the chair lifts that serve the summer hiking and walking itineraries. The pretty Plateau de Lienz is also served by a free shuttle bus and is a pristine area ideal for walks.

Barèges, although a famous spa town, did not come into existence the same way its peers. The discovery of the curative powers of the thermal waters of this area is not down to the Romans but rather the local shepherds who had lived and roamed the slopes of this mountainous terrain for centuries. The shepherds noticed that ill of injured sheep from their flock would instinctively lay in the sulphurous warm waters springs and that somehow this helped and healed them. However, it took two other events to really put Barèges on the map as a curative spa town. The first was in 1760 with the medical discovery of the curative effects of this water on bone illnesses. The second was the visit of Louis XIV to the spa in company of Madame de Maintenon and the Duke of Maine. From this moment onwards, “Curists” (those wishing to partake in a spa cure) flocked to the town and in 1734, construction began on the 14 year project to connect the town of Tarbes to Barèges by road.

The Tour de France has passed through but the Grand Tourmalet area many times during the summer, taking on the famous climb of the Col du Tourmalet.

With a reputation built upon the reputation of its waters, Barèges has retained its charm and authenticity and still today its stone and slate mountain shepherds' huts can be seen dotted around the area.

Office de Tourisme du Grand Tourmalet
2 Place Urbain Cazaux, 65120 Barèges, France
Telephone: +33(0)562 921600

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Opening Dates

Barèges opening dates: All year.


Barèges offers a great range of activities and free entertainment during school holidays. Activities include welcome drinks, competitions, children's entertainment, music etc... Contact the tourist office for more information.

Sports & Leisure


Ciéleo thermal spa
Road Cycling and Mountain Biking
Walks on the Plateau du Lienz
Guided walks in and around Barèges
Horse Riding
Helios outdoor swimming pool
Helios Squash courts
Cinema Le Refuge

Cycling the green routes of the Gaves Valley
Mountain walking/Hiking in the Pyrenees National Park
Hike caching in the Gaves Valley with GPS
The "GR 10" hiking footpath
Walking the green routes of the Gaves Valley


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Culture and Heritage


Exposition Funiculaire de L’Ayre
The medieval Mauvezin Castle
Escaladieu Cistercian Abbey
Natural History Museum
The Pyrenean Botanical Conservatory
The town of Lourdes


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Natural Wonders & Wildlife


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


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Child Specific


Horse Riding
Helios outdoor swimming pool
Cinema Le Refuge
The Pyrenees Animal Park
Donjon des Aigles


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The Food in Barèges

Mountain Restaurants
The Grand Tourmalet has some great mountain restaurants to choose from. From quick snacks and fast food for those who want to hike and go to the more relaxed dining with views to boot.

Chez Louisette
Barèges. Tel: +33(0)562 926717.  
Located on the L’Ayre slope, opposite the Pic du Midi de Bigorre, this quaint mountain lodge, nestled in the pines is the perfect place to stop off for a spot of something delicious. The evenings are especially mystical as you approach the restaurant on your last run of the day or via a small forest path through the woods.
The welcome at Louisette is a charming one whilst the smells from the kitchen hint at the rich and tasty local fare for which the restaurant is acclaimed. The most popular dish is the “l’assiette du skieur “(the skier’s plate) which consists of pan-fried ham, eggs and local potatoes).Specialties include; lamb, stuffed suckling pig, Gabure, and blueberry pie.
Discovery of black Bigorre pork cooked three ways: ham matured for 20 months, grilled belly pork and a terrine of pork with Genepi, or Crispy pig's trotter, deboned and stuffed with morels Louisette even offers homemade dishes canned to take away.

Laquette Restaurant
Barèges side. Tel: +33(0)562 926861.
Take the “Tournaboup” chairlift leading up to the Barèges side from the car park. After a gentle and short ski through the pine forest an open plateau appears in the distance and it is here that you find this pretty little mountain restaurant. Take a moment to enjoy the view: directly in front of you is the “Pic de Soum” and on your left the Grand Tourmalet ski area stretching out in front of you and the magnificent Pic Du Midi.
Take your choice – the sunny terrace, the atmospheric mountain bar with its wooden tables or the restaurant with its specialities.

Restaurant Le Bastan
Barèges side. Tel: 0033(0)562 926773 or (0)680 033099. Email:
Located directly on the slopes, the restaurant has a panoramic terrace with views of the “Pic du Midi” On offer are regional products served in the restaurant or outside on the terrace. It is self-service and has fast food options too such as sandwiches, pancakes and ice-creams. Evening meals are possible for groups.

Restaurant du Col
At the mythical Col du Tourmalet you can enjoy a meal in this historical place which is rich in the legend of the Tour de France.

L’Etape du Berger
La Mongie side. Tel: 0033(0)562 919544
Eric Abadie is a local shepherd as well as owner of this restaurant. He has created a restaurant on the sloped that reflects his style. It has a strong Pyrenean décor and ambiance so you are assured of a good feed and company.

The Pic du Midi restaurant
With its unique view of the Pyrenees, the Pic du Midi has firmly placed itself on the gastronomic map - highlighting its expertise and local traditional food. Indeed, cooking altitude remains a significant difficulty: water boils at 92 ° and the flavour perception changes at altitude. Despite these difficulties, the manager of the Pic du Midi performs daily feats and offers an original menu highlighting the AOC and the regionally recognised products such as smoked trout from Lau-Balagnas, Tarbes beans, AOC Gavarnie/Barèges sheep, Pyrenean lamb, black pork sausages, local cheeses and wines exclusively from the region.

Resort restaurants
There are approximately some great little restaurants in Barèges, ranging from traditional to pizza and from salads to fine mountain cuisine all offering good food at a good price.

La Marmotte
41, Rue Raymond, 65120 Barèges. Tel: +33 (0) 649 767527
Located opposite the old funicular station, at the bottom of the staircase, this small and friendly restaurant serves up traditional cuisine. Try some typical mountain cuisine such as Garbure (local lamb stew) Raclette, Tarti'chèvre (Tartiflette but with Goats cheese), Vacherinade and discover our local pies, salads and grilled meats (Beef, Duck, Lamb).

La Rozell
39, Rue Raymond, 65120 Barèges. Tel: +33 (0)562 926761
This Restaurant cum Creperie serves up traditional hearty food. Be assured you will not leave with an empty stomach. The restaurant uses local fresh produce and updates its menu regularly so as to ensure the offering is always fresh and tasty. It is a cosy establishment with wooden interiors. Good selection of wines.

Brasserie B’Armary
Rue Raymond, 65120 Barèges. Tel: +33 (0)562 911845
This Brasserie cum Pizzeria is a fast food restaurant with a friendly and warm welcome. Good for a night out with friends or the family. Pizzas, snacks, Tapas,
Turns into a tapas bar in the evenings and open until the early hours (2 o’clock in the morning in the high season)

La Bodequita
11, rue de Labatsus, 65120 Barèges. Tel: +33 (0)673 297298
Located at the entrance to the town on the main street, this restaurant welcomes you with mountain specialties for all ages. The Raclette, Tapas and various Pyrenean specialties are served up in Pyrenean style. The wooden style and interior décor makes it warm and cosy whilst the view of the Pyrenees outside is exceptional.

Les Piazzettes
3, Rue Ramon, 65120 Barèges.
Italian restaurant primarily serving up Mediterranean cuisine, pasta and pizza.

Rue Ramon, 65120 Barèges.
Tapas bar and pizzeria turns into lively little bar in the evening


Bar L’Oncet
Rue Ramon, 65120 Barèges.
Tapas bar and pizzeria turns into lively little bar in the evening.

B’Armary Bar
Rue Raymond, 65120 Barèges. Tel: +33 (0)562 911845
This Brasserie cum Pizzeria is a fast food restaurant with a friendly and warm welcome. Good for a night out with friends or the family. Pizzas, snacks, Tapas,
Turns into a tapas bar in the evenings and open until the early hours (2 o’clock in the morning in the high season)

Café Richelieu
Main Street, 65120 Barèges. Tel: +33 (0)562 926864
This small and friendly local’s café/bar has no frills on it. It is open all year round and shows live football matches and cycling tours. There is also a Pinball machine and a pool table.

Discothèque L'Ephémère
Place du Cinema, 65120 Barèges. Tel +33 (0)675 561427


Driving distance from Calais: 1,167km /710 miles, 10 hours 45
Driving distance from Le Havre: 950km, 8 hours 50 mins
Driving distance from Caen: 902 km, 8 hours 05 mins
Driving distance from Cherbourg: 991km, 9 hours 05 mins
Driving distance from Saint Malo: 830 km, 7 hours 50 mins
Driving distance from Bilbao: 350 km, 3 hours 40 mins
Driving distance from Santander: 445 km, 4 hours 35 mins

International Airport Tarbes – Lourdes
Tel: +33(0)562 329222. Website:
Distance to Barèges: 52km / 32 miles, 0hr 52mins
Air France operates flights from Paris-Orly. 3 flights daily from Monday to Friday, 2 flights on weekends.
Ryanair operate 2 weekly flights from London Stansted on Monday and Friday.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle buses run from Tarbes-Lourdes Airport to Barèges direct. If you are travelling from Stansted airport on the Ryanair flight to Tarbes-Lourdes Airport on Saturday or Tuesday. From 6 December to 26 April you can reserve your ticket for a single or return journey or purchase at the information desk at the airport at arrivals level. In resort, payments can be made on the bus to the driver in cash. Be aware though that places are limited so a reservation is advisable. If no reservations are made for the shuttle – it may not run.
Reservations: Email: . Tel +33(0)562 329222
Pick up /Drop off point: Tourist Office/Petrol station
Price: Single/15€; Return/30€.
Departures days: Tuesdays and Saturdays
Departure Tarbes-Lourdes Airport: 10.00 - Arrival Barèges: 11:00
Depart Barèges: 06.30 - Arrival Airport: 07.30

International Airport Pau – Pyrenees
Tel: +33(0)559 333300. Website:
Distance to Barèges: 103km / 64 miles, 1hr 22mins
Air France operates flights from Paris-Orly. 10 daily flights from Sunday – Friday, 2 flights on Saturday.
Air France operates flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. 10 daily flights from Sunday – Friday, 3 flights on Saturday.
International Airport Toulouse - Blagnac to Barèges: Luz Saint Sauveur: 208km, approx. 2hrs 13
Nearly 70 destinations from all over the world including 17 in France

International Airport Toulouse - Blagnac
Tel: +33(0)561 424441. Website:
Distance to Barèges: 215km/ 134 miles, approx. 2hrs 20mins.
Easyjet operates flights from London Gatwick. 2 flights (Sunday, Monday, Thursday Friday) 1 flight (Wednesday, Tuesday, Saturday)
Easyjet operates 3 weekly flights from Bristol on Sunday, Monday & Friday and daily flights during holiday periods.
British Airways operates flights from London Heathrow. 2 flights (Wednesday – Friday), 3 flights (Sunday – Tuesday), 1 flight (Saturdays).

International Airport Carcassonne
Tel: +33(0)468 719646. Website: .
Distance to Barèges: 296km / 184 miles, 3hr 0mins
Ryanair operates 3 weekly flights from London Stansted on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
Ryanair operates 2 weekly flights from Liverpool John Lennon airport on Tuesday & Saturday.

International Airport Biarritz 
Tel: +33(0)559 438383. Website:
Distance to Barèges: 194km / 120 miles, 2hr 15mins
Ryanair operates 3 weekly flights from London Stansted on Wednesday, Friday & Sunday.

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

Nearest Railway station: Lourdes
Access: Then bus to Bagnères de Bigorre and Barèges. Approximately 32 miles.
Toulouse Matabiau – Lourdes: 3hrs 0mins
Carcassone – Via Toulouse - Lourdes: 4hrs 12mins
Paris Montparnasse –Direct TGV train - Lourdes: 6hrs 02mins
Nightly couchette train from Paris.

Voyages SNCF Reservation number: 0844 848 5848
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm

Car Hire
Pyrenees Collection can arrange very competitive car hire at all airports, train stations and other town locations. Seven day rental ranges from?? (Any other duration possible). See our car hire pages for more information. 

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Le Central
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Central location with Pool & Spa
This contemporary boutique hotel is a gem. Its central location beside the river and on the main street through Barèges means it is ideally located just metres from the bus stop.

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