Gourette is a winter sports resort in the French Pyrenees.
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Harbour in Saint Jean de Luz. France
Summer view with a mountain road in Pyrenees
Street in Ainhoa, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, France
the Pic du Midi de Bigorre in the french Pyrenees with snow
Road in Ariege, Pyrenees in south of France
Col de Peyresourde
From St-Jean-de-Luz to Collioure, the legendary passes of the Pyrenees
From the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, this trek crosses the Basque Country, Béarn, Bigorre, Ariègeois and Roussillon. The landscapes, the typical villages, the specific habitat of each region, beautiful churches and chapels, snow capped mountains, valleys, panoramas, it’s all linked in a succession of colour, smell and sensations. Your ride will cover famous mountain passes including Marie Blanque, Aubisque, Soulor, Tourmalet, Hourquette d’Ancizan, Val Louron – Azet, Peyresourde, Portillon, Menté, Portet d’Aspet, Port de Pailhères, to name but a few. Historical anecdotes, “les forçats de la route” (“slaves of the road”) and mountain legends race through your head. From the moment you arrive, this trek offers the ultimate in unforgettable tourism, cycling and sporting experiences.
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St-Jean-de-Luz is a charming seaside town where the villas, palaces and ship owners’ mansions blend with traditional, painted wood Basque houses. Depending on your arrival time, you can enjoy the magnificent Grande Plage and visit the city centre and the splendid St-Jean-Baptiste church where Louis XIV and Marie-Thérèse were married in 1660. A walk around the always busy port is very pleasant towards the end of the day. Tomorrow, the serious business begins…
The trek begins nicely: a day of small roads, bordered from the outset with red and white basque houses, pelota frontons and typical villages like Ascain, Sare and Ainhoa. A foray into Spain offers you the climb to Col d’Otxondo (574 m), while the Ispéguy pass (672m) brings you back into France. In St-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, you’ll find a pretty traditional Basque village before you arrive in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port which you can explore during an evening stroll.
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