The visit starts with a sensational airborne trip in a cable car – 15 minutes’ journey over vertiginous drops with 350m of emptiness under your feet! At the top, there are 750 square metres of landscaped terraces that provide wonderful views of an incredible panorama over the Pyrenean mountain range – more than 300km of peaks. In fine weather, it is even possible to make out the first foothills of the Massif Central! Panoramic maps and explanatory panels help you to decipher the horizon, and there are telescopes to study the sun, because the Pic du Midi also houses an observatory. The night sky seen from the Pic du Midi is unusual, thanks to the purity of the air and the great stability of the atmosphere at 2,877 metres above sea level. This quality meant that it has been listed as an “International Dark Sky Reserve”. Le Pic du Midi can be visited during the day or in the evening, or visitors can stay for the night.
Access by cable car from La Mongie (4km from the Col du Tourmalet). If the weather is not good where you are staying on holiday, find out about the weather at Le Pic du Midi – often the terraces are above the sea of cloud. You can be one of the special ones to enjoy blue skies!
You can discover the Pic du Midi in the following itineraries:
From 1st July to 28th August
Departures from 9 am to 4.30 pm Last return at 7 pm
From 29th August to 2 November
Departures from 9.30 am to 4 pm
Cable car stops from 12.45 pm to 2 pm Last return at 5 pm
Services available at the summit: Museum on the construction of the observatory, souvenirs shop, traditional cuisine at the restaurant, bar
Daily shuttle Lourdes–La Mongie:
Two guaranteed departures per day on reservation tel 0 800 65 65 00
2€ shuttle Lourdes > Pic du Midi (or 4€ return)
Guaranteed departures regardless of the number of participants (seat reservations the day before for the next day and in the morning to the afternoon at 0800 65 65 00)
Departures from the Sanctuary (Place Monseigneur Laurence), stop at the Esplanade du Paradis (outside the hotel Spain), Bus station and train station. Other judgments available: Loucrup, Pouzac, Bagnères de Bigorre, Campan. 2 round trips per day, until 1 November 2016
Charming hotel with 13 bedrooms, including one suite bedroom and 4 family bedrooms, all bedrooms equipped with bathroom and toilets. Located at the foot of the Pic du Midi, this hotel offers a warm ...