Fifty million years ago, the erosion of rain and ice hollowed out a group of unusually perfect natural cirques in the Pyrenees. Gavarnie is one of them – the best-known, and the most impressive as well.
As soon as you get through the village, it jumps out at you, catches you by the throat and steals your heart away. Gavarnie looks invented – an immense invention placed among the Pyrenees. It is more than five kilometres in diameter, with vertical walls 1500 metres high, and hundreds of waterfalls. Master of words Victor Hugo described it like this: “It is the most mysterious edifice from the most mysterious of architects; it’s the colosseum of nature – it’s Gavarnie”. Looking at this exceptional colossus, it’s hard to believe that it’s not the only one – but Estaubé and Troumouse are there too, just a stone’s throw away. Like Gavarnie, they are real masterpieces.
These spectacular cirques are right up against the canyons of Spanish High-Aragon, and together they from the “Gavarnie-Mont Perdu” site, a unique piece of the Pyrenees, a sacred mountain listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site.
You can discover the Gavarnie cirque in the following itineraries: