The Hautes Pyrenees is a sanctuary for nature lovers, boasting the National Park of the Pyrenees, which spans 45,000 hectares. Here, you can observe a wide variety of flora and fauna, including birds of prey, marmots, and over 1,200 species of alpine flowers.
The department is rich in history, with medieval fortresses like the one in Mauvezin, which dates back to the 11th and 14th centuries. The town of Nay is renowned for its unique beret museum, celebrating this iconic French headgear.
Lourdes is a significant pilgrimage destination, attracting millions to the shrine of St Bernadette. The Basilica of the Rosary is a masterpiece of Byzantine and Romanesque art, featuring outstanding mosaic work in its 15 chapels.
From mountain biking and hiking to canoeing and skiing, the Hautes Pyrenees offers a plethora of outdoor activities. The department is home to several ski resorts, including Cauterets, Saint-Lary, and Piau Engaly, catering to all skill levels.
The Hautes Pyrenees offers a diverse range of property styles, from traditional Pyrenean farmhouses to modern chalets. Stone-built homes with wooden accents are common, reflecting the region's natural resources and architectural heritage. Additionally, the department is home to grand châteaux and manors, often set amidst the scenic landscapes of the Pyrenees. These properties are steeped in history and offer a unique blend of traditional architecture and modern amenities.
The nearest airport to the Hautes Pyrenees is Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport, making it easily accessible for international travellers.
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