The historic centre of Arreau is taken over on market day

Watch the traditional "gateau à la broche" being made.

There are so many things to see and do.....

In Arreau

  • A trail around the village lets you discover  the historic buildings of Arreau, just follow the signs starting from the tourist office.
  • Every Thursday morning the farmers market takes over the centre of Arreau, where you can sample local produce, including the famous "gateau à la broche"
  • Visit "Les Aigles d'Aure" to see eagles, vultures, falcons and owls, and watch a spectacular display.
  • 20 marked walks starting from Arreau or nearby  will take you to explore the pathways to the surrounding villages and further afield into the mountains, ranging from an easy 1 hour walk to a challenging 5 hour trek for the more serious hikers.
  • Eat in one of the restaurants, or browse some of the many artisan shops offering locally produced food, crafts, gifts, clothes etc....

Within 15-20 minutes of Arreau

  • Loudenville  is a village with a stunning setting - "Lac Genos". It is nestled in the valley  between the Col de Perysourde and the Col d'Azet. You can walk around the lake, picnic beside it, or hire kayaks and pedalos. There is an outdoor pool with slides in the summer, climbing in the trees and various other activities for children. A trip to the "Balnea" is a must anytime of year, but is amazing in winter after a days skiing, to relax in the warm spa waters.
  • St.Lary de Soulan is another characterful mountain ski-town with loads of  bars, restaurants and shops. You can ride in the cable car up to the ski-station , and in the peak summer season you can use it to access the high mountains for walking, or to use the downhill mountain bike run.
  • Col d'Aspin is the closest "big mountain", drive to the summit for stunning views of the famous "Pic du Midi", before descending the other side to  Payolle with its beautiful lake surrounded by forest with marked walking and cycling routes, cafes and restaurants. Or park at the top to walk in the high mountains.


  • Cycling - follow the famous routes of the "Tour de France", Col d'Aspin, Col de Tourmalet, and the Col de Perysourde are just a few which will be on your hit list.  The area is also great for mountain biking, with mark trails and a mountain bike park with an impressive downhill run.
  • Walking  and trail-running - here you are literally spoiled for choice.
  • Canyoning, White-water rafting, Climbing, Mountain boards/scooters- all of these activities can be booked in the nearby town of St.Lary.
  • Parascending - this can be done in various locations, and can be booked in Loudenville or St.Lary.
  • Fishing - permits can be bought locally.
  • Skiing - there are 3 ski-stations within approximately 20 minutes (St.Lary Soulan, Peryagudes, and Val Louron) and a further 2 not far away (La Mongie and Piau-Engaly). Equipment can be hired locally in Arreau.

The lake at Loudenvielle is simply stunning...........