France's snowbound Pyrenees region is perfect for a winter escape. Home to spectacular mountain peaks, valleys, and cozy villages, it is ripe for a family, group, or romantic getaway. Pull on some snowshoes to explore its beauty.
Go snowshoeing in the Pyrenees this winter
The Pyrenees may not possess the enormous ski resorts and extreme heights of the Alps, but the region boasts spectacular winter scenery and authentic mountain villages. The ski slopes aren't the only option for traversing this powdery land; consider snowshoeing across the wintry scenery. The Pyrenees contains miles of beautiful well-trodden trails through deep valleys and national parks. With a snowshoe tour, you can head off-trail to access empty pistes and spot wildlife like wildcats and golden eagles.
The best way to traverse the land by snowshoe or to learn the art of cross-country skiing in the Pyrenees is to book a guided tour. Despite its simplicity, snowshoeing with experienced groups will help you uncover local gems off the beaten path. There is no need to pack heavy equipment as it is included with various organized tours available.
The best hotels in Hautes Pyrenees
Begin your Pyrenees snowshoeing adventure with a well-placed stay in The Originals Hotels. In Pau, just 40 km from the Pyrénées National Park, you can enjoy a serene stay at Villa Montpensier. Boasting wellness facility access and a wealth of eateries nearby, it is the perfect base for Pyrenees day trips. In the medieval market town of Lourdes, book yourself into the tranquil Hotel Astoria Vatican. Its traditional courtyard and modern rooms provide a restful stay after a day's snowshoeing.
Foix is a historic Ariege town and former stronghold of the Comtes de Foix, whose legacy is displayed at the Château de Foix. Enjoy a mountain-view stay at Hotel Foix, a spectacular riverfront hotel with a charming restaurant. Alternatively, stay at Quillan in the Pyrenees foothills to discover the town's iconic red roofs. Hotel Cartier is in the heart of the town center and offers spacious rooms and a delightful regional restaurant.
Try something different this winter and explore the Pyrenees by snowshoe. Perfect for wildlife watchers and adventurous family trips, finish your day in a warm brasserie with a hearty cassoulet. Book at the Originals Hotel for cozy accommodation in the Pyrenees and relish a magical snowshoeing experience amid forests, mountains, and icy waterfalls.
Foix , France
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Route Nationale 20 Lieu Dit Le Couloumié, 9000 Foix
- 24h access by automatic teller
- Air-conditioned room
- Free hotel car park