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The Pic du Midi de Bigorre, one of the most majestic summits in the Hautes-Pyrénées, rises to a height of 2,877 metres. Accessible to the general public, the Pic du Midi is renowned for the beauty of its landscape, as well as for its astronomical observatory.

To reach the summit of the Pic du Midi, a magnificent ascent awaits you. All year round, summer and winter alike, head for La Mongie, the Domaine du Tourmalet ski resort. You will climb 1,000 metres in 15 minutes in the cable car; just enough time to give you a taster before you reach the 2,877-metre high peak.

Up there, the purity and transparency of the air and the light are the secret of this area, which was reserved for scientists for many years. The panoramic terraces are arranged over an area of 750 m2. You can gaze upon 300 km of Pyrenean summits stretching between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, and admire the plains of the great South West. The splendour of the landscapes led to the Pic du Midi being listed as a national natural site in 2003.

It all started with a weather observatory at the end of the 19th century. Since then, the Pic du Midi has been part of an incredible epic, attracting the passionate, the erudite and the curious, as well as porters, builders and scholars, eager to better understand the universe. The exceptional qualities of the site allow observations to be made and measurements to be taken to understand how the earth is evolving. Today, this continuing human adventure is presented in Europe’s highest museum space.

The site’s magic continues into the night. All year round, during night-time events, the Pic du Midi is open for “Starry Nights”, with a programme of activities on the theme of astronomy. Even more magical, the Pic du Midi also holds “Nights at the Summit”. By booking ahead, 19 lucky people can sleep on this symbolic summit and share unforgettable moments under the stars.

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