The circus of Gavarnie

The great Pyrenean limestone cirques owe their existence to the work of immense glaciers which have now disappeared. Gavarnie, in the Hautes-Pyrénées, is the most famous of them. Alone, or with your family, you will enjoy an easy stroll in a majestic natural setting which will lead you to the foot of the highest waterfall in France.

Natural amphitheatre with steep walls

With its numerous peaks at over 3000m, sheltering the largest waterfall in France (often said to be the largest in Europe, but wrongly so) at 427m, the Gavarnie circus cannot be described, it can only be contemplated and discovered. With a diameter of 6.5 kms and a 1500m wall, it has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Access to the village of Gavarnie is simple. From the village and in an easy 1h30 walk, you will find yourself at the foot of the circus where the old hotel is located. The walk can be done on foot or on horseback: it gives the appearance of Gavarnie a truly theatrical dimension.

It is the only circus accessible all year round. From the family stroll to the search for strong emotions, everyone will find what they are looking for.

Less known but just as impressive, the Estaubé and Troumouse circuses are also within everyone's reach.

→ The village of Gavarnie is 74 km from the Pays de Nay (1h30).