Discover the Artouste train
Your trip to the Pyrénées-Atlantiques takes a 360-degree turn. Are you ready?
The history of this train turned tourist attraction
Although the Artouste train is now much sought-after by passing travellers, it was not originally designed to carry tourists.
Indeed, when Abbé Ludovic Gaurier discovered the lake of the same name at the end of the 19th century, the Compagnie des Chemins de fer du Midi saw an opportunity to electrify the tracks in order to link several hydroelectric power stations in the Ossau valley.
The workers then took this rail route to the lake, to bring in equipment and finish the dam on Lake Artouste.
It wasn't until the project was completed in 1930 that the Compagnie du Midi opened the site to the general public by building a cable car. It soon became a must-see attraction for thousands of visitors every summer.
An unusual experience aboard the Artouste train
Take to the skies and climb aboard this unique train. There's plenty to do on your journey. The atmosphere is friendly, thanks to the comments of the guide who will tell you more about the history of the site.
What's more, the breathtaking scenery will leave you speechless. The mountains, forests and lakes will pass before your eyes in amazement at the beauty of nature. The flora and fauna of the Pyrenees are full of surprises.
The stops give you the right to visit the hydroelectric power station, but also to hike, picnic or watch the marmots and birds of prey close by.
This moment of relaxation and discovery also gives everyone a chance to chat with the other passengers.
Book your Le Picors hotel in the Hautes-Pyrénées
Nestling in the heart of the Gavarnie valleys in the Pyrenees, Le Picors is a 3-star hotel in an exceptional setting.
All rooms offer sublime views of the surrounding mountains and the ideal comfort for a family stay.
In both summer and winter, nature lovers particularly enjoy exploring the surrounding hiking trails.
From our hotel, various places are accessible such as Cauterets, the Val d'Azun and the Pyrenees National Park.
After all that effort, take a break to relax in our relaxation areas:
- Heated indoor swimming pool