Pont d’Espagne, Cauterets, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Head for Cauterets in the Haute-Pyrénées department: a small, charming, lively mountain village, renowned for its thermal baths, its ski resorts and its delicious “Berlingot” sweets.

In the fifties, Cauterets refused the use of its valleys’ lakes for the production of hydro-electric power. Since then, in the mountains that overlook the town, the water flows freely. It bounds through the pines in a succession of waterfalls and potholes hollowed in the rock by the water. A spectacle you will admire on the road to Pont d’Espagne, particularly while stopping in front of the Lutour and Ceriset waterfalls.

By car or on foot, following the waterfall path, you will soon arrive at the site itself of Pont d’Espagne, gateway to the Pyrenees National Park. This park, the oldest of France’s national parks, was established in 1967. It extends for more than 100 km from east to west. It includes six high valleys that border Spain, and has an exceptional biodiversity.

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