With the river Garonne flowing through the region, the French department of Haute-Garonne offers a variety of landscapes ranging from the Lauragais sunny plains to the gentle hills of Comminges, and the high ski mountains of the Pyrenees. The department also reveals a fascinating historical and architectural heritage. Haute-Garonne is the home of remarkable religious buildings such as the Cathedral of Saint-Bertrand de Comminges, the Basilica of Saint Just de Valcabrère, and ancient sites like the Gallo-Roman villa of Montmaurin...
the list is impressive!
- Sporting activities:
Situated 12 km from La Flambelle on the foothills of the Pyrénées, the family-friendly "Nature" resort can be explored on ski. Served by the legendary Col du Menté, the Mourtis ski resort with the motto of "Four areas, Four Seasons" provides the perfect introduction to mountain sports, and offers a highly sought-after spot for free style and snowboarding.
Situated 59 km from La Flambelle, Peyragudes is the largest skiing area in the department with 3000 acres of rounded slopes over two valleys, and a magnificent view on the surrounding peaks. You will find a distinctive resort that offers pistes for beginners as well as for assertive skiers.
Located 61 km from La Flambelle, the resort of Superbagnères is only 8 minutes away by cable car above Luchon, with its large and airy panoramic skiing area, and equipped with high performance snow cannons.
Located 56 km from La Flambelle, Bourg d'Oueil will welcome you in a beautiful valley dominated by Mount Né.
With its snow fields all situated between 1350 and 1660 metres above sea level, the resort is an ideal destination for all your family activities, safe for you and your children, thanks to its human scale size and its affordable prices.
Hiking in Encausse-les-Thermes
Situated 5 km from La Flambelle, and nestled in a valley in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the small village of Encausse-les-Thermes is the starting point for many excursions whose trails can be found on the Tourist Information website.
You will quickly get into your stride with a steep climb through a beautiful forest. Then the view will open up on the Pyrenees, and in the south you will discover the glacier of the Maladeta sprawled at the foot of the imposing Peak Aneto.
As you continue climbing, Peak Cagire will reveal itself at the end of a long ridge.
- Wellness and Balneotherapy:
The Baths of Luchon
Located 45 km from La Flambelle, in the Pyrenees, the Baths of Luchon boasts of 2000 years of history! They offer a spa, a steam area, a pool, a massage service, balneotherapy, all accessible as a prescribed therapeutic course of treatment, or independently. At the Baths of Luchon and Luchon Fitness and Wellness you will receive a warm welcome, and you will be looked after. In summer or in winter, for a weekend, a few days, for a week’s holiday or for medical reasons, come and relax in Luchon!
The Baths of Salies-du-Salat
Located 25 km from La Flambelle, in the heart of Comminges, you will enjoy this original, charming spa resort with its baths, its “Salinea Spa” area dedicated to well-being and relaxation, its palm trees, its parks and gardens.
The Baths of Génos-Loudenvielle
Situated 65 km from La Flambelle, in the Louron Valley, Balnéa is the first water spa relaxation centre in the French Pyrenees; an ideal place to recharge your batteries and revitalise yourself surrounded by mountains.
- Culture and Heritage:
Saint-Bertrand de Comminges
At the foot of the Pyrenees, 18 km from La Flambelle, you will discover the majestic site of Saint-Bertrand de Comminges. An ancient Roman city founded in the first century BC, the site is a hotspot for art, boasting 2000 years of history. Saint-Bertrand is a cultural masterpiece not to be missed.
The remains of the Earls of Comminges’s castle
On the other side of the Gave River, 24 km from La Flambelle, almost opposite Troubat, you will see some ruins halfway up the mountains, partially hidden under wild plants, brambles and undergrowth. There stand the remains of the ancient castle of Bramevaque.
Situated 97 km from La Flambelle, Lourdes welcomes every year 6 million travellers from over 140 countries and from all continents, to share stories, meetings and emotions. Essentially a place for friendship and spirituality, but also a nature paradise, it is the starting point for many walks, a true and noble place, where a thrill and simple contemplation are both experienced.
The remains of the castle of Izaut-de-L’Hôtel
A mere kilometre’s walk from La Flambelle, the best preserved medieval castle in the region towers over the village of Izaut-de-L’Hôtel. It has recently benefited from clearing work, which will allow you to see the castle from a distance, and to visit it.
The Television Film Festival in Luchon
The annual event for creative television not to be missed, with French television drama competitions, trailers, youth programmes, preview of TV films…
The Flower Festival in Luchon
Founded in 1888, this festival showcases around thirty floats decorated with natural flowers and built on a different theme each year; these celebrations can be remembered in the banners and posters produced by local artists over the years.
The Comminges Festival in Saint-Bertrand de Comminges and surrounding area
This famous summer classical event is particularly dedicated to sacred music and chamber music. Around twenty concerts take place within the walls of prestigious historical monuments such as St. Mary Cathedral of Saint-Bertrand de Comminges, Basilica Saint-Just Valcabrère, or the church in Saint-Gaudens.
The Festival of Sculpture and Marble in Saint-Béat
Located 31 km from La Flambelle, come and enjoy the exhibition of contemporary sculptures made of Pyrenean marble, and produced by internationally renowned artists. They take over the narrow streets and the historic heart of this ancient marble city.
The World Festival of Folk Music and Dance in Montréjeau
This festive and popular event which takes place 23 km from La Flambelle, brings together twenty folk groups (about 600 participants), and offers a programme of traditional music and dances from around the world, such as Turkey, Serbia, Ukraine, Colombia, Jordan, Denmark and more. It is a way of celebrating friendship and peace among peoples!
The Pronomades in Comminges
In Haute-Garonne, the Pronomades have rooted and developed their artistic and cultural project in the rural countryside of the local area called Pays de Comminges-Pyrénées to protect the different shapes of a generous and challenging popular culture; to support the diversity of writing styles and the evolution of the performing arts in which the spectator has a unique place; to establish close and complex relationships with the inhabitants…