Cycling in the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees mountain range is a great place for a cycling holiday. It is home to iconic climbs such as Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin and Col de Peyresourde but you can find gentler gradients as well. You can mix a cycling holiday in the Pyrenees with the many other summer activities the area has to offer including hiking, sightseeing, rock climbing and para gliding.

The Pyrenees stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, a distance of 491km. There are great cycling options right along its length and to help you plan your cycling holiday to the Pyrenees we have split it into five regions. Each page contains lots of practical information about cycling in that part of the Pyrenees. You will find accommodation options, bike hire options, links to cycle routes, public transport options and some of the other activities you can do off the bike.

Boulevard des Pyrénées and Grand Hotel Gassion, Pau, Aquitaine, France, ca. 1895

Bearn region

Visit here to ride: Col d'Aubisque, Col de Marie Blanque, Col du Portalet and plenty more

Stay in: Laruns

Get here by: Air, rail or car

Local transport hub: Pau

Closest international airport: Pau

St Savin village

Lourdes region

Visit here to ride: Col du Tourmalet, Col du Soulor, Col d'Aubisque, Luz Ardiden, Hautacam plus plenty of others.

Stay in: Lourdes, Argeles Gazost, Cauterets, Luz Saint Sauveur or Bagnéres de Bigorre.

Get here by: air, rail, bus or car

Local transport hub: Lourdes

Closest international airport: Bordeaux or Toulouse

St Lary Soulan roadsign, village in the Pyrenees

Saint Lary-Soulon region

Visit here to ride: Col d'Aspin, Col de Portet, Pla d'Adet, and Col de Peyresourde.

Stay in: Saint Lary-Soulan, Arreau or Sarrancolin

Get here by: air, rail, bus or car

Local transport hub: Lannemezan

Closest international airport: Bordeaux or Toulouse

Lago de Badech-Bagnères de Luchon (3)

Image courtesy of Alberto-g-rovi / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)

Bagnères de Luchon region

Visit here to ride: Super Bagnéres, Col de Peyresourde, Col de Portet d'Aspet, and Col de Menté.

Stay in: Bagnères de Luchon

Get here by: air, rail, bus or car

Local transport hub: Montrejeau

Closest international airport: Toulouse

Ax-les-Thermes Oriège

Ariège region

Visit here to ride: Ax 3 Domaines, Plateau de Beille and Col de Pailhéres

Stay in: Foix, Tarascon-Sur-Ariège or Ax Les Thermes

Get here by: Air, rail or car

Local transport hub: Foix

Closest international airport: Toulouse

Ax-les-Thermes Oriège

Ax les Thermes region

Visit here to ride: Ax 3 Domaines, Plateau de Beille and Col de Pailhéres

Stay in: Ax les Thermes

Get here by: Air, rail or car

Local transport hub: Ax les Thermes

Closest international airport: Toulouse