A haven of peace in the Louron valley
In Loudenvielle, you can admire its superb artificial lake bordered by the thermal centre Balnéa, but you can also stay there for its magnificent landscapes and its preserved Pyrenean atmosphere. You are here in the centre of the Louron valley, in an idyllic setting nestled between the high mountain peaks and only 10km from the Spanish border. Stroll through Loudenvielle, a pretty flowered village of 300 inhabitants, rest in its large landscaped green spaces and take part in many sporting, relaxing and cultural activities.
Bordered by Lake Genos-Loudenvielle
Due to its privileged geographical position, the superb lake of Génos-Loudenvielle has been the central landmark of the Louron valley since 1975. A true mountain oasis, this artificial dam lake invites you to relax and enjoy many activities: canoeing, pedal boat, or simply a family picnic on the beautiful lawns bordering its crystal clear waters. This 32 hectare lake is an exceptional place that will certainly punctuate your stay in the heart of Pyrénées2vallées!
Recharge your batteries at the Balnea Centre
On the southern shore of Lake Genos-Loudenvielle is the spa centre of Balnéa, a must in the Louron valley. Relax in this Zen place with Inca, Roman, Japanese and Amerindian baths, saunas and a massage room. You will not find a more exhaustive offer, Balnéa is the largest wellness complex in the French Pyrenees. Recharge your batteries facing the sun in its outdoor baths with full south exposure.
Also discover the Ludéo swimming pool in the nearby village of Génos for a great time with the whole family!
Your sporting desires come alive in Loudenvielle
The nearby resorts of Peyragudes and Val Louron offer two superb high-altitude resorts for skiing, hiking and many activities throughout the year. With the new Skyvall cable car, access Peyragudes from Loudenvielle in a few minutes without taking your car! Once at the top, hurtle down the mountain bike slopes, enjoy a first paragliding experience in a sublime Pyrenean setting and try your hand at the mountain scooter. If you like hiking at high altitude, head south to discover the magnificent Clarabide Gorge on the border with Spain. In the village of Loudenvielle, don't miss the new Pumptrack trail, a bumpy course adapted to all styles. Biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, it's up to you! And if competition is your passion, take part in the mountain races organised by the Transpyros association: the Trail du Louron in August, the Vertica Louron in February, etc. Also discover the Ludic Park, a playground for children. On the agenda, laughter and good humour in inflatable games and trampolines. To discover the Louron valley in a different way, enjoy superb pony or quad rides. A real good address near the lake of Génos-Loudenvielle!
All the Louron culture in one place, l'Arixo
In Loudenvielle, culture is not to be outdone. Visit the Arixo museum centre (free of charge). Labelled "Rural Heritage 2000", this place of memory presents you the richness of the Louron valley inside a superb building dressed in stone, wood and slate. It also hosts the Arixo cinema, a real place to live and meet the village, culminating in the Ciné-cimes festival in March. All the rest of the year, the centre offers you many activities: exhibitions, storytelling evenings, shows...
Preferred place for the Tour de France
Loudenvielle is a frequent stage of this exceptional sporting event, watched with passion by nearly a billion viewers worldwide! In 2020, the village celebrates its fourth stage finish after those of 1997, 2003 and 2007. It must be said that the region is rather well stocked with climbs: the Azet and Peyresourde passes, and further on the Port of Balès, the Aspin pass... The whole world discovers the enchanting landscapes of the Louron valley and its lake with beautiful blue waters. A beautiful exhibition for this village of 300 inhabitants!
Discover its rich Pyrenean heritage
Loudenvielle and its surroundings are full of pretty discreet chapels. Don't miss the pretty Saint-Félix church (on the picture), located north of the lake of Génos-Loudenvielle and built on the former commune of Armenteule, which merged with Loudenvielle in 2016. Facing from west to east as tradition has it, this 12th century Romanesque building is classified as a Historic Monument. Admire its bell tower wall and its 17th century altarpiece near the altar. Also discover the church of Saint-Just and Saint-Sauveur de Loudenvielle, the church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in the neighbouring village of Loudervielle, the Romanesque chapel of Saint-Martin d'Aranvielle or the Notre-Dame d'Artiguelongue, a chapel rebuilt after the Revolution.
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