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The Pyrenees - France
Stretching 430 kms from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, with its highest point at 3,404m (11,168 ft) the Pyrenees physically separate France from Spain.
Even though the mountains form such a natural and dramatic barrier the mountain communities on both sides of the range have traditionally had more interaction with each other than with the French and Spanish communities on the plains. These historical links are evident in the many trading paths that criss-cross the border and the remaining pastoral agreements where Spanish cows graze on French pastures for part of the summer. These links are celebrated in the listing on the World Heritage Cultural Register of the Mont Perdu cross-border site.
Luz St Sauveur
Luz St Sauveur in the French Pyrenees is a typical mountain village situated half way between the famous pilgrimage city of Lourdes and the Gavarnie-Mont Perdu World Heritage Area which overlaps with the Pyrenees National Park.
It is a character filled and charming village in the heart of the Hautes Pyrenees and provides an excellent base for hiking and other mountain activities.
It is also ideally situated for visiting all of the 'Midi-Pyrenees Grand Sites' in the Hautes Pyrenees - Gavarnie, Pont d'Espagne, Pic du Midi and Lourdes.
Arras en Lavedan is situated at the entrance to the Val d'Azun, just above the larger market town of Argeles Gazost amongst green and rolling foothills. Known for the wonderful 'douceur de vivre', the easy, sunny and relaxed way of life, you can't help but slow down and smell the roses while you are here.