Cauterets - Meeting point of aristocrats and writers Cauterets (930 m)


The history of the spa resort of Cauterets, dating back to Roman antiquity, undoubtedly experienced its heyday in the Belle Époque, the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. After Cauterets became known from the 16th century for the healing properties of its thermal springs, which are particularly suitable for the treatment of ENT and rheumatism, the small mountain village developed into a meeting place of the higher strata. Not only numerous representatives of European royalty chose Cauterets for their spa stays. Many famous writers such as Chateaubriand, Victor Hugo, Baudelaire or Flaubert came here for the gentle healing power of healthy water and the wild and impressive landscape of the central Pyrenees.

This eventful history is still omnipresent today and shapes the image of the small winter sports resort, which was recognized by a European body as a historic spa resort. Many of the old pompous Wilhelminian style buildings have been preserved and even today accommodate especially accommodation for spa and winter sports guests. In addition, there are still traces of the original mountain village Cauterets, which makes up the special charm of the small village, which seems to hide in the midst of snowy mountains.

Ski resort Cauterets Detailed information:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Halfpipe
  • Snowpark
  • Ski school
  • Ski kindergarten
  • Day nursery
  • Cinema
  • Restaurant
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Ice rink
  • Bar
  • Sport shop
  • Toboggan run
  • Supermarket
  • Bank
  • Cashpoint
  • Wellness

Further information

2 Ski areas and lots of wellness

After the heyday of the spa industry in Cauterets was over at the beginning of the 20th century, they began to remember a second trump provided by the surrounding mountains. At this time, the winter sports tourism began in Cauterets and soon became the second mainstay of the community. As one of the first ski resorts in the Pyrenees, Cauterets has since become a well-known destination for skiers and has not only an alpine ski resort, but also its own ski resort for Nordic disciplines.

In the Cirque du Lys area, skiers and snowboarders will find 20 runs of all levels, a snow park with boardercross, a slalom course and a spacious practice area. The Lys gondola also takes you directly from Cauterets to the center of the piste area. Alternatively, a parking lot at 1360 meters altitude is available, which is also connected by a gondola directly to the ski area.

Skiing fans from Cauterets can reach the Nordic area, Pont d'Espagne, by car or by shuttle bus. In addition to 5 routes with a total of 36.5 kilometers in length, 6 kilometers of hiking routes for snowshoe tours and a toboggan run, there are also 3 downhill pistes, one red and one blue and a practice run.

Whether after a day on the pistes and trails or on a ski-free day - tourists in Cauterets should not miss out a visit to the famous swimming pools.

A total of 3 plants are fed by the 11 thermal springs, which bubble with temperatures between 55 and 60 degrees from the depths. The peculiarity of the water of Cauterets, which is cooled down to a pleasant 35 to 38 degrees for bathing, is the high content of sulfur, sodium, silicic acid and trace elements.

Medical thermal treatments for rheumatic and ENT diseases are offered in the 2 historic Cauterets baths. The Thermes de César are located right in the center of the small town and offer in the afternoon also individual wellness treatments for winter sports guests. The Thermes des Griffons are located in the village of La Raillère 2 kilometers away and offer only medical therapy programs.

Uptodate leisure pool

In addition to these two classic spa facilities, however, a pure leisure pool was opened in 2010, which also uses the beneficial thermal springs. Not far from the Thermes de César, also in the center of the village, wellness fans will find in the Bains du Rocher a true feel-good oasis with a total of 2500 m2.

Both the 160 m2 indoor pool and 200 m2 stainless steel outer lagoon are equipped with neck showers, a flow channel, massage jets, whirlpool and bubble benches and loungers. Inside the Bains du Rocher, you will also find a hot 38-degree pool, tropical showers, a steam room, a sauna, a solarium, a salt cave and a children's pool with a waterfall.

The Bains du Rocher spa offers wellness and beauty treatments for body and face. A fitness room as well as aqua-aqua and aqua-bike courses round off the offer of the wellness bath. The breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding peaks of the Pyrenees is included.

For winter, tourists are still offered advantageous rates. Be it the "Pass famille" for parents and children, or the "Pass horaires", which entitles you to admission for 5, 10 or 20 hours, which can be split up according to your mood.

For a varied leisure and evening entertainment, Cauterets also has an ice rink, a cinema, a casino and numerous cozy restaurants and bars to offer.