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Pyrénées Emotions
5 reviews
· Pyrénées, Occitanie
1 acre
2 units
2 Tent
The only emotions are good ones at this chilled out, high altitude campsite
If an arduous journey makes the destination all the more appreciated, then you'll be kissing the 'Bienvenue' sign upon arrival at Pyrénées Emotions. Well, that's if you're arriving by bike at least. High up on the Col des Ares, it's little wonder this snaking, recline tests the world's best cyclists (not to mention a few brave amateurs) during the Tour de France. But the trade-off for all the huffing, puffing, and... ahem... thigh chafing? Well, just look around you. The lush, herbaceous landscape, dotted with grazing Mérens horses is so spectacularly splendrous. It is also blissfully quiet – hard to believe you're only 30km or so from the vibrant Pyrenean spa town and ski resort of Luchon. The campsite itself is well-appointed, secluded, and fastidiously-run by dutiful Franco-Dutch couple Laetitia and Stefan van Lanen. Relaxation and tranquility are the order of the day here and a blissed-out bonhomie pervades amongst the eight privileged pitches and single log cabin. Your hosts are on hand with everything from fresh bread in the morning to the best route to the nearby swimming lake at Saint Pé d'Ardet. All round Action-Man Stefan is your leading authority on hiking, biking and everything in between. He lives and breathes the outdoor lifestyle and is happy to arrange excursions. He's qualified to lead canyoning, rafting, kayaking and climbing groups – something he does on a regular basis and the main reason he moved to the area. After a day of white-water rafting down the Garonne, tackling the mighty Pic du Gar, or simply flâneuring past the Belle Époque villas of Luchon, campers can rest with their feet up in the campsite's little restaurant, housed in a beautiful mountain lodge that's over 100 years old. The food isn't bad either, with continental breakfasts, light lunches and even three-course meals available. Those in the know, meanwhile, congregate round the communal campfire (marshmallows are compulsory) and contemplate on what experiences tomorrow will bring. As Laetitia and Stefan surmise, their site offers a "harmony of culture, nature, and adventure". We second that emotion.
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Hosted by Pyrenees E.Joined in November 2013
3 Ratings · 5 reviews
Sharon S.recommends
August 6, 2022
Tent Pitch with Electricity
An oasis of upmarket calm
This is an oasis of calm! Beautiful position at the top of the Col Des Ares with lovely walks from the site to suit everyone. The views are amazing as are the facilities with nice touches like the covered cabin/saloon, BBQ, bar and lounge area- I could go on. There’s lots of space to just chill and listen to the owls and watch the stars.
James S.recommends
July 17, 2022
Tent Pitch with Electricity
Great setting, very helpful staff. Lots of amenities like laundry, bread and croissant in the mornings, restaurant, etc. Can’t beat waking up to a view of the mountains
Na ?.
September 5, 2019
Small campsite with a lovely feeling about it and a beautiful view. Excellent food and really great activities for kids 6 and over. highly recommended. It does get a bit colder being at 800m altitude so bring warm stuff!
Thomasrwanda ?.
July 31, 2016
We camped at Pyrenees Emotions for 4 nights in July. The location is wonderful with sweeping views of the Pyrenees. The campsite is very clean and spacious and with great attention to detail and service. The staff are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. It was also very safe and great for the kids who could enjoy their tree house and various outdoor games. Pyrenees Emotions is ideal for the outdoor sports enthusiast for mountain biking and hiking. They also arrange great value rafting, canyoning and climbing day trips. Our kids (6 and 8 years) loved the rafting. They also have a great little restaurant and bar on site with free wifi. Put simply: we will definitely visit again.
Nick T.
August 12, 2014
Hi - we stayed here for 5 nights earlier this month and had a fantastic time. The site is really well kept with great washroom facilities and a very impressive log cabin for dining etc. Our 3 children loved the tree house and play area and we enjoyed some great walks from the site.  The location is beautiful and the site is very tranquil - enjoying a hot chocolate on the terrace in the morning sun is a happy memory!Stefan is a great host - very friendly and happy to help with any queries or provide recommendations for days out and activities in the area. He also offers a range of outdoor sports (canyonning etc), albeit we didn't get a chance to try any of those on this visit.We'll definitely be back though as this is the best campsite we have stayed at for some time.
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The only emotions are good ones at this chilled out, high altitude campsite
Nearby attractions
Outdoor enthusiasts will be in heaven here, with hiking and canoeing arranged from the site and run by multi-lingual instructors. Some of Europe's most iconic walks are easily accessible including the Pic du Gar, GR78, and Camino Francés all the way to Galicia's Santiago de Compostella. There's also a small lake within walking distance of site that's good for wild swimming. Bagnères-de-Luchon spa town is just 30km from the site and boasts the famous Roman thermal springs and vaporarium (the only one of its kind in Europe). Come wintertime, the Superbagnères ski resort attracts scores to its pristine piste. This Pyrenean hideaway also boasts two stunning waterfalls in the Juzet and Sidonie, not too far away, and the prehistoric Caves of Gargas (0033 562 988 150), 23km away. The ancient Romanesque city of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges boasts a breathtaking cathedral about 17km from site. Little wonder then it is officially among 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France'.  
Food and drink
Look no further than the onsite bar and restaurant. Campers can enjoy light lunches, continental breakfasts (with freshly baked croissants) in either the beautifully cosy restaurant or on the terrace. You can even have a three-course meal for €19 (kids eat for €9). The bar also boasts a selection of beers and wines. For a meal out though, you could head to Luchon, a 30-minute drive away, which has no shortage of places to eat. For something extra special, La Baluchon (0033 561 889 128) serves refined, contemporary French cuisine, with three courses from €30.   
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