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Cirque de Gavarnie

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Address: 65120 Gavarnie, France
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Not knowing exactly what we were getting ourselves into my wife and I ventured up the valley from Luz-Saint Saveur with a pack of picnic provisions and a day to just hike wherever... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Cas C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Not knowing exactly what we were getting ourselves into my wife and I ventured up the valley from Luz-Saint Saveur with a pack of picnic provisions and a day to just hike wherever we were led. We were led by others, over breakfast, to Gavarnie and a walk up a valley to the Cirque de Gavarnie that was wondrous beyond... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Possibly because of all the religious groups sharing the path, but mainly because of the wondrous nature of this place, this whole experience had the feel of a sacred pilgrimage. And the Cirque de Gavarnie is indeed worthy of such devotion and reverence. It was surprising well organised in the village, with stewards directing you to a car parking space... More 

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Lafayeffe, La
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

My husband and I hiked to the base of the falls. It is not a difficult hike, but wear appropriate footwear and take along water. There are a few rather areas to cross over, but the trails are well maintained. As you near the falls, the going gets a little slippery, but not insurmountable. There is a restaurant serving limited... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Having arthritic knees was a little unsure of this walk! However, taken gently it is quite possible and well worth the effort. As you progress into the cirque it is obvious why it was such a Mecca for early tourists and still remains so. The closer you go the more impressive it becomes and it really is worth pushing for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

It was an absolutely beautiful view. We did a horse ride, we only had time for the shortest ride (30mins €12 each) It was well worth it, we loved it and would have happily paid double for the experience.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Some mid level trekking will take you to one of the most impressive landscapes in the Pyrenees, the Cirque de Gavarnie, recognised as the highest waterfall in Europe. You won't be disappointed. Those less willing to walk can opt for horseback or mule transport.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Walk to the bar/restaurant isn't an issue just make sure you've got good walking shoes on for the 2nd part. Just a wonderful part of the Pyrenees & when you get to the waterfall the spray on your face is wonderful:-)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Very well organised parking. 1 million visitors per year but no problem to find a place despite the impressive number of parked cars. It is an easy walk up to the restaurant located in front of the cirque. The village is beautiful and quiet. Children enjoy the help of horses.

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Tel Aviv District, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Impressive geological destination for most levels of hikers. You can see the highest waterfall at cirque de Gavernie from a distance and you walk and walk about an hour and a half on an ascending path. When you reach the Hotel du Cirque, you can take a brake with a good coffee and more. If you have the powers... you... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

The whole of Gavarnie is just a wonderful place to visit, even in summer. Great places to eat and shop as well. But the trek to the Cirque du Gavarnie was great. Fantastic views of the mountains all around. Nice waterfalls. The children did a bit of horse riding which they loved. Dress lightly and have a lot of suntan... More 

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