We're looking at spending a week/10-days in the region in the summer. We'd love to do a mix of walking in the high mountains, plus cultural visit, enjoying food & wine, just generally chilling out! We were thinking where might be a good base to maybe rent a gite?
Bagneres de Luchon
Bagneres de Bigorre
but I don't have a real feel for the area. Is Lourdes too big a place? We're not religious, so that aspect of it is not of interest, but it sounds a convenient/nice place. Bagneres de Bigorre sounds good, what with the baths etc, and I get the impression this is a quieter provincial town. Luchon is maybe too touristy?
Any advice welcome!