Pic Du Midi

The Pic du Midi, south-east of Lourdes in the Hautes-Pyrenees department, at 2275 metres is one of the highest peaks in the Midi-Pyrenees region, and offers superb views over the surrounding countryside. On a clear day you can see as far as the lighthouse at Biarritz to the west and the Cantal mountains to the north.

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But you can see further than that. Since 1881 there has been an observatory on the top of the mountain, and today a 2 metre telescope allows you to watch the stars. The early astronomers had to climb the mountain on foot, loaded up with their equipment - fortunately today there is a cable-car to the top!




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