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.


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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