GPS Co-ordinates:
Longitude: -0.33783000
Latitude : 42.96148000

Parking du Cardet
64000 Gourette

Type of aire: Aire municipal


Aire at Gourette

Gourette-EauxBonnes, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Dept 64. 1350-2400m

Gourette is a small purpose-built resort not far from the Spanish border high in the French Pyrenees.

Access to the village from Pau (50 km from Gourette) is straightforward and only the last few miles is on mountain roads with several hairpin bends.

From Pau take the N134 to Gan and then the D934 marked ‘Col d’Aubisque’ and Laruns where there are two good Aires. After leaving Laruns turn left onto the D918 for Eaux-Bonnes and Gourette.

Try and avoid arriving at the weekend and during school half term in February when it is very busy.

On the way up you will pass Camping Caravaning Ley which can be used if the Aire in the village is full. A free bus runs all day from here to the resort.

On entering the village proceed until roundabout by main complex and take 2nd exit along the side of the complex for parking Cardet. There are spaces for 32 motorhomes and is only 50m from the centre of the resort complex and the lifts. We were there at half term on our way back from Spain and it was packed.

Unlike the French Alp resorts the people are much more friendly but their second language is Spanish not English. They also have many Spanish visitors but no English which we thought was a bonus.

Prices are more realistic than the Alps and there were plenty of shops and Restaurants.

The downside is that their snow record early in the season has been poor but later in the season has been better.

The service point (Euro-Relais 2€) looks on the map to be situated next to the car park but is in fact up above the car park. You therefore have to leave the car park and drive up a steep hill to another parking area where the service point is situated. If busy you must reserve your parking spot somehow.

The skiing is pleasant although with only about 25 kms of runs a few days will be adequate. There is some good off-piste but when we were there we were unable to try it.

There are 6 lifts servicing 1 black, 12 red, 9 blue and 5 green runs.

There are two mountain restaurants where the prices are very reasonable and the food very good.


Thanks to Peter Gordon