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3 Mountain Passes to explore in Nouvelle-Aquitaine


The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is the largest region of France with an area of 84,035.7 kilometer square. Tourism is an important sector in a region with significant assets, starting with a mild and sunny climate, wine tourism, many heritage sites, sandy beaches for surfers, and mountains for skiers.

Col d'Aubisque
Col d'AubisqueCol d'Aubisque, 64440 Béost, France

Col d'Aubisque is a beautiful mountain pass which was located in the south of Tarbes and Pau in the department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. It is a center for winter sports and is regularly part of the Tour de France, generally rated an hors catégorie climb. It is almost the perfect climb for cyclists and also this picturesque location offers a panoramic view of nature.

Col de la Pierre St Martin
Col de la Pierre St MartinCol de la Pierre St Martin, Arette, France

A mountain pass on the France-Spain border in the western Pyrenees in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Navarra. La Pierre St Martin is the highest road climb in the Basque Pyrenees and it is, without doubt, one of the toughest. One of the picturesque locations in this area which was famous among tourists.

Col du Pourtalet
Col du PourtaletCol du Pourtalet, 22640 Laruns, France

The Col du Pourtalet or Col de Portalet is a 1794 m high mountain pass in the Pyrenees. The pass is usually open all year round and is only closed for a few days after heavy snowfall. It connects the Valle de Tena in the south with the Val d'Ossau in the north and has probably been used by people and their herds since the Neolithic. In the Middle Ages and in the early modern period, it was celebrated by pilgrims .

Map of Mountain Passes to explore in Nouvelle-Aquitaine