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iconAuthorised motorhome service point and night stop
Gavarnie, Hautes-Pyrénées [65], Midi-Pyrénées, France, 65120

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Open from Jan to Dec
Water non potable
Parking: 7€
Services: Free


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Review by: admin
Visit date: Aug 2014
Unit type: Medium Motorhome under 8m
A dedicated motorhome parking area about 1km outside of Gavarnie. The parking is split into 3 areas with plenty of space for around 80 vans. There is one single artisan service point with a couple of taps, a WC drain and drive over waste disposal. From the back of the area with the service point, there is a footpath that leads down to the village, this is far easier and safer than walking back down the steep hairpinned road. 
The 7€ for parking is collected as you approach the village car park and you are directed to the upper aire as Motorhomes are supposedly not allowed to park in the car parking area although there were a couple parked there when we visited. If you don't mind the walk, the upper aires have more space and better views. An attendant also called early am to catch any late arrivals.
The village has a small Casino supermarket along with plenty of tourist souvenir shops and a couple of mountain equipment shops plus numerous bars and simple restuarants.
The main attraction for the area is the walking, and the most popular is the walk to the "Cirque De Gavarnie", an area that has been gorged out of the mountains by a glacier leaving a semi circular amphitheatre of high mountains and France's largest waterfall 'The Cascade de Gavarnie'. From the aire to the village is a 20 mins walk and then from the village it is a good 1 hour walk to the Hotel de Cirque, a cafe at the end of the walk and another 30 minutes from the Hotel to the waterfall, this stretch is much more strenuous and steeper, you also cannot take dogs - even on leads -  into this part of the National Park. Dogs are not allowed into any part of the National park except along this walk.
You could also take a horse or donkey from the village to the Hotel for around 30€ each.
There is limited mobile data, and no available wifi, but who cares when the views are so stunning.
If you like walking and mountain scenery you will not be disappointed with a visit to Gavarnie
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