Loudenvielle: James Bond, the Tour de France, Balnea

Loudenvielle is a French commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées, in the Occitan region.

On 1 January 2016, it was created with the status of a new commune following the merger of Loudenvielle and Armenteule, which became delegated communes.

Loudenviellle is also one of the communes of the Pays d'art et d'histoire des vallées d'Aure et du Louron.

The commune, which is home to numerous holiday residences, is close to the winter sports resorts of Val Louron and Peyragudes. But summer tourism is also important with hiking trails and a paragliding school, with its grandiose landscapes and its preserved Pyrenean atmosphere, its superb artificial lake of Génos-Loudenvielle, since 1975, central landmark of the Louron valley and covering an area of 32 ha.


Thomas Voeckler, James Bond and Balnea...

The history of the Tour de France will remember that it was in 2012, during the first stage finish in the resort, that Thomas Voeckler won his red jersey with white polka dots for best climber.

The history of cinema will remember that in January and February 1997, it was in Peyragudes that the images of the credits of one of the many James Bond films "Tomorrow Never Dies" were shot.

As the resort has one of the rare mountain airports in the Pyrenees, the film teams chose to recreate an Afghan camp at the foot of the runways.

At the entrance of the village, at the foot of the ski resorts of Peyragudes and Val Louron is Balnea, a thermal playground complex, the first thermal water relaxation complex in the French Pyrenees.

Moreover, Balnéa was awarded an excellent mention by Biom Work, for the economic performance of the company in meeting the challenges of sustainable development in the area.


An interesting heritage

The museographic center l'Arixo (free of charge), labeled "Rural Heritage 2000", presents the riches of the Louron Valley inside a superb building dressed in stone, wood and slate. It is also home to the Arixo cinema, which offers the Cine-Ciné-cimes festival in March. All the rest of the year, the center offers many activities, exhibitions, storytelling evenings, shows...

Loudenvielle and its surroundings offer many beautiful and discreet chapels such as the beautiful Saint-Félix church located north of the lake of Génos-Loudenvielle. Oriented from west to east as tradition dictates, this 12th century Romanesque edifice is classified as a Historic Monument, notably for its bell-tower-wall and its 17th century altarpiece near the altar.

You should also discover the church of Saint-Just and Saint-Sauveur in Loudenvielle, the church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in the neighboring village of Loudervielle, the Romanesque chapel of Saint-Martin d'Aranvielle or the chapel of Notre-Dame d'Artiguelongue rebuilt after the Revolution.


And also...

With the new Skyvall cable car, you can reach Peyragudes in a few minutes from Loudenvielle without taking your car!

If you like high altitude hiking, head south to discover the magnificent Clarabide Gorge on the border of Spain, we are here only 10km from the Spanish border.

In the village of Loudenvielle, don't miss the new Pumptrack track, a course composed of moguls and adapted to all styles, cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding.

Discover also the Ludic Park, a playground for children with inflatables and trampolines...


Tourist Office of Loudenvielle

Way of Cazalis
65510 Loudenvielle
Tel : 05 62 99 95 35








To go further....

Loudenvielle et la Vallée du Louron.. à pied : 20 promenades & randonnées

Au coeur des Pyrénées, après Tarbes et Lannemezan, quittez la route de l'Espagne à Arreau pour découvrir la vallée du Louron avec ses paysages préservés et ses villages au riche patrimoine séculaire. Autour du lac de Génos-Loudenvielle. joyau de la vallée, la montagne est douce et invite à randonner. Puis remontez le cours de la Neste du Louron jusqu'à sa source, où se cachent plusieurs lacs au pied de 20 sommets de plus de 3 000 mètres : Clarabide, Schrader, Gourgs Blancs... Respirez, admirez, randonnez ! Vous êtes dans la vallée du Louron.

Crodey, gentilhomme pyrénéen et la communauté de loudenvielle, vallée de louron, au XVII eme siécle

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