Welcome to Gascony, birthplace of foie gras, Armagnac brandy, and the three musketeers! Caixon is a delightful village situated in the Hautes-Pyrenees region, comprised of only a few dozen houses featuring attractively colored stone exteriors. The view to the south of the village is dominated by the spectacular Pyrenees Mountains, snow-capped for most of the year. In the immediate vicinity of Caixon there are quiet country lanes, pretty villages, and rolling hills and woodlands – perfect for a gentle stroll or bike ride. Less than 5 minutes away by car is the bustling market town of Vic-en-Bigorre. In Vic the full range of amenities can be found, including supermarkets, boulangeries, cafes, restaurants, and a post office. Also within reach are the historical towns of Tarbes, Pau, Lourdes, and Auch, all great places for wandering around for an afternoon or a day. The historical capital of Gascony, Auch is known for its architecture, particularly the Renaissance-era Cathedrale Sainte-Marie and La Tour d'Armagnac, a 14th century prison. Tarbes is known as one of the most difficult sections of the Tour de France, and the autoroute A64 passes through here on its way to Biarritz and the Spanish border, about 2 hours away. Lourdes is the famous pilgrimage town wherein you will find the shrine of St. Bernadette. The entire area boasts over 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, topped only by the Mediterranean coast and Provence. This villa has both easy access to mountain activities, but is far enough to evade the clouds and rain. Not only is the landscape gorgeous, it is also scattered with little villages and towns just waiting to be explored.
Nearby Attractions: Skiing (La Mongie, 1 hr), hiking, cycling, vineyards, caves, chateaux, golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, Vic-en-Bigorre (supermarkets, restaurants), Tarbes, Lourdes, Pau, Toulouse.
Auch: 67 km/42 mi
Toulouse: 53 km/33 mi
Lourdes: 47 km/29 mi
Pau: 46 km/28.5 mi
Tarbes (Train Station): 25 km/15.5 mi
Vic-En-Bigorre: 5 km/3 mi