Col des Ares 31510 Malvezie, France
The only emotions are good ones at this chilled out, high altitude campsite.
If an arduous journey makes the destination all the more appreciated, then you'll be kissing the 'Bienvenue' sign upon arrival at Pyrénées Emotions. Well, that's if you're arriving by bike at least. High up on the Col des Ares, it's little wonder this snaking, recline tests the world's best cyclists (not to mention a few brave amateurs) during the Tour de France. But the trade-off for all the huffing, puffing, an... ahem... thigh chaffing? Well, just look around you. The lush, herbaceous landscape, dotted with grazing Mérens horses is so spectacularly splendrous. It is also blissfully quiet – hard to believe you're only 30km or so from the vibrant Pyrenean spa town and ski resort of Luchon.
The campsite itself is well-appointed, secluded, and fastidiously-run by dutiful Franco-Dutch couple Laetitia and Stefan van Lanen. Relaxation and tranquility are the order of the day here and a blissed-out bonhomie pervades amongst the 15 privileged pitches. Your hosts are on hand with everything from fresh bread in the morning to the best route to the nearby swimming lake at Saint Pé d'Ardet. All round Action-Man Stefan is your leading authority on hiking, biking and everything in between. He lives and breathes the outdoor lifestyle and is happy to arrange excursions. He's qualified to lead canyoning, rafting, kayaking and climbing groups – something he does on a regular basis and the main reason he moved to the area.
After a day of white-water rafting down the Garonne, tackling the mighty Pic du Gar, or simply flâneuring past the Belle Époque villas of Luchon, campers can rest with their feet up in the campsite's little restaurant, housed in a beautiful mountain lodge that's over 100 years old. The food isn't bad either, with continental breakfasts, light lunches and even three-course meals available. Those in the know, meanwhile, congregate round the communal campfire (marshmallows are compulsory) and contemplate on what experiences tomorrow will bring. As Laetitia and Stefan surmise, their site offers a "harmony of culture, nature, and adventure". We second that emotion.
The Owner Says
A lovely place for Outdoor & adventure freaks. A quiet but very special camp-site with modern sanitary facilities and a beautiful nowegian log-cabin as groupfacility. Also you will find a treehouse, a sand-pit, a swing and a volleybalfield in the grounds. During summer we dayly organise outdoor sporting activities and the campfire is burning in the evening.
2 adults, car, electricity en large spot: €21,-
2 adults, 2 children, car, electricity en large spot: €27,-
Many sporting possibilities (if necessary accompanied, Dutch, English, Frence speaking), like mountainbiking, walking, canyoning en mountaineering. Pub-tent rental. One doesn’t have to cook always since there is a restaurant (small menu). You can buy fresh bread at the campsite. The campsite offers free WIFI, which makes using the internet possible.
Open from 01/05 to 31/11
Area: 0.7 ha
Altitude: 797 m
Touring places: 15 (80-120 m2)
We advise you to reserve in advance. On walking distance there is a smal lake in which one can swim and from the camp-site there are many walking and cycling possibilities. We gladly inform you about these possiblities. You can use our touristic maps, ordnance maps and leaflets of walks and ATB-routes.
A hidden gem
We camped at Pyrenees Emotions for 4 nights in July. The location is wonderful with sweeping views of the Pyrenees. The campsite is very clean and spacious and with great attention to detail and service. The staff are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about the local area. It was also very safe and great for the kids who could enjoy their tree house and various outdoor games. Pyrenees Emotions is ideal for the outdoor sports enthusiast for mountain biking and hiking. They also arrange great value rafting, canyoning and climbing day trips. Our kids (6 and 8 years) loved the rafting. They also have a great little restaurant and bar on site with free wifi. Put simply: we will definitely visit again.
One of the Best
Hi - we stayed here for 5 nights earlier this month and had a fantastic time. The site is really well kept with great washroom facilities and a very impressive log cabin for dining etc. Our 3 children loved the tree house and play area and we enjoyed some great walks from the site. The location is beautiful and the site is very tranquil - enjoying a hot chocolate on the terrace in the morning sun is a happy memory!
Stefan is a great host - very friendly and happy to help with any queries or provide recommendations for days out and activities in the area. He also offers a range of outdoor sports (canyonning etc), albeit we didn't get a chance to try any of those on this visit.
We'll definitely be back though as this is the best campsite we have stayed at for some time.