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PATRIMONIO MUNDIAL PYRÉNÉES-MONT PERDU

Paisaje: naturaleza y cultura

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Gèdre

Gèdre lies at the confluence of the Gavarnie and Héas rives at an altitude of 1,000 m. It is a typical example of a rural area up in the mountains where shepherding sets the pace of everyday life. Dotted around the municipality are numerous population centres, among them Gèdre-Dessus, Ayrues, Saussa, Coumély and Héas.


The vast hydrographical resources here have given rise to a considerable body of heritage associated with the pastoral life (bridges, mills, etc.), as well as hydroelectricity, such as Pragnères, the largest hydroelectric power station in the Hautes-Pyrénées, which has 40 km of galleries, four dams at Cap de Long (Néouvielle) and two pumping stations.


From Gèdre, you can get to the Estaubé and Troumouse cirques, Bue Valley, with its lakes, and also to the Plateau de Saugué, an incomparable vantage point that looks out over the Gavarnie Cirque.


The Gèdre Tourist Office houses the Millaris interpretation centre, the starting point for outings to these valleys and cirques. It features a complete panoramic view of the Gavarnie, Troumouse and Estaubé cirques and makes for an astonishing and enlightening tour that covers the discovery of the legendary landscapes of Gavarnie-Gèdre, the importance of water, agriculture and pastoralism and UNESCO's listing of the park as a World Heritage Site.