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Coordinates: 42¬į53‚Ä≤24‚Ä≥N 0¬į06‚Ä≤45‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ42.89¬įN 0.1125¬įWÔĽŅ / 42.89; -0.1125

Commune of Cauterets

Location
Cauterets is located in France
Cauterets
Administration
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Hautes-Pyrénées
Arrondissement Argelès-Gazost
Canton Argelès-Gazost
Statistics
Elevation 503‚Äď3,300 m (1,650‚Äď10,830 ft)
(avg. 1,000 m/3,300 ft)
Land area1 156.84 km2 (60.56 sq mi)
Population2 1,156  (2006)
 - Density 7 /km2 (18 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 65138/ 65110
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Cauterets is a spa town, a ski resort and a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France.

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Geography

Cauterets is located 32 km (20 mi) southwest of Lourdes in the beautiful valley of the Gave de Cauterets and borders the Pyrenees National Park.

Cauterets is a centre for excursions, the Péguère (2,316 m), the Monné (2,723 m), the Cabaliros (2,333 m), the Pic de Chabarrou (2,910 m), the Vignemale (3,298 m), and other summits being in its neighborhood. Lake Gaube is approximately 1hr and 30 minutes walk from Cauterets or can be accessed by a chairlift from the Pont d’Espagne. The Cirque de Lys is also accessible by cable car from where there are panoramic views over the Pyrenees. Cauterets is also a regular stopover for walkers travelling on the coast to coast Pyrenean GR10 walking route.

Springs

Cauterets is well known for its copious thermal springs. They are chiefly characterized by the presence of sulphur and silicate of soda, and are used in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory organs, rheumatism, skin diseases and many other maladies. The main thermal baths, Thermes Cesar, were opened in 1843 and continue to offer treatments today.

Skiing

Cauterets provides both cross country skiing and downhill skiing. There are 36 km of cross country tracks at Pont d‚ÄôEspagne and 25 downhill pistes at Cirque du Lys between 1700m and 2500m altitude which are mainly suited for beginners and intermediates. A new cable car was built in 2005 which can transport 2000 skiers per hour to the Cirque du Lys area.

See also

References

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

See also http://www.cauterets.com

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

CAUTERETS, a watering-place of south-western France in the department of Hautes-Pyrenees, 20 m. S. by W. of Lourdes by rail. Pop. (1906) 1030. It lies in the beautiful valley of the Gave de Cauterets, and is well known for its copious thermal springs. They are chiefly characterized by the presence of sulphur and silicate of soda, and are used in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory organs, rheumatism, skin diseases and many other maladies. Their temperature varies between 75¬į and 137¬į F. The springs number twenty-four, and there are nine bathing establishments. Cauterets is a centre for excursions, the Monne (8935 ft.), the Cabaliros (7655 ft.), the Pic de Chabarrou (9550 ft.), the Vignemale (10,820 ft.), and other summits being in its neighbourhood.


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