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Main street, thermal baths (left)
Main street, thermal baths (left)
Coat of arms of Barèges
Coat of arms
Barèges is located in France
Coordinates: 42°53′52″N 0°03′57″E / 42.8978°N 0.0658°E / 42.8978; 0.0658Coordinates: 42°53′52″N 0°03′57″E / 42.8978°N 0.0658°E / 42.8978; 0.0658
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Hautes-Pyrénées
Arrondissement Argelès-Gazost
Canton Luz-Saint-Sauveur
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Emmanuel Corret
Area1 45.84 km2 (17.70 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 228
 • Density 5.0/km2 (13/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 65481 / 65120
Elevation 1,070–3,087 m (3,510–10,128 ft)
(avg. 1,250 m or 4,100 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Barèges is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in southwestern France. It is situated in the valley of the Bastan on the former Route nationale 618, the "Route of the Pyrénées," on the western side of the Col du Tourmalet.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 286 —    
1968 332 +16.1%
1975 279 −16.0%
1982 282 +1.1%
1990 257 −8.9%
1999 258 +0.4%
2006 245 −5.0%
2009 228 −6.9%


Its warm sulphurous waters first became generally known in 1675 when they were visited by Madame de Maintenon and the duke of Maine, son of Louis XIV. A military hospital was founded in 1760.[1]

Barèges is situated at the perimeter of the National Parc of the Pyrénées. In and around the village all mountain sports are practiced, such as paragliding, walking, cycling, canyoning/caving, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and more.

Barèges is also the second oldest ski resort in France, and when the funicular was opened in 1936 the resort became a tourist destination. The resort, now linked with La Mongie, is the largest ski area in the French Pyrénées.

The light silk and wool fabric called barège takes its name from the place, where it was first made.


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