Discovering the French Pyrenees

As an outdoor photographer, I often get asked how I find the places I shoot.

I would like to share some of my favourite places in my home country, France.  Another thing I would like to mention is that to find some cool places all you have to do is open your browser or google maps and do some research. You ca create maps with all the spots you find and when you are out exploring all you have to do is follow the map. 


LAC DU MONTAGNON (2003 meters)

Let’s start with my favourite place I discovered this year. This place is just wonderful. It's a small lake shaped like a  heart form, surrounding by beautiful mountains with sharp ridges. The hike is not easy, it takes more than 2 hours to reach the top (+950 meters) and its about 8,4 km long. I recommend to wear good hiking boots and take a extra pair of socks. I started hiking around 4/5pm. The best is to camp at the top to enjoy the sunset and the sunrise. The parking lot is up to the Aydius village. After 1h15 you will found a little cabin with fresh water, perfect to refill your water bottle. The last part is the hardest. You have to climb a steep part with gravel and rocks for about 30 minutes. Then you finally reach the top and have a beautiful view of the lake and its surroundings. The best is to hike for another 20 minutes to enjoy the view of the lake from above. 


LAC D'AYOUS (1890 meters)

This is another stunning mountain lake in the Pyrenees. The hike is easy for families and you can camp or sleep in the mountain hut. The best time to go there is from June to October.


You will need about 2h 30 to reach the lake (+600 meters) and 6km long. This spot is a great sunrise spot for photographers because the light hits directly on the Pic du Midi d'Ossau. Trust me, it is stunning! You must know this spot is popular so you won't be alone at the lake.




Source: Discovering the French Pyrenees