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motorway aires: 4

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motorway aires[1]
les Pyrénées,A64
le Tour de France

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les pyrénées aire
sketch map locating les pyrénées aire
le tour de france

Motorway aires are designed to provide a suitable environment for relaxing, refreshing and recovering during the long, hard journeys. As well as facilities of often dubious nature, picnic tables and seats, a telephone kiosk, there are often optional extras such as a play area or a display related to some local interest or event.

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Les Pyrénées aire

View of the Pyrenees mountain range from Le Pyrenees aire on the A64

With a southerly view overlooking the Pyrénées mountain range, this aire is dominated by the enormous and dramatic sculpture celebrating the largest sporting event in the world, the Tour de France cycle race. Many of the more interesting (for spectators) races occur during the mountain stages.

Viewing the Tour sculpture by Jean-Bernard Métais (made from 30 tonnes of steel) at Les Pyrénées aire. Some of the panels giving a history and other information on Le Tour can be seen around the base of the sculpture.

The climbing stones with a Spring carpet of dandelions
The climbing stones with a Spring carpet of dandelions

Les Pyrénées aire, while not among the very largest, is busy with ‘features’:
fine views over the Pyrénées, a neat little picnic area complete with climbing stones (closed off when visited), a small shop to buy an over-priced postcard or two, fuel, and the colossal sculpture.

sketch map locating les pyrénées aire

Although this aire is situated on the south (west to east) side of the A64 autoroute, it is accessible from both directions. Travellers on the north side of the motorway, going towards the Atlantic coast, take the slip road and bridge over the motorway.

The Pyrénées aire is in Département 64 - Pyrénées-Atlantiques, but only just. This aire is only about 2 km inside the border with Département 65 - Hautes-Pyrénées.

See also the Pyrénées mountain range

A closer view of the magnificent sculpture at Les Pyrénées motorway aire, A64. During the Spring, enterprising birds build their nests amongst the saddles - but the cyclists do not seem to mind.

le Tour de France

Here at the France Zone, there are illustrated web-pages describing and appreciating the greatest show on Earth, the Tour de France. Start reading here: Le Tour 1: the greatest show on Earth. This linked page points to the other pages on this modern wonder of man, machine and organisation.


end notes

  1. aire: in this context, an area —
    aire de loisirs: recreation area;
    aire de pique-nique: picnic area;
    aire de repos: rest area;
    aire de services: services , motorway (GB) or freeway (US) service station.

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on first arriving in France - driving motorway aires, introduction
travelling by rail to and within France Les Pyrénées, A64 Poey de Lascar, A64
aires on the A75 autoroute from Clermont-Ferrand to Béziers Pic du Midi, A64
Hastingues, A64
Dunes, A62
Mas d’Agenais, A62
aires on the A89 autoroute from Bordeaux to Clermont-Ferrand and beyond Pech Loubat, A61
Port-Lauragais, A61
Mas d’Agenais, A62
Garonne, A62
aires on the busy A7 autoroute from Lyons to Marseille Ayguesvives, A61
Renneville, A61
Catalan village, A9
Tavel, A9
aires on the motorway to Spain - the A9 autoroute three aires on the canal du midi, A61 Lozay, A10
Poitou-Charente, A10
aires on the autoroute of two seas - the A62 Carcassonne, A61 Les Bréguières, A8
A65 : the autoroute de Gascogne, from Langon to Pau
aires on the other autoroute of two seas - A64 and A61 the French Wild West, Bordeaux to the Spanish border - the N10 and A63
in Poitou-Charentes: motorway aires on the A83 aires on the A20 - the Occitane, from Brive to Montauban
in Poitou-Charentes - aires on the A837 motorway in Poitou-Charentes - the A87 motorway and its aires
from Lyon to Switzerland and Italy - motorway aires on the A42 and A40

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