Pont d’Espagne, Cascade

The cascades de Pont d’Espagne is a fabulous touristic attraction in the French Pyrenees. The waterfalls of cascade de Pont d’Espagne are located south of Cauterets and south of Lourdes (38 kilometers).

From Lourdes drive south to Argeles Gazost and Cauterets (d821>d913>d920) until you reach the ski station of Pont d’Espagne. There is a huge parking lot from where the walk begins.

In summertime many people visit the cascades de Pont d’Espagne are walk further on one of the many signed trails, for instance to lake “Lac de Gaube” upstream from the big cascade de Pont d’Espagne. It is also possible to take a Telecabine up to the lake.

Actually there are two waterfalls that are (unofficially) named cascade Pont d’Espagne. From the parking you first walk over a bridge (this is the Pont d’Espagne, pont means bridge) on the river Gave du Marcadau. Beneath the bridge the river Gave du Marcadau tries to finds it way through a narrow gorge, creating a powerful rapid/waterfall.

The second waterfall is a little bit further and much bigger. The river Gave du Gaube plunges down over a wide of 20 meters and a total height of appr 70 meters, a beautiful spectacle.

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About Pont d’Espagne, Cascade

RegionMidi Pyrenees/Haute Pyrenees
LocationPont d'Espagne-Cauterets-Lourdes
RiverGave du Marcadau