Madiran, Hautes-Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees

Category: Midi-Pyrenees - City and town guides
Department : Hautes-Pyrenees
Post code : 65700
Nearest ski resort : Cauterets
Nearest airport : Pau, 49km: Tarbes Lourdes, 41km
Economy : Winemaking, tourism, agriculture
To visit : Vineyards
Events : Wine tasting festival
Population: 474 (INSEE 2007)

Key points about this information item Madiran, Hautes-Pyrenees, Midi-Pyrenees





Madiran is a small commune in the Hautes-Pyrenees department which is part of the Gascony area in the Midi-Pyrenees region.  The name is most commonly recognised through the wine of the region that takes the same name.  The village is located close to the borders of several departments; Hautes-Pyrenees Gers, Landes and Pyrenees-Atlantiques.



The town dates back to the 11th century and has a varied mix of architecture.  The main reason for people visiting the area however is to sample the renowned Madiran red wine.  During the summer, there is a week long wine tasting festival, but many of the estates are open throughout the summer for tasting and the purchase of wine.  The wine is also readily available in the local restaurants.



Madiran is in the heart of the Madiran wine AOC and hence it will be no surprise that winemaking features heavily in the economy.  But these days, wine tourism is just as important and brings thousands of visitors to the region during the summer period.  Agriculture is also important, in a department that is very rural.



Travelling around the Gascony area is difficult without your own transport as the area is very quiet and rural with little if any bus service.  There are some towns with train stations, but getting out into the countryside from there is difficult.


See also Madiran wine



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