As part of our Bike Tour in the French Pyrenees, we climb the Col du Soulor and Col d’Aubisque on our last full day of riding. Are you looking for a good place to celebrate and chat with other cyclists and swap stories? We have a suggestion for you.
Right at the top of the Col du Soulor, at the intersection of the roads of Soulor and the Col d’Aubisque sits a great little restaurant called “Les Marmottes“. It’s a family run restaurant and bar with a front patio, rear deck, and a cozy interior. If the sun is shining and the spectacular views of the peaks stretch out before you, sitting on Les Marmottes’ rear deck is a great location to celebrate conquering the climb you just rode.
As a matter of practicality, we’d typically recommend that you ride both the Col du Soulor and the Col d’Aubisque before sitting down at Les Marmottes, because even if the Aubisque is not as challenging from the Soulor side, it still has a decent pitch in the last few kilometers. Why not wait until your climbing for the day is over before celebrating. Besides, if you’re returning towards Argelès-Gazost, your ride is almost all downhill from the top of the Soulor anyway.
Check out the other climbs we also ride on our Bike Tour in the French Pyrenees.