2,877 metres above sea level, the Pic du Midi is one of the few places where you can actually say ‘I’m on top of the world’ with genuine conviction! With views across the entire chain of the Pyrenees mountains, it is a stunning day out during your visit to the region of Midi-Pyrénées.
The height and location of the Pic du Midi of course make it a magnificent astronomical observatory and it has been since 1884 – it was here that Nasa scientists mapped the surface of the moon for the Apollo landings! Opening for the first time to the public in the year 2000, you can see Spain and 200 miles north into France or marvel at the stunning display of stars above you as night falls.
It is hard to believe at this tremendous height the civilisation that exists at the top… a momentous feat of engineering ensured the building of the Pic du Midi hotel and the observatories – not your average Eddie Stobbart delivery route! 19 guests can be accommodated at this small yet perfectly formed hotel, with stargazing and gourmet dining top of the agenda, the perfect way to enjoy the views.
Recently named as part of the ‘Ultimate Bucket List‘ on AOL, this is definitely a must-do for young and old – minus anyone with fear of heights!
Contributor: Ali Bedford
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