Lupiac, in the centre of the Gascon countryside, in the Pays d'Armagnac offers you all you need to have a happy holiday: distinctive villages, undulating hills and valleys, a gentle climate, space, the possibility to pursue outdoor activities in the open air such as rambling, sport, bicycle rides, horse riding, fishing and meeting authentic and convivial people during the local festivities.

Circuits

On foot, on horseback or on a bicycle, circuits for everyone.

Equipped with a stick and suitable shoes, a bicycle (preferably a mountain bike) or a horse, discover the country of d'Artagnan and the diversity of its landscapes.

A gentle climate, signposted trails through a green and hilly countryside. You will discover beautiful landscapes with the length of the Pyrenees as backdrop (on a clear day...).

  Download the information sheet listing circuits (in French)

3 circuits around Lupiac

3 circuits de randonnée sur la commune de Lupiac

Start and finish on the Foirail - the parking area shaded by plane trees right at the Eastern entrance to the village, along road D37 to/from Belmont. The 14.5 and 18.4 km circuits partly overlap.

The tour of Lake Lacoste (4.5 km)

An easy circuit of 4.5 km around the lake of Lacoste.

Through Cahuzères... A walk in the Clarac wood (14.5 km)

A circuit of 14.5 km along hill tops and through woods, offering good view points.

Circuit open 11 months of the year, from 16 November to 14 October. A portion of the circuit crosses a private property closed off from 15 October to 15 November.

In d'Artagnan footsteps (18.5 km)

A circuit of 18.5 km for the more active in in a wooded and hilly environment.

Circuit open 11 months of the year, from 16 November to 14 October. A portion of the circuit crosses a private property closed off from 15 October to 15 November.

E-bike circuits

A range of circuits from 9 to 53 km designed for you by e-Vélo Gers to explore the beautiful Gers countryside, hills, farmland, woods, lakes and villages by e-bike . You will encounter few cars, but beware of agricultural machinery, deer and wild boars.

All circuits start and end at e-Vélo Gers, on the commune of Lupiac. Use your own e-bike, or hire one from e-Vélo Gers:

1. Vic-Fezensac via the Route d’Artagnan

Distance: 45 km / Ascent: 420 m

A peaceful circuit following the Auzoue River north past Vic-Fezensac and returning along the Route d’Artagnan via the Guiroue Valley. Allow a full day with plenty of time to stop and explore along the way.

2. Domaine Herrebouc and picturesque villages

Distance: 53 km / Ascent: 655 m

This circuit is for energetic lovers of picturesque villages, passing through four river valleys (the Baïse, Osse, Guiroue and Auzoue valleys). We pass the beautiful Domaine Herrebouc, with its castle and mill, for a tour (and perhaps a degustation) then the villages of Bazian, Biran, Caillavet, Roquebrune and Le Brouilh-Monbert. At 53km with much to explore this is a nice long day adventure, keeping away from the busy roads.

3. Three valleys to Riguepeu

Distance: 37 km / Ascent: 447 m

We pass through three river valleys (the Mouliaque, Guiroue and Auzoue valleys) on the way to Riguepeu and the delightful restored watermill. After passing the ancient roman ruin (“La pile Gallo Romaine dite La Montjoie”) there is a short stretch of dirt roads through farmland before passing Domaine Boca, Tudelle and then into Bazian village. Stop in Bazian to explore and have your picnic. On leaving Riguepeu, the circuit is scenic with far-off views of the Pyrenees.

4. St Arailles and the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Brétous

Distance: 43 km / Ascent: 404 m

The highlight of this circuit is the picturesque village of St-Arailles with its towers and arches. However the circuit also takes in a section of the Armagnac State Forest which uses logging tracks and some footpaths. Visit the historic Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bretous, just after St-Arailles. It is recommended to have a picnic lunch at the foot of St-Arailles.

5. Montesquiou and Escargots

Distance: 47 km / Ascent: 511 m

A picturesque circuit to the charming villages of Castelnau-d’Anglès and Montesquiou. You can stop in Montesquiou for coffee or lunch and a walk. The village lies on the GR653 trail that eventually takes walkers and cyclists to Toulouse and beyond (e-Vélo Gers have cycled some of this route). On leaving Montesquiou you have the added enjoyment of an Escargot farm (Les Escargots de Malicorne) and possible degustation when in season. Returning to e-Vélo Gers you pass Lake Saint-Laurent with the possibility of a picnic and walk. The circuit totals 47 km and 511 m of ascent, with potential for more if you divert into Bassoues before the Lake.

6. Bassoues and Lake St-Laurent

Distance: 33 km / Ascent: 279 m

A relatively short circuit that has everything. For the wine and Armagnac connoisseur we begin by passing Domaine de Bilé and then inwards to the picturesque town of Bassoues where you can tour the town, visit its listed monuments and even stop for a light lunch. On leaving Bassoues, the route takes the footpath along the western shore of Lake St-Laurent, a great spot for a picnic if you haven’t already eaten. If you have the energy there is a 6 km walk around the whole lake. A relatively relaxing day.

7. Lake St-Jean

Distance: 34 km / Ascent: 363 m

A circuit around Lupiac and Lake St-Jean taking in the smaller villages of Peyrusse-Grande, Peyrusse-Vieille, Gazax and St-Pierre-d’Aubézies. At about midpoint the circuit drops down to Lake St-Jean where you can spend some time in the bird observatory overlooking the lake, enjoy a serene walk and take a peaceful picnic. Before returning to e-Vélo Gers, the circuit stops in Lupiac village to explore the museum and history surrounding D’artagnan. This is a short circuit allowing a very laid-back and relaxing day out.

8. Plaisance and the Arros valley

Distance: 58 km / Ascent: 684 m

A long circuit from Lupiac towards the west as far as the village of Tasque and then southwards along the floodplain of the Arros River, entering Plaisance from the north. The circuit crosses a total of four river valleys for a total ascent of 684 m. You return to e-Vélo Gers via Peyrusse-Vieille and Peyrusse-Grande.

9. St-Mont vineyards and wineries

Distance: 51 km / Ascent: 615 m

A great tour of the vineyards and wineries of the St-Mont wine appellation, via Aignan, Sabazan and St-Go. On a sunny day the ride along the ridge southwards above the Midour River is beautiful with the Pyrenees to the south and vineyards in abundance. A long circuit well worth the effort. If time allows, stop at the exotic gardens of La Palmeraie de Sartou. Returning via Fromentas and Castelnavet includes some long climbs and descents before arriving back at e-Vélo Gers.

10. The Douze Valley

Distance: 47 km / Ascent: 478 m

A tour along both sides of the Douze Valley with a stop to explore Lupiac village, passing Castelmore Castle, birthplace of D’Artagnan, and to Séailles and Avéron-Bergelle. This tour takes in the beautiful scenery of the Gers staying away from any of the big towns.

11. Lannepax and Lake Candau

Distance: 42 km / Ascent: 362 m

Via Castillon-Debats to Lannepax for lunch and perhaps a degustation at Armagnac Delord, before returning via Lake Candau. Take the entire day, with a relaxed cycle ride and good stops. Or complete the circuit in 2 hours at a good pace, with no stops.

12. To Lupiac via the Route d’Artagnan

Distance: 13.6 km / Ascent: 156 m

A circuit to Lupiac that passes through the Forest of Mazous, following the Route D’Artagnan for some km. Crossing the forest includes two kilometers of dirt forest tracks - do not attempt in the wet. The half way point is the village of Lupiac, birthplace of D’Artagnan. Visit the museum in his honour, and his equestrian statue in the village square. Return to e-Vélo Gers via the south east on quiet roads through beautiful farmland, with delightful views.

14. To Lupiac via the lake of Lupiac

Distance: 12.6 km / Ascent: 190 m

A circuit to Lupiac that passes via the lake of Lupiac (also know as lake Lacoste). The route is all on-road however the hill down to the lake is very steep and can be windy so be careful. At the lake is a restaurant and bar, beach, swimming area and various watercraft for hire. There is also a great walk around the lake (2-3 km). Retrace your way back up the hill and enter Lupiac village, the birthplace of D’Artagnan. Visit the museum in his honour, and his equestrian statue in the village square. Return to e-Vélo Gers via the south east on quiet roads through beautiful farmland, with delightful views.

15. e-Vélo Gers intro circuit

Distance: 8.7 km / Ascent: 106 m

A short circuit around the e-Vélo Gers area to get you used to your e-Bike.

Travel to Lupiac on foot, horseback or mountain bike

Randonnée équestre à Lupiac

From Vic Fezensac to Lupiac along the "Route d'Artagnan" (23.5 km)

This will take you to Lupiac, the birthplace of d'Artagnan, through hilly landscapes of meadows, vineyards and forests. Follow the "Route d'Artagnan" signs.

From l'Isle de Noé to Lupiac along the "Route d'Artagnan" (37.5 km)

You will reach Lupiac, birthplace of d'Artagnan, through bucolic landscapes of the Gers, crossing several forests that once provided the glassmakers with the wood needed to manufacture bottles of Armagnac. Follow the "Route d'Artagnan" signs. A very varied route with a view of the Pyrenees (on a clear day...).

From Hères to Lupiac along the "Route d'Artagnan" (35 km)

Follow in the footsteps of young d'Artagnan. This route was perhaps taken by the future musketeer when he left the village of Artagnan (Hautes-Pyrénées) where his maternal grandparents lived to return home to Lupiac. After starting out on the plain of the river Adour, you will reach hilly landscapes of meadows and vineyards.

Travel out of Lupiac on foot, horseback or mountain bike

Randonnée pédestre à Lupiac

From Lupiac to Vic Fezensac along the "Route d'Artagnan" (23.5 km)

This will take you from Lupiac, the birthplace of d'Artagnan, to Vic-Fezensac through hilly landscapes of meadows, vineyards and forests. Follow the "Route d'Artagnan" signs.

From Lupiac to l'Isle de Noé along the "Route d'Artagnan" (37.5 km)

You will travel through bucolic landscapes of the Gers, crossing several forests that once provided the glassmakers with the wood needed to manufacture bottles of Armagnac. Follow the "Route d'Artagnan" signs. A very varied route with a view of the Pyrenees (on a clear day...).

From Lupiac to Hères along the "Route d'Artagnan" (35 km)

Follow in the footsteps of young d'Artagnan. This route was perhaps taken by the future musketeer when he left his home in Lupiac to visit his maternal grandparents in the village of Artagnan (Hautes-Pyrénées) After crossing hilly landscapes of meadows and vineyards, you will reach the plain of the river Adour.

The "Grande randonnée" (GR) hiking circuit of the Pays d'Armagnac

GR Pays d'Armagnac carte GR Pays d'Armagnac

(implementation in progress)

The future GR de Pays d'Armagnac hiking circuit unfolds over 346 km in three loops. Each loop focuses on a different theme and can be walked in 3 to 6 days :

  • "La Mémoire des Pierres" (Stone memories): when architecture bears witness to the genius of humans, from bastides to castles and abbeys
  • "Sur les Pas de d'Artagnan" (In the footsteps of d'Artagnan): where we walk towards Lupiac, the birthplace of Charles de Batz de Castelmore, better known as d'Artagnan, crossing the lands that forged his character
  • "Les Eaux Essentielles" (Essential waters) : following water in various forms: rivers and ponds, thermal waters and Armagnac brandy

Pour plus de renseignements:

The European Route d'Artagnan

From Lupiac

Starting from Lupiac in the Gers where Charles de Batz Castelmore, better known as "d'Artagnan", was born around 1613, the European Route d’Artagnan unfolds along more than 6,000 km of trails through 15 regions in six European countries: Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Including 300 km in the Gers department alone.

The two main branches of the Route link Lupiac to Maastricht, in the Netherlands, where d'Artagnan died in battle on 25 June 1673.

In the footsteps of d’Artagnan

The Route d'Artagnan extends a web around historical landmarks, witnesses to the exemplary journey of the real d'Artagnan, and literary landmarks, scenes of the novels of Alexandre Dumas that immortalized d'Artagnan and his fellow musketeers.

The Route takes travellers on a journey of discovery of not only 17th century European history, but also of the landscapes, identities, traditions and heritage associated with the life of this iconic figure.

A "Cultural route of the Council of Europe"

The Route d’Artagnan was certified a Cultural route of the Council of Europe in 2021. This made it part of a programme launched in 1987 to demonstrate, by means of a journey through space and time, how the heritage of the different countries and cultures of Europe contributes to a shared and living cultural heritage..

For all, accessible and popular

True to the spirit of the famous motto of the Three musqueteers, All for one, one for all, the Route d'Artagnan is a route for all: horse riders, cyclists (mountain bikes) and walkers. Some portions are also accessible to horse drawn vehicles.

The Route is accessible to the greatest number of people, with a minimum of resources or technical or physical capacities required. Accessible and popular, like the unforgettable novels of Alexandre Dumas.


For more informations:

An entertaining discovery of Lupiac with Randoland

Randoland

An entertaining discovery of Lupiac for children and families, for about one hour. Ask for your guide at the D'Artagnan museum or at the Postal agency, or download it below.

For more Randoland circuits around Lupiac, please visit:

Electric bike rental

e-Vélo Gers

Electric bikes (e-bikes) for hire by the day or multidays. For availability and reservation please call. For prices and general information,please visit the website. Multi Day bike delivery can be arranged, please call.

Swimming and fishing in Lake Lacoste

Situated in a wooded setting in a valley, Lupiac's Lake Lacoste is an ideal place for relaxation for all the family.

There is a beach of fine sand, a path round the lake, free parking, and a fishing pontoon accessible to all.

Swimming

Swimming is allowed and supervised in summer, normally from mid July to end of August.

2022 swimming period: from 14 July to 06 August 2022
(early closure following difficulties in recruiting lifeguards).

Swimming is not allowed outside of this period.

Fishing

Fishing pontoon. Site labelled "Parcours famille" by the French National Fishing Federation: a good place for fishing as a family.

Equestrian centres

ferme equestre de lupiac

Lupiac Equestrian Farm

The Lupiac Equestrian Farm (Ferme équestre de Lupiac) offers an entertaining course of equitation while respecting security requirements. You will find a variety of activities based on the horse.
• hiring of ponies and donkeys
• childrens' courses with or without accommodation
• Work and training of the horse
• welcome to riders

Ferme Equestre de Lupiac
Basoepes
32290 Lupiac
telephone +33 (0)6 32 38 11 08

fermeequestredelupiac.com   external link

Ecurie Wendy Terras

Wendy Terras Stables

Welcome to Wendy Terras Stables: Owner's Stable - Horse Boarding in Lupiac.

At Wendy Terras Stables, you will have both professional quality facilities and an ideal setting.

Our new facilities feature 16 spacious and bright stalls.

The 60mx45m quarry is located on the heights and dominates the area, it offers an exceptional working environment.

Oriented Jumping Competition (CSO), whatever your level or your ambitions, we offer several types of formulas adaptable to each rider/horse couple.
- Pension box / meadow
- Horse work
- Breaking in / Development
- Teaching / Training course of improvement
- Coaching in competition

Passionate about horses and sports, teacher graduated in 2007, show jumping rider, I am proud to welcome you on my structure and to share my passion.

Ecurie Wendy Terras
Lieu dit lamousquere
32290 Lupiac
Facebook: ecuriewendyterras
telephone +33 (0)6 32 38 11 08
wendyterras@hotmail.fr
ecuriewendyterras.com   external link

Tennis

tennis

Tennis court. Free access.

Close to the eastern entrance to the village, along road D37 to/from Belmont.

Petanque

petanque

Shaded pétanque ground. Free access.

on the Foirail - the parking area shaded by plane trees right at the Eastern entrance to the village, along road D37 to/from Belmont.