At the foot of Mauvezin Castle, Escaladieu Abbey is located in a wooded valley in the Baronnies close to spa towns of Capvern and Bagnères de Bigorre.


Escaladieu Abbey was founded by monks from Morimond Abbey around 1140, at the confluence of the Arros and the Luz.

The Escaladieu architecture is in perfect harmony with the precepts of the order: simplicity and sobriety.

The magic of the place and the purity of the architecture are an invitation to serenity and travel.

In 1997, the Abbey was taken over by the General Council of the Hautes Pyrenees, thereby ensuring a long-term programme of restoration which will emphasise the beauty of the site and the building, and at the same time will develop a strong cultural dynamic.

The General Council of the Hautes Pyrenees is undertaking important projects which continue its commitment to the development of Heritage while placing it firmly in the 21st century. Thus, since 2010, Escaladieu Abbey has been coordinating the “European Route of Cistercian Abbeys”, and has joined the digital age through the use of multimedia to provide new ways to discover the site and a cultural programme which includes a component combining arts and technologies.

Its octogonal bell tower can be seen by those making their way down the winding road.